The UNESCO-APEID Hiroshima Seminar on Teacher Education

Theme: Innovation and Reform in Teacher Education in Asia and the Pacific Region: Establishing the Professional Standards for Teachers

Sponsors: Hiroshima University UNESCO-APEID Project Committee Japanese National Commission for UNESCO , UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education


Hiroshima University, as the UNESCO-APEID Associated Center, has been organizing international seminars on educational development annually since 1987 and is now organizing the 2008-2009 Seminar of the Asia and the Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) in its designated program area of “teacher education”. The UNESCO-APEID Hiroshima Seminar intends to examine the problems and issues related to teacher education in Asia and the Pacific Region, exchange experiences concerning the efforts to improve teacher education, and design national and international cooperative frameworks and action plans to improve them.

Needless to say, the quality of education largely depends on the quality of teachers. However, many countries still have difficulties in securing competent teachers to their schools. On the other hand, competencies required for teachers have continuously been increasing. To overcome the persistent problem and to meet the ever-increasing demand for teachers, teacher education must be improved continually, and effective and efficient way to provide it must be explored.

In this Seminar, current status of professional standards for teachers in Asia-Pacific Region will be examined, and how to establish the professional standards will be discussed.


March 12 (Thu)

11:15-12:00 Opening Ceremony (IDEC)
13:30-14:45 Keynote Address “Establishing Professional Standards: Case of Japan” by Prof. Yoshinori Tabata (Hiroshima University-IDEC)
15:00-16:30 Country Report (Indonesia, Malaysia)

March 13 (Fri)

9:00-10:30 Country Report (India, Nepal)
10:45-12:15 Country Report (Philippines, Thailand)
14:00- Visit to Education Center

March 14 (Sat)

9:00-17:00 Plenary Session

March 16 (Mon)

All day Visit to schools

March 17 (Tue)

9:00-12:00 Plenary Session
14:00 Closing Ceremony

Invited Participants:

  1. India: Dr. Mohd. Akhtar Siddiqui, Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education, India
  2. Indonesia: Dr. Yayan Trisakti, Head of Program Evaluation, Planning Devision, Secretariat of Directorate General of Quality Improvement of Teachers and Educational Staff, Ministry of National Education
  3. Malaysia: Dr. Rosli Yacob, Assistant Director Research and Development Unit, Teacher Education Division Ministry of Education, Malaysia
  4. Ms. Noorul Aini binti Abdul Rahman, Director Malaysia Teacher Education Institute, Specialist Teachers Campus Teacher Education Division, Ministry of Education, Malaysia
  5. Nepal: Dr. Leela Pradhan, Professor Faculty of Education, Tribhuvan University
  6. Philippines: Dr. Amelia C. Fajardo, Associate Professor College of Education, University of the Philippines
  7. Ms. Lorina Y. Calingasan, Assistant Professor University of the Philippines Integrated School
  8. Thailand: Dr. Siriporn Boonyananta Advisor on Teacher Preparation, Development and Utilization , Office of Education Council, Ministry of Education, Thailand


Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University


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