The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), in partnership with the Singapore Cooperation Program (SCP), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Singapore and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore, gathered 20 participants for the Regional Program on the “Role of TVET in Social and Economic Development” held from May 15 to 19, 2017 at ITE College Central, Singapore.
Representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the 5-day program, which was primarily organized to emphasize the need on how TVET can contribute to the social and economic progress of a nation and to be able to gain onsite appreciation of the best practices in Singapore’s TVET system. The program also enabled the participants to be equipped with possible action plans to adapt in their own institutions.
The program was supervised by Mr. Heng Aik Yeow, Director General of Technical Cooperation Directorate, MFA Singapore; Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General of CPSC and Mr. Bruce Poh, CEO of ITE Education Services.
The inauguration ceremony held on May 15, 2017 was attended by some of the experts in Singapore’s TVET system. Mr. Mitchel Lee, the Deputy Director of Technical Cooperation Directorate, MFA Singapore, opened the 5-day seminar with a welcome message.
He stated that Singapore is a firm believer in the important role that human resource capacity building plays in a country’s economic and social progress. He also stated that a number of Singapore’s pioneering civil servants and even ministers had benefitted from Colombo Plan scholarship grants whom then moved on to contribute towards Singapore’s nation-building efforts. It is now Singapore’s duty to give back to the international community through the Singapore Cooperation Program or SCP.
His remarks were acknowledged by Dr. Lamichhane. He emphasized the need of the participants to take advantage of the lessons, models and good practices that would be showcased in the program. He also encouraged the participants to bring back knowledge gained and lead in the strategies of their respective institutions and countries in developing and enhancing their respective TVET systems, not only for national economic and social development, but for regional expansion as well. In his presentation on the Role of TVET for Socio-Economic Development he emphasized the major contributions of TVET in the progress of every nation regionally and globally.
ITE’s renowned teachers and experts shared their knowledge and experiences on the following topics: Institutional Management; TVET Branding and Image Building; Curriculum Design and Development; TVET Teacher Development; Industry-Institution partnership and Financial Management. With ITE being one of the lead TVET institutions in the region, the program participants witnessed how Singapore planned and implemented a successful TVET system to cater the demands of the changing economic and social landscape in the 21st century.
A field visit in the ITE College Central campus was part of the five-day program, wherein participants observed the best practices of TVET in Singapore and how the image of TVET is being uplifted through their interventions.
The participants were able to share their learning journeys and possible actions plans that they were expected to implement at their own institutions. The experience and learning gained from the program is envisioned to serve as a reference for the TVET development of the participating countries. The program received a very positive feedback with an evaluation result of 94.92%.