The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines conducted an In-Country Program on “Management, Promotion and Conduct of TVET Technology Research” at National Teacher Trainers Academy (NTTA), National Institute of Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD), Marikina Philippines from April 5-9, 2015. This was attended by 39 TESDA officials, Regional Office representatives and potential researchers from TESDA Institutions from the seventeen regions.
This program enabled CPSC and TESDA to further contribute in raising the awareness regarding the importance of technology research and capacity building of the TESDA’s Institutions research focal persons, representatives of the Regional Offices and officials of the Research and Development Division (RDD) from the TESDA central office. It also realizes the need to further improve the research culture among TESDA institutions and inspire them to create innovations that will improve their profile to clients and other stakeholders.
The program tackled themes such as: (1) Industry-institution linkage in research, (2) Developing a research culture, (3) Improving the conduct of research and development initiatives and (4) Showcasing technology research ideas.
CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub together with the Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Director General, TESDA were the overall program supervisors. Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant as Program Coordinator and Main Resource Person along with Local Program Coordinator Ms. Felicidad Zurbano of TESDA.
The Executive Director of the National Institute of Technical Education and Skill Development (NITESD), Mr. Elmer Talavera graced the inaugural program held on April 5, 2015. In his speech, Director Talavera highlighted the long standing working relationship between TESDA and CPSC and expressed his gratitude to the organization for his continuous support and collaboration for the benefit of TVET in the Philippines. On the other hand, Dr. Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General expressed his resolve of support TESDA in future as well and highlighted the subscription of TESDA , TTIs for the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) to get international accreditation and invited to forge more strengthened links in this area.
The program invited respected experts not only in the Philippines but also from the region as well. Mr. Elmer Talavera briefed the participants about the technology research initiatives of TESDA. In addition, a discussion entitled the “Integration of Technology Research Culture in TVET Institutions & Intellectual Property Rights Protection” was provided by the Chief of the Technological Services Division, Industrial Technology Development Institute, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Ms. Nelia Elisa Florendo.
A discussion regarding the management of technology researches and the adaptation of strategies in teaching technology researches was Mr. Steven McKee, the President of Labtech International Ltd. based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, a substantial experience sharing about the policy framework, implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation regarding the integration of the research culture in TVET Malaysia was presented by Dr. Abdul Rahim Bin Ahmad, the Director of the Centre for Research and Development, at the Department of Polytechnic Education, Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
Technical expertise was provided by Dr. Hussain, who further explained the role of research and innovation as a platform for sustainability in technology education by demonstrating relevant platforms and frameworks to further increase its efficiency. He also discussed fore sighting techniques and its applicability on TVET.
A study visit was also included in the program in which the participants visited the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Taguig, Metro Manila on April 8, 2015. In the venue, they were briefed about the different technology initiatives, patents and inventions done by the different scientists and technology experts in the country as a way to provide a direction to the participants on how to embark on substantial ideas for technology research.
The former CPSC faculty consultant and the current research consultant of the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Dr. Romulita Alto, imparted substantial knowledge to the participants on developing research frameworks, operationalization and conducting TVET technology research proposals. She focused on the identification of the problem, designing research paradigms and developing the technology research frameworks. She also provided some relevant examples of TVET technology researches from her visits to other institutions in Malaysia.
The participants are expected to come up with two types of outputs. For Regional Office and TRDD representatives, they have to draft proposals on Marketing Technology Research Inputs and Development Initiatives. On the other hand, Technical Training Institute representatives are expected to draft a research proposal on the Conduct of TVET Technology Researches.
Overall, the program ended in a high note as shown in the positive feedback and high appreciation ratings of the participants to the program. They reiterated the call in further strengthening TVET research culture in the country and spearheading innovation and technology excellence to further make TVET relevant in the Philippines.