SEAMEO-The University of Tsukuba Symposium IX (Virtual)

Theme: Resilience for Global Citizenship:
Sub-Theme: Challenges in Education under COVID-19

11 February 2021

Tentative Programme

*Thai Standard Time(GMT+7)

10 February 2021 updated

Thursday, 11 February 2021
0830–0900 Registration and Log in
0900–1000 I. Opening Ceremony
A. SEAMEO Colours and SEAMEO Song
B. Opening Remark by H E Datuk 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 MINAMI Shinpei
Director, Office for International Strategy Planning,International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat of MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan)
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 Healthy Break
1005–1105 II. Roundtable Discussion: Resilience for Global Citizenship
• The Development of Agency as Global Citizenship in Tokkatsu: Focusing on the alteration of school rules by the student council,
Dr. Tetsuo Kyomen, University of Tsukuba
• Fostering Global Citizenship through Sales Competition,
Dr Alpha Amirrachman, Centre Director, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC
• SEAMEO VOCTECH’s Strategic Initiatives in Response to COVID- 19 and fast-changing technology,
Mr Alias Abu Bakar, Centre Director, SEAMEO VOCTECH
• Moving Forward to a Better Future: A Regional Center’s Response,
Mr Benito Espena Benoza, Knowledge Management and Networking Office Manager, SEAMEO INNOTECH
Moderator: Prof Dr Nakao Nomura, Regional Director of South East Asia and Taiwan Offices, Global Common Office, The University of Tsukuba
1105–1205 III. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (I) – for Higher Education, Research and TVET
Panel Presentation:
• Reshaping Research and Development in Higher Education Institutions amidst the Pandemic,
Dr Glenn B Gregorio, Centre Director, SEAMEO SEARCA
• Resiliency of Academic Activities for Global Citizenship at University of Tsukuba in Response to COVID 19,
Prof. Dr. Nakao Nomura, University of Tsukuba
• Online Hybrid System Learning Model: A Case Study on Training of Geodata Base Diagnostic and Monitoring for Plant Pest and Disease Management,
Dr Zulhamsyah Imran, Centre Director, SEAMEO BIOTROP
• Covid-19 responses in Cambodia,
Dr Songheang Ai, Centre Director, SEAMEO TED
Moderator: Dr Wahyudi, Deputy Director for Programme and Development, SEAMEO Secretariat
1205–1300 Lunch
1300–1400 IV. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (II) – for Mathematics and Science Education
Panel Presentation:
• Learning from Everything,
Dr Shah Jahan bin Assanarkutty, Centre Director, SEAMEO RECSAM
• Teachers Resilience Toward Science Learning during Pandemic,
Dr Indrawati, Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Science
• Math for All & Its Strategic Program for Teachers in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic,
Dr Sumardyono, Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics
• Online Programs for Mathematics Education: The Case of CRICED, University of Tsukuba,
Prof. Dr. Masami Isoda, University of Tsukuba
Moderator: Dr Kritsachai Somsaman, Deputy Director for Administration and Communication, SEAMEO Secretariat
1400–1500 V. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (III) – for health & nutrition and inclusive education
Panel Presentation:
• Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19: Through a Health Perspective,
Assoc Prof Dr Pratap Singhasivanon, Secretary-General/Coordinator, SEAMEO TROPMED Network
• COVID-19 Pandemic an opportunity for Accelerating Nutrition Literacy in supporting Global Citizenship Education,
Dr Muchtaruddin Mansyur, Centre Director, SEAMEO RECFON
• Emotional and Psychosocial Support for Teachers and Parents of Learners with Disabilities during COVID-19,
Mr Mohd Zulkarnain Bin Abdul Wahab, Head of Division, SEAMEO SEN
• Early Childhood Education and Parenting as the Individual Basic Resilience: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic,
Dr Dwi Priyono, Centre Director, SEAMEO CECCEP
Moderator: Ms Anti Rismayanti, Programme Officer III (Information and Development), SEAMEO Secretariat
1500–1505 Healthy Break
1505-1550 VI. Global Citizenship Resiliency in Response to COVID-19 (IV) – for culture and community development
Panel Presentation:
• Adapting Programs to Assist Teachers and Students to a New Learning,
Dr Luh Anik Mayani, Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Language
• Human Capital Development Resilience Approach by SEAMEO SPAFA in Response to COVID-19,
Mrs Somlak Charoenpot, Centre Director, SEAMEO SPAFA
• How SEAMEO Regional Centre for Community Education Development Responded to COVID-19?
Kiengkay Ounmany PhD, Head of Research Office, SEAMEO CED
Moderator: Mr Raphael Orenday Cada, Programme Officer I (Policy and Development), SEAMEO Secretariat
1550-1615 VII. Synthesis and Closing Messages
• Symposium Synthesis by Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela,
Director, SEAMEO Secretariat
• Closing Message by Prof Dr Masami Isoda
Director, Centre for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED), The University of Tsukuba

SEAMEO-The University of Tsukuba Symposium IX (Virtual)


10 February 2021 updated


photo gallery:

Speaker’s and Panelist’s

Dr. Radzi Jidin

Senior Minister of Education in the Malaysian government and a Senator in the Dewan Negara (Upper House of the Malaysian Parliament)

Dr Radzi Jidin is the Senior Minister of Education in the Malaysian government and a Senator in the Dewan Negara (Upper House of the Malaysian Parliament). As one of the four Senior Ministers in the Cabinet, he leads the Social Cluster, a group of eight ministries managing education and social policies. He served as Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs from July 2018 until February 2020.

Dr Radzi is the Information Chief of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU), one of the component parties in the ruling coalition. He is also the Deputy Chairman for Institut Masa Depan Malaysia (MASA), a think tank focusing on developing socioeconomic analysis.

Prior to joining politics, Dr Radzi was in academia where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at The Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and the University of Tasmania. His teaching and research interests covered financial accounting and reporting, corporate governance, ethics, and auditing, including forensic auditing. Dr Radzi regularly presented at international accounting conferences and published several papers in international accounting journals.

Dr Radzi obtained his PhD from The Australian National University.

Mr. MINAMI Shinpei

Director, Office for International Strategy Planning, International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan)


Chair, Doctoral Program in School Education, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, The University of Tsukuba

Yoshiyasu Ida received Ph.D in Science(Geography) from University of Tsukuba and is currently teaching geography education, undergraduate, master and doctor courses.
His professional interests focus on curricula of geography in the world , and his current projects include geographical curriculum for SDGs and ESD . In addition, he serves as presidents of Japanese association for the social studies and the geographical education society of Japan and is a member of editorial board of international research in geographical and environmental education.

Dr. Raden Alpha Amirrachman

Centre Director, SEAMEO SEAMOLEC (TBC)
Faculty of Education at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (UNTIRTA), Banten

Mr. Raden Alpha Amirrachman, Ph.D. received Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences from Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (UNTIRTA), Banten.
A strong advocate for integrity and professionalism, he involves his students in conducting project-based tasks to improve their skills and competences. His professional interests focus on educational policy in the era 4.0, and his current projects include writing a book on the sociological aspects of societies adapting to changes in education sector and conducting project on fostering global citizenship through sales competition.

Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio

Centre Director, SEAMEO SEARCA
Institute of Crop Science, College of Agriculture and Food science at UPLB

Glenn B. Gregorio obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics, M.Sc. in Plant Breeding, and BS Agriculture at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Born and educated at Central Mindanao university, Musuan, Bukidnon for this Elementary and High School. His career was developed at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as researcher; then he served as Post-Doctoral Fellow and assumed various research positions like International Research Fellow, Scientist, Senior Scientist, and Deputy Division Head of IRRI’s Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology Division. At IRRI, he worked on Rice Breeding for tolerance to saline-prone and problem soils, and as Coordinator for varietal development pipeline-cross cutting R&D. He had a three-year stint as crop breeding manager for corn at East-West Seed Company.
He is a professor of the Institute of Crop Science, College of Agriculture and Food science at UPLB and currently the Director of Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). His numerous awards include the following: Ten Outstanding Youth Scientists of the Philippines (TOYS 1980); Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS 2004) in the field of Genetics; Crop Science Society of the Philippines Achievement Award for Crop Science Research (2004); Honorary Foreign Scientist of the Rural Development Administration (RDA) Award of Korea (2002-2005); The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM 2004) Philippines; Ho Chi Minh Medal award for “Having Great Contribution to the cause of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam” (2012); Crop Science Achievement Award in Research Management (2014) and UPLB Outstanding Alumni Award (2020). Dr. Gregorio was also conferred the rank of Academician as member of NAST-Philippines in 2018.

Dr. Songheang Ai

Centre Director, SEAMEO TED
National Institution of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Cambodia

Songheang Ai received the doctor of philosophy from South Korea in human resources development (HRD) from Korea University of Technology and Education (KOREATECH) and is currently teaching human resources management (HRM) as an adjunct professor at National Institution of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Cambodia.

As an adjunct professor at National Mean Chey University, he taught educational psychology. A strong advocate for learning, innovation, integrity, and productivity, he involves his students in the research work enhancing their research competencies by supervising and mentoring them regularly. His professional interests focus on technical and vocational education and training (TVET), migration, secondary education, curriculum development, and soft skills, and his current research projects include assessing the distance learning delivery quality for technical and vocational education students during the Covid-19 outbreak in Cambodia, and assessing the curriculum implementation effectiveness at technical and vocational education institutes. He has published some journal research articles, international conference papers, book chapters, and web blogs. In addition, he serves as a director of SEAMEO TED. He was recently honored with the Best Paper Award for his contributions to the international conference on June 22-23, 2019 in Bali, Indonesia.

Dr. Indrawati

Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Science

Dr Indrawati received Doctoral Degree in Management of Education from Indonesia University of Education and is currently holding position as the Director of SEAMEO QITEP in Science.
A strong advocate for STEM learning, she develops programmes on integration on STEM learning into Indonesian National Curriculum. Her professional interests focus on managerial skills for the school principal and superintendent, higher order thinking skills, pedagogical in the science learning, and student active learning implementation in elementary school, and STEM learning, and her current projects include local context-based STEM learning and computational thinking learning development. In addition, was a member of the developer team of Science-Technology-Society (a collaborative program with British Petroleum, British Council, and SEAMEO RECSAM in Science across Asia-Pacific/Science across the World Program) and also became and also became the coordinator of Science National Development.

Dr. Pratap Singhasivanon

Coordinator, SEAMEO TROPMED Network
Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University.

Associate Professor Pratap Singhasivanon received Dr.P.H., School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology from University of Michigan, U.S.A. and is currently teaching Tropical Medicine and infectious disease epidemiology at Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University.

A strong advocate for WHO activities addressing health problems in South East Asia. His professional interests focus on Vector-borne diseases e.g. Malaria, Dengue, and his current projects include One Health in Southeast Asia. He publishes more than 200 publication peer review. In addition, he serves as former Dean of Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University and is a member of Academic Committee of National Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Public Health (including country response in COVID-19 Pandemic). He was recently honored with the Mahidolthayakorn for his contributions to best Alumni of Mahidol University.

Mr. Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Wahab

Head of Division, SEAMEO SEN

Mr. Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Wahab received his Masters in Education majoring in Special Education from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) and is currently heading the Research and Innovation Division at SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Educational Needs (SEAMEO SEN), Malaysia. Active in coordinating training programmes and projects related to Special Education and Inclusive locally and internationally, he also involved in the development of online training modules for teachers. His professional interests focus on SEN Support, Educational Support for the Deafblind, PWD Employment and Skill Enhancement Programme for SEN. He started his career in the area of Special Education as the International Relations Officer for SEAMEO SEN.
In all of the positions he held at the centre, he had to initiate numerous local, international, government and non-governmental engagements for programmes and events especially on capacity building and international conferences. This has led to his extended networking within the Special Education Academia across Southeast Asia and internationally.
Leading the Research and Innovation Division, his role among others is to align the centre’s role and focus in conducting impact researches focusing on current issues as well as incorporating innovation in special education.

Dr. Luh Anik Mayani

Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Language

Luh Anik Mayani received a doctoral degree in Linguistics from University of Cologne, Germany and is currently the Director of SEAMEO QITEP in Language (SEAQIL).
She focuses on managing and developing SEAQIL’s sustainability to improve the quality of language teachers and education personnel in Southeast Asia. One of her newly initiated programs in SEAQIL is School Literacy Club; a club which is designed to improve high school students’ life skill through reading-writing/speaking literacy and mastering foreign language(s). This program involves teachers, literacy communities, university students and other relevant stakeholders.
Above all, she is a language researcher. Some of her latest publications are “Affricates, Nasal-Obstruent Sequences and Phrasal Accent in Tajio” (2016) in Linguistik Indonesia; “Word class classification in Tajio” (2017) in NUSA Linguistic studies of languages in and around Indonesia; and “Consonant Geminates in Simalungun Language” (2017) in Linguistik Indonesia. In addition, she is the current President of Indonesian Linguistics Society.

Dr. Kiengkay Ounmany

Head of Research Office, SEAMEO CED
International Development Studies at the National University of Laos

Kiengkay Ounmany received a PhD in social and economic sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna, Austria and is currently teaching development theories in a Master Programme in International Development Studies at the National University of Laos.
A strong advocate for sustainable development, he involves his students in research on rural development, poverty reduction and sustainable development in Laos. His professional interests focus on rural development, participatory approach, human capital and sustainable development, and his current projects include Effectiveness Assessment Survey Implementation of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Activities in Lao PDR, United Nations Development Programme, Vientiane, Lao PDR and Rapid end line review the National Nutrition Strategy Plan of Actions (2016-2020) And draft the Strategy Plan of Actions (2021-2025) Four priority actions under Ministry of Education and Sports, World Food Programme (WFP), Vientiane, Lao PDR. His key publications include “The Legacy of the Vietnam War: Making a Living amid Unexploded Ordnance in Xieng Khouang Province, Northern Laos” and “Impacts of Unexploded Ordnance Clearance on Wet Rice Farming in Xieng Khouang Province, Northern Laos”

Dr. ISODA Masami

Director of Centre for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED)
University of Tsukuba

Dr. Caroline F. Benton

Vice President and Executive Director (Global Affairs), University of Tsukuba.

Caroline Benton was appointed Vice President of Global Affairs of the University of Tsukuba in 2013, after serving as chair of the university’s MBA Program in International Business. She is also Director General of the university’s Global Commons, and serves on various committees including the Japanese Association of National Universities’ (JANU) International Exchange Committee as an expert member, the International Olympic Committee’s Education Commission, the Research Organization for Information and Systems Education and Research Council, the Nara Institute for Science and Technology Management Joint Council. She is also currently co-head of US-Japan Higher Education Engagement Advisory Board for JANU and the American Council on Education.

Her research interests lie in knowledge management, global leadership and subjective well-being; her research projects include a 12-country study on the learning mechanism of global leadership competencies, a comparative study on global-mindedness in youth, and most recently a Japanese government-funded study on well-being and happiness in corporations.

BS: University of California, Davis
MBA: University of Tsukuba
Ph.D: Tokyo Institute of Technology

Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela

Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat

Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela is presently the Director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, the first female Director since SEAMEO was organized in 1965. She served as the first female Deputy Director for Programme and Development of SEAMEO Secretariat from July 2015 to March 2019 and led the Educational Research and Innovation Office of SEAMEO INNOTECH, from 2006 to June 2015.

Prior to joining SEAMEO, she was and Director IV of the Office of Student Services and Director III at the International Affairs Services in the Commission on Higher Education Philippines (1995-2006) and was responsible for foreign and local scholarship programs, academic mobility and transnational education. She has also served as Vice Chairperson of the UNESCO National Commission Education Commissioner (2000-2010). She is a Professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines and De la Salle University in Manila.

Dr Valenzuela’s expertise is on internationalization of higher education and transnational education, teacher education, alternative learning and secondary education. She has published international and local articles, journals, technical reports and guidelines for some SEAMEO and other international organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, CHED and DepEd. Among her well-noted research work were: Philippine Higher Education Guide (CHED), K to 12 Toolkit; Quality Assurance, Mutual Recognition in Higher Education (UNESCO Paris); Toolkit for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (UNESCO BKK); Toolkit for National Information Centers (UNESCO Bangkok), ESD Toolkit for Secondary Schools; Internationalization of Philippine Higher Education (UNESCO Natcom) and Reform and Development in Philippine Higher Education; The Southeast Asian Teaching Standards; Multigrade Quality Indicators in Southeast Asia; K to 12 Regional Comparison in Southeast Asia and published at the International Encyclopedia of Education under Elsevier London to name a few.

Dr Valenzuela holds Doctor of Education in Educational Management at De La Salle University, MA in Science Education at the Philippine Normal University and Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education major in English and General Science. She is a Career Executive Service Officer (CESO IV) in the Philippine Government and a member of various international professional and academic organizations including the Phi Lambda Theta Honor Society of Women Leaders in Education and the Phi Delta Kappa. She was awarded as Philippine Normal University’s Blue Ribbon Award for Distinguished Alumni in 2013, and a World Bank Fellow in Multilingual Education.

Dr. TETSUO Kyomen

University of Tsukuba

Tetsuo Kyomen received Ph.D. in Education from Waseda university and is currently teaching pedagogy at university of Tsukuba.
A strong advocate for career development in society, he involves his students in industry-academia collaboration projects. His professional interests focus on career education in extracurricular activities , and his current projects include the publication of the book, Extracurricular Activities in Japan.
n addition, he serves as research collaborator for National Institute for Educational Policy Research in Japan, and is a board member of Asian Academic Society for Vocational Education and Training. He was recently honored with the encouragement award at The Japanese Society for the Study of Career Education for his contributions to the development of career education research.


Centre Director, SEAMEO VOCTECH

Alias Abu Bakar received BSc (Hons) Mathematics, Statistics & Computing, Greenwich University (UK) and MSc in Mathematical Modeling in Applied Mathematics (University of East Anglia, (UK). He holds a few senior Government positions, as a Principal for Jefri Bolkiah Engineering College in 2008 then appointed as a Centre Director SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre for three years from 2009-2013. He was then appointed as Assistant Director for Politeknik Brunei for eight years before joining back SEAMEO VOCTECH in 2020 as a Centre Director.
He was the chairperson for both Politeknik Brunei ISO 9001-2015 Task Force committee and the Strategic Plan Review Committee. He was conferred two honorary medals by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, The Meritorious Service Medal (PIKB) in 2007 and The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei (PSB) in 2017.

Mr. Benito Espeña Benoza

Knowledge Management and Networking Office Manager, SEAMEO INNOTECH

Benito Espeña Benoza has more than 20 years of professional experience in project development, management, and international cooperation. He is currently Manager of the Knowledge Management and Networking Office of the SEAMEO Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology, which covers information and communication services, external relations and materials development.
Prior to his current post, Mr. Benoza was Programme Officer (Development) at the SEAMEO Secretariat. Previously, he served as Program Officer and Consultant of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization East Asia Sub-Regional Office. He obtained the Bachelor of Science in Development Communication degree at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, major in Development Journalism. In 2007, he obtained the Master of Arts in Education, with specialization in Educational Administration at the Philippine Normal University under the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Programme (ETEEAP). In 2012, he served as Visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for Research and International Cooperation in Education (CRICED), University of Tsukuba.

Dr. Zulhamsyah Imran

Centre Director, SEAMEO BIOTROP
Department of Aquatic Resources Management at IPB University

Dr Zulhamsyah Imran received Ph.D. Biosphere Science from Hiroshima University, Japan, and is currently teaching in the Department of Aquatic Resources Management at IPB University.

A strong advocate for managing coastal areas, aquatic resources, and coastal and ocean resources management, he involves his students in spatial planning on coastal and marine, impact environmental assessment, strategic environmental assessment, water pollution, aquatic water plant, management of small islands, and policy on aquatic resource management.

His professional interests focus on Coastal and Marine Management. His current projects include Low emission development strategic in Indonesia (2015-2017); Alternative coastal livelihood in Small Island of Berau District, Indonesia (2016); Lobster project in Bumbang Bay, East Nusa Tenggara Province (2017), Coastal vulnerability index aftermath tsunami in Palu Bay, Indonesia (Feb 2019), Coastal ecosystem assessment of Ajkwa Estuary, Timika District (2020), Guideline of strategic environmental assessment for Coastal and Marine Zoning Plan (2020); Strategic environmental assessment for Coastal and Marine Zoning Plan (2020).

In addition, he serves as Centre Director for Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (SEAMEO BIOTROP) and is a member of SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization). He is a former Director of Fisheries and Marine in Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh-Nias in the period 2006-2009. As scientist, he has become a member in the Society of Coastal and Ecosystem Study in Asia and Pacific (SECSAP) and International Institute of Fisheries Economic and Trade. He has also involved in various social organization such as Association of IPB University Alumni, Association of Muslim Intellectual, and YAPIC Foundation since 2015. He was recently honored with the “Satya Lencana” for 20 Years of Service for his contributions to education in Indonesia given by President of Republic of Indonesia.

Dr. Shah Jahan bin Assanarkutty

Centre Director, SEAMEO RECSAM
Deputy Director in the Matriculation College
Matriculation Division (Academic), Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

Dr. Shah Jahan bin Assanarkutty is currently the Centre Director of SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Environmental Ethics from University of Malaya, Malaysia. He has 25 years’ of teaching experience as a Science/Biology teacher in a secondary school and lecturer in the Matriculation College. He also served as the Deputy Director in the Matriculation College and Matriculation Division (Academic), Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
His area of specialisation includes Biology, Science Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Ethics and Educational Administration. In addition, he serves as a member of Advisory Peer Group of School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences of Wawasan Open University.

Dr. Sumardyono

Centre Director, SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics

Sumardyono received doctoral degree in Mathematical Analysis from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and is currently teaching math education at PPPPTK Matematika & SEAMEO SEAQiM.
His professional interests focus on math analysis, math misconception, & learning media, and his current projects include preparing for a book about math misconception in school. In addition, he serves as director for SEAMEO Regional Centre for QITEP in Mathematics (SEAMEO SEAQiM), and is a member of APWI (Asosiasi Profesi Widyaiswara Indonesia).

Dr. Muchtaruddin Mansyur

Centre Director, SEAMEO RECFON
Community Medicine Department, Universitas Indonesia.

Muchtaruddin Mansyur is currently a Director of Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition South East Asian Ministry of Education (SEAMEO-RECFON). Professor at the Community Medicine Department, Universitas Indonesia. He is a medical doctor (Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta) and PhD in Health & Community Care (Leeds, UK).
He is a former Head of Centre for Hajj Health, Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia, 2016 – 2017; Director of Occupational Health and Sports Health, Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia 2013 – 2016; Head of Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine at the Universitas Indonesia 2013; Head of Occupational Medicine Specialist Residency Program, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia 2006 – 2013
His scientific publication can be retrieved from the link of; or

Dr. Dwi Priyono

Centre Director, SEAMEO CECCEP
Universitas Muhammadiyah

Dwi Priyono received his Doctoral degree in Educational Management from Universitas Negeri Jakarta and is currently teaching Educational Programmes Evaluation at Universitas Muhammadiyah
Prof. Dr. HAMKA. His professional interests focus on leadership and management expertise. His current projects include the “Development of Relational Leadership Model for Kindergarten Principal”. From 2017 until now he serves as the Director of SEAMEO CECCEP, and also a member of KONI (National Committee for Sports), PGRI (Teachers Association of Republic of Indonesia), and Scout Movement of South Sumatra.

Mrs. Somlak Charoenpot

Centre Director, SEAMEO SPAFA

Mrs. Somlak Charoenpot has a BA in Archaeology from Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and an MA in Art History with Museum Studies from the University of Denver in Colorado, United States of America. She worked as a curator and was executive director in charge of 44 national museums in Thailand before becoming the Deputy General of the Fine Arts Department (FAD), Ministry of Culture where she extended her management to the work of the Offices of Architecture, Arts and Crafts, Literature and History, National Museums, the Office of Performing Arts and many regional FAD units.
Upon retirement from the Fine Arts Department, she has been on advisory on many museum establishment projects for private sectors and boards and steering committee for the Siam Society a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote knowledge of the culture, history, arts, and natural sciences of Thailand as well as those of neighboring countries. She begins her directorship as Centre Director of SEAMEO SPAFA since 2019.



‘Global citizenship education has an important role to play in ensuring that the world that emerges from the COVID-19 crisis is safe, fair and inclusive’ - Christiana Nikolitsa-Winter (2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented changes. The pandemic has affected all areas of life including the suspension of schooling and the migration to online and virtual platforms. At present, 1.7 Billion learners all over the world have been impacted by school closures, and remote learning has been a lifeline for learning (UNESCO, 2020).

The world sheds tear as COVID-19 takes the lives of loved ones. People of all races and ethnicities shared fears about being infected with COVID-19. Leaders of different nations in the world, from the wealthiest to the poorest, exhibited the same concern, whatever their race or ethnicity, as they try to reassure their citizens that “We shall overcome!”. The united stand to combat COVID-19 pandemic is indeed a form of global citizenship, albeit shown through the challenging circumstances.

COVID-19 pandemic has functioned as a force of equity that brings men and women of different status, experience, national origin, language, and culture to the same basic commonality of the desire to survive.

As the pandemic is still on-going and has created such a “New Normal” ways of life, there is one source of light in the gloom of economic lockdown and self-isolation that we witnessed that includes the positive action of communities and citizens, the expressions of support for critical workers, including medical professionals, and the spontaneous demonstration of social solidarity, particularly with the most vulnerable.

Such actions, whether intended to protect, support, comfort or overcome exclusion, show the difference that responsible, ethical citizenship can make. Even though these gestures will not immunize anyone against the virus, however they make individuals and communities stronger and more resilient.

Undeniably, the advent of COVID-19 makes Global Citizenship Education (GCED) more important and relevant. The global pandemic has indeed further raised the need for strong and resilience Global Citizenship. Crises such as COVID-19 often result in far-reaching social and economic changes. At the regional level, one of the responses that SEAMEO has initiated during the pandemic was to convene the First SEAMEO Ministerial Policy e-Forum (SMPeF) on COVID-19 Response last 18 June 2020. SMPeF shared the policies and responses of the Ministries of Education in Southeast Asia to the pandemic to ensure that no learners in the region are left behind. During the SMPeF, the Ministers have put forward the commitment through the Joint Statement, and one of the commitments is to be united in the fight of pandemic and appreciate the efforts of stakeholders in education sectors to innovate and evolve in the unprecedented time (SEAMEO Secretariat, 2020a). The Ministers of Education further recommended the SEAMEO Secretariat and the SEAMEO Centres and Network to sustain the achievements gained in the fight against COVID-19 disruption to improve learning outcomes (SEAMEO Secretariat, 2020b). This commitment has shown SEAMEO Member countries as responsible global citizens.

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.


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).

Symposium Mechanics

This symposium will be done in three parts. The first part will feature the Keynote speeches who shall provide an overview on concept development of Global Citizenship and significant role of Global Citizenship during the pandemic. The next part will feature a roundtable discussion in response to the Symposium’s theme to provide a big picture how resilient we are as GC in respond to the current situation. After roundtable discussion there will be 5 panel presentations best practices on how we as resilient GCs work together to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. Each presenter shall share their experiences or best practices in overcome the challenges during the pandemic to ensure learning continuity.

All speakers shall submit an abstract of their presentation and the PPT or other media to the organising committee on or before 31 January 2021. Please refer to the Application Form.

Each keynote speakers will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations, while other speakers at roundtable discussion and panel presentation will be allocated 7 to 8 minutes per presenter.

Contact Persons: Management Organisation, Host, and Session Organisers

A. SEAMEO Secretariat
Dr Wahyudi
Deputy Director for Programme and Development SEAMEO Secretariat
Bangkok, Thailand

Ms Anti Rismayanti
Programme Officer III (Information and Development) SEAMEO Secretariat
Bangkok, Thailand

B. CRICED,UniversityofTsukuba,Japan
Prof Dr Masami Isoda
Director Centre for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED)
The University of Tsukuba
Ibaraki, Japan
Contact Person: Ms Yukari Kobayashi, email:

Administrative Support

The Symposium will be conducted based on a cost-sharing basis among the SEAMEO Secretariat, the University of Tsukuba and SEAMEO Centres as follows:
• SEAMEO Secretariat contributes provides support for the organisation of the Symposium and provides the online platform and post-symposium activities such journal publication.
• SEAMEO Centres provides expertise as speakers and disseminate the output of the information of the Symposium to their network.
• The University of Tsukuba will provide the financial support for the symposium and journal publication.


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.


1. Invitation letter to SEAMEO Centres/Network and Partners to participate and to submit the abstract. 11 January 2021
2. Deadline for SEAMEO Centres and Partners to submit the abstract 31 January 2021
3. Compilation of abstract 1-5 February 2021
4. Announcement of the symposium in the Website 10 January 2021
5. Announcement for participants to register for the symposium 1 February 2021
6. Dry run for speakers and panelists 9 &10 February 2021
7. Symposium 11-12 February 2021
8. Certification March 2021
9. Deadline of full paper submission for publication in SEAMEO Journal 2021 (June) 31 March 2021


UNESCO. (2020, June). Education: From disruption to recovery. Retrieved August 15, 2020,
Nikolitsa-Winter, C. (2020). COVID-19: From global crisis to global citizenship. Retrieved 28 December 2020 from global-crisis-to-global-citizenship/
SEAMEO Secretariat. (2020, June 18). SEAMEO Ministerial Policy e-Forum on COVID-19 Response [Video].

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The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization

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