The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), in partnership with the Technical Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Singapore, organized the TVET Program for Principals and Leaders at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Academy, Singapore from April 13-17, 2015.
The program was conducted as a collaborative program between CPSC and the Singapore Cooperation Program of the Government of Singapore and delivered by the ITE Education Services. Seventeen (17) representatives from CPSC member countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand attended the program.
The program provided an overview of Singapore's Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Systems and shared ITE's experience in its strategic planning and delivery of TVET, which consisted of the following elements:
- Overview of TVET and the education system of Singapore;
- Technical education college management in response to the changing needs of industries;
- Approaches of TVET to curriculum design and development, pedagogy model and training, educational technology, student development and management as well as assessment system; and
- Site visits to institutes of technical education and other tertiary education institutions in Singapore.
Dr. Mohammad Naim bin Yaakub, CPSC Director General, led the CPSC team during the conduct of the program, together with Ms. Casey Joan Alvarez, CPSC Training and Development Officer. On the other hand, MFA Singapore was represented by Mr. Ch'ng Tze Chia, Assistant Director on Asia Pacific and Ms. Joo Ying Khui, Technical Cooperation Officer of Technical Cooperation Directorate.
ITE headed by the Deputy CEO of the ITE Education Services and the Vice Dean of the ITE Academy, Mr. Eden Liew and the Manager for South Asia and Russia, Mr. Fabian Cheong accorded a warm welcome to CPSC team and all the participants and guests.
Several lectures were delivered by the representatives from ITE as a part of the capacity-building activities. These included The Singaporean Experience on Building a Sustainable TVET (presented by Mr. Tan Hong Choon, ITEES Senior Consultant), the VTE on Working Adults and Industry Partnership (presented by Mr. Aw York Bin, Deputy CEO on Idustry, ITE), Challenges on Extraordinary Change for Extraordinary People (presented by Ms. Jane Chia, Divisional Director of the Human Resources Department, ITE), The Curriculum Design and Development of ITE Courses (presented by Mr. Ko Ho Seng, Deputy Director of Curriculum Education and Development, ITE), Holistic Student Development (presented by Mr. Yek Tiew Ming, Principal of ITE College East), TVET College and Financial Management (presented by Mr. Tan Hong Choon, ITEES Senior Consultant) and the ITE Experience on Quality TVET Teaching and Development (presented by Mr. Samuel Ng, Director of Pedagogic development, ITE).
In addition to the abovementioned lectures, the participants also visited some of the institutions that may serve as a benchmark for TVET institutional management and development. Aside from the tour of the ITE Central College itself, the participants went to the Assumption Pathway School, ITE College East and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic and observed some of the best practices showcased by the TVET administrators and students.