Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (SEAMEO Voctech) welcomed Singaporean Minister of Education Chan Chun Sing for an official e-visit in his capacity as SEAMEO Council President on Tuesday.
The visit was for the SEAMEO Council President’s to get better acquainted with the personnel, programmes and activities of the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) regional centre as well as to gain insights into the centre’s role and contribution towards technical and vocational education and training in the Sultanate and other SEAMEO member countries.
Together with the minister during the visit were Singapore delegates, Assistant Director of International Relations, Planning Division Dr Lian Hui along with an officer from International Relations from the Singapore Government Lee Enting.
Brunei’s Ministry of Education (MoE) also joined the visit, represented by Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the MoE Dr Shamsiah Zuraini Kanchanawati binti Haji Tajuddin, officials from the International Relations Unit, and SEAMEO Voctech Centre Director of Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar.
The e-visit was moderated by Director of the SEAMEO Secretariat in Bangkok Dr Ethel Pascua Valenzuela, whose personnel facilitated the event. The centre presented its corporate video and 2021-2022 achievement report video, highlighting notable programmes, achievements and partnerships over the past year.
The Singaporean minister commended SEAMEO Voctech on the implemented and upcoming training and research projects, expressing his interest in the digitalised integrated courses.
The centre’s director conveyed the centre’s gratitude to the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the SEAMEO Secretariat and its strategic partners including ITEES and Temasek Foundation, Singapore for supporting the centre’s endeavours to further develop TVET in the region, especially on the sharing of innovative approaches to TVET in the post-pandemic era.
The minister with Dr Ethel concluded the session with acknowledgements of the centre’s dedication in preparing TVET for Industrial Revolution 4.0 and expressed support for their on-going and upcoming regional research projects.