Virtual B2B partnership event sees BC institutions forming future collaborations with SEAMEO network

Mar 29, 2021    Source: Chelsea Dibble


Close to 200 participants from Canada and Southeast Asia came together for a virtual B2B partnership event over the course of three days on March 15-17, 2021. Facilitated by BCCIE, the B2B meetings were part of a two-part initiative towards building international partnership and collaboration between British Columbia’s international education sector and SEAMEO centres and affiliate institutions in South East Asian countries.

Quick facts:

  • 124 B2B meetings booked between BC institutions and SEAMEO centres
  • 101 registrants from SEAMEO centres or South East Asia affiliates
  • Top five countries with the highest number of registrants: Philippines, Indonesia, Canada, Thailand, and Malaysia
  • 52 BC school board/district registrants
  • Five Government/Embassy registrants
  • Top three areas for future partnership: Teacher education, research in higher education, and adopting a 21st century curriculum


Jennifer Gossen, Director, International Education, Vancouver Community College

“The SEAMEO-BC B2B partnerships event was a great networking opportunity for VCC to connect with potential SEAMEO partners. We were able to engage in meaningful discussions and explore prospective partnership ideas that will support our internationalization efforts. These connections would have been difficult to make on our own, and I appreciate the role that BCCIE plays in creating partnerships events such as this to support BC institutions.”


  • To learn more about BCCIE’s work and affiliate status with SEAMEO as well as partnership opportunities, visit: