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Enhancing Educational Innovations in Asia and the Pacific: Consultative Meeting for APEID Programmes (2014-2017)

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For APEID to remain relevant and responsive to the needs of its Member States, a consultative meeting to discuss strategies and partnerships for enhancing educational innovations in its three programme areas was organized on 19-21 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Experts, practitioners and key partners were invited to the meeting to contribute to the development of a framework of action in line with UNESCO’s Quadrennial Programme Priorities (2014-2017) and UNESCO’s Education Strategy (2014-2021), and explore areas for collaboration to optimize the rich knowledge and experiences available in the region.

Objectives of the Meeting
More specifically, the objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Identify major issues in Higher Education, Teacher Education and ICT in Education, and outline innovative strategies and action plans to address them

  • Explore potential areas for collaboration and support

  • Discuss partnerships arrangements and funding opportunities

  • Review APEID networks and investigate options for strengthening regional and inter-country cooperation, collaboration and partnerships

Expected Outputs
The consultative meeting was instrumental in increasing participants’ knowledge and understanding of major issues facing Higher Education, ICT in Education and Teacher Education in the region. This will help to sharpen the focus of the three programme areas, and facilitate the development of effective strategies and action plans for UNESCO as well as its partners. Areas and modalities for collaboration and partnerships were identified for further discussion and development after the meeting. 

More specifically, the expected outputs were:

  • A report highlighting key points of the meeting

  • Framework for UNESCO’s Higher Education, Teacher Education and ICT in Education programmes based on international and regional agenda as well as priorities of Member States

  • APEID Programme for 2014-2017

  • Proposals for collaboration between UNESCO and partners in the three programme areas

The meeting involved about 50 key stakeholders of APEID’s programme areas, including policy makers; academia; researchers; school leaders; educators; staff of international organizations, NGOs, private sector; and UNESCO staff from the region.


Picture Gallery

Programme (pdf, 170kb)

Concept Note (pdf, 130kb)


  • Voices from Member States

    • Phonephet Boupha, Ministry of Education, Lao PDR (pdf, 900kb)

    • Morshidi Sirat, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (pdf, 830kb)

    • Philip Masterson, SEAMEO RIHED, Thailand (pdf, 340kb)

    • Put Samith, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia (pdf, 560kb)

    • Zenaida Domingo, Southeast Asian Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines (pdf, 810kb)

    • Extra, Extra, Let’s Hear from the Floor!
      Robert Steele
      , Compass Education (pdf, 370kb)

  • Building Partnerships

  • Vicheanon Khieu, Accreditation Committee of Cambodia, Cambodia (pdf, 520kb)

  • Philip Purnell, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines (pdf, 4mb)

  • Chee Kit Looi, National Institute of Education, Singapore (pdf, 1.4mb)

  • Christopher Tremewan, Association of Pacific Rim Universities, Singapore (pdf, 2.1mb)

  • Ahmad Nurulazam, National Higher Education Research Institute, (IPPTN), Malaysia (pdf, 1mb)

  • Utak Chung, Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), Republic of Korea (pdf, 1.7mb)

  • Yuhyun Park, infollutionZERO, Republic of Korea / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (pdf, 1.4mb)

  • Extra, Extra, Let’s Hear from the Floor!

    Andrew Zhao, South China Normal University (pdf, 1.2mb)

    Christine Lee, National Institute for Education Singapore (pdf, 900kb)