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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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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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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.

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The 9th Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia

7 July 2015, Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane, LaoPDR

        The 9th Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia was held on 7 July 2015 at the Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane, Lao PDR.  The Meeting was attended by Her Excellency the Vice Minister of Education and Sports, Lao PDR, the Directors General, Secretary General and Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as country representatives from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. In addition, the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat, representative of ASEAN-China Centre, Director and staffs of SEAMEO RIHED were also present.

The 22nd SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting

15 and 16 September 2014

 

The 22nd SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, at the Sandy Beach Non Nuoc Resort in Da Nang on 15 and 16 September 2014. The Meeting was attended by the Governing Board Members from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Thailand as well as Representatives of Governing Board Members from Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam, a Representative of the SEAMEO Secretariat and the Acting Interim Director and Special Advisor of SEAMEO RIHED. The Governing Board Member from Timor-Leste was unable to attend the Meeting.

Prof. Dr. Pham Quang Hung, Acting Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, opened the Meeting and recognized the importance of the harmonization process for higher education systems in Southeast Asia in his welcoming remarks. The SEAMEO Secretariat Deputy Director of Administration and Communication, Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi also remarked on the work of SEAMEO RIHED in the development of regional higher education and in the current context of regional integration, which was echoed by Assoc. Prof. Kamjorn Tatiyakavee, MD, Secretary General of the Office of the Higher Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand and Chairperson of the SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board in his remarks on the importance of human resources for regional development and the key role that SEAMEO RIHED can play in assisting SEAMEO Member Countries navigate a rapidly changing higher education landscape and adapt to the changes and transformations that lie ahead for the region.

Over the course of the Meeting, the Governing Board reviewed SEAMEO RIHED’s accomplishments in fiscal year 2013-2014 and endorsed the Centre’s proposed activities and collaborations for fiscal year 2014-2015. Some of the key developments discussed in the Meeting included: progress in student mobility through the ASEAN International Mobility for Students Programme (AIMS), which has grown to encompass 7 countries, 7 fields of study and 60 universities and is set to further expand in 2015 with the participation of more Southeast Asian countries and additional fields of study; the development of regional Quality Assurance and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework in Higher Education (AQAF), which SEAMEO RIHED and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) have supported and intend to further develop into regional indicators for the harmonization of regional quality assurance and higher education systems; the development of a common credit transfer framework, the Academic Credit Transfer Framework for Asia (ACTFA), which has received continued support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to be piloted and evaluated before making the framework available for use by universities in the region; and the promotion of policy dialogue through the Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia, which has discussed progress on four priority areas for future regional cooperation and framework development in higher education, including student mobility, leadership development, E-Learning and Mobile Learning and ASEAN Research Clusters.

SEAMEO RIHED’s 22nd Governing Board Meeting was a memorable event thanks to the generous support and kind hospitality provided by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam. SEAMEO RIHED looks forward to the 23rd Governing Board Meeting to be held in 2015 in Brunei Darussalam.

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Regional Policy Seminar on Linkages and Collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and Industry

16 September 2014

The Annual Regional Policy Seminar, organized back-to-back with the SEAMEO RIHED Governing Board Meeting, serves as a platform for discussion and sharing among policy makers and higher education leaders on emerging trends and matters of regional importance in higher education.

On 16 September 2014, the Seminar was jointly hosted by SEAMEO RIHED and the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, and focused on the theme of Linkages and Collaboration between Higher Education Institutions and Industry.

In addition to the presentation of country reports from 10 SEAMEO Member Countries, the Seminar actively sought ways to encourage dialogue between universities and industry in the region with participants sharing a genuine desire to stimulate regional development and address the mismatch between industry requirements and current higher education provision.

Key points discussed included the importance of fostering an entrepreneurial outlook in higher education, the role of government and university and industry representatives (liaison officers) in supporting collaboration as well as different means of adapting courses and programmes across the region to meet the needs of development sectors.

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The 8th Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia

27-28 May 2014

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The 8th Meeting of Directors General, Secretary General, Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia was hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam, SEAMEO RIHED, and the British Council on 27 – 28 May 2014, at the Palace Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Meeting has served as a formal forum where high ranking officials responsible for higher education in Southeast Asian countries could share and discuss the development of higher education policies and practices since 2005. The Meeting was attended by Directors General, Commissioner of Higher Education, and country representatives from Southeast Asia as well as representatives from relevant regional and international bodies. The Meeting was honored by His Excellency Prof. Dr. Bui Van Ga, Vice Minister of Education and Training, Vietnam, who delivered the opening speech and opened the Meeting. During the two-day forum, the Meeting discussed progress and ways forward on the four priority areas of the harmonisation of higher education in Southeast Asia including student mobility enhancement, leadership development programme, e-learning and mobile learning, and ASEAN research clusters. The Meeting also discussed the Bologna Process and the UK experience as well as visions for the future of higher of higher education.

 

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The 6th Review Meeting of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme

The 6th Review Meeting of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme was held in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from 22 to 23 November 2013. The Meeting was hosted with generous hospitality by Mae Fah Luang University. The participants of the Review Meeting included delegates from the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia; the Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia; the Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand; the Commission on Higher Education, the Philippines; the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan; and representatives from participating universities in all member countries.

As the AIMS Programme has rapidly expanded to include 7 member countries, 7 study fields and 59 participating universities throughout the region, the Meeting presented an important step towards enhancing and strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation among participants to benefit student mobility and contributed towards the development of networks and partnerships necessary for building a sustainable future for AIMS. In particular, the Meeting sought to encourage participants to discuss programme development and consult together on mechanisms to facilitate student exchange in the region.

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