The 9th SEAQIS Governing Board Meeting

The Governing Board (GB) Meeting is an annual meeting conducted by SEAMEO QITEP in Science to review the previous and future activities for further submission to higher meetings including the Centre Director Meeting, High Official Meeting and SEAMEO Council Conference. The meeting also is aimed at discussing various internal matters to seek their possible solutions or improvement.

This year meeting was the 9th meting of the Centre and was successfully convened from 19 to 23 September 2018, at Bintang Bali Resort, Kuta, Bali. Ten out of eleven GB Members and representatives attended the meeting. The GB Member who could not attend the meeting was Dr Lorna Dig Dino, from the Philippines. The meeting was also attended by Mr Prasert Tepanart, the Deputy Director for Administration and Communication of SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES). Representatives from several institutions including the Directorate General of Teachers and Education Personnel, Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation of Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia, Centre for Development and Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (CDETEP) in Science, and from the Ministry of Education of Brunei Darussalam, also attended the meeting as the observer.

The opening ceremony of the meeting was initiated with a Balinese dance, Sekar Jagad, performed by students from SMAN 1 Denpasar, followed by a welcome remark by Dr Indrawati, the Director. In her remarks, she expressed her gratitude to Board Members, SEAMEO Secretariat, the SEAMEO Council Members, Member Countries, and partner institutions for the progress or achievements that SEAMEO QITEP in Science has accomplished during the reporting period. She also highlighted some of the Centre’s programme accomplishments for the Fiscal Year 2017/2018, including the increased number of teachers and education personnel participating in various activities as well as programmes such as Research Grants and STEM education development.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr Prasert Tepanart, Deputy Director for Administration and Communication of SEAMES, where in his remarks, he expressed gratitude to the Government of Indonesia for its continuous support to SEAMEO QITEP in Science. He then congratulated the Centre for the achievements accomplished in the past year that he believed could inspire thousands of individuals and contribute to the development of regional human resources. During the opening ceremony, a token appreciation was also presented to SMAN 1 Denpasar for their support to Centre’s activities while in Bali.

In this year GB Meeting, the Centre submitted 14 working papers to be discussed during the meeting; one working paper for acknowledgement, eight working papers for approval, and five working papers of information. The meeting acknowledged, approved, and took note for all the working papers submitted, except working paper about the proposal on development training model for regional training courses of SEAMEO QITEP in Science. This working paper had to be reworked and submitted to the next GB Meeting because the new training model proposed by the Centre is still unclear. This working paper was the hottest issue during the meeting that took a bit longer to discuss.

Apart from this paper, the meeting fully supported the Centre regarding its programmes and activities. Another issue arose during the meeting was Centre’s capability to conduct income generating programme. The meeting suggested that due to budget constraint, the Centre should create income generating programmes by collecting fees in conducting the training. Besides, this could increase the Centre’s visibility and revenue.  The success of the 2nd Ki Hajar Dewantara Award was also being highlighted by the GB Members. They appreciated and congratulated the successful conduct of the event. Furthermore, GB Member from Indonesia expected that the Award in the future will be recognized not only by the Indonesian government, but also by the government across the region.

The 9th GB Meeting was ended by excursion activity to tourism spots in Bali island. The first visit was to Tanah Lot, a home to ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot. The Tanah Lot temple was built and has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. The excursion was concluded by watching Kecak Dance in Uluwatu, a place on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. It is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple.

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