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Visit to SEAMEO RETRAC, Vietnam by the Secretary of Education, Republic of the Philippines and 45th SEAMEO Council President

On December 19 – 20, 2010 the Secretary of Education, Republic of the Philippines, cum 45th SEAMEO Council President, H.E. Bro. Armin A. Luistro FSC paid an official  visit to SEAMEO RETRAC. Joining the delegation were Dr. Tinsiri Siribodhi, Deputy Director of SEAMEO Secretariat, and Mr. Bennet Benoza from SEAMEO INNOTECH.

The welcome ceremony also had the presence of the representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam and the Consulate General of the Philippines, the Center’s leadership, teaching faculty and all staff members.  The delegation  was briefed on  the Center’s activities of 2010 and plans for action in 2011 and beyond in which emphasis will continue to be placed on such major activities and services as educational management and leadership, ICT, teaching and learning methods, and quality assurance and accreditation in education.

The President congratulated on the Center’s achievements, especially its efforts in the international cooperation with Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, as well as collaboration with SEAMEO regional centers such as RELC (Singapore), INNOTECH (Philippines), SEAMOLEC (Indonesia), RIHED (Thailand). The President suggested the Center should continue to strengthen its international collaboration, including cooperative joint ventures with Filipino institutions and organizations in order to become one of the leading training centers in the region.

In his visit, H.E. Bro. Armin A. Luistro FSC also had a meeting with Dr. Bui Van Ga, Vice Minister, MOET, at the MOET Representative Office. The discussion emphasized the activities and services the two countries can strengthen in the near future.

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