Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Secretariat Director Dr Ethel Agness P Valenzuela, SEAMEO Centre Director Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli, Politeknik Brunei Director Denis Ho Mun Tai, and Ministry of Education International Affairs Unit Head Walter Chong Meng Siong during the press conference. PHOTO: JAMES KON
BY James Kon
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has been highlighted and identified in many regional ministerial and high officials meetings as one of the priority areas in education development in the Southeast Asian region for 20 years until 2035, Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Secretariat Director Dr Ethel Agnes P Valenzuela said.
Delivering the welcoming remarks at the 5th High Officials Meeting of SEA-TVET at the Centrepoint Hotel on Monday, she said beginning from the first high official meeting on SEA-TVET organised in August 2015, various national and regional initiatives in TVET have been co-created and co-developed among Southeast Asian countries and development agencies.
Dr Ethel said this was done among others to advance the quality of TVET education in various aspects and to improve the internationalisation and harmonisation of TVET institutions in Southeast Asia.
A total of 150 participants gathered for the 5th High Officials Meeting of SEA-TVET themed ‘Strengthening Efforts Towards TVET 4.0’ which continues until today.
Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman officiated the opening ceremony as the guest of honour.
Dr Ethel also praised the Ministry of Education for selecting the theme ‘Strengthening Efforts towards TVET 4.0’ for this year’s meeting.
Twelve regional initiatives for TVET development in Southeast Asia will be presented at the second session.
Leading the Brunei delegation was Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education Dr Haji Azman bin Haji Ahmad. Officers from higher education institutions and ministries, SEAMEO member countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam as well as associate members of Japan, Korea, Germany, Great Britain, China, the United States and UNESCO as well as the International Labour Organization are also participating.
The topics of discussion during the meetings are Country’s Initiative in Strengthening Efforts Towards TVET 4.0, Regional Initiatives for TVET Development in Southeast Asia by Development Agencies, Skills Development for TVET 4.0 as well as Public-Private Partnership model towards TVET 4.0.
Following the opening ceremony, a press conference was held to explain about the meeting.
The press conference was chaired by the SEAMEO Secretariat Director, SEAMEO Centre Director Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli, Politeknik Brunei Director Denis Ho Mun Tai, and Ministry of Education International Affairs Unit Head Walter Chong Meng Siong.
The meeting aimed to discuss the collaborative development for 2018 to 2019 and identify strategies to raise cooperation and harmony in the region.
Participants at the meeting also look towards plans and strategies to improve the quality of TVET in Southeast Asian countries to raise the competitiveness of member countries for Industry 4.0 and to strengthen cooperation among agencies of ministries and departments in relation to TVET among countries in Southeast Asia with other countries.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin