The Colombo Plan Staff College commences the first program arranged for the Bangladesh Private Polytechnic Owners Association (BPPOA). Through coordination with CPSC’s Honorary Member Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB), the 14 officials and members of BPPOA who are also owners, directors, principals and teachers are in CPSC Manila for a Study Tour program on Management and Leadership from April 18-24, 2017.
The program incorporates sound leadership and quality culture for effective decision making, enabling them to become positive change agents in the attainment of learning objectives. At the end of the program, the participants are expected to be able to comprehend the global, regional and country-based educational management trends and their implications for sustainable human resources development.
The lectures and study tours were organized additionally to enable the participants to understand the processes towards acquiring accreditation from the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) and identify the academic and administrative best practices of institutions visited and adopt them in the context of Bangladesh.
The delegation was welcomed by the CPSC faculty and staff led by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Program Coordinator and CPSC Faculty Consultant. In his welcome speech, he cited the productive partnership of CPSC and IDEB in introducing innovative ideas on TVET in Bangladesh. He also cited the conferences and events partnered by both organizations that put forward the interests of further enhancing TVET implementation not only in Bangladesh but in the region.
In response, the group’s Team Leader Engr. Md. Shamsur Rahman, who is also IDEB’s General Secretary and BPPOA’s President, praised CPSC’s efforts in introducing innovations to further improve the quality of TVET implementation such as the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification (APACC). In his speech, he shared with CPSC the role of vocational education in improving the Bangladeshi economy through the promotion of entrepreneurship vis-a’-vis the need to address the growing labor demands of its large population. Engr. Rahman also informed CPSC about ongoing efforts of Bangladesh polytechnic institutes to be APACC-accredited.
The five-day study tour is set to bring the BPPOA participants to the TESDA Women’s Center and Language Skills Institute, MFI Foundation, Inc., Jacobo Z. Gonzales Memorial School of Arts and Trades, Toyota Motors Philippines Assembly Plant and the Toyota School of Technology. They will also visit some tourist sites in Manila and nearby provinces to complete their study tour experience.