11th SEAMEO- University of Tsukuba Symposium was successfully virtual on 20-22 Feb 2023

Friday, 09 June 2023 | Piyapa Su-angavatin

The 11th SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium successfully concluded its virtual sessions on 20-22 February 2023 with over 19,860 participants from 45 countries during live. This year's symposium, which had the theme "Technology and Values-Driven Transformation in Education" participated by 30 speakers from 10 countries to share and exchange the best practices according to the theme from all educational levels as well as identify opportunities and challenges faced by education transformation and issues concerned in Southeast Asia, Japan, and beyond.  



Dr BENTON Caroline Fern, Vice President of the University of Tsukuba, Mr KITAYAMA Koji, Director International Affairs Division Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela, Director of SEAMEO Secretariat welcomed the participants of the Symposium.

This 11th SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium convened on 20-22 February, consisted  of six presentation sessions, each session focusing on a different aspect of the theme and presented by 30 distinguished experts  from Ministries of Education, SEAMEO Global Partners, SEAMEO Regional Centres, University Partners and the winning schools of SEAMEO-Japan ESD Award, located in 10 countries, namely, Japan, France, Germany, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.   





Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela, the Director of the SEAMEO Secretariat emphasized the need to strengthen partnership between Japan and the Southeast Asian region in various areas such as development of a platform for academic and best practices exchange, professional exchange, and student academic mobility programmme.  She hopes to welcome more Japanese students to have practical internship programme in Southeast Asian countries.

The Symposium was conducted successfully with the live participation of 19,861 participants during the 3-day symposium, 440 participants actively sent questions and reflections to the speakers during the live session, and 15,255 participants completed the evaluation form at the end of the Symposium.  

Overall, the 11th SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium provided a valuable platform for scholars and researchers to discuss the important role of technology and values in promoting student agency and contributing to societal changes. The symposium's diverse range of speakers and sessions provided participants with valuable insights and perspectives on this
important topics.

Since its inception as an Affiliate Member of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in 2009, the University of Tsukuba (UT) of Japan has been one of the most active SEAMEO Affiliated Members through the leadership of the Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED) and the School of Education. Over ten years since 2013, the SEAMEO-University of Tsukuba Symposium has been annually organised with the different themes according to the needs and emerging issues in teacher education between Japan and Southeast Asia. 

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