Strengthened partnership between the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) and Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech) led to the implementation of the 4th Special Internship Program for Korea Tech students from July 2 to 19, 2012 at CPSC, Manila, Philippines.
The program was designed to assist Korea Tech in building professional capacities of the participants and in preparing them to be well-rounded professionals in the future. Specifically, the objectives of the program were to develop and enhance awareness and understanding on the following: (1) soft skills required for professional efficiency; (2) concepts of research and development in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) research tools and methodologies; (3) various culture; and (4) practical work experience related to their future work.
Participants of the program included 12 Korea Tech students pursuing Bachelor Degrees in the following areas of specialization: Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Management. Apart from in-house lectures and tasks, a 4-day immersion program at Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation and a half-day study/industrial visit to Gokongwei Brothers Foundation – Learning Development Center and Universal Robina Corporation, Philippines will be facilitated by CPSC to provide experiences related to future work of the students.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General who acted as Program Supervisor led the overall implementation of the program with the able assistance of the CPSC Faculty Specialist Engr. Md Jahangir Alam who acted as Program Coordinator.
The roster of resource persons included CPSC Faculty Consultant Dr. Hazrat Hussain, Dr. Paz H. Diaz, Professor from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Mass Communication, Mrs. Violeta Laraya, former CPSC Assistant to the Director, Ms. Jonalyn Baquillas, Professor from the Asia Pacific College School of Accountancy and Business, Mrs. and CPSC Research Assistant Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria.
The CPSC Director General warmly welcomed Korea Tech students for the fourth time since its first program and conveyed his appreciation for their confidence to CPSC in the delivery of quality programs for their students. He also expressed that he wished that the partnership between CPSC and Korea Tech will be continuously strengthened and affirmed through more collaborative programs and projects in the future.