On 28 August 1990, SEAMEO VOCTECH was established as a Regional Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). This founding was the result of the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education (SEAMEO) and the Government of Brunei Darussalam. Also based on the needs expressed by the SEAMEO Member Countries, the feasibility study on SEAMEO VOCTECH was submitted for approval at the 24th SEAMEO Council Conference in Malacca in 1989. The Government of Brunei Darussalam then accepted the hosting of the Centre.
SEAMEO is an international organization established in 1965 among goverments of Southeast asian countries. The organization designed to promote regional cooperation in education, science, and culture in Southeast Asia region.
VOCTECH’s policy-making body is the Governing Board (GB), which is composed of a representative from each SEAMEO member country, such as Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
The representatives are nominated by their respective Ministers of Education and appointed by the SEAMEO Council. The SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES) Director and VOCTECH Director serve as ex-officio members of the Board. The VOCTECH Governing Board is responsible for operational policies, strategic planning, and annual review and evaluation of the Centre’s programmes and budget within the framework of its approved Five-Year Development Plan.
Its long term goal is also to help improve educational institutions by introducing doable, practical but effective approaches in training and professional development, capacity building, curriculum development, management, research and development, and information and communication technology to TVET institutions