September 25, 2017

UNESCO Stakeholders Meeting on Indicators for Internationalization of Higher Education in ASEAN+6

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UNESCO Stakeholders Meeting on Indicators for Internationalization of Higher Education in ASEAN+6

3-4 November 2016
UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand

In order to achieve the 4th UN Sustainable Development Growth (SDG4), also known as Education 2030, the necessity to develop appropriate indicator and effective monitoring mechanisms for internationalisation of higher education was recognised in the Education 2030 Framework for Action. With the aim to evaluate current national and regional higher education policies  and existing indicators for the internationalization of higher education, UNESCO Bangkok, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Japan, invited SEAMEO RIHED to participate and contribute to the Stakeholders Meeting on Indicators for Internationalisation of Higher Education in ASEAN+6.

Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, made a speech emphasizing the relevance of higher education and the importance of developing an indicator to measure its progress. Mr. Libing Wang, Chief of Section of Educational Innovation and Skills Development (ESID), supported this claim by stating how data collection and measurement of internationalization will be significant for further social sciences research employing scientific and quantitative method of study. As one of the final presentors, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, SEAMEO RIHED Centre Director, together with Dr. Nantana Gajaseni, ASEAN University Network Executive Director, and Ms. Abigail C. Lanceta. Assistant Director and Head of  Education, Youth and Sports Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, enlightened the participants of the meeting about the current regional initiatives for internationalisation.

The meeting successfully met the expected outcome by providing a synthesis of ongoing policies and practices of data collection on higher education in ASEAN+6 countries. The meeting also outlined a regional workplan for the development of regional indicators for internationalisation of higher education.

 

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The SEAMEO RIHED Workshop on “Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation” for Universities in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS)

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The SEAMEO RIHED Workshop on
“Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation”
for Universities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS)
 
Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

3 – 6 October 2016

During 3-6 October 2016, SEAMEO RIHED in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), organized the Workshop on “Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation” for universities in the Greater Mekong Subregion at Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, in Bangkok, Thailand. This “hands-on” workshop consisted of an interactive seminar, collaborative exercises, experiential learning, and active group discussions.

This four-day Workshop brought together 36 University leaders (Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Deputy Deans, Directors, and Officials) responsible for learning content and program design from across the GMS countries (Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam), with the objective of equipping participants with further effective competencies to assist in designing, developing and evaluating curriculum material for study programs, and provide a forum for the sharing of good practices into the 21st Century.

The Workshop was conducted by specialists in the field of curriculum development, design, and evaluation: Dr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, Principle Consultant and the Founder of Education Quality International, and the former Associate Director of the Office of Quality Management at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Professor (Dr.) Ong Duu Sheng, former Vice-President, Professor, and Humboldt Research Fellow from Multimedia University (Malaysia).

This event was part of the capacity building workshops conducted under the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium (GMS-UC), organized by SEAMEO RIHED with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to create an important supporting mechanism that will enhance sustainability and strengthen future collaborations of the region. Earlier this year, the Presidents’ Forum on Strategic Leadership for New Normal Leaders had been conducted during 27-29 June 2016 as a pilot activity of the capacity building series.

GMS-UC is derived from SEAMEO RIHED’s objective to build regional platforms and collaboration mechanisms that foster HEIs to share experience and link academic resources to improve the quality and excellence of universities in Greater Mekong Subregion. With its aims (1) to help strengthen and accelerate cross-border collaboration among universities in the GMS; (2) to help harmonize higher education by facilitating the development of a platform that covers areas such as faculty exchange, visiting experts, quality assurance, credit transfer, and research capacity building and collaboration, among universities in the GMS countries; and (3) to help the GMS countries interface with the establishment of the ASEAN Community, specifically in the field of higher education.

 

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Photos Gallery  :  The SEAMEO RIHED Workshop on “Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation” for Universities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS)
Please see link  :  https://goo.gl/photos/qB3T2erEozHqgYfg8

 

Regional Seminar on “Academic Connectivity and Mobility : National Practices on Student Exchange and Credit Transfer”

On 16 September 2016, SEAMEO RIHED organized the Regional Seminar on “Academic Connectivity and Mobility: National Practices on Student Exchange and Credit Transfer” at Royal Angkor Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in conjunction with the 24th SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting. The Regional Seminar was opened by H.E. Yuok Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia (MoEYS) with participation of more than 80 higher education policy makers, government officials, university executives and administrators, and researchers.

During the Seminar, country papers were disseminated and presented by distinguished speakers from 8 Southeast Asian Nations to share the current status and update national practices and developments as well as future plans on student exchange and credit transfer in their respective countries. The Seminar was aimed at drawing critical attention from participants towards the promotion of regional connectivity that encourages intra-ASEAN mobility. It was a valuable opportunity for participants to widen knowledge and understanding of national practices on academic mobility and credit transfer systems being utilized as well as future plans to be implemented in the region. This would also encourage the audience to be able to strengthen the implementation of student exchange and credit transfer practices at both institutional and national levels.

SEAMEO RIHED Regional Seminars have been held in conjunction with the SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting since 2005. The theme has varied every year based on the current trend and spotlight during the particular period. SEAMEO RIHED Regional Seminars have covered the following selected themes in higher education.

  • Higher Education in Southeast Asia in 2005
  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Southeast Asia in 2006
  • ICT in University Teaching, Learning and Research in Southeast Asia in 2007
  • University Governance in Southeast Asia in 2008
  • Student Mobility in Southeast Asia in 2009
  • Quality Assurance in Southeast Asia in 2010
  • University Research Management in Southeast Asia in 2011
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education in Southeast Asia in 2012
  • Teacher Education in Southeast Asia in 2013
  • University-Industry Linkages and Collaboration in 2014
  • Bridging Higher Education and TVET in 2015
  • Academic Connectivity and Mobility: National Practices on Student Exchange and Credit Transfer in 2016

 

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(Back) From Left to Right: Dr. Ali Hamdani Md Diah, Mr. Napoleon Bagsic Imperial, Prof. Dr. Si Si Hla Bu, Dr. Bee Leng Chua, Dr. Siriwan Ratanakarn, Dr. Nguyen Van Duong,

(Front) From Left to Right: Dr. Athel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Ms. Aporn Kanvong, H.E. Mak Ngoy, Datuk Prof. Dr. Asma Binti Ismail



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H.E. Yuok Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia, joined the photo session with speakers and regional participants



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H.E. Mak Ngoy, Datuk Prof. Dr. Asma Binti Ismail, and Prof. Dr. Si Si Hla Bu, joined the panel discussion together after their active presentations.


Photos Gallery : “Regional Seminar on “Academic Connectivity and Mobility : National Practices on Student Exchange and Credit Transfer”
Please see link :  https://goo.gl/photos/jnFyEbTmg6S8psKP7

 

The 24th SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting (GBM)

During 15-16 September 2016, the 24th SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting was convened at Royal Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia, with generous support from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) of Cambodia. The Meeting was organized as a platform for discussing on policy, management, and the administration of SEAMEO RIHED. A summary of accomplished programmes and activities organised in the previous fiscal year under 5 objectives areas of the 4th Five-Year Development Plan of SEAMEO RIHED was also reviewed during the Meeting.

Attending the Meeting were H.E. Yuok Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia, SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Members/Representatives and Centre Director, as well as the Deputy Director of SEAMEO Secretariat. During the Opening Speech, H.E. Yuok Ngoy congratulated SEAMEO RIHED on the Center’s achievements during FY 2015/2016. He also encouraged SEAMEO RIHED to continuously engage and contribute towards the development of higher education in the Southeast Asian Region and beyond. In addition, he expressed commitment of Cambodia to the work of SEAMEO RIHED in promoting sustainable development in the region and remarked that SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting was an important platform to share achievements of the past fiscal year and develop new activities and programs.

In addition, H.E. Mak Ngoy, Director General of the Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education of Cambodia, expressed the sincere gratitude to SEAMEO RIHED that has dedicated to conduct programs and activities to assist member countries to meet the needs and challenges in the Southeast Asian higher education landscape. He also complimented SEAMEO RIHED for its hard work in promoting the harmonization and development of higher education in this region.

As the Secretary General of the Office of the Higher Education Commission of Thailand and the Chair of SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board, Ms. Aporn Kanvong insisted the importance of the harmonization of higher education in this region since it is necessary for students and their qualifications to be recognized and accepted in other countries. She referred to a number of activities conducted by SEAMEO RIHED to help strengthen and accelerate such processes of higher education harmonization.

At the Meeting, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED reported the activities and programs being executed and conducted by SEAMEO RIHED during FY 2015/2016 with the strong focuses on higher education development and harmonization contributing to regional efforts in enhancing the principle of people-to-people connectivity and upholding the Southeast Asian Region and beyond.

 

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H.E. Yuok Ngoy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Cambodia, delivered the Opening Speech during the 24th SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting.

 

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SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Members and Representatives

(Back) From Left to Right: Dr. Ali Hamdani Md Diah, Prof. Dr. Si Si Hla Bu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Dr. Bee Leng Chua, Dr. Nguyen Van Duong

(Front) From Left to Right: Prof. Dr. Patricia Benitez Licuanan, Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Ms. Aporn Kanvong, H.E. Yuok Ngoy (Secretary of State of MoEYS, Cambodia), H.E. Touch Visalsok (Under Secretary of State of MoEYS, Cambodia), H.E. Mak Ngoy, H.E. Hor Peng (President of University Council, Cambodia), Datuk Prof. Dr. Asma Binti Ismail

 

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SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Members and Representatives  from 9 Member Countries discussing on activities conducted by SEAMEO RIHED during FY 2015/2016

Photos Gallery  : “The 24th SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting”
Please see link  :  https://goo.gl/photos/FF3cB4MEes1g6Pii8

The 10th Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia

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12 May 2016

Convocation Hall, Mandalay University
Mandalay, Myanmar

The 10th Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia, which was held in Mandalay, Myanmar, on 12 May 2016, continued to provide an important platform for higher education decision makers in the region to formulate new and innovative policies and contribute to the improvement of higher education in Southeast Asia.This year, the Meeting was followed by the SEA-HiED 2016 Regional Seminar on Digitalisation Era for University Education on 13 May, which brought over 100 regional and international participants together to discuss emerging trends as well as opportunities and challenges surrounding the integration of technology in higher education in the region. Both events were generously hosted by the University of Mandalay and would not have been possible without the strong support of the Ministry of Education, Myanmar.

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12 May 2016 , The 10th DG Meeting DG & SEA-HiEd 2016, Convocation Hall, Mandalay University, Mandalay, Myanmar
13 May 2016 , SEA-HiEd 2016 “Digitalisation ERA for University Education” , Convocation Hall, Mandalay University, Mandalay, Myanmar

 

2016 SEAMEO RIHED International Workshop on Internationalization and Academic Exchanges: “Embracing the New Normal for IZN: Quality Mobility”

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23 – 25  February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

           In 2015, upon recognition of the capacity development as a critical mechanism in supporting and accelerating the competencies of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), a workshop focusing on international relations was initiated to equip with the knowledge of the internationalization of higher education and skills required to manage activities for international relations offices and enhance a regional collaboration among HEIs. Through a specifically planned workshop, the outcome was the development of standard practices agreed by participants, which would be used for further cooperation among respective HEIs. The development of the Workshop combined the experiences of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme and the M-I-T Internationalization Award (iAward), with the work evaluated by International Relations Officers (IROs).

​This year, SEAMEO RIHED continued to strengthen the capacities and networks of IROs by organizing the 2016 SEAMEO RIHED International Workshop on internationalization and Academic Exchanges: “Embracing the New Normal for IZN: Quality Mobility”. The main purposes of the International Workshop were to explore the effective role of IROs in higher education internationalization stressing on educational exchange programs, to revisit practices and challenges of IROs focusing on the common issues in order to develop mutual standards and practices, and to observe cross-cultural management and discuss its application for HEIs.

The Workshop was attended by 32 participants and 2 observers covering university administrators and IRO staff responsible for student mobility and exchanges. The highlight of the Workshop was the Keynote delivered by Mr. Neil A. Hansen, Chairman and Managing Director of Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited and ExxonMobil Limited. The Workshop also featured an outstanding session “IROs – Voice of the Management” by Mr. Wolfgang Kubitzski, Principal Social Sector Economist from the Asian Development Bank; and Ms. Cheonporn Sawasdivorn, Associate – Corporate Finance Practice from McKinsey & Company.

 

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14th Meeting of Working Group on HRD (WGHRD-14)

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14th MEETING OF THE GMS WORKING GROUP

ON HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

( WGHRD-14 )

19 – 20 November 2015, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The GMS HRD Strategy will be implemented through 7 strategic thrusts :

1. Developing capacity building in the economic corridors,
2. Cooperating in technical and vocational education and training,
3. Cooperating in higher education and research,
4. Addressing regional health issues,
5. Facilitating safe cross-border labourmigration,
6. Mitigation social costs in the economic corridors, and
7. Strengthening institutions and mechanisms for GMS HRD cooperation.

Under 7 strategic thrusts, SEAMEO RIHED is entrusted to implement the cooperation of higher education and research under the Academic Credit Transfer Framework for ASIA (ACTFA) and the Greater Mekong Subregion University Consortium(GMS-UC) Projects

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The 9th Review Meeting of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme

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22-23 October 2015

Tsukuba International Congress Centre (Epochal Tsukuba), Tsukuba, Japan

                  The 9th Review Meeting of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme was kindly hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan and the University of Tsukuba on 22-23 October 2015 at the Tsukuba International Congress Centre (Epochal Tsukuba), Tsukuba, Japan. the Meeting was attended by 152 participants including delegates from the  Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan; the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia; the Commission on Higher Education,  Philippines; the Office of Higher Education Commission, Thailand; representatives of universities in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam as well as representatives from the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia and the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR, and representatives from universities in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar as observers.

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The 23rd SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting

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     THE 23rd SEAMEO RIHED GOVERNING BOARD MEETING AND 

THE REGIONAL SEMINAR ON “BRIDGING HIGHER EDUCATION (HE) AND TVET

TO CREATE FLEXIBLE EDUCATION PATHWAYS AND TO IMPROVE STUDENTS EMPLOYABILITY”

14th – 15th September 2015

The Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam

 

            The meeting was organised by the Higher Education Division of Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Education Division of Brunei Darussalam’s Ministry of Education and was attended by board members from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam.

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From left : Dr Chantavit Sujatanond, Director of SEAMEO RIHED; Associate Professor Dr Piniti Ratananukul, Chairperson of the SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board and Secretary General for the Higher Education Commission of Thailand; and Dr Hazri bin Haji Kifle, Director of Planning, Development and Research at the Ministry of Education

 

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Cr : Borneo Bulletin & THE BRUNEI TIMES, Brunei Darussalam | Tuesday, 15 September, 2015


 

 

 

 

 

Kick-Off Meeting of the GMS University Consortium and Academic Credit Transfer Framework for Asia

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Kick-Off Meeting of the GMS University Consortium and Academic Credit Transfer Framework for AsiaSigning Ceremony of the Joint Declaration of GMS University Consortium for Collaboration and Excellence

8 – 9 July 2015, Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane, LaoPDR

              Kick-off Meetings of GMS University Consortium and ACTFA Project organized on 8-9 July 2015 at Vientiane, Lao PDR, the two-day event have been successfully accomplished with friendship and solidarity among the delegates. The meetings have reached the pleasant outcomes of the formal establishment of the GMS University Consortium (GMS-UC) which consists of 23 universities from the six GMS countries (PR China [Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region], Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) and other member countries from Southeast Asia which were Malaysia, the Philippines as well as the sign of “the Joint Declaration of GMS-UC for Collaboration and Excellence” addressed the collaboration aspects of working mechanisms among the member universities in the future.