The Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), under the auspices of UNESCO, was established in 2000 through an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Korea and UNESCO. As a Category II organization, APCEIU is mandated to promote and develop education for international understanding (EIU) within the framework of a Culture of Peace in the Asia-Pacific region. EIU is a holistic and multi-dimensional concept encompassing respect for diversity and universal values such as human rights and environmental ethics, which are vital to successful and productive international understanding.




The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region. Its 11 Member Countries include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. It embodies 7 Associate Member Countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain; and three Affiliate Members, namely the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the University of Tsukuba, Japan and British Council. Over the past four decades, SEAMEO has developed 20 specialist institutions throughout Southeast Asia which provide regional leadership in human resource development and diverse expertise that they offer in education, culture, health, environment, and agriculture and natural resources.




The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) is a regional organization that aims at cultivating the awareness and appreciation of Southeast Asian cultural heritage and identity through collaboration in information dissemination and other relevant programmes of activities, especially in the fields of archaeology and fine arts in Southeast Asia through the sharing of international resources and experiences. It is a recognized regional stakeholder in the efforts at safeguarding and sharing tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Southeast Asian region through appropriate collaborative projects. Such projects aim to advance mutual knowledge and understanding among the countries of Southeast Asia on the needs and methods for the conservation of the different forms of cultural heritage in Southeast Asia, with a specific focus on the traditional local knowledge in creating and conserving and the sharing with other countries of the tropics.