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The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Language Centre (RELC)

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Centre of Choice
We are a unique centre within this region. At SEAMEO RELC, we do not just design and develop courses, we also provide hosting facilities to our partners, clients and course participants. Our premises are equipped with interactive learning rooms that are fit for courses, workshops and conducive learning and training. With our resource centre which is also known to be the worlds top applied linguistics library in the world, our course participants are assured to have quality research and learning.
We work closely with our hotel arm to provide a pleasant stay with the comforts of home in addition to the courses that we provide. Our hotel provides rooms with the unique amenities and hospitable team. Give us an opportunity to host you and enhance your learning journey at our Centre of Choice.


Our Role with the Region
The Regional Language Centre, an educational project of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, is located in Singapore. Since it began operations in July 1968, SEAMEO RELC has worked to develop and support language education in the countries of Southeast Asia. The members of SEAMEO are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Associate members are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Kingdom of Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom.


We believe that language education will lead to an improved quality of life for people in the region and to greater international cooperation.


Mission & Vision
We are dedicated to the development of language education in the region and the promotion of international cooperation among language professionals.
To be the Centre of Excellence in Language Education and research in the region and beyond.


The primary aim of the SEAMEO Regional English Language Centre was to maintain and raise the standards of the teaching and learning of English in the countries of Southeast Asia.
The name of SEAMEO Regional English Language Centre was changed to SEAMEO Regional Language Centre to reflect its expanded role of assisting member countries in teaching other languages that had social and economic importance at a national or regional level, beyond improving the teaching of English. Icon
SEAMEO RELC increased its footprint in language education through the publication of the RELC Journal, the Portfolio series and the Anthology series, which were widely distributed throughout the region.
SEAMEO RELC’s dedicated efforts in contributing towards language education in the region were recognised when the organisation received the ASEAN Award for its outstanding contributions towards the promotion and development of regional friendship, international understanding, goodwill and cooperation among Southeast Asian nations.
In 2000, SEAMEO RELC launched its first series of Grammar Matters which topped the Straits Times’ Bestsellers list.


Our Leadership
The Centre is a not-for-profit regional institution administered by a Centre Director under the overall policy direction of the Governing Board. The Board is composed of one representative from each member country appointed by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Education of each country.


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