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APEID - History in Brief

In 1970, the Fifth Regional Conference on the Asian National Commissions for UNESCO, held in Teheran, requested the Director-General of UNESCO to review Asia’s emerging educational needs for the 1970s and to undertake a study of new patterns of regional co-operation in education in the region.

Consequently, in 1971, a study seminar was convened by UNESCO in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The seminar identified the area of priority concern within a conceptual framework that it defined as ‘educational innovation for development’. Innovation was not conceived as a goal or an end in itself, but a means to bring about educational changes that are purposefully and by design directed to specific well-defined goals.

The Third Regional Conference of Ministers of Education and Those Responsible for Economic Planning in Asia (Singapore, May-June 1971) endorsed the report of the study seminar, and recommended to UNESCO and the Member States to take appropriate steps within the framework of a regional mechanism of inter-country cooperation.

Raja Roy Singh, UNESCO Bangkok

Raja Roy Singh

The General Conference of UNESCO at its 17th session (Paris, 1972), approved the establishment of the Programme, and in Resolution 1,211 authorised the Director-General to create an Asian Centre of Educational Innovation for Development (ACEID) to facilitate its implementation. ACEID acted as a Secretariat for the Asian Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID). The Director-General invited Member States to nominate one or more of their institutions for participation in a new network throughout the region.

APEID was officially established on 4 November 1973, and Mr Raja Roy Singh ensured that APEID was from the beginning a highly effective and influential innovation, working to facilitate partnership and sharing within the region at a range of levels.

Subsequently, the title has been expanded to reflect the close affinity and co-operation between two neighbouring regions and to bring the Pacific region into the partnership. Thus the initiative became the Asia-Pacific Centre of Educational Innovation for Development (ACEID).

In 2001, at the direction of the UNESCO Director-General, the title ACEID as a Centre was subsumed into the title of APEID, with a focus on the Programme, with all functions and responsibilities being incorporated under the one umbrella of APEID. Mr Zhou Nanzhao, who had previously been known as the Chief of ACEID, then became formally known as the Coordinator of APEID.

Dr. Zhou retired in October 2004 and was succeeded in the role of Coordinator of APEID by Dr. Molly Lee. Since November 2012, Mr. Libing Wang has been holding the office as Coordinator of APEID.

Here is our current team at APEID.