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Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC)The Ministry of Education is involved in the activities of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), especially those of the HRD Working Group’s Education Network.

Brunei Darussalam has hosted two APEC HRDWG meetings, the last being held in May, 2000, in Bandar Seri Begawan.

The Deputy Minister of Education, on behalf of the Minister, attended the APEC Human Resources Ministerial Meeting in the Republic of Korea in 1997.

The Minister of Education attended the 2nd APEC Conference of Ministers of Education, held in Singapore in January 2000. During the Conference Brunei Darussalam and Thailand co-presented one of the four sub-theme papers.

Brunei Darussalam has also participated in several APEC Education Network Projects, and these would include : Teacher-Training and Professional Development in the APEC Region, Improving Understanding of Culture, Symposium on Technological and Vocational Education Curriculum and Instruction, Improving and Expanding Education Statistics, The School Based Indicators of Effectiveness, Development of an Information Bank of Instruments to Measure the Quality of Educational Processes in the APEC Region, APEC Study Centre, APEC Youth Networking 2000, APEC Youth Skills Camp, and APEC Youth Science Camp.

Brunei Darussalam’s involvement with ASCOE began in September 1992. Between 1992 and 1998 our involvement in ASCOE was confined to attending the sub-committee’s annual meetings.

The 7th meeting of this Sub-committee was held in Brunei Darussalam in September 1999. Brunei Darussalam’s participation in ASCOE’S projects began in 1999.

In particular, Brunei Darussalam took part in the Comparative Study on Employability Skills among secondary school students in ASEAN countries (1999) and the ASEAN Students Exchange Programme at the secondary level (2000-2002)

The Ministry of Education is involved in two ASEAN Committees namely the ASEAN Committee On Education (ASCOE) and the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (COCI).

With effect from 2006, the ASEAN Ministers of Education will convene their annual meetings back-to-back with the annual SEAMEO Councl Conference. The ASED will look into educational matters that do not duplicate the SEAMEO areas of concerns.

Brunei Darussalam has been a member of AUN since June 1995. A senior official from the University of Brunei Darussalam sits on the Board of trustees of the AUN.

The involvement of the University of Brunei Darussalam in AUN’s activities is also noteworthy.

Although the Ministry of Education is not directly responsible for the ASEAN-COCI for Brunei Darussalam, an official from the Ministry is regularly invited to the Committee’s national and regional meetings.

The Ministry of Education has also participated in programmes organized by COCI.

Brunei Darussalam became a member of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) on 1st September 1985.

ISESCO is one of the specialised organisations under the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) which serves as a mechanism for the promotion and strengthening of cooperation among member states in the fields of education, science and culture within the framework of Islamic values and ideals, and for the preservation of the features of Islamic civilisation and its distinct characteristics.

Since its inception in 1982, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has been witnessing steady progress in its achievements. At the forefront of these achievements have been four important strategies, namely:

Strategy for the Promotion of Education in Islamic Countries (adopted by ISESCO’s Third General Conference, Amman , 1988).

Cultural Strategy for the Islamic World (adopted by the 6th Islamic Summit Conference, Dakar , 1991).

Strategy for the Development of Science and Technology in Islamic Countries (adopted by the 8th Islamic Summit Conference, Tehran , 1997).

Strategy for Islamic Cultural Action in the West (adopted by the 9th Islamic Summit Conference, Doha , 2000).

The Minister of Education and senior officials of the Ministry of Education attend the ISESCO General Conference, which is held every three years. Brunei Darussalam also has a representative on the Executive Council of ISESCO, which meets once a year.Brunei Darussalam’s officials have participated in conferences, seminars and training programmes conducted by ISESCO. Brunei Darussalam has hosted several programmes including:

Regional Workshop for officials of Islamic Education in Asian countries on ways to improve Islamic Education Curricula and Define Terminology, held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam from 26 to 30 September 2001.

National Workshop for Teachers to Introduce Them to Education Technology Utilization, held at SEAMEO VOCTECH, Bandar Seri Begawan , from 1 to 4 July 2002.