The Colombo Plan Staff College warmly welcomed six students from the International Development and Cooperation and Fisheries programs of the Pukyong National University (PKNU), Korea for the special internship program held from January 11 to February 5, 2016.
The program was organized to aid the participants in developing their awareness on soft skills required for professional efficiency. It also exposed them to various cultures for practical work experience in a multicultural environment that will help them gain necessary abilities in preparing them for their future careers.
The delegation was received by the faculty and staff led by the CPSC Acting Director General, Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel. During the opening ceremony, he expressed his optimism that the internship program would be meaningful to the participants for they will be given the opportunity to gain practical work experience related to their future employment through their exposure to a multi-cultural working environment.
The program modalities comprised of lectures by experts in the field, computer hands-on, tasks and on-the-job immersion in several companies and agencies. The lectures were facilitated by CPSC experts in the field of English language and communication, interpersonal job skills, soft skills development in the workplace and teamwork namely: Dr. Romulita C. Alto, Dr. Alice D. Pañares, Mr. Aleksansdrov Ivan William L. Burcer and Dr. G. Kulanthaivel.
For an actual internship experience, the participants were given opportunity for immersion at several companies based in the Philippines such as Clean Air Asia, United Towers Philippines and World Youth Alliance. The Fisheries program group also travelled to Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Fisheries Center in Bacolod City, Philippines for their actual internship assignment.
The participants were also given a chance to acquaint themselves with the culture and places of interest of the host city by visiting The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Rizal Park, Manila Bay and Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna.
The International Development and Cooperation and Fisheries Programs of PKNU were selected as an outstanding program of the university among the local universities under the Ministry of Education in Korea. In line with this, the university was given the opportunity to send their students on an international internship program. PKNU aspires to expand its network and widen the reach of its program through similar opportunities as provided by CPSC while developing a new breed of future leaders and experts that will someday contribute significantly to the development of their own fields and their country in general.