The 24th Governing Board meeting of the Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO VOCTECH) was opened in the northern province of Quang Ninh on October 1.

Hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, the meeting aims to review SEAMEO VOCTECH’s operations over the past time and discuss development directions for the time to come.

During the three-day event, participants are expected to exchange views on contents that help member states define and deal with common issues in vocational education, implement renovation programmes in research, education, training and expert exchange, as well as organise skills training programmes.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga said that in its role as the 2013 SEAMEO Chair, Vietnam has put forth many action plans and cooperated actively with others in SEAMEO VOCTECH research programmes.

With its contributions, Vietnam wants SEAMEO VOCTECH to become a trusted address in professional education in the Southeast Asian region, Ga added.

The deputy minister said that to achieve its socio-economic development goals, the Vietnamese Government is completing a project to reform its educational system in the context that the country has developed the socialist-orientated market economy and promoted international integration.

Established in 1990, Brunei-based SEAMEO VOCTECH aims at boosting vocational cooperation and development among Southeast Asian countries. Its member states include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-VNA