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.
Also with effect from 2006, ASCOE will be elevated into the ASEAN Senior Official Meeting on Education.
The Permanent Secretaries or equivalent of each Member Country’s Ministry of Education will become members of SOMED. SOMED Meetings will also be held back-to-back with the SEAMEO High Officials Meeting (SEAMEO HOM).