Attendees of the CPSC-UTHM Planning Meeting (Left to Right): Dr. Mohamad Hisyam bin Mohd Hashim,
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Prof Dr. Jailani Md Yunos and Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria
High officials from the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) and the Universiti Tunn Hossein Onn (UTHM) held a planning meeting at the UTHM Satellite Office in Bangi, Malaysia on October 6, 2014 to discuss preparations for the upcoming UTHM-CPSC Collaborative Regional Program on Quality Assurance through International Accreditation. This event will be held at the UTHM Campus in Johor, Malaysia on November 3-4, 2014 and will also coincide with the 4th World Congress of TVET.
The meeting was attended by the following members: Prof Dr. Jailani Md Yunos (UTHM Representative and Local Coordinator), Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub (CPSC Director General), Dr Zulkifli Zakaria (CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant), Associate Professor Major Engr. Dr. Mohamad Hisyam bin Mohd Hashim (former CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant) and Dr. Azman Hasan.
The meeting tackled several arrangements regarding the planned collaborative program including the provisions on the cost, accommodations and the overall program set-up. Furthermore, it is expected that the event will also accommodate the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UTHM and CPSC.
Overall supervision will be provided by Dr. Naim and Dr. Dr. Razali Bin Hassan (Dean, Faculty TVE). Program coordination will be handled by Dr. G. Kulanthaivel (CPSC Seconded Faculty Consultant) while the lectures will be jointly handled by Dr. Zakaria, Dr. Kulanthaivel and Pn. Noor Aidi Nadzri.
The regional program will aim to contribute to the existing TVET knowledge about the importance of an improved quality assurance mechanism and accreditation as an emerging trend towards the improvement of TVET in the region. It will also place the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) into further discussion. The program is also designed to strengthen and improving the skills of potential accreditors to assess TVET institutions and programs.
CPSC will strive to contribute to the raising of awareness and provision of skills and values necessary to put accreditation system through APACC for TVET excellence into practice. Since all emerging challenges and excellence lie at the center of the TVET system, it shall become the platform for participants from the member countries to contribute to the discussion on building TVET excellence though the accreditation system using the APACC criteria.