SEAQIS has successfully convened the 10th Governing Board Meeting (GBM) at Savoy Homann Hotel, Bandung, from 17th to 21st September 2019. The Meeting aimed to review the activities of SEAQIS and plans of future SEAMEO activities for further submission to the Centre Director Meeting, High Official Meeting and SEAMEC Conference. The 10th GBM also discussed various internal matters to seek possible solutions or improvement.
Seven out of eleven GB Members and representatives attended the meeting. They were 1) Dr Sediono Abdullah, GB Member from Indonesia, 2) Assoc Prof Vong Deuan Osay, GB Member from Lao PDR; 3) Prof Ni Ni Than, GB Member from Myanmar; 4) Mr Lau Chor Yam, GB Member from Singapore; 5) Dr Supunnee Chanprasert, representative of Prof Sukit Limpijumnong, GB Member from Thailand; 6) Ms Veronica Moreira Correira, GB Member from Timor Leste; and 7) Prof Dr Pham Quang Trung, GB Member from Vietnam. The meeting was also attended by Dr Wahyudi, the Deputy Director (Programme and Development) of SEAMEO Secretariat and observers from Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and Centre for Development and Empowerment of Teachers and Education Personnel (CDETEP) in Science.
The Meeting was officially opened by Mr Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, the vice governor of West Java Province. In his remarks, he pointed out the significances of SEAMEO Centres in improving the quality of education in West Java Province. He also highlighted that the majority of Indonesian citizen currently are the millennials and to survive in this era, education should be put in the first place. He then expected that the meeting could be a strategic move in developing the characteristics of the millennials to face the challenges in the era of industrial revolution 4.0 through programmes and activities conducted by SEAQIS. The opening was also enlivened by choir and dance performance performed by students of SMKN 1 Bandung.
In this year Meeting, there were 14 working papers discussed in which nine of them are matters for approval. SEAQIS proposed to establish the Regional Office for Climate Education, and upscaled the training programme on integrating computational thinking to regional level. All the propose programmes were approved by the Meeting.