Sharing insights and expertise on internationalization, the CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, with another expert from the Philippines, delivered talks on international protocols, diplomacy and etiquettes including varied aspects of internationalization as guest speakers during the Malaysian Polytechnic Internationalisation Officer Workshop 2015 on May 19, 2015 at Concorde Inn Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Selangor, Malaysia.
The Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE) of Malaysia organized the workshop to expose the officers from the headquarters and polytechnics handling internationalization ventures to some training that will better prepare them for international events and projects. The workshop also targeted to further boost the officers’ proficiency in dealing with diverse facets of international endeavors in view of the department’s constant engagement with international counterparts for international projects.
The DG was with Mr. Marco M. Polo, Division Director, External Affairs, De La Salle University, Philippines. Both of the guest speakers expounded and shared their views on the following sessions: Session 1a: The roles of internationalization officers in showcasing Polytechnic Malaysia as a preferred collaborative partner and referred TVET institution, which focused on etiquette and first class mannerism, diplomacy, promoting the understanding of cultural diversity and public trust, health and safety through professionalism and work ethics across the globe, etc.; Session 2b: Benefiting from staff and student mobility programmes which discussed planning and implementing an effective staff and student mobility programme, arranging for staying with a host family programme and leveraging on international organisations' staff and student mobility programmes; Session 2c: return of the investment in internationalisation programmes and planning strategically for it, and powerful negotiation for mutual benefit and 'win-win' concept; and Session 3 was a Question and Answer Forum.
The Malaysian officers were expected to possess appropriate approaches and manners, enhance understanding and specialized knowledge and skills related to international protocols in order to be more capable of handling international events and projects after the workshop.