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GCC Center at Chulalongkorn University Launched Online
  • 02/12/21


On 22 November 2021, the GCED Cooperation Centre (GCC) at Chulalongkorn University hosted a launching webinar online. Over 100 participants, including representatives of Chulalongkorn University, APCEIU, UNESCO Bangkok, SEAMEO, and the Ministry of Education of Thailand joined the webinar. Chulalongkorn University and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) are the first Teacher Education Institutes (TEIs) to be designated as GCCs through APCEIU’s new 2021 GCC initiative.

“It is clear that GCED is not possible as long as teachers are not familiar with the concept and methodologies for inspiring their students with GCED… We believe that through the various activities that will be successfully implemented at the GCC at Chulalongkorn University, we can make a crucial contribution to GCED in the region. This new initiative will provide a fresh momentum for educational cooperation in the region,” said Director Lim Hyun Mook in his congratulatory remarks.

Dr Parichart Sthapitanonda, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Social Outreach at Chulalongkorn University expressed her gratitude to APCEIU for designating the university as the first Teacher-Education Institution (TEI) to become a GCC. She also emphasized that Chulalongkorn University has conducted various activities and research to expand GCED in Thailand, and highlighted some activities that were implemented by the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University.

Dr Ethel Agnes Valenzuela, Director of the SEAMEO Secretariat also highlighted SEAMEO’s efforts on GCED in Southeast Asia, and emphasized the need for continued strategic collaboration and partnerships to champion education transformation such as improving access to GCED online courses and resources provided by UNESCO, APCEIU and SEAMEO, and strengthening inclusive inter- and intra- religious dialogue.

Ms Li Wang, Education Consultant at UNESCO Bangkok, summarized GCED initiatives that UNESCO Bangkok has been involved with, such as the Asia-Pacific Regional GCED Network, as well as its partnership with APCEIU. In addition, Ms Li Wang highlighted that it is important to localize GCED and to recognize that it is not a new idea that is being imposed, because different forms of the concept of GCED have existed in various societies.

Mr Chalermchai Pantalert, Director of Social Studies, OBEC, Ministry of Education of Thailand described briefly GCED practices in Thailand, particularly in relationship to Digital Citizenship Education. He highlighted the need for inclusive education in Thailand, as well as the need for intercultural dialogue in Southeast Asia.

Professor Athapol Anunthavorasakul, Director of the GCC-ESD Center, and Professor at Chulalongkorn University, shared his own journey to learn GCED as well as efforts undertaken by The ESD Center and Chulalongkorn University to promote GCED. Finally, Professor Athapol A. also shared the objectives, functions, and plans of the GCC at Chulalongkorn University.



In the second session of the event, Professor Athapol A., Professor Francis Dae Hoon Lee, and Mr Robert Steele discussed how to democratize education and make the process of education itself democratic.

This event was livestreamed on Facebook and reached 1,772 people, 113 of whom interacted with the event. The GCC at Chulalongkorn University is expected to serve as a focal point in Thailand and the Southeast Asian region to strengthen GCED capacities of Teacher Education Institutions through various programmes, research and development, and networking initiatives.