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Philippines: SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO/INNOTECH)

Mission and goals

INNOTECH is one of three SEAMEO regional centers hosted by the Government of the Philippines (GOP). The Center facilitates teaching and learning through innovative and technology-based research and training solutions in order to fully develop the potentials of the peoples in Southeast Asia.


INNOTECH is responsible to its client-ministries, learning organizations, work communities, and institutions serving in Southeast Asia. It is also in the business of developing innovative learning infrastructure, generation of information and creation of knowledge in the region. It has specialists with the ability to meet its client needs, equipped with knowledge imagination and expertise, working as a team, with integrity and with the highest sense of professionalism. It is engaged in continuous improvement in renewing, inventing and re-inventing ourselves and the future of education in Southeast Asia.



INNOTECH was established in January 1970 when the SEAMEO Council approved its five-year plan and interim plan of operations. Its headquarters was first set up at the SEAMEO Secretariat headquarters in Thailand. Then it was moved to Singapore and Vietnam, and was back to Thailand in 1975. On 1 July 1976, a memorandum of agreement was signed between the GOP and SEAMEO for the temporary hosting of SEAMEO INNOTECH in the Philippines. On 1 July 1981, the GOP accepted the formal request of the SEAMEO Council for the Philippines to permanently host SEAMEO INNOTECH. The Center is now located within the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Programmes, projects, and main activities

Hewing to SEAMEO's mission and goals, the Center seeks to:

  • undertake high-quality training, research, and information programmes that anticipate and respond to national and regional requirements;
  • strengthen management by ensuring efficiency and responsiveness to the rapidly changing environment and needs of education stakeholders;
  • ensure sustained financial viability by broadening fund base, maximizing revenues and controlling costs;
  • increase access of the Centre's programmes and services to wider markets within the region and beyond; and
  • strengthen the Centre's institutional linkages and networking schemes.

Some of the most significant courses mounted by the Center are in the following areas:

  • Leadership for the Effective Administration of Schools
  • Supervisory Development Programmes
  • Preparing Teachers to Teach with Technology
  • Assessing and Nurturing the Multiple Intelligences
  • Newer Educational Technology and ICT Applications in  Schools and Non-Formal Education
  • Alternative Learning Systems

Network and Partners

Member countries are;

  • Brunei Darussalam- Ministry of Education
  • Cambodia - Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
  • Indonesia - Ministry of Education
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic - Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Malaysia - Ministry of Education
  • Myanmar - Ministry of Education
  • Philippines - Department of Education
  • Singapore - Ministry of Education
  • Thailand - Ministry of Education
  • Vietnam - Ministry of Education

Also there are 7 associate member countries and 1 affiliate member.

Types of activities in which SEAMEO/INNOTECH can support countries in the Region.

The institutional activities of SEAMEO INNOTECH help promote educational development within and outside the region through its major program areas on educational innovation and technology: (1) training and human resource development, (2) research and evaluation, and (3) information and communications technology. Further, the Center conducts and manages educational conferences, workshops and other educational fora. It also provides consulting service sand other educational technical assistance to its partner institutions.


The Director


Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Diliman, Quezon City Metro Manila, Philippines

Tel: 63-2-9247681 to 84

Fax: 63-2-9210224