CPSC welcomed on December 15, 2011 the visit of officials from two partners in the College’s premises in Manila, Philippines, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET based in Germany and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) based in Canada to discuss areas for collaboration in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General, with Faculty Members and Staff welcomed Prof. Shyamal Majumdar, Ph.D., Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC and Mr. Paul Brennan, Vice President for International Programs, ACCC, in a short program at the CPSC Conference. The program highlighted the existing cooperation between CPSC and UNEVOC and CPSC and ACCC with a view to move forward with the partnership established.
Discussion of insights on TVET now widely called advanced skills for employability, global issues, opportunities, stakeholder demands and strategic action points took place during the two-hour meeting representing global and continental views from Europe, Africa and Latin American regions through UNEVOC; North America through ACCC; and Asia-Pacific through CPSC. Dr. Naim highlighted from the discussion three key issues and challenges that CPSC would like to take up with its partners including the diminishing financial resources, shift from multilateralism to bilateralism and membership expansion. Mr. Brennan shared how Canada has transformed the image of TVET and the strong preference for TVET among high school graduates as the principal route to employment. Dr. Majumdar highlighted the need to consolidate fragmented approaches in TVET to increase benefits from regional and international cooperation works.
Upon identifying immediate cooperation strategies, the partners agreed to pursue further cooperation in faculty and staff exchange and internship which will pave the way for mutual learning of regional development experiences, collaborating in programs for developing leadership skills and evidence-based research. ACCC, which works closely with ADB in Manila sees many opportunities to synergize capacity development work with CPSC as a multilateral partner particularly since ACCC advocates for strengthening institutional partnership in designing programs for Asian countries. Moreover, UNEVOC sees three key thematic areas to pursue with CPSC including greening TVET, skills for employability and teacher education which are mutual priorities for CPSC member countries.
Immediate future programs to be organized by ACCC include the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May 2012 where CPSC Director General has been invited as Expert Panelist and the World TVET Congress organized by UNESCO in China next year. CPSC will hold six to eight regional and in-country programs between January to June 2012.
The partners agreed to hold more discussions and meetings using technology-enabled platforms to follow up planning of other joint activities identified.