On March 17, 2015, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub paid a courtesy visit to the Malaysian Minister of Education II, Honorable Dato Seri Idris bin Jusoh at the latter's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Apart from the CPSC DG, the high level delegation also consisted of the CPSC Governing Board Chairman and Deputy Director General for Technical Education and Skills Development Operations, Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua and Executive Director of the Technical Vocational Schools and Association of the Philippines, Inc. (TEVSAPHIL). Also in attendance was Hj. Ghaus Abdul Kadir, Deputy Director General (Operations), Department of Polytechnic Education, Ministry of Education, Malaysia on behalf of the DPE Director General.
The meeting focused on introducing CPSC and its accreditation arm, the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). The system of APACC accreditation of TVET institutions in the region was discussed, which will help towards achieving the goals of ASEAN Community 2015, in which Malaysia is the current ASEAN Chairman. Dr. Naim, being the APACC President concurrent to his position as CPSC Director General, stressed the benefits of APACC accreditation to accredited institutions including greater workforce mobility and mutual recognition of qualifications and the opportunity to be a part of a regional network of quality institutions that provides learning prospects to students.
Dr. Naim informed the Minister of the ongoing accreditation of polytechnics under the purview of the Department of Polytechnic Education, Ministry of Education. He then remarked that it is high time for the Community Colleges to apply and subject themselves to APACC accreditation since these institutes provide technical and vocational education and training (TVET) courses as well.
For Malaysian institutes to have a wider networking opportunity with CPSC's international partners and greater access to current TVET trends and information, the Director General shared CPSC's current initiative called the Asia Pacific Technical and Vocational Education Centers or CAPTVEC, which will act as satellite centers of CPSC in the member countries.
CAPTVEC has been designed to be an information-sharing center for TVET-related updates, major projects, programs, policy changes and other development trends in the member countries; a virtual center for selected programs as mutually agreed; a venue for displaying CPSC publications and other relevant documents related to TVET; a platform for working out collaborative TVET programs such as capacity building programs, seminars, conferences or any other program of common interest and many more.
The Minister commended CPSC for the benefits and innovations it brings to member countries particularly Malaysia and positively considered the proposals of CPSC. He expressed his intention to visit Manila, Philippines where the CPSC headquarters is located in an opportune time.