The international seminar co-hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan was held at the University of Tsukuba, Tokyo campus on February 11, with total 38 participants, 23 from overseas and 15 from Japan. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Caroline F. Benton, Vice President of University of Tsukuba highlighted the university’s contribution as an only university member in Japan for Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in the area of education. Considering the importance of contribution, Dr. Benton expressed the expectation for Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED) to strengthen the role of liaison in and outside of the university. Dr. Takeo Yoshida, Provost of the School of Human Sciences then introduced the history of University of Tsukuba since 1872, as the Normal School and a precursor of the university.
This conference was held to share the priorities of SEAMEO, the leading organization of educational policies of ASEAN Community, and the role of each regional centres, as well as the role of the University of Tsukuba and CRICED as the liaison.
From SEAMEO Secretariat, Deputy Director, Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela presented about main educational issues and sustainable development goals, especially quality of education and inclusive education. Responding to that, each regional center, presented on their role on the issues, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM), SEAMEO Centre for the Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (Qitep) in Mathematics, SEAMEO Qitep in Science, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (CELL) and Dr. Kamal Lamichhane from CRICED.
Opening Speech by Dr. Caroline Benton, Vice President
Historical Role of the University of Tsukuba in Japan, Dr.Takeo Yoshida, Provost of the School of Human Sciences
SEAMEO Secretariat, Deputy Director, Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela
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