In a show of strong cooperation and solidarity with the aspirations of CPSC, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, through the Department of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Ministry of Science and Technology, actively collaborated with CPSC in organizing the In-Country Program on "Strategic Planning of TVET Institutions in Myanmar" from January 12 to 16, 2015. Thirty (30) administrators and lecturers coming from several TVET institutions under the DTVE and who are planning to manage a college/institution in the future participated in the program.
The program aimed to instill to the participants strategic planning and management concepts in improving institutional management. The program also familiarized them with the applications of ICT for teaching and learning in TVET systems. The tasks and papers aided the attendees to undertake the SWOT analysis for institutional management, prepare the strategic vision, mission, goals and objectives of TVET institutions and provide quality assurance of TVET institutions through the APACC process. At the conclusion of the program, the participants developed and presented action plans in implementing best strategic management for their institutions.
Overall supervision of the ICP was provided by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub and the Deputy Director General of the DTVE, U Win Maw Tun. Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant, handled the overall program coordination, while local coordination was done by Dr. Thein Min Htike, DTVE's Assistant Director.
Local expertise and perspectives were made possible through the expertise of Dr. Theingi, Pro-Rector, West Yangon Technological University, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The expert delivered on Strategic Planning and Management Process for TVET Institutional Management & Implementation, monitoring and evaluation method and tools for TVET institution management.
Prof. Dr. Zaw Min Naing, Pro-Rector, Technological University (Maubin), Ministry of Science and Technology, Yangon, Myanmar was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function representing U Win Maw Tun. Prof. Dr. Naing, in his inaugural address highlighted the efforts undertaken by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to strengthen the education sector, recognizing that an educated population and workforce is a prerequisite for sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. The government has taken actions to clearly identify sector challenges, priority areas, and strategic options for the TVET sector. He also mentioned that CPSC is the only regional institution established specifically to enhance the quality of TVET and it provides leadership in such regard by designing and conducting various programs and courses in different levels.
U Aung Moe, Director, DTVE (Southern Branch), who was hosting the CPSC Program in their venue, expressed his happiness in organizing the CPSC Program in their office and appreciated the efforts of CPSC. Prof. Dr. Kulanthaivel, highlighted the activities of CPSC as well as how the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be applied to strengthen the TVET systems. He also gave a brief orientation of the program. Dr. Theingi, Pro-Rector, West Yangon Technological University, Myanmar shared her experience with CPSC and involvements in the development of TVET sector. Dr. Thein Min Htike, Local Coordinator conveyed his heartfelt thanks to all the officials of CPSC and welcomed the gathering.
The following topics were discussed during the program: (1) Management concepts of improving Institutional Management in TVET systems (2) Strategic Planning and Management Process for TVET Institutional Management (3) ICT for Teaching and Learning in TVET systems (4) Accreditation and Certification of TVET Institutions through APACC process for Quality Assurance (5) Implementation, monitoring and evaluation method and tools for TVET institution management.
A value added component of the program was a study visit to an Institution of Excellence held at the Yangon Technological University.
In further updating the participants on institutional management trends, a National Seminar on "Emerging Trends for Institutional Management in TVET Systems" was organized on January 15, 2015. It was organized to provide latest information on the status and quality of institutional management in the country's TVET systems. The seminar was also organized to identify and examine issues and challenges in institutional management in the country and to provide insights for policy makers, TVET providers and educationalists on the different strategies and approaches towards successful institutional management. The seminar was attended by 33 participants coming from all over the country.
The seminar was divided into two sessions. Speakers for the first session include: Prof. Dr. Naing who presented the "Institutional Management of TVET", and Dr. Kyi Soe, Pro-Rector, Technological University (Hmawbi), Ministry of Science and Technology, Yangon, Myanmar, who discussed the topics "Current Status and Development of TVET Systems in Myanmar" and the "Industry Involvement in TVET systems", respectively.
The second session, pertaining to Institutional Management: Managing and Implementation, had Dr. Htike, as speaker who delivered her paper on "Strategic Planning of TVET systems". Meanwhile Prof.Kulanthaivel shared his expertise on "Emerging Trends in ICT integrated Teaching and Learning Environment for TVET systems".
Prof. Dr. Naing, representing U Win Maw Tun, provided the inaugural address while U Aung Moe gave his special remarks during the opening of the seminar.
DTVE is responsible for nurturing highly qualified engineers and skilled technicians in Myanmar while the Ministry of Science and Technology is the focal ministry for currently undertaking a TVET reform process in Myanmar. Both the ICP and the seminar were held at DTVE Southern Branch, Yangon, Myanmar.