The Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore through the Third Country Training of the Singapore Cooperation Program (SCP) successfully conducted the 3rd Joint Training on “TVET Program for Government Education Officials” from 7-11 March 2011. The joint program was locally organized by the MFA’s Technical Cooperation Directorate and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Education Services as host institution.
On behalf of the Government of Singapore, Mr. Kok Tin Fook, Director of Technical Cooperation, MFA Singapore and Dr. Benjamin Tan, Chief Executive Officer, ITE Education Services welcomed the 30 participants from 15 participating countries of CPSC and the CPSC team.
The program which run for five days, succeeded in meeting its objectives of providing knowledge and understanding of Singapore’s education system using the ITE as model, among others.
Mr. Fook highlighted the strong partnership of Government of Singapore with CPSC way back in 1974 when it first played as a host to CPSC. Through the SCP, the Government of Singapore continuously supports CPSC in its endeavor of organizing emerging TVET programs which contribute in the capacity building of teachers, trainors and administrators from developing countries and in learning approaches in TVET system development inspired by the lessons learned and best practices in Singapore.
Prof. Shyamal Majumdar, Ph.D., Director General of CPSC, also welcomed the participants from CPSC member countries and stressed the importance and educational value gained in attending the programs implemented by SCP conducted by Singaporean institutes of high reputation in the international TVET academic community like ITE Education Services.
During the five-day program, the ITE Education Services shared their experiences in achieving organizational excellence through presentation of ITE TVET Management, ITE’s Hands-On Approach to TVET and organized an institutional visits which provides opportunity and practical experience for the participants thru association and discussion with their partner institutions and stakeholders.
As part of CPSC’s academic input, Prof. Majumdar lectured on the topic “Responding to Global Challenges through TVET in the Colombo Plan Region”. Prof. Rajesh Khambayat, CPSC Faculty Consultant, lectured on “Greening CPSC: Addressing ESD through Green TVET for the 21st Century”.
The program participants consist of TVET professors, administrators, principals and faculty members of various TVET institutions from CPSC member countries. The program achieved excellent marks on overall rating.