Malaysia- SEAMEO CECCEP representative attended for CPRN. Mr. Irfan Ansori, Head of the Research and Development Division, and Ms. Assila Prianggi, Capacity Building Officer, participated in the 2023 CPRN Summit. The event was held on 6-9th March 2023 at SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, Malaysia.
The Centres Policy Research Network (CPRN) Summit was established in 2013. At first, It was introduced as one of the SEAMEO Partners. The networking was established to enhance the relevance and sharpen the responsiveness of SEAMEO Centres and Secretariat to the needs of education leaders for policy research to address regional human resource development issues in Southeast Asia. In March 2016, the workshop hosted by Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) became the moment to establish CPRN at College, Los Banos in the Philippines.
In 2017, the SEAMEO Centre Directors meeting conducted in SEAMEO Secretariat created the task force of the SEAMEO CPRN. This led to the first SEAMEO CPRN meeting at Windsor Suites & Convention Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. As a result, the SEAMEO Secretariat will lead the development of the CPRN for the next three years, from 2020-2023. The year 2020, however, was a year of pandemic. To accommodate the new situation, SEAMEO Secretariat conveyed the SEAMEO CPRN Virtual Summit on March 10, 2021, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The journey to the new normal after the pandemic started in 2022. Therefore, in 2023 the face-to-face CPRN summit was conducted in Penang, Malaysia, hosted by SEAMEO RECSAM. In the two previous years, the meeting focuses on strengthening regional STEM Education in Southeast Asia. Of the diverse background of all the centers, it is highly expected to meet the needs to upgrade STEM education. However, in 2023 the CPRN again redefines the need for a project that accommodates each centre's uniqueness. Various agendas from each centre are being reported in the Presentation session held on two days from seven until March 8 2023.
After the two days presentation from all centres, the participants were divided into three groups of education, science, and cultures the third day. The three groups entered the breakout room to promote one project that all the participants could do. During this time, the challenges of agreeing to one project revealed each centre's diverse interests and focus.
The CPRN Summit 2023,
with the theme Embracing Inclusivity in Education, Science, Culture Towards a
Future Ready Southeast Asia expected to be the centre of networking that is
accommodating further collaboration in research and other programs. The
challenges centres have faced also discussed to build lesson learning and best
practices that can be adopted. In other words, CPRN is a meeting that has been
thriving to enhance the capacity of human resources to sustain social and
economic growth according to national and regional requirements context.
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