The Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub highlighting issues and concerns in the changing trends in TVET in the 21st century and the vital role CPSC and other networking institutions play in addressing such through his presentation Changing Trends: Transforming TVET in the 21st Century, keynoted the World Congress on Technical Vocational Education and Training (WoCTVET) 2014, held from November 5 to 6, 2014 at the Equatorial Hotel in Melaka, Malaysia.
In cooperation with the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and other sponsoring organizations/institutions in Malaysia, CPSC was one of the partners in conducting WoCTVET with this year's theme of TVET Capacity Development: Career and Life Skills for 21st Century. The world congress aimed to provide an ideal platform for discussion, dissemination and sharing of contemporary research and scientific knowledge and information in the field of teacher education for TVET.
More than 300 educators, policy makers, administrators and industry partners from various countries across different continents like Asia, America, Australia, Europe and Africa shared in the discussions, deliberations and review of significant new developments and scientific advancements on TVET to create solutions, enhance collaborations and address regional/national responses to TVET teacher education for the global future.
Other renowned international speakers in global education and industrial networks were also among the keynote speakers who all enthusiastically imparted their knowledge and shed light on various aspects of TVET forward looking towards the 21st century. Assoc. Professor Dr. Margarita Pavlova from the Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning, Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIED), talked about Establishing Sustainable Life-long Learning: Learning Opportunities for Everyone; while Prof. Dr. Johanna Lasonen, Professor in Career and Workforce Education, University of South Florida, shared about the Global Outlook on the Importance of Skills and Competencies for 21st Century Workforce.
The first forum focusing on Improving Teaching and Learning Quality in TVET Institutions for the 21st Century had the following roster of panelists deliver their presentations and deliberate with the participants: Dr. Agus Setiawan, Dean, Faculty of Technology and Vocational Education, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia; Mr. Steven McKee, President of Labtech International, Ltd., USA; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elspeth McKay, School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and Prof. Dr. Wahid Razzaly, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UTHM. Forum 2, on the other hand, which tackled Shaping TVET for Nurturing Innovative Workforce in the 21st Century included panelists: Prof. Young-Bum Park, President, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET), Korea; Dato Dr. Pang Chau Leong, Director General, Department of Skills Development of Human Resource, Malaysia; Mr. Hj. Md. Sharifuddin Hj Salleh, Central Director, SEAMEO-VOCTECH, Brunei; and Prof. Dr. Thomas Kohler, Professor, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany.
Prof. Dr. Michael Gessler, Director, Institute Technology and Education, Univeristat Bremen, together with Ms. Anastasia Fetsie, Head of Thematic Expertise Development Department, European Training Foundation, handled a special forum on The Impact of International Development in the Area of TVET.
The honorable Chief Minister of Melaka, graced the event as Chief Guest who officiated the launching of the event and the ceremonial ice-breaking of the WoCTVET proceedings. He conveyed his pleasure and immense pride in hosting WoCTVET in the state of Melaka and warmly welcomed educators, government officials, company managers and all the participants from across several continents. He further encouraged UTHM and other TVET stakeholders to continuously conduct such conferences in a wider international scope that shall bring beneficial impacts to Malaysia and worldwide.
CPSC participants to the congress coming from countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand actively participated in the exchange of ideas and opinions on varied issues and concerns on TVET not only pertaining to their particular countries but as well in the global context during the forum.
CPSC Faculty members Dr. G. Kulanthaivel and Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria with Officers Ms. Arlene Cruz and Casey Alvarez also attended the event.