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The International Conference on Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Policy and Practice for Southeast Asia

SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) was actively involved in the conduct of The International Conference on Embedding Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education Policy and Practice for Southeast Asia at Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia on September 18-19, 2019. The two-day event was held back to back with the 22nd SEAMEO SEAMOLEC Governing Board Meeting (GBM).

The International Conference was a joint-event between Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia through its main units and SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia, in partnership with SEAMEO Secretariat, UNESCO, Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) and Ministry of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia.

One of the reasons to hold this conference is that it is in accordance to the implementation of the Priority Areas of SEAMEO, especially priority number 7, Adopting 21st century curriculum. SEAMEO SEAMOLEC believes that the advancement of digital technologies, especially in the education field, needs to benefit everyone within our region. In his remark as the Head of committee of the conference, Dr Alpha Amirrachman, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC Director expressed that education powered with AI will be one alternative solution to address inequality access to education in Southeast Asia. This transformation will demand Southeast Asia countries to rethink their national policies as well as the priorities.

The event invited Mr Yanuar Nugroho, Ph D, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Analysis and Oversight of Priority Programmes at the Executive Office of the President Republic of Indonesia, as the keynote speaker on Day 1 who shared about Paradigm Shift in Enhancing Policy Making. Meanwhile, on the second day, there were 2 keynote speakers from the two Ministries who shared about Indonesia Education Policy towards AI; Ir Totok Suprayitno, Ph D, the Head of Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia; and Prof Dr Ismunandar, the Director General of Learning and Student Affairs, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education.

Several institutions were involved in this international conference; 13 industries such as Bukalapak, Blibli, Amazon Web Service, Samsung RnD, Nodeflux, kata.ai, Cognixy, Xcure IT, Cyber Edu Inkor, Edmodo, and Weidong Cloud Education. There were also 4 Indonesian public universities like Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), and Politeknik Elektonika Negeri Surabaya (PENS), and several private universities actively playing role in this conference as speakers. The event was also supported by 2 international organisations: UNESCO and SEAMEO with its 10 Centres: SEAMEO SEAMOLEC, SEAMEO BIOTROP, SEAMEO RECFON, SEAMEO QIS, SEAMEO QIM, SEAMEO QIL, SEAMEO INNOTECH, Philippines, SEAMEO SEN, Malaysia, SEAMEO RETRAC, Vietnam, and SEAMEO TED, Cambodia.

The conference presented 6 sub-themes divided into 3 plenary sessions, and 3 break-out sessions. The plenary sessions were; (1) the latest trends of humanistic AI: challenges and opportunities; (2) promoting digital talents for development of values and skills in AI era; and (3) AI development in Education. Meanwhile, the break-out sessions were; (1) the latest development of AI ecosystem, (2) distance education for ensuring inclusive and lifelong learning through AI; and (3) best practices of AI utilization in teaching and learning.

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