The Development of the Concept and Project Design of SEAMEO College

SEAMEO College is a product of two years of consultation and content development. The concept of the project was presented to two successive meetings of SEAMEO High Officials in 2012 and 2013, and three meetings of the SEAMEO Executive Committee on the same years. Series of consultations with various stakeholders including Member Countries, Associate and Affiliate Members, SEAMEO Centres, partner organizations and other groups started in May 2011 until January 2013 when the SEAMEO Council members unanimously approved the project.

Discussions and meetings with SEAMEO high officials and other SEAMEO stakeholders generated significant input to the development of the project concept and design. Virtual and face-to-face consultations with SEAMEO Centres were held from March to May 2012 focusing on how to effectively incorporate the comments of the SEAMEO high officials to the concept of SEAMEO College. Most consultations were initiated by the SEAMEO Secretariat. An interim project
management committee composed of eight Centre Directors was constituted in April 2012 to assist in this process. This body has been institutionalized and now forms part of the project implementation structure.

Key areas and points generated through various consultations include the clarity of the project concept, the soundness of the project framework, the accuracy of the roles of SEAMEO Centres, and the feasibility of the management arrangement for the project.

After the major consultations, a team of consultants was recruited to assist in the full development of the detailed project design and operational plan for SEAMEO College. This process took place from June to August 2012 with support from the Asian Development Bank. Further consultations were conducted by the SEAMEO Secretariat from October to December 2012 which focused on the implementation arrangement and roles of the SEAMEO Secretariat and the Centres in the implementation of the project, sustainability plans and funding schemes, and identification of the regional issues to be tackled in the project.

Data gathering was done through study of background documents and review of related literature, needs assessment e-surveys, and country missions to interview high officials of some SEAMEO Member Countries.