Realising the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the region, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), the Ministry of Education Thailand in partnership with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Secretariat, and the British Council, organised the High Officials Meeting on Southeast Asian TVET: Working Together Towards Harmonisation and Internationalisation. The meeting took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand in August 2015.
The objectives of the meeting were to strengthen the network of TVET national policymakers and practitioners in Southeast Asia to coordinate efforts for ASEAN integration, and to prioritise TVET areas of development and strategies, especially with respect to harmonisation and internationalisation.
As a result of the meeting, the Chiang Mai agreement was signed – a commitment to collaborate with SEA-TVET organisations in pursuing the strategic plan to promote competent and recognised vocational manpower.
More information can also be found on the SEA-TVET website.