September 25, 2017

International Conference on Business, Economics and Finance (ICBEF)

Registration for participation is now open!

International Conference on Business, Economics and Finance (ICBEF)
Theme: Change, Challenges and Opportunities: Strategies for a Sustainable Future in Asia
23-24 August 2017
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Brunei Darussalam

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The registration fee of $1,600 includes 7 nights' accommodation in 4 star hotels or equivalent, an academic programme including seminars and visits to Chinese HEIs, a cultural programme, local transportation in China, an Englishspeaking
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Please note that the above fee is in US Dollars and does not include airfare, visa fees, travel insurance or other associated travel expenses. For travel insurance, participants are strongly recommended to apply prior to their departure.

Kindly transfer the registration fee to the following account:

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Note that transfer fees and additional bank charges are to be borne by the participant. SEAMEO RIHED shall receive the full amount of the registration fee. Kindly make your payment and send a scanned copy of the bank transfer to SEAMEO RIHED by email or fax +66 2644 5421 by 24 March 2017.

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The deadline for registration is March 2017. Please note that registrations are based on a firstcome firstserved basis.

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Staff visit from new SEAMEO Centres

On Tuesday 16th May, as a part of training for staff of newly established SEAMEO Centres, SEAMEO RIHED arranged a half-day experience-sharing session to support the effective and efficient operation of the new Centres. On behalf of Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, both SEAMEO RIHED Programme team, led by Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director, and Administrative team, led by Ms. Thanthakorn Phuangsawat, Administration and Communication Manager, welcomed 13 delegates from SEAMEO Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (SEAMEO CECCEP); SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED); SEAMEO Regional Centre for Community Education Development (SEAMEO CED); SEAMEO Regional Centre for History and Tradition (SEAMEO CHAT); and SEAMEO Secretariat.

Through the session, SEAMEO RIHED shared knowledge and experience gained since its establishment, which may be beneficial for the delegates in the effort of bringing the effective organisational operation into the new Centres. The discussion primarily focused on internal operation regarding Programme Development and Administration & Finance.

As for the Programme aspect, the teams had the opportunity to deliver a summary of projects/activities SEAMEO RIHED has been implementing in the field of higher education and development, including the work on policy dialogue, student mobility, university networks, academic credit transfer and quality assurance. Moreover, the teams demonstrated experience in committing various regional initiatives as a partner organisation that focus on both intra- and inter-regional cooperation, developmental programmes and a range of communication strategies.

In terms of the Administration & Finance aspect, the SEAMEO RIHED shared the knowledge and experience regarding human resource management, budgeting strategy and the efficient delivery of logistical arrangement, which are crucial components for establishing a strong organisational foundation.

The session entailed active questions and discussion involving the participating staff. We hope that what we shared as the experience of SEAMEO RIHED will facilitate to build the operational effectiveness and efficiency in the new SEAMEO Centres. We very much look forward to working together to contribute to regional development.



The 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China

The 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China

On Enhancing Higher Education Collaboration in the Fields of Foreign Language and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, and Marine Science 

23-30 April 2017 in Haikou-Sanya, Hainan Province, P.R. China


Following the success of the three previous study visit programmes to China, SEAMEO RIHED, in collaboration with the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP), organised the 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China from 23-30 April 2017 to visit Hainan Province (Haikou and Sanya) of P.R. China. The Programme was exclusively designed for institutional leaders and higher education officials from Southeast Asia to provide extensive opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of the Chinese higher education system and its outstanding institutions in Hainan Province, and to explore networking and future academic collaborations, particularly in the fields of Foreign Language and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, and Marine Science.


SEAMEO RIHED would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP) for their generous support and kind collaboration for making this Study Visit Programme possible.


During the Study Visit, 12 delegates from 7 Southeast Asian Countries had the opportunity to visit 7 renowned institutions in Haikou and Sanya of Hainan Province, namely Hainan University, Hainan Normal University, Hainan Medical University, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education, Sanya University, and the Spice and Beverage Research Institute. Taking the privilege of being the only Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in China, Hainan Province has recently become a captivating spot for both tourism and investment. In order to respond to a massive growth, the Hainan Provincial Government has continuously implemented a strategy of developing Hainan through education and technology.


In addition, “the 2017 ASEAN-China Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges: Foster Educational Quality through International Collaboration: Academic Research and Exchange between Hainan and ASEAN” was convened on 26 April 2017 at Baohua Harbour View Hotel. Participants from both ASEAN and China introduced their institutions and actively discussed the possibility of future academic cooperation and exchanges between ASEAN and Hainan HEIs.


Delegates from ASEAN and Hainan HEIs, SEAMEO RIHED, ACC, and EDHP taking a group photo during the 2017 ASEAN-China Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges: Foster Educational Quality through International Collaboration: Academic Research and Exchange between Hainan and ASEAN


H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) during her welcome speech at the Seminar emphasising the importance of education cooperation and exchanges between China and ASEAN


Mr. Li Yuenan, Deputy Director General of the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP) delivering his welcome speech highlighting the strong ties between Hainan and ASEAN particularly in education cooperation and exchanges as well as trade and investment


Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED underlining commitments of SEAMEO RIHED in strengthening higher education cooperation and collaborations between China and the Southeast Asian Region


MoU Signing Ceremony between Gunadarma University and Hainan Tropical Ocean University


 Delegates visited Hainan University


Delegates visited Hainan Normal University


Delegates visited Hainan Medical University


Delegates visited Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education


Delegates visited Hainan Tropical Ocean University


Delegates visited Sanya University


List of Delegates (in alphabetical orders):

1) Mr. Sary Mam, Official, Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia


2) Dr. Ir. Hotniar Siringoringo, M.Sc., Head of Institute for Research, Gunadarma University, Indonesia


3) Dr. Renny Haryono, SE., MM., Head of Career Center, Gunadarma University, Indonesia


4) Dr. Sitha Khemmarath, Vice President, Savannakhet University, Lao PDR


5) Prof. Dr. Ir. Sr. Suhaimi Abdul Talib, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International), University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia


6) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yamin Bin Yasin, Chief Executive, INTEC Education College, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia


7) Dr. Win Swe, Principal (Pro-Rector), Mandalar Degree College, Myanmar


8) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chompoonuh K. Permpoonwiwat, Associate Dean for Research and International Relations, Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand


9) Asst. Prof. Dr. Sittipong Wattananonsakul, Deputy Dean for Administration and Planning, Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand


10) Ms. Sukalin Wanakasemsan, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs and Global Network, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


11) Ms. Hathaiwan Tunyapanich, Lecturer/Assistant Secretary to the University Council, North Eastern University, Thailand


12) Dr. Thuy T. T. Nguyen, Senior Official, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam


News from Chinese Institutions:

Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education

Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (Special SOM-ED) on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts

Jakarta, Indonesia

10-11 April 2017


SEAMEO RIHED has the pleasure to participate at the Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (Special SOM-ED) on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts on 10-11 April 2017, in Jakarta, Indonesia, organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN region (SHARE).


The Special SOM-ED on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts brought together over 60 delegates comprising senior officials in higher education from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and representatives from SEAMEO RIHED, SEAMEO Secretariat, ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat, AUN Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net), ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF), Asia-Europe Institute, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. SEAMEO RIHED would like to express appreciation to SHARE and the ASEAN Secretariat for hosting the Meetings.


The delegates of the Meetings shared updates on higher education activities under ASEAN and partner organisations, and explored ways to synergise efforts in higher education development and harmonisation for the benefits of the Southeast Asian region, in particular on scholarship and student mobility, credit transfer, Qualifications Framework, and Quality Assurance. The Meetings also discussed ways to align higher education initiatives and improve coordination between organisations working on higher education in the region. Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai (Aom), Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, provided updates and progress of SEAMEO RIHED’s work on student mobility and credit transfer at the Meetings.



MIWAI 2017 : The 11th Multi-disciplinary International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence

MIWAI 2017

The 11th Multi-disciplinary International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence (MIWAI 2017) will be held in Brunei, 20-22 November 2017. The theme for this year’s event is on “Smart Environment”. MIWAI aims to promote AI research in both theoretical and applied research addressing real world applications. Examples include control, planning and scheduling, pattern recognition, knowledge mining, software applications, strategy games and others. The ever-evolving needs in society and business, both on local and global scales, require better technologies for solving more and more complex problems. Such needs can be found in all industrial sectors and in any parts of the world.

Call for Papers

Artificial intelligence is a broad area of research. We encourage researchers to submit their unpublished papers in the following areas, but not limited to:

  • Theory, Methods & Tools
    • Theoretical Foundation: Cognitive Science; Computational Philosophy; Game Theory; Graphical Models; Knowledge Representation and Reasoning; Logic; Fuzzy Logic; Multi-agent Systems; Neurosciences; Probabilistic Reasoning; Qualitative Reasoning; Uncertainty Handling
    • Cognitive Computing: Affective Computing; Computer Vision; Natural Language Processing; Self-aware Systems; Speech Recognition; Social Cognition
    • Computational Intelligence: Artificial Intelligence; Deep Learning; Evolutionary Computing; Machine Learning; Nature Inspired Computing; Neural Computing; Pattern Recognition; Planning and Scheduling; Reinforcement Learning; Social Computing; Swarm Intelligence
  • AI Applications
    • Ambient Intelligence; Big Data Analysis; Biometrics; Bioinformatics; Brain Machine Interface; Chatbots; Creative Computing; Decision Support Systems; Data Mining; Data-Enabled Applications; E-commerce; Energy Management; Games; Health Assessment; Image Processing; Industrial Applications of AI; Intelligent Information Systems; Internet of Things; Knowledge Management; Multi-modal Computing & Interactions; Telecommunications and Web Services; Robotics; Recommender Systems; Security and Privacy Management; Surveillance; Spam Filtering; Software Engineering; Social Networking Security; Semantic Web; Sport and Rehabilitation; Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Submission Guideline:

MIWAI 2017 accepts two categories of research and application papers:

  • Regular papers (8-14 pages, oral presentation)
  • Short papers (6 pages, poster or oral presentation)

All submissions will go through a double-blinded peer-review process. Paper selection will be on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. Each paper should be written using the Springer-Verlag LNCS style. The authors’ names and institutions should not appear in the paper. Unpublished work of the authors should not be cited. Springer-Verlag author instructions are available at: All accepted and presented papers will be published in LNAI, a topical subseries of LNCS focusing on artificial intelligence.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 29 June 2017
  • Notification due: 1 August 2017
  • Conference dates: 20-22 November 2017

For more information please visit the link below:

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3rd SHARE Scholarship Programme – International Relations Office Workshop “Managing Internationalisation and the SHARE Scholarship Programme”

3rd SHARE Scholarship Programme – International Relations Office Workshop

“Managing Internationalisation and the SHARE Scholarship Programme”

Bangkok, Thailand

22-23 February 2017


SEAMEO RIHED, attended the SHARE Scholarship Programme – International Relations Office Workshop hosted by EP-Nuffic at the Embassy of Netherlands, Bangkok, Thailand  last 22-23 February 2017.

The SHARE Scholarship Programme is a project between European and Southeast Asian Higher Education Agencies including the British Council, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Campus France, EP-Nuffic, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European University Association (EUA), ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN University Network (AUN) and SEAMEO RIHED aimed to strengthen the regional cooperation and internationalisation of Higher Education in Southeast Asia. EP-Nuffic conducts workshops to enhance the programme development and internationalisation knowledge of the International Relations Officers from different universities participating in the SHARE Programme.

SEAMEO RIHED extends its special thanks to EP-Nuffic for the invitation to attend this 3rd Workshop. The goal of this workshop was to review batches 1 and 2 of the SHARE Scholarship Implementation and identify points for improvement for the third batch, particularly through the enhancement of communication among the International Relations Officers. Furthermore, proposed changes to the guidelines and the SHARE online platform were also discussed.


The participants of the 3rd SHARE Workshop having a group photo.


(from left to right) Representatives of SHARE, Ministry of Education (Indonesia), SEAMEO RIHED and OHEC


Southeast Asian Higher Education (SEA-HiEd) Senior Officials Meeting and The 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum on Leadership and Governance

11th Southeast Asian Higher Education Senior Officials Meeting (SEA-HiEd SOM)  and

the 2017 Southeast Asian Higher Education (SEA-HiEd) Forum on Leadership and Governance

4-5 April 2017

Diamond Hotel, Manila, Philippines


Co-hosting with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Republic of the Philippines, SEAMEO RIHED conducted the 11th Southeast Asian Higher Education Senior Officials Meeting (SEA-HiEd SOM) and 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum on Leadership and Governance in Manila last 4-5 April 2017.

Since 2005, the SEA-HiEd SOM, formerly the Directors General/Secretary-General/Commissioner on Higher Education Meeting (DGs/SG/CHE Meeting), serves as a crucial platform for higher education national authorities and SEAMEO RIHEDs’ collaborative partners to discuss strategy and synergise plans to carve out priorities towards the further development and harmonisation of higher education in the region. The higher education senior officials further discussed the direction and progress of the four priority areas leading to the harmonisation of higher education. These four priority areas were identified by the national government authorities on higher education as (1) Academic Mobility Enhancement, (2) Leadership Development, (3) E-Learning and Mobile Learning and (4) ASEAN Citation Index.

SEAMEO RIHED is grateful to Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela, Deputy Director of SEAMEO Secretariat for her warm welcome remarks and to CHED Commissioner, Dr. Alex Brillantes Jr., for facilitating the very fruitful afternoon session: Reflecting on Emerging Trends and Opportunities in SEA-HiEd.

In conjunction with the SEA-HiEd SOM, the SEA-HiEd Forum is held to gather national country representatives and regional university leaders to share good practices and update higher education policies being implemented at national and regional levels. The 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum on Leadership and Governance explored the strategies, trends and practices in the leadership and governance of higher education in the region. It was attended by more than 70 participants composed of national authorities responsible for higher education and university leaders from Southeast Asia and beyond where keynote and country presentations successfully encouraged the participants into engaging discussions.

SEAMEO RIHED extends its deep gratitude to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Republic of the Philippines for hosting the event and for nominating brilliant keynote speakers namely Dr. Napoleon Juanillo, Director IV of the Planning, Research and Knowledge Management Office from CHED and Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, President of the Philippine Association of State Universities

Download file :
2017 SEA-HiEd Forum Compilation


Group photo during the 11th  Southeast Asian Higher Education Senior Officials Meeting (SEA-HiEd SOM)


Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, hands a token of appreciation to Commissioner Alex B. Brillantes, Jr., from the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines


Group photo of all the participants of the 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum on Leadership and Governance


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Meeting with MEXT

Meeting with MEXT


Morning meeting with the Office for International Planning Higher Education Bureau, MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology), Tokyo, Japan on 23 March 2017.

Led by University of Tsukuba, SEAMEO RIHED and MEXT had a very productive meeting on several agendas such as a preparation of the upcoming 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the AIMS Program, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan during the first week of July 2017 and planning for the ASEAN-Japan Cooperation program(s) on the occasion of ASEAN 50th Anniversary.

Special thanks to Dr. Masami Isoda, Director of the Center for Research on International Cooperation in Education Development (CRICED) and Dr. Nakao Nomura, associate professor and AIMS Program Manager, University of Tsukuba for generous support and kind meeting arrangement.

In attendance of the 3 parties were from MEXT (Mr. Hideki Iwabuchi, Director; Ms. Taka Horio, Deputy Director; Ms. Kojima Midori, Unit Chief, Mr. Daisuke Kumagai , Unit Chief of the Office for International Planning Higher Education Bureau,); from University of Tsukuba (Dr. Masami Isoda, CRICED Director, Dr. Nakao Nomura, Associate Professor, Mr. Yoshiaki Sato, Vice Executive Director Office of Global Initiatives, Mr. Yuji Morohashi, Chief of Global Commons; and from SEAMEO RIHED (Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director and Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Senior Program Officer.




International Conference on Special Education: “Access and Engagement”

International Conference on Special Education: ‘Access and Engagement’

31st July – 2nd August 2017

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia 


Providing access and engagement for children with Special Educational Needs must be given priority and emphasis by addressing opportunities and barriers such as diverse learners’ needs, designing and implementing accommodative curriculum suited to the needs of children and responsive curriculum strategies in teaching and learning.

The SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas; 1) Early Childhood Care and Education, 2) Addressing Barriers to Inclusion, 3) Resiliency in the Face of Emergencies, 4) Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), 5) Revitalising Teacher Education, 6)  Promoting Harmonisation and Higher Education and Research and 7) Adopting the 21st Century Curriculum form the basis for this conference.

These areas necessitate the urgent needs to provide and engage children with special educational needs in educational settings that are meaningful and inclusive. The role of governments, stakeholders, policy makers, non-governmental organisations, educators, parental, and communities must be highlighted and accounted to ensure that children with special educational needs are given appropriate support services and thus engaging them in educational settings.

The conference is an opportune for discussion, knowledge sharing and experts input on best practices for the speakers and participants to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding the current issues and trends in Special Education. Quality education and support services would ensure children with special educational needs engage in educational settings that stimulate their holistic growth and give them the necessary skills to live independently and contribute to the betterment their lives.



– Inclusive Education
– Networking in Special Education
– Building and Sustaining Inclusive Society
– Deafblind Education
– Technical and Vocational Education Training for Children with SEN
– Legislative and Policy Related to Special Educational Provision and Implementation
– Learning Difficulties / Hearing Impairment / Vision Impairment / Gifted and Talented
– Legal Issues (Legislative and Policy)
– Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for SEN
– Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE)
– Mobile Accessibility
– Web Authoring Guidelines and Tools
– Educational Multimedia for Special Educational Needs
– Teacher Training and Capacity Building
– Innovation in Special Education
– 21st Century Curriculum for Special Education
– Disaster Risk Reduction Education for Children with SEN
– Sexuality Education for SEN
– Sports and Co-curricular Activities for SEN
– Nutrition and Food for Children with SEN
– Cultural and Arts Appreciation for Children with SEN
– ICT and Assistive Technology for Children with SEN


Key Organizers:

Ministry of Education, Malaysia
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education (SEAMEO SEN)



Sarawak State
Sarawak Convention Bureau
Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
International Council for the Education for Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM)
Malaysian Foundation for The Blind (MFB)

For additional information of this conference, your concerned staff can contact Mr Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Wahab (email: