Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) has been identified as one of the seven priority areas of SEAMEO Education Agenda for development in Southeast Asia, which were agreed at the Strategic Dialogue of Education Ministers (SDEM) meeting in September 2014. To promote the internationalisation of TVET institutions, and leverage the global competitiveness and 21st century skills of TVET students in Southeast Asian countries, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in collaboration with Ministries of Education and related Ministries and TVET institutions developed a network of TVET institutions called SEAMEO Polytechnic Network for enhancing internationalisation and partnership of TVET institutions (colleges, polytechnics and university of technologies) in the Southeast Asian region throughcross-country exchange programme and other collaboration.
In addition, the 3rd High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET hosted by the Ministry of Education ofMalaysia in May 2017 also recommended to improve the student mobility and suggested that the SEAMEO Secretariat serve as a Coordinator to facilitate the implementation process of TVET Student Exchange Programme.
Since 2018, the SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with TVET institutions, and relevant Ministries of Education and Technical Education has organised the “SEAMEO Polytechnic Meeting” twice a year as a “Meeting Platform” to discuss the implementation process and seek commitments from the participating institutions for SEA-TVET Student Exchange Programme. As a result, the SEA-TVET Student Exchange Programme has been implemented for 4 batches withthe total number of 1,143 TVET students exchanged in 2018-2019.
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