CHED Chairperson Licuanan and Commissioner Brillantes at the 11th Southeast Asian Higher Education Senior Officials Meeting

Top officials and experts from ASEAN Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) convened to discuss and explore influential trends and emerging issues at the 11th Southeast Asian Higher Education Senior Officials Meeting (SEA-HiEd SOM) and 2017 Southeast Asian Higher Education (SEA-HiEd) Forum on Leadership and Governance.

The two-day event organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) and the Philippine’s Commission on Higher Education (CHED) was held on April 4-5 at the Diamond Hotel, City of Manila.

CHED Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan in her welcome remarks said, “The world has set a more ambitious education universal agenda for the period 2015-2030. We now have the new sustainable development goals which are to ensure inclusive, equitable quality education, and promote lifelong opportunities for all.”

The Chairperson discussed SEAMEO RIHED’s four priority areas in Higher Education in the region such as academic mobility enhancement, leadership government, e-learning and mobile learning, and the ASEAN Citation Index. She pointed out the role of the ASEAN community in bringing a more equitable and sustainable development to the people of the region with education and lifelong learning as major strategies.

“Education 2030 commits to developing more inclusive, responsive, and resilient education system to meet the needs of children, youth, and adults in conflict affected areas, and where crisis, violence, attacks on educational institutions, natural disasters, and pandemics continue to disrupt education and development globally,” Licuanan explained.

CHED Commissioner Alex B. Brillantes. Jr. chaired the 11th SEA-HiEd SOM formerly known as the Meeting of Directors General/Secretary General/Commissioner of Higher Education in Southeast Asia. He facilitated and steered the exchange of knowledge and constructive discussion among representatives from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, the European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (EU-SHARE), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) shared their insights on enhancing regional collaboration in leadership development and higher education governance.

CHED’s Office of Planning, Research, and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) Director Napoleon K. Juanillo, Jr. and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) President Dr. Ricardo Rotoras served as keynote speakers during the forum which was attended by around 100 officials and HEI representatives from the region.