In an effort to pursue strengthened collaborative ties with member country Malaysia, the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) held the second joint program for the year with the Government of Malaysia. CPSC and the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia (MOHE) jointly organized a Regional Program on “Building TVET Excellence through Accreditation System” from July 11 to 20, 2011, at the Avillion Legacy Hotel, Melaka, Malaysia.
Twenty-three (23) participants from 16 participating countries were trained on the three modules including the Challenges of TVET for Excellence, Modeling Quality through Accreditation System and Innovative Approaches for TVET Excellence. CPSC’s regional mechanism for raising quality assurance in TVET was also underscored in the program through the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) as an existing regional mechanism to benchmark quality of TVET institutions.
Various lectures emphasizing continuous enhancement of the quality of TVET through quality-assured measures were delivered during the program. The program aimed to elucidate the emerging challenges faced in building TVET excellence and cultivate innovative approaches that can be adopted by CPSC member countries. At the end of the program the participants gained understanding on quality assurance mechanisms and imperatives for reframing institutional culture of excellence.
The CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub in his welcome address expressed appreciation to the delegates for participating in the program. He also emphasized the importance of framing a TVET reform agenda to ensure the development of trainable workforce eligible to adapt to the fast changing nature and requirements in the 21st Century world of work. The Government of Malaysia showed full support to the program with the presence of high officials from the Ministry during key events of the program. Said officials include Honorable Dr. HouKok Chung, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Higher Education who inaugurated the RP. He also graced the International Seminar and closing ceremonies. Other high officials from the ministry, polytechnic educators, TVET and industry experts in Malaysia also attended key events.
The program exposed regional delegates to the various initiatives being undertaken by the Government of Malaysia in raising the quality and the image of TVET through the promotion of polytechnic education across the country. Study visits organized for the delegates provided opportunity to observe government-initiated approaches to strengthen TVET in Malaysia through polytechnic, community college and higher education systems.
A very well-attended International Seminar on the theme “Revitalizing TVET Excellence for Meeting Challenges of Workforce Development” was also conducted within the program. The 200-strong seminar participants examined issues and opportunities in workforce development, including various country initiatives and challenges faced in developing qualifications framework in the region.
Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Ph.D., CPSC Faculty Consultant acted as key Resource Person and overall Program Coordinator. Other resource persons and speakers who shared on a range of topics relevant to the theme were Prof. TJ Tesoro-Gayondato, Manager, Projects and Consultancy Division (PCD); Madam Zainab Ahmad, Deputy Director, Polytechnic Sultan Salahuddin, Abdul Aziz Shah, Associate Professor Shahdan Md. Lani. Mrs. Jamaliahbinti Ahmad and Mrs. Diana Ahmad Busra from Department of Polytechnic Education, Malaysia acted as Local Coordinators of the program.
The Regional Programreceived positive and encouraging feedback with high overall satisfaction rating of 98.5%.