In a momentous gathering of senior TVET experts and administrators, some industries and the academe in the Asia-Pacific region, the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) refined its roadmap for the second half of the midterm implementation of its Corporate Plan 2013-2018. CPSC recently concluded the next phase of its midterm review with the successful hosting of the Senior Administrators' Conference (SAC) at CPSC from December 4 to 5, 2015.
The conference validated the recommendations of the Eminent Experts' Group Meeting (EEGM) on CPSC's performance and program thrusts for the remaining years of the CorPlan. The SAC further looked into the EEGM submissions on the four specific concerns with respect to CPSC operations and facilitate the next course of actions by the College. The midterm evaluation of CPSC's accomplishments and progress for the last two years by the SAC was purposely held to assist CPSC in further improving its services to better encapsulate the needs of the member countries, taking into account the global and regional issues that affects TVET implementation. The findings of the conference will be presented to the 100th Governing Board Meeting slated to be held on January 28, 2016.
Delegates of the SAC comprised of high officials from CPSC Member Countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand. For the first time, representatives from Brunei and Cambodia along with an official from Toyota Motor Philippines, attended and participated in the deliberations during the conference.
The Senior Administrators' Conference also sought the valuable knowledge of three former CPSC Directors/Director General namely, Dr. Thamrongsak Moenjak from Thailand (CPSC Director, 1989-1991), Mr. Isaac Goodine from Canada (CPSC Director, 1991-1992) and Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub (CPSC Director General, 2011-2015). Their respected presence further reinforced the findings of other delegates given their expertise and experience in handling CPSC's affairs during their terms as Director/s Generals. Overall coordination was provided by Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Officer-in-Charge, and co-coordinated by Dr. Romulita Alto, CPSC Short-Term Faculty Consultant.
Speaking on behalf of the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore, H.E. Kok Li Peng, Mr. Scott Loh, Deputy Chief of Mission and Counsellor of the Singapore Embassy expressed his appreciation to the member countries for continually supporting CPSC's advocacy in the region. He cited that CPSC's practice of constantly reviewing and realigning its practices to the needs of the member countries is "one of the best initiatives that he has seen in recent years" and hopes that the SAC delegates will continue to help in conducting, evaluating and implementing demand-driven TVET programs for the benefit of the future generations of workforce.
H.E. Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, expressed her gratitude to CPSC for extending the opportunity to meet the representatives of the CPSC member countries and orient herself about its functions and mandate, being a newly-appointed Ambassador of her country to the Philippines. She also wished CPSC further success in its endeavors, and wishes for more collaborative opportunities between the organization and the government of Sri Lanka on mutual fields in TVET.
The SAC delegates spent the first day scrutinizing CPSC's achievements during the past two years, as well as the recommendations of the delegates of the EEGM held from October 1 to 2, 2015. Mr. Samuel Ng, Director of VTE Development, Institute of Technical Education-Singapore, facilitated the group deliberations and synthesis during the event as SAC Chairperson.
Taking off from the same operational and organizational issues discussed during the EEGM, the following areas were further undertaken by four working groups in the SAC:
a. Strengthening CPSC's TVET programs for the Member States: Program Priority and Thrust in Post 2015
b. Strengthening internal capacity and governance of CPSC: Challenges and Way Forward
c. Financial sustainability of CPSC: Issues and Challenges
d. Partnership and Networking: Modalities and Thrust
The SAC concluded with a unanimous agreement that with minor modifications and additional recommendations, the findings of the EEGM are valid and are endorsed to the Governing Board for further action.