CPSC collaborated with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Fiji Islands for the conduct of the In-Country Program on a very vital issue and emerging trend in the TVET system i.e. Industry-Academia Collaborations and Partnership. The inaugural program was held in the conference room level-2 Marela House Suva on April 20, 2015. The Deputy Director Finance Ms. Lusiana Fotofili, Director Heritage and Arts, Ministry of Education was the chief guest during the inaugural ceremony.
The chief guest highlighted the importance of the program in the light of the emerging economic scenario of Fiji Islands and appreciated the contribution of CPSC to the development of TVET in Fiji. She aspires to continue this relationship in the future as well. Dr. Hazrat Hussain, Governing Board-Engaged Faculty of CPSC mentioned about CPSC programs and briefed the participants about the details of the one-week program.
After the inaugural ceremony, the training proper started at the Fifth Floor Ministry of Finance. Twenty-four (24) participants from different ministries and TVET Schools attended the program. Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General of CPSC was the overall supervisor of the program. Dr. Hazrat Hussain acted as coordinator and main resource person while Ms. Rina Roshni Chand was designated as the program’s local coordinator.
The local resource person Dr. Richard Wah, Executive Chairman, Fiji Higher Education Commission, shared insights on the educational statistics about Fiji Islands, prevailing economic trends and the ensuing need for industry-academia partnership in the context of the local TVET System.
The program also included visits to two local organizations on April 22: the Lyndhurst Garment Factory and the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTEC) established with assistance from AusAID. The training programs at APTEC have been developed and are being implemented through strong collaboration with the local industries and related associations. During visit to the Lyndhurst Garment Factory participants took keen interest in the manufacturing process, recruitment process and discussed possible partnership avenues with TVET system of the Fiji Island.
The participants actively engaged in the different sessions of the program and developed action plans in view of establishing collaborations with various industries in support of the TVET programs in their respective institutions.
The participants were awarded certificates of completion. Mr. Naipote Katonitabau, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance distributed the certificates and some special awards to the participants. The chief guest thanked CPSC for its continuous support to the TVET system of Fiji and reiterated reciprocation of continuous support to CPSC in its future endeavors.
On behalf of the CPSC Director General, Dr. Hussain conveyed CPSC’s commitment in its advocacy of enhancing TVET systems of its member countries and addressing crucial issues and challenges in TVET in particular countries such as the Fiji Islands.