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4. High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET: Key Agreements and Summary Report

   Posted on 15.10.2018 by RECOTVET


The 4th High Officials Meeting (HOM) on Southeast Asia - with the theme of “Moving Together Towards TVET 4.0” – successfully took place on 4-5 September in Manila. The event was organised by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Education of the Philippines in partnership with SEAMEO Regional Centres, namely, SEAMEO VOCTECH, SEAMEO SEARCA and SEAMEO INNOTECH. Over 192 participants from all 11 countries in Southeast Asia as well as other partner countries attended the event.

The event summary is now available and can be downloaded under the following link 4.HOM Event Documentation and Outcomes

The event concluded with the following key results and agreements:

1) Reviewing the TVET Strategic Country Reports and Initiatives: Moving Together Towards TVET 4.0 in Session 1.

In connection to the presentations of Keynote Speaker, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore in Session 1, the High Officials’ Round Table recommend the following collaborative actions at regional level in response to TVET Industry 4.0:

  1. Developing “a Task Force” nominated by Ministries of Southeast Asian countries and conducting the regular online meeting for policy dialogue discussion and according to the particular issues at least every 3 months or when it is needed
  2. Conducting a “Survey on Future Skill Requirement for Industry 4.0
  3. Developing “Instrument” as guidelines to be aligned with industry needs
  4. Maximising “SEA-VET.net” (KM platform) as a sharing platform of best practices for Industry 4.0
  5. Conducting Teacher Trainings for New Skills by online and face-to-face
  6. Applying “Multiplier Effect Training” for training modules on Industry 4.0 by inviting the Ministries in Southeast Asian countries to nominate a representative from “Advanced TVET Institutions” ideally representing each province. Those attended the training programmes serve as mentors or multipliers for others especially from other TVET institutions.
  7. Developing “Monitoring Task Force” and conducting “Impact Study” after implementation
  8. Considering “Quality Assurance” for Industry 4.0
  9. SEAMEO VOCTECH is tasked to include the above components in its programme.


2) Reviewing the Progress Reports and Regional Initiatives as Presented in Session 2

  1. a) Reviewing the Progress Reports in Session 2

All High Officials agreed on the following progress reports for further implementation:

  • Competency Certification for Agricultural Workers in Southeast Asia, SEAMEO SEARCA, Philippines
  • TVET for Special Education by SEAMEO SEN, Malaysia
  • Establishment of New SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development, by SEAMEO TED, Cambodia
  • Progress of SEA-TVET Programme: SEA-TVET Student Internship Exchange, SEAMEO-China partnership Programme, and SEA Creative Camp by SEAMEO Secretariat, Thailand

     2. b) Reviewing the Regional Initiatives in Session 2

All High Officials agreed on the following regional initiatives for further implementation:

  • TVET- A Great First Career Choice by Department of International Trade, UK
  • CPSC’s Initiatives for Quality TVET in the Region by Colombo Plan Staff College, Philippines
  • Empowering Agriculture Vocational Schools Towards Industry 4.0 through Strengthening Linkages with Agricultural Research Centres, by SEAMEO BIOTROP, Indonesia
  • In-Service Training Modules for Industry 4.0 in TVET, by GIZ/RECOTVET, Vietnam and SEAMEO VOCTECH, Brunei Darussalam
  • ASEAN TVET Development Council by TESDA, Philippines

3) Regional Policy Recommendations from the High Officials’ Round Table Meeting

3.1 Interventions to Promote TVET Collaboration, Harmonisation, and Mobility in Southeast Asian Region

In view of the promoting collaboration, harmonisation and mobility of TVET in Southeast Asian region, the SEAMEO Secretariat has successfully implemented the TVET Student Exchange Programme in 2018. However, the additional suggestions from the High Officials are as follows:


  1. Referring Regional Guidelines to Harmonise TVET Standards, such as Regional TVET Teacher Standard, developed by SEAMEO VOCTECH and RECOTVET for referencing.
  2. SEAMEO Secretariat to involve SEAMEO Centres as sub-theme Coordinating Agency according to the study area such as Agriculture
  3. Development of the following TOR to increase participation of countries and TVET institutions
    • Recognition Prior Learning Centre or TOR
    • Guidelines of Assessment
    • Guidelines of Implementation
  4. Conducting a Meeting on Skill Mapping
  5. Sharing the existing national TOR/Guidelines on recognition of prior learning to other countries
  6. Southeast Asian countries should harmonise TVET standards at national level to ensure good structures in place.

 3.2 Other Regional Issues/Concerns in SEA-TVET Agenda for Special Attention


  1. Expanding attention to the TVET Health Care on Competency Standard Study and Development of Regional Competency Standard – by supporting “Focal Persons in TVET Nursing/ Health Care” to participate in the SEAMEO TROPMED Network’s programme.
  2. Joint Promotion of TVET System in Southeast Asian countries (To improve TVET image and attract more students
  3. Sharing TVET Exchange in areas of Teachers, Students, Contents, Practices among the countries
  4. TESDA to coordinate with SEAMEO for ASEAN-TVET Development Council and encourage work scope to be demarcated across various TVET platforms
  5. Expanding collaboration with industry for enhancing curriculum and instruction
  6. Organising TVET Teacher Competition as a part of SEAMEO SEA Creative Camp
  7. More intensive intervention for TVET Teacher Development ProgrammeSEA-TVET Scholarship Programme for Teachers and StudentsInviting more related Ministries to participate in the 5th HOM on SEA-TVET in 2019.
  8. Inviting more related Ministries to participate in the 5th HOM on SEA-TVET in 2019.
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