Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) continues to expand its network to widen the reach of its programs and services. On September 16, 2015, Dr. Moshin Habib, International Business Program Director of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia paid a courtesy visit to CPSC to look into possible collaborative programs.
CPSC Officer-in-Charge / Acting APACC President Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel and some CPSC staff met Dr. Moshin and shared about CPSC's on-going programs, which also include the developments in APACC accreditation. Dr. Moshin, on the other hand, talked about Australia's possible contribution to CPSC, which is to assist in connecting and building the Asia Pacific capability, especially in the TVET sector. He added that his university has already been sending students to various Asian countries for special internship programs and was excited to learn that CPSC has been providing such programs. The meeting also led to discussions on strategies that would strengthen APACC's role in improving the delivery of TVET programs and facilitating workforce mobility in the region.
In a double mission to the Oceana and Pacific region, the Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Dr. Naim Yaakub first visited Adelaide, Australia to explore collaborative projects between CPSC and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) on April 23, 2013. Both organizations also seized the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. From Adelaide, the DG of CPSC travels to Fiji to attend a CPSC-Fiji In-country Program on ICT in Education which includes a National Seminar.
On the former mission, NCVER and CPSC have initiated intention to work as partners in 1997 under previous leadership. Upon assuming charge, Dr. Naim continued to renew linkages with development partners especially in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
The DG and Dr. Tom Karmel, NCVER Managing Director signed on behalf of respective institutions, witnessed by Ms. Sue Fergusson, General Manager of Research and Ms. Renee Edwards, Executive Assistant of NCVER.
The MOU serves as an agreement between the parties to exchange information on the system and structure of vocational education and training, training reforms and new educational technologies; exchange educational literature and research materials and promote the use of research through respective clearinghouses and bibliographic databases; and participate in other areas of cooperation in the field of vocational education and training to be mutually agreed upon.
The MOU, which is valid for five years, is hoped to jump start the identification of concrete collaborative programs for mutual benefit of CPSC and NCVER stakeholders.