The Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam, is a member of both regional and international educational organisations, such as the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Education (ASCOE), and the APEC Education Network (APEC EDNET).
The dynamic development in education, especially in the developed member countries of these organisations offer opportunities for Brunei Darussalam to emulate and adopt many good practices, thus avoiding the necessity of reinventing the wheel. Befitting the true spirit of regional and international cooperation, Brunei Darussalam undertakes its role and responsibility by making contributions in various forms as well as taking active parts in the activities organised by these organisations.
One of Brunei Darussalam’s significant contributions to citizens of the Commonwealth, to the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and to the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), and to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been to provide opportunities for them to study at local higher educational institutions notably the University of Brunei Darussalam, the Brunei Institute of Technology, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah College of Nursing, and the Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College.
Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC)The Ministry of Education is involved in the activities of the APEC Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG), especially those of the HRD Working Group’s Education Network.
Brunei Darussalam has hosted two APEC HRDWG meetings, the last being held in May, 2000, in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The Deputy Minister of Education, on behalf of the Minister, attended the APEC Human Resources Ministerial Meeting in the Republic of Korea in 1997.
The Minister of Education attended the 2nd APEC Conference of Ministers of Education, held in Singapore in January 2000. During the Conference Brunei Darussalam and Thailand co-presented one of the four sub-theme papers.
Brunei Darussalam has also participated in several APEC Education Network Projects, and these would include : Teacher-Training and Professional Development in the APEC Region, Improving Understanding of Culture, Symposium on Technological and Vocational Education Curriculum and Instruction, Improving and Expanding Education Statistics, The School Based Indicators of Effectiveness, Development of an Information Bank of Instruments to Measure the Quality of Educational Processes in the APEC Region, APEC Study Centre, APEC Youth Networking 2000, APEC Youth Skills Camp, and APEC Youth Science Camp.