The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) was established in January 1970 following the SEAMEO Council’s approval of its five-year plan and interim plan of operations. Its headquarters was first set up at the SEAMEO Secretariat headquarters in Thailand. It was then moved to Singapore and later on to Vietnam until it was moved back to Thailand in 1975.
On July 1, 1976 a memorandum of agreement was signed between the Government of the Philippines (GOP) and SEAMEO for the temporary hosting of SEAMEO INNOTECH in the Philippines. On July 1, 1981, the GOP accepted the formal request of the SEAMEO Council for the Philippines to permanently host SEAMEO INNOTECH. The Center is now located within the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
INNOTECH is principally dedicated to identifying education problems and needs of Southeast Asian countries and developing innovative and technology-based solutions to address these problems.
The Center aids in educational development within and outside the region through training and human resource development, research and evaluation, information and communications technology, and other special programs addressing specific areas of concern in the Southeast Asian educational scenarios.
These values keep the staff focused on what the Center stands for:
Center programs, products and services address and are responsive to the educational needs of its clients and learning communities in Southeast Asia.
1. Relevant, responsive and innovative research
2. Needs-based and innovative capacity building and learning services
3. Strategic, comprehensive and timely information sharing and knowledge management
4. Appropriate transfer of successful programs and projects
The Center’s presence and reach in the Region are expanded or deepened through strategic partnerships and provision of quality solutions, products and services in accordance with international standards.
1. Strengthened strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and interested parties
2. Expanded regional reach of programs and services
3. Enhanced institutional recognition and image
4. Maintained high levels of satisfaction from clients and interested parties
Adequate resources and a conducive enabling environment are provided to support learning and innovative solutions development, as well as to ensure sustainable Center operations and functions.
1. Continuous improvement of quality management systems and structures
2. High performing, competent, creative and motivated staff
3. Enhanced facilities and infrastructure
4. Financial viability
Our Support – The GOP is committed to provide the capital and operating funds of SEAMEO INNOTECH. Special funds called the SEAMEO Educational Development Fund (SEDF) are utilized to support scholarships for the center’s training programs, government board meetings, seminars and conferences and other related activities. Such funds are generated and provided by the SEAMEO Secretariat from contributions of member and associate member countries and various donors.
Donors and program partners provide other funds for research and development, for special training courses and for other extension activities. Unallocated funds refer to special training courses received from donors, interest earnings, and earnings from approved income-generating activities. SEAMEO INNOTECH ensures its financial viability through fiscal restraint, judicious use of resources, wise spending, and appropriate income generating ventures.
The Governing Board of SEAMEO INNOTECH consists of representatives of the eleven member states of the Organization. The governing board sets the policies and directions of the regional center. The members are senior officials in their respective ministries/departments of education or are distinguished educators of national and international prominence who are appointed by the SEAMEO Council president upon nomination by their respective ministers/secretaries of education. The SEAMEO INNOTECH Director and the SEAMEO Secretariat Director serve as ex-officio members of the governing board.
SEAMEO INNOTECH is headed by a Filipino Director appointed by the Council upon the recommendation of the Philippine Secretary of Education to the Governing Board. The current Center Director is Dr. Ramon C. Bacani.
Highly qualified professionals, technical, and administrative personnel make up our core staff. The professional staff are specialists recruited from member countries supplemented by experts from associate member countries, donor governments, international organizations, and agencies under technical assistance or partnering agreements. The technical and administrative staff are recruited from the host country.