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.
As an organization that has continued to nurture human capacities and explored the peoples’ fullest potential, the SEAMEO maintains its work and aspirations for development with peoples of the region to make lives better in quality and equity in education, preventive health education, culture and tradition, information and communication technology, languages, poverty alleviation, and agriculture and natural resources.
The organization’s highest policy-making body is the SEAMEO Council, which comprises the 11 Southeast Asian education ministers. The SEAMEO Secretariat is located in Bangkok, Thailand.


Vietnam, readmitted as a SEAMEO Member State on February 10, 1992 by the SEAMEO Council, hosts the SEAMEO Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC) in Ho Chi Minh City, as one of the 26 SEAMEO Centers in the Region. SEAMEO RETRAC started its very first operations in October, 1996.

In February 1999, the SEAMEO Council approved the Center’s adoption of educational management as its core specialization. SEAMEO RETRAC fosters partnerships with its sister SEAMEO centers, and local, national and international institute and agencies for the development of South-East Asia and the wider world.


In cooperation with local and international organizations, SEAMEO RETRAC carries out such activities as:
Research and project development
Accreditation and quality assurance
Language testing and assessment
Development and promotion of models and best practices in education
National and international cooperation development

Personnel and student exchange for educational, scientific and cultural purposes
Community outreach and development


SEAMEO RETRAC assists SEAMEO Member Countries, especially Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam, to identify and tackle problems of leadership and management in education at all levels.

SEAMEO RETRAC directs its efforts on educational issues by undertaking innovative, relevant programs through research, training, consultancy, and staff exchanges and by fostering regional and international partnerships and by engaging in other related activities within and outside the region.

In addition, SEAMEO RETRAC offers language training, teacher training, information communication and technology (ICT) and other training programs customized to the learners’ needs.


Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, SEAMEO RETRAC is the ideal venue for local and international events for all the educational activities. It is well-equipped with over 40 spacious, air-conditioned lecture and meeting rooms.
In addition, it is also furnished with language labs, an advanced computer lab, a library and an international conference hall which houses up to 150 people. Recently, SEAMEO RETRAC has installed and put in use a video teleconferencing network to develop e-Learning activities. Accommodations are provided upon request.


Dr. Ho Thanh My Phuong


Ms. Le Thi Thuy Duong

Department of Personnel and Legal Affairs

Mr. Doan Xuan Bang

Department of Administration

Mr. Nguyen Tan Hung

Department of Planning and Finance 

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang

Deputy Dean
Division of Foreign Studies 

Dr. Do Thi Hoai Thu

Division of Education

Mr. Tran Phuoc Linh

Research and Project Development

Ms. Le Thi Hang

Deputy Head
Department of Administration

Organizational structure