The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, accompanied by several staff members of CPSC, visited the Center for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training Department (CIAST) at Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia on March 20, 2015. The visit was organized to showcase the initiatives of CPSC to CIAST in the hopes of encouraging increased attention and open opportunities for collaboration.
The CPSC delegation composed of Dr. Naim, Ms. Adrienne Abril (Executive Secretary), Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria (APACC Staff) and Ms. Nabil bt. Yaacob (APACC Local Facilitator) was warmly welcomed by CIAST officials led by their Deputy Director, Tn. Jamil bin Yahya accompanied by the Head of the Competency Qualification Program, Tn. Abu Sallehein bin Nordin; Principal Program Coordinator of the International Training Unit, Competency Qualifications Program Tn. Hamdan bin Hashim and two other officers from the Competency Qualification Program.
Matters presented during the meeting are the modalities and updates on the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC), the accreditation arm of CPSC which aims to guide TVET institutions in equipping themselves with internationally-recognized standards and systems and facilitates in the production of workforce with great mobility to move across borders equipped with regionally-competitive qualification skills. APACC also promotes the harmonization of the quality of TVET in the region and facilitate quality improvement programs.
Another initiative presented to CIAST is the CPSC Asia Pacific Technical and Vocational Education Centers (CAPTVEC) which is designed to create venues that will move CPSC closer to its constituents. It visualizes the creation of CPSC satellite centers in the member countries, thereby bringing them together in terms of their aspirations for the development of TVET in the region. The CPSC Director General informed CIAST that being a CAPTVEC is a recognition of an institution's excellence in the field of TVET and that CIAST could be one of the first CAPTVECs in the region.
Tn. Jamil bin Yahya expressed his full support towards the initiatives presented by CPSC and lauded the Staff College for its efforts in forwarding the development of TVET quality standards through APACC and CAPTVEC. He also stated his intention to explore a deeper collaboration with CPSC particularly through the upcoming Regional Program on Automotive (Vehicle Electrical, Engine Management System and Introduction to Hybrid Technology) that will be hosted by CIAST from March 31 – April 17, 2015.