November 19, 2017

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:  



Inauguration Ceremony of ASEAN-China Arts Colleges Alliance

Inauguration Ceremony of ASEAN-China Arts Colleges Alliance

16 March 2017

Guangxi International Convention Center

Nanning, Guangxi Juang Autonomous Region, PRC


SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (RIHED) joined the ASEAN-China Center (ACC) and Guangxi Arts University in hosting the Inauguration of the ASEAN-China Arts Colleges Alliance (ACACA).

Comprised of 19 participating universities who signed the Joint Declaration of ASEAN-China on Establish Arts Colleges Alliance, this new university network is expected to open opportunities to nurture a new generation of internationally competent artists, participate in collaborative research and creation, promote cultural and artistic prosperity, and come up with innovations developing the cultural and artistic industries in the region.


19 Member Universities of the ASEAN-China Arts Colleges Alliance

ASEAN  China
1. University of Brunei Darussalam 1. Nanjing University of the Arts, China
2. Royal University of Fine Arts, Cambodia  2. Jilin University of Arts, China 
3. The National Institute of Arts and Culture (ISBI), Bandung Indonesia  3. Shandong University of Arts, China 
4. National School of Arts, Lao PDR    4. Yunnan Arts Univeristy, China 
5. National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage, Malaysia    5. Xinjiang Arts Institute, China  
6. National University of Arts and Culture (Yangon), Myanmar  6. Inner Mongolia Arts University, China
7. University of the Philippines-Dilman 7. Guangxi Arts University, China 
8. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore  8. PLA Academy of Art, China 
9. Bunditpatanasilpa Institute, Thailand      
10. Silpakorn University, Thailand   
11. Vietnam National Academy of Music   


Representatives of the 19 Member Universities of the ACACA


Dr. Chantavit, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, with Prof Norazlisham bin Mohd Amin, Director of Centre of Arts Skills Development, Malaysia


Call for ASEM Youth: 2nd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS2)

The ASEM Education Process celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017. On this occasion, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will organise the 2nd ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS2) on 4-8 May 2017 in Seoul, Korea, in conjunction with the 6th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME6).

Themed “Access to Youth Employment”, ASEFYLS2 will bring together up to 150 youth participants from 51 Asian and European countries, including students, entrepreneurs, academics, young civil/public servants and professionals of all disciplines. The 4-day conference comprises various meeting and training formats; for example, skills workshops, panel discussions and human libraries. We also plan a dialogue session between the ASEM Education Ministers and the young leaders. The participants will explore the topic of “Access to Youth Employment” from 8 thematic angles: 1) age, 2) education, 3) disability, 4) finance, 5) gender, 6) location, 7) social background and 8) technology.

The ASEFYLS2 tackles core issues linked to ASEM ME6, including Education in the 4th Industrial Revolution and Employability for Future Generations, and addresses the SDGs 4, 5, 8 and 9. We believe that this project would be a great opportunity for students and young professionals from all ASEM countries, and we warmly encourage them to apply through the Open Call for Application. The deadline is Monday, 20 March 2017, 23:59 GMT.

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 ASEFYLS2 Open Call & Overview


The 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum on Leadership and Governance

The 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum on Leadership and Governance


The Southeast Asian Higher Education (SEA-HiEd) Forum is organised in conjunction with the Southeast Asian Higher Education Senior Officials Meeting (SEA-HiEd SOM), which was formerly known as the Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia, to provide a platform for national government authorities responsible for higher education as well as leaders of the region’s higher education institutions to address key issues in higher education for Southeast Asia.

This year, the SEA-HiEd Forum is co-organised by SEAMEO RIHED and the Commission on Higher Education, the Philippines and will explore strategies, trends and practices in the leadership and governance of higher education. The Forum is intended to draw attention to current policies and strategies being adopted at national and institutional levels throughout the region of Southeast Asia and promote the exchange of knowledge to create valuable inputs to enhance collaboration in leadership development and higher education governance.


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The SEA-HiEd Forum

When:  5 April 2017

Where:  Manila, the Philippines

Registration Deadline:  15 March 2017

Reserve your seat today!

Kindly note that registration to the 2017 SEA-HiEd Forum does not include airfare, travel and health insurance or visa fees (if applicable). Participants are also responsible for their own accommodation.


Ms. Thanthakorn Phuangsawat (Fon) or  +66 2644 9856 ext. 101

Ms. Christelle Mae Agustin (Elle) or  +66 2644 9856 

Sun Yat-Sen University 2017 Prospectus

Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for International Students from Southeast Asian Countries 2017


Sun Yat-Sen University is now offering undergraduate scholarships to 200 outstanding students from Southeast Asian Region in the academic year 2017 under the “Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for International Students from Southeast Asian Countries” 2017.

Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), founded by Dr Sun Yat-Sen in 1924, is a prominent research, academic and cultural institutes for talent development in South China.  It is operated under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and strongly supported by both the Ministry and Guangdong Province. 

SYSU is an important base for conducting scientific research, inheriting cultural and academic traditions and training high-level talents in South China. Being one of the leading universities in China and the world, SYSU is a comprehensive multidisciplinary university. The University enjoys a deep tradition of international cooperation and exchange in education with universities abroad.

SYSU has become a modern comprehensive multi-disciplinary university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally.  To improve its educational influence and to attract more students from all over the world, SYSU has setup the “Undergraduate Scholarship for International Students”, in support of outstanding students’ pursuit of bachelor’s degrees at SYSU.

Number of Scholarships: 200

Deadline of Application: April 30, 2017

Contacts: Office for International Students’ Affairs, Sun Yat-sen University – Ms. Wu Hao at, and Ms. Yang Weiqing at

Annex:  Prospectus
                Enrollment Guideline for International Students
                Response Form

Download files :
 Sun Yat-Sen University Scholarship SEA 2017 Prospectus
Enrollment Guide for International Students_Sun Yat-Sen University
Response Form

The Government of ​Brunei Darussalam Scholarships 2017/2018 for Foreign Students


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Open Forum and Expert Meeting on “Exploring Evaluation Measures on the Impact of Student Mobility Scheme of the AIMS Programme”

Open Forum and Experts Meeting on “Exploring Evaluation Measures on the Impact of Student Mobility Scheme of the AIMS Programme”

On 2-3 February 2017, SEAMEO RIHED, in collaboration with the Office of Higher Education (OHEC), Thailand, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), and Higher Education Policy Research Institute (HEPRI) organised the Open Forum and Experts Meeting on “Exploring Evaluation Measures on the Impact of Student Mobility Scheme of the AIMS Programme”.

Upon joining of Republic of Korea to the AIMS Programme in 2016, in an effort to make meaningful contributions to the sustainable development of AIMS programme, the government of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with Korean Council for University Education (KCUE) and Higher Education Policy Research Institute (HEPRI) at Korea University, wished to launch a collaborative project between SEAMEO RIHED and the Republic of Korea to investigate the effects of the AIMS Programme on participating students’ development and future career.

The initial proposal for this project was presented in the plenary session at the 10th AIMS Review Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was well received by the AIMS participating countries and universities. As the result, SEAMEO RIHED and the government of the Republic of Korea discussed and agreed to conduct a workshop where all the AIMS governments and higher education institutions representatives and experts who wish to participate in the project gather and discuss how to finalise a research design, survey instrument and implementation plan. The Open Forum and Experts Meeting were convened on 2-3 February 2017 at the Office of Higher Education Thailand to gather relevant inputs.

At the Open Forum, 70 participants from AIMS countries, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand; higher education institutions from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand; partner organisations such as the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the British Council Thailand, Campus France Thailand, Nuffic Neso Thailand, and UNESCO Bangkok; experts and organisers attended. The Open Forum explored the purpose of measuring exchange students’ experiences and learning outcomes, multi-cultural competence, shared previous experiences in the monitoring of AIMS and Campus Asia Programmes, and discussed on the issues and challenges in implementing a survey in the multi-national context.

At the Experts Meeting, 28 participants from AIMS countries, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, partner organisations, experts and organisers attended to deliberate on the details of the proposed evaluation instrument. The Meeting agreed that the adoption of the evaluation instrument would be on a voluntary basis. The results of the evaluation would be beneficial to study the exchange students’ experiences and outcomes. The revised evaluation instrument by the research team would be tabled at the upcoming 2nd AIMS Steering Committee Meeting in July 2017, Japan.


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Document Compilation Open Forum on Exploring Evaluation Measures on the Impact of Student Mobility Scheme of the AIMS Programme


Associate Professor Dr. Bundit Thipakom, Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of Higher Education Commission, Thailand, delivering the Welcome Remarks at the Open Forum.


Dr. Chantavit Sujatanont, Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED presenting an overview of the AIMS Programme and SEAMEO RIHED at the Open Forum.


Prof. Kiyong Byun, Director of the Higher Education Policy Research Institute, Korea University presenting the Meeting’s Objectives at the Open Forum.


Group photo of the Guests of Honor, ASEAN and International Experts, the Korean Research Team and SEAMEO RIHED Centre Director at the Open Forum.


Group photo of all the participants at the Open Forum on 2 February 2017.


Group photo at the Experts Meeting on 3 February 2017.


Photos Gallery :  Open Form & Experts Meeting on Exploring Evaluation Measures on the Impact of Student Mobility Scheme of the AIMS Programme
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4th China Study Visit

Together with other institutional leaders and higher education officials, you will have an extensive opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of the Chinese higher education system and its institutions in Hainan to explore and exchange innovative practices, as well as to seek for networking and future academic collaborations in higher education, especially in the field of Foreign Languages & Culture, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, Tourism & Hospitality and Marine Science.


 Download Brochure Here!  Download Registration Form Here!




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

Organized by:
SEAMEO RIHED, ASEAN-China Center (ACC), the Education Department of Hainan Province

Haikou – Sanya, Hainan

23-30 April 2017

Programme includes:

    • 6 Institutional Visits

1) Hainan University
2) Hainan Normal University
3) Hainan Medical University
4) Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education
5) Hainan Tropical Ocean University
6) Sanya University

  • One-day Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges
  • Cultural Visits

Designed for:

This year’s Programme is designed for executives and officials from higher educational institutions in Southeast Asia that are actively engaged in the following fields:

  • Foreign Languages & Culture
  • Tropical Agriculture
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Marine Science

How much:
1,600 USD

Registration fee includes:

  • Seminar & Institutional Visits
  • 7-night accommodation (4 stars or equivalent)
  • Local transportation
  • Meals
  • Cultural visits
  • English-speaking guide
  • Printed materials….and more!

Registration fee does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Travel and Health Insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Other personal-related expenses

Registration Deadline:
extened to 24 March 2017

Number of Participants:
Maximum 25 persons, with no more than three representatives from the same university
Ms. Thanthakorn Phuangsawat (Fon) or  +66 2644 9856 ext. 101

Mr. Nitipong Srisoontaraporn (Boat) or  +66 2644 9856 ext.102

Greetings Card

Greetings Card