The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) welcomed 20 officers and lecturers from the recently-upgraded institute-to-university Universitas Islam Negeri Walisongo Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia for a 5-day Capacity Building on Educational Leadership and Management. The program was held at CPSC Manila, Philippines from November 17-21, 2014. This is the fifth of such kind organized this year by CPSC and the Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Network, which recently welcomed the elevation of their three campuses into university level. The delegation was headed by Mr. Mr. Rahman El Junusi, M.Ag.
The program strongly reflected CPSC's drive to further promote capacity-building programs that would prepare administrators for the emerging challenges in educational leadership and management, which would facilitate the increasing demands for progress and organizational excellence. The program targeted to instill the awareness on the regional and country-based Educational Management Trends and their implications for Sustainable Human Resources Development with reference to the ASEAN countries context to the participants. It also aims to promote the understanding of modern educational management concepts, practices and set their future directions and the ability to be able to identify practices and systems for educational excellence through transformational leadership. The participants presented an Action Plan that will guide them towards the fulfilment of their desired objectives and plans on managing the newly upgraded university.
Overall program supervision was provided by Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General while the overall program coordination was executed through Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria, CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant. CPSC's pool of experts composed of Dr. Hazrat Hussain and Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultants also provided academic and institutional support during the conduct of this activity.
To facilitate an effective knowledge transfer, themes relevant to educational management and planning formed parts of the program itinerary. Several topics included issues and challenges in education towards the realization of ASEAN Community 2015 alongside related themes on development of a strategic planning framework for educational organizations, educational excellence through accreditation, and quality management and educational transformation through leadership. Such topics were intended to further instill the importance of these techniques in developing a culture of excellence in the institution and provide a lasting and relevant academic experience. Lastly, a lecture on the teamwork building for enhanced productivity and effectiveness was delivered to ensure a harmonious working relationship among the members of the team and committees in the institution.
Study visits to the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City, the National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and the Commission of Higher Education in Quezon City was also organized to further expose the participants into the practical applications of educational management.