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Vision
Be an Efficient International Link for the Enhancement of Brunei Education System


Mission
Towards Quality Management in Rendering Internationalisation Services in Education


Description 
International Affairs Unit (IAU) is comprised of one Head Unit, seven (7) International Desk Officers and assisted by four(4) supporting staffs.

IAU is responsible in the preparation and the planning of annual regional and international commitment of the Ministry of Education as well as reviewing, monitoring and reporting of developments in the programmes, projects, and activities participated in or conducted by the Ministry of Education as a member of regional and international organizations.

Participation of the Ministry of Education at the regional and international levels is aimed to develop the educational system and enhance the quality of education in accordance with the requirements of the Brunei  Vision 2035 and the strategic plan of the Ministry of Education 2018-2022.

"Brunei Vision 2035 - aim to transform Brunei Darussalam by 2035 as a nation widely recognized for the accomplishment of it's educated and highly skilled people as measured by the highest international standards..."


Introduction 
Head of International Affairs Unit
Yang Mulia Awang Walter Chong Meng Siong
AddressBlock A, Level 2, Old Building
Ministry of Education
Old Airport Road
Berakas BB3510
Brunei Darussalam
Contact Number
General Office No.  :+673 238 1256
Tel No.                      :+673 2381133 ext 1209/1210
Fax No.                     :+673 238 0703


Objectives

a. Enhancing and strengthening of diplomatic relations, bilateral and multilateral cooperation in education.
b. Learning and sharing information and experiences on effective strategies, projects and best practices in education.
c. Assisting in the formulation and the updating of national education policies and regulations up to the standards of the education policies and regulations of the more developed countries.


Functions

IAU is responsible for bilateral and multilateral activities at regional and international levels as follows:

1. To provide and coordinate work plans and commitment abroad for the Minister of Education, Deputy Minister of Education, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries and Director-General of Education.

2. To coordinate high-level visits from international stakeholders and counterparts in education from abroad.

3. To coordinate and monitor the country's involvement in projects, programs, and collaborative activities in the field of education between Brunei Darussalam and its partner countries, as well as organized by regional and international organizations such as ASEAN, SEAMEO, UNESCO, ISESCO, COMMONWEALTH, ASEM, APEC, dialogue, consultation partners and sectoral agencies.

4. To provide information and data in terms of country position and working papers, talking points, bilateral information in education cooperation for the use of conferences, meetings, discussions, and collaborative planning at regional and international level.

5. To coordinate the process of signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the Letter of Agreement in the field of education with Ministries abroad, regional and international education institutions and agencies. 

6. To coordinate and monitor the implementation of approved educational projects under the jurisdiction of a Joint Working Group Meeting as per agreed and signed in the MOU and MOA.

7. As the Secretariat to the National Commission of Brunei Darussalam for UNESCO, IAU is responsible in planning and coordinating meetings and training programs in collaboration with Permanent Representative Office of Brunei Darussalam to UNESCO in Paris, France, as well as UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, Jakarta, and other Asia-Pacific region.

8. To conduct research and assessment in relation to programs, projects and activities organized at the regional and international level perticipated by the Ministry of Education.

9. To collect, analyse and formulate meeting reports an documents, conferences, forums, seminars, workshops received from organizations, institutions and agencies abroad to be distributed and shared with departments, divisions, units under the Ministry of Education and its associated stakeholder.



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Involvement at Regional and International Levels
ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATION (ASEAN)

  • ASEAN Ministers of Education Meeting (ASED)
  • ASEAN Plus Three Ministers of Education Meeting (ASED+3)
  • ASEAN East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting + (EAS EMM)
  • ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (ASEAN SOM-ED)
  • ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials Meeting on Education (ASEAN SOM-ED+3)
  • ASEAN East Asia Summit Senior Officials Meeting on Education (ASEAN EAS SOM-ED)
  • ASEAN + Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Consultative Meeting
  • ASEAN University Network (AUN)
  • ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net)

ASEAN Projects:

i. ASEAN Workplan on Education 2016-2020
ii. ASEAN Plus Three Plan of Actions 2018-2022

SOUTHEAST ASIAN MINISTERS OF EDUCATION ORGANIZATION (SEAMEO)

a)      Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council Conference (SEAMEC)
b)      SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (SEAMEO-HOM)
c)      SEAMEO Executive Committee Meeting (SEAMEO-EXCO)

SEAMEO Regional Network/ Centres

Brunei Darussalam
1. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education (VOCTECH)

Cambodia
2. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Technical Education Development

Indonesia
3. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP)
4. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Language (QITEP in Language)
5. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science (QITEP in Science)
6. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Mathematics (QITEP in Mathematics)
7. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (RECFON)
8. SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC)
9. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Early Childhood Care Education and Parenting (CECCEP)

Malaysia
10. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM)
11. SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Microbiology, Parasitology and Entomology (TROPMED Malaysia)
12. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education (SEN)

Philippines
13. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (INNOTECH)
14. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
15. SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Public Health (TROPMED Philippines

Singapore
16. SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)

Thailand
17. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (RIHED)
18. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA)
19. SEAMEO Regional Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (TROPMED-Network)
20. SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine (TROPMED Thailand)
 
Vietnam
21. SEAMEO Regional Training Centre (RETRAC)
22. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (CELLL) 
23. SEAMEO Regional Centre for Community Education Development (CED)

Myanmar
24. SEAMEO Regional Centre for History and Tradition (CHAT) 

SEAMEO Projects:
  • SEAMEO-ASEAN Collaboration Project
  • SEAMEO-UNESCO Collaboration Project
  • SEAMEO College Project
  • SEAMEO Project-Australia Press Award / Education Link Award
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)

  • UNESCO General Conference
  • UNESCO Conferences (Basic Education & Higher Education)
  • UNESCO Regional Office, Jakarta, Indonesia (regional meetings and trainings)
  • UNESCO Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand (regional meetings and trainings)
  • UNESCO Institute of Statistics 
ISLAMIC EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (ISESCO)

  • ISESCO General Conference
  • ISESCO Executive Council Meeting
  • Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research (ICMHESR)
  • Islamic Conference of Ministers of Education

THE COMMONWEALTH

  • Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM)
  • Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
  • Commonwealth Small States


ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION (APEC)

  • APEC Education Ministerial Meeting (AEMM)
  • APEC Human Resource Development Working Group Meeting (HRDWG)

ASIA-EUROPE MEETING OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION (ASEMME)

  • Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers of Education (ASEMME)
  • ASEMME Senior Officials Meeting (ASEMME SOM)
  • ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning
  • ASEM Working Group on Innovative Competences and Entrepreneurship

UNITED NATIONS (Geneva, Switzerland)

  • Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Brunei Darussalam
  • Working Group to Monitor Progress of the Recommendations of the 1st/2nd Cycle of Universal Periodic Review
  • Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)


Joint Working Group Programme
Ministry of Education Joint Working Group with;

Singapore       (Ministry of Education – Core Education and Higher Education)

Thailand         (Ministry of Education – Core Education and Higher Education)

Malaysia         (Ministry of Education – Core Education and Higher Education)

Qatar               (Ministry of Education –Higher Education)


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