In further strengthening its reputation as the main training provider and capacity builder for education in the region, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) welcomed 26 administrators and staff members from the Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) in Medan, Semarang, Palembang and Universitas Islam Negeri Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Mataram, Indonesia. This program was the sixth of its kind organized by CPSC for UIN and IAIN for the past two years. The delegation was headed by Dr. Candra Wijaya, Secretary of the Department of Islamic Education Management, Faculty of Tarbiyah, UIN Sumatera Utara, Medan.
The program aimed to instill the regional and country-based educational management trends and their implications to enable the participants to have an understanding of modern educational management concepts, practices and set their future directions and aid them in identifying practices and systems for educational excellence. The program was designed to familiarize them to the applications of ICT integrated teaching and learning environment in Higher Education.
Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Officer-in-Charge, provided overall coordination and guidance. The theoretical and practical inputs were delivered by CPSC's pool of faculty namely Dr. Romulita C. Alto, Short-Term Faculty Consultant and Maj. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Hisyam Mohd Hashim, Former CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant and currently Deputy Dean (Student Affairs and Alumni) of the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). In addition, Dr. Zulkifli Zakaria, Former CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Britenvision PLT provided a virtual lecture through Skype.
The program instilled topics and tasks on educational transformation through leadership, management concepts and paradigms of improving institutional management in higher education, developing a corporate plan and strategic planning process and ICT applications in higher education. An online lecture on teamwork building for enhanced productivity was also included in the program.
A study tour to the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) was organized to further expose them to the applied good practices of educational management in the Philippines. They were also taken around the famous sights in Manila such as Intramuros and Rizal Park to orient them regarding the history and culture of the Philippines.