The Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore - Third Country Training of the Singapore Cooperation Program (SCP) successfully conducted the 4th Joint Training on “TVET Programmes for Principals and Instructors” from 14-18 November 2011. The program was locally organized by the MFA’s Technical Cooperation Directorate and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Education Services.
On behalf of the Government of Singapore, Ms. Belinda Tay, Deputy Director of Technical Cooperation, MFA Singapore and Mr. Lin Boon Tiong, General Manager, ITE Education Services welcomed the 23 participants from 16 participating countries and the CPSC team led by Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General, CPSC.
The program run for five days and successfully provided knowledge and understanding of Singapore’s education system using the ITE as model, among others.
Ms. Tay highlighted Singapore’s achievements and the strong partnership of Government of Singapore with CPSC way back in 1974 when it first played as a host to CPSC. Through the SCP, the Government of Singapore continuously cooperates with CPSC in organizing emerging TVET programs that contribute to achieving CPSC’s mission of building the capacity of teachers, trainors and administrators from developing countries and sharing approaches in TVET system development inspired by the lessons learned and best practices of Singapore.
Dr. Naim also welcomed the participants and further apprised them of the College’s accomplishments in terms of teachers education through Singapore Cooperation Program. He further stressed the importance and educational value gained from such programs implemented by SCP through its partner institutions in view of the advances made by Singapore that other neighbor countries could learn from.
During the five-day program, the ITE Education Services shared ITE’s experiences in achieving organizational excellence in management, corporate strategy called Hands-On, Minds-On and Hearts-On Approach to TVET and organized an institutional visits. These provided opportunities and practical experiences for participants as they also had the opportunity to network with ITE staff, partner institutions and stakeholders.
On behalf of CPSC, Dr. Naim shared CPSC’s own journey to organizational excellence through a special lecture on CPSC: Working for the Benefit of Member Countries. The program participants consist of TVET professors, administrators, principals and faculty members of various TVET institutions from CPSC member countries.