SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) hosted its 22nd Governing Board Meeting (GBM) at the Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia on September 17, 2019. The GBM is an annual event of the centre that invites Governing Board Members as representatives of Southeast Asia countries which aims to report the working performance of the centre in the past year and to propose for new activities in the upcoming years.
The meeting was participated by 7 Governing Board Members and representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. There were 13 working papers and 2 other matters being discussed, reviewed and proposed during the one-day meeting. Also attended in the meeting, the ex-officio from SEAMEO Secretariat, Dr Wahyudi (Deputy Director for Programme and Development), and Ms Anti Rismayanti, and the Coordinator of 7 SEAMEO Centre in Indonesia, Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto. The meeting was officially opened by the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia on Innovation and Competitiveness, Dr Ananto Kusuma Seta.
Dr Wahyudi opened his speech by expressing his appreciation to the technical inputs and professional advice from the highly esteemed Board members that would allow SEAMEO SEAMOLEC to continue pursuing programmes and activities with high quality, relevancy to needs, responsiveness to development, effectiveness, and sustainability. He also applauded SEAMEO SEAMOLEC for the success in conducting 5 face-to-face training programmes and 40 online training programmes that mostly related to the Industrial Revolution 4.0 with a total of 7,115 participants in the last fiscal year. He also delighted that SEAMEO SEAMOLEC has been working closely and gave the services related to ODL system to the Ministries of Education, SEAMEO Centres as well as other partners such as universities in the region and consistently provides 30 research grants distributed to teachers and lecturers in Indonesia. Dr Wahyudi conveyed that he is confident that in upcoming years SEAMEO SEAMOLEC will be able to deliver more programmes and focus with their own flagship programmes not only in Indonesia, furthermore in other Southeast Asia countries as well as beyond the region.
In his opening remarks, Dr Ananto emphasized the role of SEAMEO SEAMOLEC in enhancing its competitiveness towards the industry 4.0 era. He shared the 3 key challenges to face the industry 4.0, they are; ensuring the benefits that are distributed fairly, managing the risks and harm that it causes, and the last one is ensuring it is human-led and human-centered. He also highlighted some ways for SEAMEO SEAMOLEC as strategy to improve its role in becoming the centre for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) which serve 11 countries within the region. SEAMEO SEAMOLEC should become a platform organization, develop knowledge sharing in global public goods, capacity building, and networks, as well as to provide more relevance, divers, and flexible services, which are demand driven, modular and certified through self-directed learning, project based-learning, and partnership with stakeholders.
The meeting was chaired by the Governing Board Member from Thailand, Prof Dr Prasert Suebka, the Acting President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) of Thailand as the Chairperson. All meeting sessions went very productive and effective under the lead of the Chairperson. SEAMEO SEAMOLEC Board of Directors presented all 13 working papers and 2 other matters to the Governing Board Members and received valuable inputs and resolutions to be implemented accordingly. The Meeting was adjourned in late afternoon, it was agreed by all members that the 23rd SEAMEO SEAMOLEC GBM will be held next year in Bandung, Indonesia, on September 16-19, 2020.