SEAMEO-The University of Tsukuba Symposium IX (Virtual)

Resilience for Global Citizenship; Challenges in Education under COVID-19

11. Feb 2021 - 11. Feb 2021

Bangkok, Global

SEAMEO Secretariat, University of Tsukuba and supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

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About the Event

SEAMEO Secretariat (08 February, 2021) - In response to this current challenging situation, SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with the University of Tsukuba and supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan will convene the 9th SEAMEO-The University of Tsukuba Symposium which will be held virtually on 11 February 2021.  Under the theme ‘Resilience for Global Citizenship’, the Symposium will provide a platform for experts, policy makers, educators, and other stakeholders to share best practices and discuss on how we as global citizens respond to the challenges in education posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 Registration Form HERE


Date: 11 February, 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 0830 - 1730 (BKK Time)

Thursday, 11 February 2021
0830-0900 hrs Registration and Log in
0900-1000 hrs I. Opening Ceremony
  A. SEAMEO Colours and SEAMEO Song
  B. Opening Remark by H E Dr Radzi Jidin
Senior Minister of Education, Malaysia and SEAMEO Council President
  C. Welcome Remarks by Dr Benton Caroline Fern
Vice President, The University of Tsukuba
  D. Welcome Remarks by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT)
  E. Opening Message by Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela
Director, SEAMEO Secretariat
  F. Keynote Speech: Resilience for Global Citizenship’
Dr Ida Yoshiyasu, Chair, Doctoral Program in School Education, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, The University of Tsukuba
  G. Official Photo Session
1000-1005 hrs   Healthy Break                                      
1005-1105 hrs II. Roundtable Discussion: Resilience for Global Citizenship
  • Dr Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED (TBC)
  • Mr Sukich Udindu, Centre Director, SEAMEO SEPS (TBC)
  • Dr Ramon C Bacani, Centre Director, SEAMEO INNOTECH (TBC)
  • Dr Alpha Amirrachman, Centre Director, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC (TBC)
  • University of Tsukuba (TBC)
Moderator: Prof Dr Nakao Nomura, Regional Director of South East Asia and Taiwan Offices, Global Common Office, The University of Tsukuba
1105-1205 hrs III. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (I)
    Panel Presentation:
  • Dr Glenn B Gregorio, Centre Director, SEAMEO SEARCA
  • Dr Zulhamsyah Imran, Centre Director, SEAMEO BIOTROP
  • Mr Alias Abu Bakar, Centre Director, SEAMEO VOCTECH
  • Dr Pornpun Waitayangkoon, Centre Director, SEAMEO STEM-ED
  • University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Dr Wahyudi, Deputy Director for Programme and Development, SEAMEO Secretariat
1205-1300 hrs   Lunch
1300-1405 hrs IV. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (II)
    Panel Presentation:
  • Dr Shah Jahan bin Assanarkutty, Centre Director, SEAMEO RECSAM
  • Dr Indrawati, Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Science
  • Dr Sumardyono, Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics
  • Dr Songheang Ai, Centre Director, SEAMEO TED
  • University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Dr Kritsachai Somsaman, Deputy Director for Administration and Communication, SEAMEO Secretariat
1405-1505 hrs V. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (III)
    Panel Presentation:
  • Assoc Prof Dr Pratap Singhasivanon, Secretary-General/Coordinator, SEAMEO TROPMED Network
  • Dr Muchtaruddin Mansyur, Centre Director, SEAMEO RECFON
  • Centre Director, SEAMEO SEN
  • Dr Dwi Priyono, Centre Director, SEAMEO CECCEP
  • University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Ms Anti Rismayanti, Programme Officer III (Information and Development), SEAMEO Secretariat
1505-1510 hrs   Healthy Break
1510-1610 hrs VI. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (IV)
    Panel Presentation:
  • Ms Susan Leong, Centre Director, SEAMEO RELC
  • Dr Luh Anik Mayani, Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Language
  • Mrs Somlak Charoenpot, Centre Director, SEAMEO SPAFA
  • Dr Khin Lay Soe, Centre Director, SEAMEO CHAT
  • University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Mr Raphael Orenday Cada, Programme Officer I (Policy and Development), SEAMEO Secretariat
1610-1710 hrs VII. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (V)
    Panel Presentation:
  • Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong, Centre Director, SEAMEO RETRAC
  • Assoc Prof Dr Niane Sivongxay, Centre Director, SEAMEO CED
  • Dr Ho Thanh My Phuong, Acting Centre Director, SEAMEO CELLL
  • University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Dr Orawan Sriboonruang, Programme Officer II (Research and Evaluation), SEAMEO Secretariat
1710-1730 hrs VIII. Synthesis and Closing Messages
  • Symposium Synthesis by Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-ValenzuelaDirector, SEAMEO Secretariat
  • Closing Message by Prof Dr Masami Isoda
    Director, Centre for Research on International Cooperation in 


This symposium aims to (1) Provide a platform to showcase the Best Practices of education responses to the pandemic and school closures in the region; (2) Identify opportunities and challenges faced by schools in SEA during the pandemic period; (3) Consolidate the policy changes and ways forward for “New Normal” in education; and (4) Identify ways to address the needs of disadvantaged students learning through remote education.

Under the sub-theme ‘Challenges in Education under COVID-19,’ this symposium intends to cover issues surrounding but not limited to:

  1. GCED concept development: Before and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Best Practices of alternative teaching methods/modules in educational institutions, both Basic Education and Higher Education during and after COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. The scalability of national response and existing solutions at the regional level that may help contribute to the post-COVID-19 plans of actions and agenda.
  4. The policies, tools, and strategies that could be suggested to policymakers to improve youth situation in the New Normal way of life.
  5. The contribution of education stakeholders in shaping the future of cultural learning and practices in Southeast Asia and beyond post COVID-19.

We cordially invite education experts, policy makers, educators, researchers, and other stakeholders to submit their abstract and full paper for the symposium.  Selected full paper presentations will be published in SEAMEO Journal 2021 (June issue). 


The e-certificate will be provided and generated by the SEAMEO Secretariat as follows:

  • “Certificate of Appreciation” will be provided to the speakers and panelists.
  • “Certificate of Participation” will be provided to all participants who attend the Symposium and complete the Certificate Validation and Assessment Form. 

Registration Form HERE

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