A total of 137 participants, 88 from 26 public colleges and 49 from 19 private colleges across the nation, attended the workshop held from June 20 to 22, 2016 at King Park Avenue Hotel in Nong Bon District, Bangkok.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Paiboon Saiyawongs, APACC Special Officer in Thailand, along with Dr. Julin Milintrasutra, Retired Director of OVEC's Nakhon Pathom Technical College. They were assisted by Ms. Supaporn Bubphaphrom, Deputy Director of Ubon Ratchathani Vocational College, and Ms. Chanisa Prasitthikul, Head of English Language Department of Ubon Ratchathani Vocational College.
Dr. Prachakhom Chantharachit, Advisor for Vocational Education Standards (Industry) of OVEC graced the event as Special Guest and encouraged the participants to continue their efforts in achieving their goal.
The workshop focused on the APACC Self-Study Report (SSR) and its intricacies. An in-depth discussion and deliberation of the APACC criteria and indicators were also done to ensure that all participants understood the requirements of APACC. It started with a presentation of Dr. Saiyawongs regarding the APACC accreditation system in which he elaborated ways of answering the SSR. An open forum ensued after the presentation to directly answer the queries of the participants regarding the instrument.
To further simulate the APACC experience, all participants were divided into 7 groups and were asked to work on each APACC criterion. Each group member tried to answer and analyze all the questions in their assigned criterion, focusing on the documents that come with each of the required question. At the end of the activity, all group heads presented their outputs and discussed problems that they encountered while they performed the tasks.
The workshop hopes to prepare participating TVET colleges in earning APACC accreditation. It is anticipated that with such level of preparations, Thai technical colleges will be more than ready to subject themselves to the rigorous but rewarding APACC process as the onsite visit activities commence this year.