In assisting member countries develop young professionals and preparing them for their prospective careers in the technical field through international exposures, enhancement of communication skills and awareness on actual industry work, CPSC continues to implement its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech). CPSC, on its third collaborative program with Korea Tech, organized the Special Internship Program from February 1 to 20, 2012 at CPSC, Manila, Philippines.
The customized program was specifically designed for the 26 students taking up courses on Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Engineering, Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Energy, Materials and Chemical Engineering at Korea Tech. The students were actively engaged in various lectures sessions, workshop activities and assignments including industry exposures and immersion. The program’s blended learning approach enriched the students’ knowledge and awareness on soft skills required for increasing professional efficiency, research and development (R&D) in TVET and green technology. Practical skills and work experience related to their future work were also imparted through industrial visits and immersion. Students were also exposed to Philippine culture during cultural activities.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General, welcomed the young participants to Manila as the program commenced on February 1 and provided guidance to the implementation of the program throughout the duration of the course as Program Supervisor. Prof. TJ Tesoro-Gayondato, Manager, Projects and Consultancy, on the other hand, acted as Course Coordinator and Resource Person.
The roster of program resource persons namely, Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Faculty Specialist and Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria, Research Assistant contributed in developing and enhancing the students’ competencies. Various topics covered in the program were generic skills development for the global economy, effective communication in the workplace, developing confidence in public speaking, planning research in TVET system, and development of proposal for research in TVET system, among others.
A significant component of the program was the one-week industrial immersion conducted in cooperation with Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation in Laguna where the participants were exposed to actual operational process and stages of car manufacturing at the Toyota plant such as the Logistics, Quality Control, Welding, Assembly and Painting areas. An industrial visit to Universal Robina Corporation and institutional visit to Gokongwei Brother’s Foundation – Learning Development Center (GBF-LDC) was also made where the students had a chance to tour around the GBF –LDC campus and the factory where URC prepare cakes and pastries sold nationwide.
Engr. Alam, on behalf of the CPSC Director General who was on a mission, led the closing ceremonies of the program on February 17and congratulated the students and the CPSC team for successfully achieving the objectives of the internship program. He also expressed hope that the spirit of friendship among the students and as well between CPSC and Korea Tech that has been nurtured over the days would be continued and strengthened.
Mr. Ronald Gaspar, Corporate Services Responsibility (CSR) Coordinating Manager of Toyota Motors Philippines, Foundation (TMPF) attended the closing program and congratulated the students for completing the course. He also imparted some inspiring words to carry with them as they face new challenges in their future careers, he also hoped for continued partnership between CPSC and TMPF.
The customized program generated an overall evaluation rating of 95.77%.
CPSC is an Inter-governmental International Organization for human resources development in Asia and the Pacific Region. CPSC’s programs and services are primarily intended to equip TVET personnel in the member countries with up-to-date knowledge and skills in various areas of interest. CPSC is the only regional institution established specifically to enhance the quality of TVET, CPSC provides leadership in this regard by designing and conducting various programs and courses in different levels.
Responding to the need to improve the quality of technician education and training, the Member Governments of the Colombo Plan considered the recommendation of the Singapore Colloquium in May 1969 to establish a Regional Centre for Technician Teacher Training. Subsequently, after deliberations during the 21st and the 22nd Consultative Committee Meeting (CCM), at the 23rd CCM in December 1973 held at the Wellington, New Zealand, a Memorandum of Understanding relating to an establishment of a regional center which shall enhance the quality of technician education and training in the Colombo Plan member countries gave birth to the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC). Adaptive to the fast changing needs of the member countries, CPSC has evolved from a regional center for technician teachers' training to a Center of Excellence in human resources development (HRD) through technical vocational education and training (TVET), and steadfast in achieving its vision to be the leading HRD agency in the emerging knowledge economy.