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Rabu, 29 Juli 2009

SEAMEO Council President Launches New Regional Centres

The SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education of Thailand, His Excellency Mr Jurin Laksanawisit officiated the launch of the three new SEAMEO Regional Centres in Indonesia on 13 July 2009. The centres are called SEAMEO Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Educational Personnel (SEAMEO QITEP). The centres specialize in teacher development, each focuses on language, science and mathematics, respectively.

H E Mr Jurin Laksanawisit officiated the signing of the Inscription and launching of the SEAMEO QITEP Charter. In a ceremony, the SEAMEO Council President, together with His Excellency Dr Bambang Sudibyo, Minister of National Education of Indonesia participated in a teleconference with the Southeast Asian participants at the three SEAMEO QITEP Regional Centres in Jakarta, Bandung and Jogjakarta.

The SEAMEO QITEP Centres are the newest regional centers added to the 15 SEAMEO Units located throughout Southeast Asia. The establishment of the three SEAMEO QITEP Centes was approved through a Council resolution at the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference in April 2009 in Phuket, Thailand. The SEAMEO QITEP in Yogyakarta offer training courses for teachers on Mathematics. Meanwhile, the SEAMEO QITEP in Bandung specializes on Science; and the SEAMEO QITEP in Jakarta focuses on Language.

During his visit to Indonesia, the SEAMEO Council President had also the opportunity to visit other existing SEAMEO regional centres in the country, namely, the SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Community Nutrition (RCCN) and the SEAMEO SEAMOLEC.

H E Mr Jurin Laksanawisit and H E Dr Bambang Sudibyo sign the plaque to commemorate the launch of the SEAMEO QITEP Centres.

The Acting Director of SEAMEO QITEP Centre for Mathematics, Mr Kasman Sulyono presents a token of appreciation to the SEAMEO Council President.

Officials from the other SEAMEO Units and the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat join the SEAMEO Council President in his visit to the SEAMEO QITEP Centre in Mathematics.

The SEAMEO Council President and SEAMEO Secretariat Director with the international training participants of SEAMEO QITEP Centre in Language in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The SEAMEO Council President also visits the SEAMEO TROPMED RCCN and SEAMOLEC in Indonesia.


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