The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) was again invited to be one of the partners for the 15th National Conference of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities of Industrial Technology (PACUIT). The event, with the theme” technology Innovation for Sustainable Development through Global Partnership” was held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel in Iloilo City, Philippines from May 3-5, 2017. A total of 184 instructors and administrators across 50 different institutes offering industrial technology courses all over the country attended the event.
The annual event was organized with the following objectives: (1) Update its members regarding the current trends on technology and innovation for sustainable development; (2) Promote collaborative research, sharing of experiences, knowledge and expertise among educators of industrial technology and (3) Serve a venue for members of PACUIT to present their research outputs and effective practices which may address theoretical, methodological or practical aspects related to industrial technology and in line with technology innovation for sustainable development.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between the two parties which states the extent of the collaborative activities embarked by both.
Representing CPSC in the conference as a Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker was the CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane. In his keynote address, he noted CPSC’s continued support to PACUIT initiatives since 2009 and expressed its confidence that further enhancement of ties and collaboration between key sectors in the society will bear fruit. He also cited the growing partnership between the industry and academe while encouraging the generation of research outputs focused on green TVET, sustainability of TVET and other related studies that will further help in improving TVET in the region. He also mentioned the need for socio-technical innovation in further enhancing TVET services. In addition to his keynote address, he presented a paper regarding technology innovation for sustainable development in the region.
Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Faculty Consultant and Mr. Rae Emmanuel Echaveria, CPSC Research Assistant, formed CPSC’s delegation to the PACUIT Conference. Dr. Kulanthaivel also took part in the sessions and presented a paper entitled “ICT for Enhancing the Quality and Accessibility of Industrial Technology Education. CPSC also arranged a booth in the conference to distribute promotional materials to guests and attendees. Dr. Godelyn Hisole, former CPSC Faculty Specialist, also took part in the program.