The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organisation established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries, to promote cooperation in education, science and culture in the region.
On 30 November 1965, the Ministers of Education of Southeast Asian countries agreed to establish the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) in order to hasten the development of the region through regional co-operation. In order to achieve SEAMEO’s purpose and objectives the SEAMEO Council established a Secretariat and Regional Centres. Since that time SEAMEO and its institutions have become known for their excellent training, research, and development programmes.
SEAMEO RIHED laid down the mission to enhance regional understanding, cooperation and unity of purpose among Member Countries. In addition, the mission of SEAMEO includes achieving a better quality of life through the establishment of networks and partnerships, providing an intellectual forum for policy-makers and experts, and promoting sustainable resource development.
SEAMEO RIHED is the South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organization Centre specializing in regional higher education development. RIHED’s mission is to foster efficiency, effectiveness, and harmonisation of higher education in Southeast Asia through system research, empowerment, development of mechanisms to facilitate sharing and collaborations in higher education.
Originally founded as the Regional Institute of Higher Education and Development in Singapore in 1959. RIHED was reorganised and established in Thailand in 1993, as a regional centre of SEAMEO. RIHED plays a crucial role in the capability building of SEAMEO member countries in the field of higher education. It responds to a variety of needs with activities on policy, planning, administration and management of higher education.