In an opportune time of renewing ties and reinvigorating partnerships, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and PuKyong National University (PKNU) signified official accord and a promise for more collaborative undertakings in the future through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for the Special Internship program facilitated by CPSC. The signing was held during the visit of PKNU's Agency of Global Development and Cooperation for Fisheries (Global DCF) on January 13, 2016 to the College.
Representing CPSC, Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Acting Director General, and Dr. Sang-Go Lee Director of the Agency affixed their signature to the MOA during the visit of the latter. Both expressed delight in the significant opportunity for rekindled ties through the special internship program and agreed that such program shall signal the beginning of more programs and projects to jointly venture into.
Dr. Kulanthaivel apart from warmly welcoming the visitors also shared about the programs, activities, projects and prospects of the College. He assured the Agency that the team was giving its best efforts for a quality, well-coordinated and meaningful internship program for the DCF students. He also wished that CPSC's partnership with PKNU will prosper in its mutual aspiration to contribute in producing well-rounded and globally-attuned young individuals armed with world class knowledge and skills and be active professionals of the global society in the future.
Dr. Lee, on the other hand in his special message, expounded the vision and missions of Global DCF which include developing young professionals for them to learn for the future of their country through the marine fisheries sector; creating and providing opportunity for the youth in preparing for the long journey waiting for them in the future; promote international understanding; enhance professional skills and produce excellent professionals who will fulfill the visions of their country. In all these, he said that he believes that CPSC will be very helpful in the realization of these missions, particularly, in molding their young generation into global leaders of the future. Dr. Lee was with Ms. Ara Cho, Director and International Cooperation Manager of the agency who assisted Dr. Lee in sharing about their missions and long term goals.
CPSC team led by Dr. GK warmly welcomed the visit of Global DCF which was intended to pave the way for more young professionals training in the future.
The Colombo Plan Staff College warmly welcomed six students from the International Development and Cooperation and Fisheries programs of the Pukyong National University (PKNU), Korea for the special internship program held from January 11 to February 5, 2016.
The program was organized to aid the participants in developing their awareness on soft skills required for professional efficiency. It also exposed them to various cultures for practical work experience in a multicultural environment that will help them gain necessary abilities in preparing them for their future careers.
The delegation was received by the faculty and staff led by the CPSC Acting Director General, Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel. During the opening ceremony, he expressed his optimism that the internship program would be meaningful to the participants for they will be given the opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their future employment through their exposure to a multi-cultural working environment.
The program modalities comprised of lectures by experts in the field, computer hands-on, tasks and on-the-job immersion in several companies and agencies. The lectures were facilitated by CPSC experts in the field of English language and communication, interpersonal job skills, soft skills development in the workplace and teamwork namely: Dr. Romulita C. Alto, Dr. Alice D. Pañares, Mr. Aleksansdrov Ivan William L. Burcer and Dr. G. Kulanthaivel.
For an actual internship experience, the participants were given opportunity for immersion at several companies based in the Philippines such as Clean Air Asia, United Towers Philippines and World Youth Alliance. The Fisheries program group also travelled to Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Fisheries Center in Bacolod City, Philippines for their actual internship assignment.
The participants were also given a chance to acquaint themselves with the culture and places of interest of the host city by visiting The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Rizal Park, Manila Bay and Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna.
The International Development and Cooperation and Fisheries Programs of PKNU were selected as an outstanding program of the university among the local universities under the Ministry of Education in Korea. In line with this, the university was given the opportunity to send their students on an international internship program. PKNU aspires to expand its network and widen the reach of its program through similar opportunities as provided by CPSC while developing a new breed of future leaders and experts that will someday contribute significantly to the development of their own fields and their country in general.
In an effort to reinvigorate ties and partnership, the Human Resources Development Service-Korea (HRD-Korea) paid a visit to CPSC on November 9, 2015. An enthusiastic exchange of information and updates about each other's institution and discussions on significant areas of interest transpired during the visit.
The two organizations had been the forefront of a close CPSC-Korea relationship, an indication of its substantial assistance to the CPSC member countries in the region. From 2008 to date, 99 representatives from the member countries has benefitted from the collaborative programs of both organizations organized in several HRD institutions in Seoul. In addition, 123 students in seven batches from various Korean institutions held their internship exercises in CPSC.
The delegation was composed of the Director General of the Management and Planning Bureau, Mr. Jeon Hwa Ick, Manager of the Property Management Team, Mr. Kang Hui Seok and Manager of the Personnel Management and Development Team, Mr. Kim Won Don. The CPSC delegation was composed of all division officers and led by the CPSC Faculty Consultant, Dr. Romulita Alto, acting on behalf of the CPSC Officer-in-charge, Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Alto hopes for more opportunities for a closer and a more meaningful collaboration that will arise after this visit. She also cited the role of CPSC in spearheading the development of TVET in its member countries through training, organizing and initiating programs and by promoting itself as a clearinghouse of TVET information and standards in the region.
In response, the HRD Korea delegation headed by Mr. Ick reiterated his wish for a successful mission and relays his appreciation to the warm welcome given by CPSC. In addition, he cited the progress of CPSC through the years and the modernization of facilities having been a former participant of the training program held in the college in 1998.
Dr. Alto presented some of CPSC's services and program offerings such as its training programs, publications, thrust areas and initiatives, with particular highlight on the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission. Dr. Alto encouraged the organization to partake of collaborative research with CPSC, in view of boosting the research capacity of the college by providing manpower and academic expertise, particularly in the field of technical research. Mr. Ik received the suggestion positively, suggesting that he will communicate this intention to the main office for possibilities of tangible cooperation particularly on research and development in TVET.
On its fourth year of continued capacity building implementation and fortified partnership since 2010, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech) kicked off 2014 with its 7th Special Internship Program on January 8, 2014 at CPSC in Manila.
Eleven (11) Korea Tech participants mostly Engineering and Industrial Management students are set to gain wide-ranging and enjoyable learning experiences from the 3-week program slated from January 8 to 26, 2014. The program is lined-up with varied sessions which tackle soft skills, research and development in TVET, industrial immersion activities, entrepreneurship perspectives, job-seeking skills and cross-cultural understanding with the inclusion of educational and cultural study visits.
The CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, warmly welcomed the participants at the opening ceremonies on Monday and shared his immense pleasure in hosting the 7th internship program with Korea-Tech underscoring the six successful programs previously conducted. He emphasized the significant benefits of the program in the enhancement of the students’ abilities that may enable them to face the challenges of a new phase in their lives that is the world of work. In addition, he hoped that the program continues to provide a platform for multi-cultural exchange and understanding.
Under the helm of the CPSC Director General as Program Supervisor, the program coordination is being handled by Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant, who acts as Program Coordinator. The roster of Resource Persons include, Dr. Godelyn Hisole, Faculty Specialist, Dr. Alice Panares, Commissioner, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Atty. Teodoro Pascua, Jr., Deputy Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
To further sustain the lessons brought about by Regional Program, an International Seminar on “Green Growth: The Korean Experience and International Scenario” was held on 16th December 2013 at the Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) in Seoul, Korea. The said seminar was attended by 45 participants of different nationalities and backgrounds.
Notable speakers included Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General of CPSC, Dr. Jeong Ok Joo from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Dr. Harry Stolte of UNEVOC Center of Magdeburg, GIZ Germany, Dr. Kanjana Watansuntorn former Faculty Consultant of CPSC from Thailand and Dr. Nam Chul Lee from Korea Institute of Research in Vocational Training (KRIVET). Dr. Man Gon Park, former Director General of CPSC, moderated the first half of the session.
During the discussions, Dr. Jeong Ok highlighted the Korean green growth agenda with global scenario and the evolution of GGGI from a Non-Profit Korean Government Initiative to an International Inter-governmental organization. Supporting the statement of Dr. Ok, Dr. Kanjana stressed on the development of global Indicators scheme for sustainable development and green growth so that countries have an accepted yardstick to determine their status and form a basis to align their policies and plans to the accepted standards.
Dr. Lee presented the case of Korean TVET system that highlights the need to respond to the green growth on-coming requirements that is suited for the different sectors of the economy. Finally, Dr. Stolte talked about the different frameworks of collaboration with different international agencies dealing with green growth issues. To close the session, Dr. Man Gon Park expressed his thanks to the speakers for their excellent insights and presentations.
The afternoon session of the seminar was marked by country paper presentations discussed by 12 member country representatives. The aim of the presentation was to share the experiences and practices of green growth being implemented in the national level in the member governments represented. Some of the common practices highlighted in the presentations are: (1) policy level interventions, (2) regulations for integration into TVET systems through extension services, (3) special extracurricular activities, (4) special events, (5) new qualifications for green jobs and (6) greening TVET institutions campuses. Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant and Program Coordinator moderated the session.
To carry forward Colombo Plan Staff College’s (CPSC) agenda for sustainable development among one of its focal envisioned state for the period 2013-18, the Regional Program titled “Green growth and the TVET Response” was inaugurated at the Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) Incheon Korea on 12th December, 2013.
Dr. Yi Sung Ki, Vice President of Human Resources Development Services (HRD) Korea, was the Chief Guest of the occasion. He warmly welcomed the 18 participants from CPSC member countries and highlighted the significance of the program and its relevance. He is very pleased of the selection of the venue for the training program. He termed the regional program as a springboard for sharing current challenges in sustainability issues, existing best practices especially in South Korea and the role that TVET can play in promoting the agenda of sustainability through green growth. He emphasized that efforts must be undertaken for programs, strategies and practical interventions in offsetting the damage brought about by the impacts of earlier and on-going industrialization through clean and green technologies and related system-wide collective response.
This regional program and the embedded seminar held on 19th December, will share current best practices for green growth in Asia, international practices and significant opportunities for collaborations in the field of green growth through TVET. The program’s social activities will also expose participants to the rich culture of Korea. The International Seminar will particularly tackle “Green Growth: The Korean Experience and the International Scenario” which will be addressed by speakers from HRD Korea, UNESCO and Thailand.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General of CPSC, while welcoming the participants representing the CPSC member countries, shared about his involvement in CPSC programs in Korea held at SIVAT way back in 2004. Dr. Naim mentioned about the Korean growth marked by “The Miracle on Han River” that witnessed phenomenal growth during the last 50 years which include electronic products, ships building and auto industry that have made tremendous inroads to the global market. He also mentioned that Korea is the axis of TVET excellence as demonstrated by winning the world skills competition for 18 times and tops countries in Asia for promoting green growth. He appreciated the open heartedness of GIFTS for conducting the regional program and wished for continued partnership with them and for future collaborative programs. He acknowledged with thanks the participation of the senior executives from the member countries.
In his keynote speech, Dr. Yi Sung Ki, mentioned about the evolution to excellence in human resources development through HRD Korea that made possible the GDP of US$ 67 in 1960s to rise to above US $24000 now. He mentioned about persistence in leadership commitment, through planning and implementation in true letter and spirit and enabled South Korea to come out of extreme poverty and assumed economic leadership in major economic sectors. The institution was named GIFTS to share learnings from an institution that espouse development through building of human capital. He believed that the collaborative program will be instrumental in sharing experiences about human resource development and learning from best practices for future developmental interventions.
Apart from the training sessions, an institutional visit to Seoul Dream Energy Center was also arranged to showcase the different solutions for optimizing naturally available renewable energy sources for achieving comfort in buildings and other economic activities. Participants showed keen interest in these enriching sources of knowledge and experience of possible practical solutions that leads sustainability of the mother earth.
The program runs until the 18th of December and being supervised by Dr. Naim, and coordinated by Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant and Ms. Brooklyn from GIFTS.
The Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub visited the Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) HRD Korea on September 9, 2013. The DG met the Executive Director Dr. Eom Joon-Chul and Ms. Minjeong Park, Manager of Global Cooperation Team.
Dr. Naim went to Korea primarily to participate at the UNESCO-UNEVOC Regional Forum for the Asia and the Pacific held from September 4 to 6, 2013.
The objective of the meeting was to apprise GIFTS, HRD Korea of the current developments in CPSC and discuss ways to collaborate on programs mutually beneficially for both organizations. Two relevant and interesting program themes were generated during the discussion – green growth and success story of the Republic of Korea in uplifting itself from an underdeveloped to developed country in terms of economic, environmental, and social perspectives.
It is interesting to note that the Republic of Korea has been consistently winning the World Skills Competition being held every two years. This impressive feat demonstrates Korea’s competence in skills development which may be shared with other member countries of CPSC.
CPSC and HRD Korea have collaborated in the past in implementing regional programs. It was hoped by both parties that the partnership will continue and positive developments will ensue as a product of discussion.
Dr. Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General, talked on the role of International Organizations in the UNESCO-UNEVOC Regional Forum for the Asia and the Pacific at the UNESCO Hall of the UNESCO Secretariat in Seoul, Republic of Korea from September 4-6. 2013.
This forum gathered 48 TVET administrators and practitioners from all over the region with a general aim of “Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainability”. The forum is a regional effort organized to further strengthen global and regional harmonization for the advancement of TVET transformation through the capacities of UNEVOC’s global network of specialized TVET institutions and affiliated partners. The key output of this forum is to create a Regional Forum report as an input to the UNESCO-UNEVOC plan of action to be presented in 2014 at their headquarters in Bonn, Germany.
The forum’s objectives are the following:
Provide a platform to showcase innovative and evidence-based regional promising practices in the fields of Youth and Skills and Greening TVET
Address the topics Youth and Skills and Greening TVET through high-level international and regional expertise and panel discussions
Reinforce and extend regional networks and partnerships for the advancement of TVET transformation towards regional harmonization and resource mobilization;
Further strengthen the UNEVOC Network consolidation process in the region.
Dr. Naim, in Panel 4 of the program, presented CPSC’s role in enhancing and greening TVET in the region. He specifically outlined CPSC’s core activities, program offerings and projects that are implemented to its network of member countries. He also presented several important updates on the CPSC Green Project which was seen as one of its landmark activities in promoting sustainability and environmental sensitivity.
Other key TVET players who addressed the forum include the Director of Basic Learning and Skills Development at UNESCO, Dr.Mmantsetsa Marope, the Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar; the Head of UNESCO Regional Office in Bangkok, Dr. Kim Gwong-Jo; the President of KRIVET, Dr. Young-bum Park, from GIZ Magdeburg, Dr. Harry Stolte, and other important personnel from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNESCO Regional Offices.
The forum achieved its expected outcomes which are: (1) to strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships and cooperation, (2) recognize and promote the importance of regional harmonization as a means to streamline regional TVET priorities and (3) enable the participants to better measure and act on TVET development issues in the outlined priority areas.
Below are some pictures from the program:
Recognizing the importance of TVET as a tool for economic growth and enhancing technological development, the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC), in partnership with the Human Resources Service of Korea (HRDKorea) conducts a Regional Program on Reorienting TVET System for the Global Economy, held from October 13 to 21, 2011 at the Seoul Institute of Vocational Training in Advance Technology (SIVAT), Incheon, Korea.
Nineteen (19) participants comprised of directors, administrators, senior faculty, program coordinators, supervisors, senior policy makers from 14 CPSC member countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, attended the program.
Various lectures on innovative approaches in reorienting TVET for the global economy was delivered during the program, which aimed to consistently stimulate efforts and participation in discussions on TVET development and build awareness and information on emerging issues and cooperation frameworks for reorienting TVET system for the global economy.
During the program's inaugural ceremony CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, expressed his sincerest appreciation to all the program delegates. He also conveyed his deep gratitude to HRDKorea for its continuous cooperation with CPSC in all its undertakings and wished for a stronger partnership in the coming years.
Mr. Jung Il Sung, Vice President, HRDKorea also graced the inaugural ceremony, together with Ms. Heesook Choi, Acting Director General, HRDKorea International Cooperation Team, and SIVAT Director Mr. Byung Gie Choi.
Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Ph.D., CPSC Faculty Consultant, who acted as key Resource Person and overall Program Coordinator, delivered the program orientation right after the inaugural ceremony. Other resource persons who shared their expertise and delivered lectures related to the theme were Prof. Chan Lee, Assistant Professor, Seoul National University; Dr. Cheol Hee Kim, Research Fellow/Director, Center for International Cooperation, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training; HRDKorea’s Acting DG Ms. Choi, and Prof. TJ Tesoro Gayondato, Manager, Projects and Consultancy Division, CPSC, as Cyber Lecturer; and Ms. Misook Lee, Manager, HRDKorea International Cooperation Team, who acted as Local Coordinator of the program. The program received positive and encouraging feedback and achieved overall rating of 99.24%.
CPSC welcomed this year’s second batch of students from the Korea University of Technology and Education (KoreaTech) for the 6th CPSC-KoreaTech Special Internship Program as a testament to its continuing commitment to provide human resources development programs suited to the needs of the member countries.
The program which ran from February 11-28, 2013 included lectures on proper communication and job skills, emerging technologies, knowledge management and research and development. Ten (10) students from KoreaTech who are pursuing Bachelor Degrees in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Management participated in the program.
The Dean of External Cooperation and Professor in Mechatronics Engineering Department of KoreaTech, Prof. Lee Sang Soon headed the entire delegation to observe the program dynamics. Facilitation of the entire program was led by Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General as Program Supervisor, Dr. Godelyn Hisole, CPSC Faculty Specialist as Program Coordinator and Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant as one of the Resource Persons.
With the aim of enhancing the capacity of Korea Tech students, the program was filled with activities which were expected to be able to: (1) develop awareness on soft skills required for professional efficiency; (2) equip students with comprehension on the concepts of Research and Development in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and understanding of research tools and methodologies; (3) provide understanding on various cultures; and (4) impart practical work experiences related to their future work.
Dr. Naim, on behalf of the college, warmly acknowledged the positive feedback from previous KoreaTech batches of students and vowed to continually provide optimum and gainful experience to the present and future KoreaTech students. He said that it is vital that CPSC ensures the enhancement of the program’s goals. Dr. Lee affirmed CPSC’s excellent service in providing customized programs and related services and reiterates his institution’s continued support to the programs of the College. He further wished for stronger cooperation between CPSC and KoreaTech in educating their students.
Aside from in-house lectures and tasks, the College also arranged a 5-day study tour and industrial immersion to Toyota Motors Philippines where they were exposed to practical and technical experiences in car making technologies. A half-day study visit to ABS-CBN media headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines also aided in exposing them to experiences in media-related services. Cultural visits and tours around Manila, Tagaytay and Anawangin Cove in Zambales were also made to better acquaint the delegates on the different tourist spots in the country.
At the end of the program the participants gave positive feedbacks on the organization and management of the program with some suggestions for CPSC to continuously provide excellent services to its clientele. The CPSC Director General on behalf of the CPSC team wished the ten student-participants, whom he called--the “best batch”, very successful careers and bright futures and hoped that the program had completely imparted their expectations of a valuable but enjoyable learning experience.