In its advocacy to a greener TVET through green initiatives that emphasizes the use of renewable energy sources, The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) featured Hytec Power, Inc. through hosting their exhibit in CPSC and holding series of visits to their office and plant.
Hytec Power Inc. was established in 1994, with more than 50 skilled and committed staff coming from different fields of specialization. It is geared towards being the trendsetter, market leader and pioneer in providing total solutions to the industry and academic sectors. Its vision is “to be the FIRST-IN-MIND Service-Led Company” by being “the most reliable partner” through continuously aligning education and training programs tailored the needs of the industry. (Hytec Power Inc. brochure, back cover page)
Its services include: provision of excellent services and solutions to industry needs; sale and supply of state of the art educational and technical state-of-the-art-equipment; internship/on-the-job training for students; skills training and certifications; faculty-industry immersion and academe-industry linkage.
CPSC provided a venue for Hytec’s display of educational equipment and tools and featured their tools during the several visits and events hosted by the college. One of these visits constituted the delegation from the Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), composed of four officers headed by the Director, Mejar (K) Dato’ Hj. Md. Nor Bin Yusof. Also, In time for the APACC International Accreditors Training on March 17, 2014 Hytec’s exhibit was showcased to the participants composed of TVET experts and accreditors from Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal and Thailand.
The CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub led the visit of the APACC participants to their headquarters in Quezon City on March 19, 2014. Accompanying them is the Program Coordinator Dr. Hazrat Hussain, Faculty Consultant, Dr. Godelyn Hisole, CPSC Faculty Specialist and the CPSC Officers/Team Leaders. During the visit, Hytec President Engr. Eric Jude S. Soliman with Engr. Cherilyn Vergara-Blay, ECE, Sales and Training Admin Manager, explained the functions of each equipment and expounded on the advantages of such state-of-the-art educational/training equipment and modern tools in advancing modern, self-paced, handy, mobile and convenient learning. A tour of the office facilities which included training facilities and accommodation for both professionals and student trainees was also part of the visit.
Among the green technology tools featured is the “Green Kit”- a solar-wind-fuel cells energy trainer that was designed for the students studying renewable energy operations. It features an integrated board that shows how solar energy, wind energy and hydrogen fuel cell system operate. This kit is designed to aid engineers, students and planners on the viability of different renewable energy tools.
Salient features of this board include an automatic data acquisition and processing mechanism that features the following:
- Producing and storing hydrogen for fuel use
- Assembly of a fuel cell
- Determining data relevant to the operations of the renewable energy plants such as: the characteristic curve of the electrolyzer, fuel cost efficiency, decomposition voltage of water, voltage and current in series and parallel connection of the solar panels, light intensity and wattage generated by solar panels, electrical energy from the wind, among others.
- Practical applications of several laws on Physics such as Faraday’s Law and the concept of autarkic system with renewable energy are also integrated in the kit.
The exhibits also featured a robot named “Neo”. Solar battery operated and internally designed by the engineers in Hytec, this “smart”robot responds to voice commands, doing tasks such as clapping, dancing, picking items from the ground and speaking. This robot was designed as a symbol of a modern, technologically-oriented future that is reliant not on “brown” sources of energy but on “green” energy sources.
To carry forward Colombo Plan Staff College’s (CPSC) agenda for sustainable development among one of its focal envisioned state for the period 2013-18, the Regional Program titled “Green growth and the TVET Response” was inaugurated at the Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) Incheon Korea on 12th December, 2013.
Dr. Yi Sung Ki, Vice President of Human Resources Development Services (HRD) Korea, was the Chief Guest of the occasion. He warmly welcomed the 18 participants from CPSC member countries and highlighted the significance of the program and its relevance. He is very pleased of the selection of the venue for the training program. He termed the regional program as a springboard for sharing current challenges in sustainability issues, existing best practices especially in South Korea and the role that TVET can play in promoting the agenda of sustainability through green growth. He emphasized that efforts must be undertaken for programs, strategies and practical interventions in offsetting the damage brought about by the impacts of earlier and on-going industrialization through clean and green technologies and related system-wide collective response.
This regional program and the embedded seminar held on 19th December, will share current best practices for green growth in Asia, international practices and significant opportunities for collaborations in the field of green growth through TVET. The program’s social activities will also expose participants to the rich culture of Korea. The International Seminar will particularly tackle “Green Growth: The Korean Experience and the International Scenario” which will be addressed by speakers from HRD Korea, UNESCO and Thailand.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General of CPSC, while welcoming the participants representing the CPSC member countries, shared about his involvement in CPSC programs in Korea held at SIVAT way back in 2004. Dr. Naim mentioned about the Korean growth marked by “The Miracle on Han River” that witnessed phenomenal growth during the last 50 years which include electronic products, ships building and auto industry that have made tremendous inroads to the global market. He also mentioned that Korea is the axis of TVET excellence as demonstrated by winning the world skills competition for 18 times and tops countries in Asia for promoting green growth. He appreciated the open heartedness of GIFTS for conducting the regional program and wished for continued partnership with them and for future collaborative programs. He acknowledged with thanks the participation of the senior executives from the member countries.
In his keynote speech, Dr. Yi Sung Ki, mentioned about the evolution to excellence in human resources development through HRD Korea that made possible the GDP of US$ 67 in 1960s to rise to above US $24000 now. He mentioned about persistence in leadership commitment, through planning and implementation in true letter and spirit and enabled South Korea to come out of extreme poverty and assumed economic leadership in major economic sectors. The institution was named GIFTS to share learnings from an institution that espouse development through building of human capital. He believed that the collaborative program will be instrumental in sharing experiences about human resource development and learning from best practices for future developmental interventions.
Apart from the training sessions, an institutional visit to Seoul Dream Energy Center was also arranged to showcase the different solutions for optimizing naturally available renewable energy sources for achieving comfort in buildings and other economic activities. Participants showed keen interest in these enriching sources of knowledge and experience of possible practical solutions that leads sustainability of the mother earth.
The program runs until the 18th of December and being supervised by Dr. Naim, and coordinated by Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant and Ms. Brooklyn from GIFTS.
An International Seminar themed "Current Practices and Emerging Issues of Sustainable Development in TVET” was jointly organized by the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) and the National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh on May 31, 2013 at NITTTR Chandigarh. A total of 81 international participants attended coming from countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
Paper presenters include: Dr. Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General (Initiatives & Perspectives in Transforming TVET for a Greener Economy in the Asia-Pacific Region through Regional Cooperation and Linkages); Mr. Chandra Mohan, former Vice Chairman of Punjab Tractors Ltd. (Sustainable Development and Needed Policy Decision and Structural Changes: Perspectives and Way Forward); Dr. Ashok Kumar, CEO, CleanTech International Funding, New Delhi (Industry Solutions for Clean and Green Technologies and the Needed Dynamics for Skill Development); Munish Aggarwal of the DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, India (DSP Tonsa: Committed for sustainability) and Dr. JS Saini Professor and Head, Department of Rural Development, NITTTR Chandigarh (Integrating SD into TVET: Practices Issues and Challenges).
The international delegates presented and expounded on their countries’ latest initiatives on sustainable development through TVET. The seminar successfully came up with 12 major recommendations highlighting following key points such as: furthering the cause of sustainable development (SD) in terms of social, economic and environment through international and regional cooperation; integration of SD concepts and practices in TVET curriculum operations and processes within TVET systems; SD implementation awareness through training of teachers and policy makers; strengthening TVET-industry linkages on sustainable development; SD advocacy through skill development policies; green campus promotion; skilled manpower training on SD concepts, practices with social entrepreneurship development initiatives; technology innovation for SD integrated with awareness on ecological balance, environment, social equity and safety standards; research and development on SD; SD advocacy for lifelong learning; and stronger integration of SD aspects into TVET teachers’ education through innovative approaches.
Dr. MP Poonia, NITTTR Chandigarh Director and Dr. Naim jointly provided the closing remarks and officially closed the one-day international seminar. Both of them also jointly provided the overall supervision of the seminar while Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant and Dr. SK Dhameja, former CPSC Faculty Consultant and currently, Professor and Head, Information Management and Coordination (IMCO), NITTTR coordinated the seminar.
November 3-5, 2010
EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Manila, Philippines
Thirty-nine countries represented by 240 international and local delegates convened in Manila, Philippines to discuss and demonstrate Education for Sustainable Development in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ESD in TVET). The international conference, organized by Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) in collaboration with the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA), Capacity Building International (InWEnt) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), espoused the prominence of reversing the impact of climate change through technical and vocational education and capacity building approaches. It also succeeded in providing an interactive venue to understand how sustainable development could be integrated into education and facilitate interest and commitment in promoting SD for a greener TVET.
The conference launched a milestone Call to Action that proposes to undertake deliberate and conscientious efforts to fast-track initiatives to pull off the Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), a proclamation made by the United Nations General Assembly at its 57th session to achieve sustainable development by 2014 with education as an indispensible element to reach the decade.
A ten-point Call to Action, affirmed by 240-strong delegates of the conference, suggests to recommend “Integrating ESD in TVET” high on the international agenda; to mobilize towards a Green TVET Framework to support socio-economic aspects towards sustainable development; to promote capacity building to integrate ESD in TVET systems; to re-orient TVET curriculum and teacher education to integrate ESD in all levels of education; and to increase public awareness to promote ESD as an advocacy for greater community ownership.
It also recommended to strengthen networking and linkages to enhance multi-stakeholder partnership; to promote evidence-based research, monitoring and evaluation strategies for ESD in TVET; to develop clean and green technology programs to meet the needs of the green economy; and to prioritize investments in education and capacity building of the youth in creating a strong foundation of a society for sustainable development.
By fast-tracking these actions, the conference aims to mobilize the academic, policy and industry sectors towards working together for the reconfiguration of TVET system to meet the needs of the human capital as well as consider socio-economic aspects of development.
Among the countries represented were Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cambodia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Rep. of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Palau, Pakistan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Vietnam and Yemen.
The conference was formally inaugurated by the Chairman of the CPSC Governing Board, HE Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines and the Director General of TESDA, Secretary Joel Villanueva; Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Director General, CPSC; Mr. Klaus Sodemann, President of IVETA and Dr. Harry Stolte, Head of Division, InWENt.
Secretary Villanueva keynoted the opening of the conference stressing that the event has placed the Philippines and the issue of sustainability in the education context at the center of necessary follow-up initiatives to realize the objectives of the Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action agreed to be taken globally, nationally and locally in which human impacts on the environment. He underlined that crucial role of TVET in propagating sustainable development, which he simplified to be nothing but ensuring that a common technician understands the implication of day-to-day plat operations to the environment.
Echoing the common understanding on the important role TVET plays in skilling and building qualifications, Malaysian Ambassador Ibrahim Saad on behalf of CPSC Governing Board acknowledged that open discussion on ESD from the various perspectives, such as policy dialogues, job creation, research, and education reforms. He affirmed that ESD has its multi-dimensional purpose in life, in general; and human and resources development, in particular.
Dr. Majumdar shared that one of the key strategies to achieve sustainable development is thru Education and Training. Reiterating a UN advocacy that says “the shift towards a green economy requires Education for Sustainable Development,” he emphasized that humankind won’t be able to solve the problems it faces today subscribing to the same values and approaches that created them thus ESD will provide the framework to address climate change.
Dr. Majumdar in a plenary presentation also presented the CPSC greening TVET framework which champions having a green campus, technology program, community outreach initiatives, research and culture as a holistic approach to greening TVET institutions.
The conference tackled a range of themes that included global ESD enablers and barriers in TVET; best practices of ESD in TVET; TVET curriculum for ESD; innovative teacher education for ESD; green technology approaches in industry and education; and sustainable TVET institutions through partnerships and alliance.
Leading educationists from TVET sector as well as representatives from various development and academic institutions and government agencies shared insights and progress in utilizing education and training platforms to promote sustainable development.
These include CPSC, IVETA, InWEnt, World Bank Speakers Bureau, South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Center for Vocational and Technical Training, Asian Institute of Technology, Asian Development Bank, ILO Bangkok, GRM International, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Botswana Training Authority, Ohio State University, University Ton Hussein Onn Malaysia.
Participating institutions in the host country were CHED, TESDA, DepEd, DAP, Western Visayas College for Science and Technology of the Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation, Hytec Power, Eastern Petroleum Corporation, Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, among others.
The two-day conference also included an exposure trip and study visit to the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMPC) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Calamba, Laguna to learn about actual industry and development practices in integrating ESD in TVET. The conference was held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Madaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
ESD in TVET 2010 full report