The Colombo Plan Staff College, in collaboration with the Pukyong National University (PKNU), Busan, Korea, welcomed five students from the College of Humanities' Research and Education (CORE) for the special internship program for four weeks from January 22 to February 16, 2018.
The internship program was organized to help students in providing the ability to perform multi-functions in the workplace, acquiring desirable attitudes towards work, and providing the basic job specific knowledge and skills in their field, with due consideration to occupational practice. The objectives of the program also includes developing their awareness on soft skills required for professional efficiency, understanding the various cultures for development and gaining practical work experience related to the future work through multi-culture working environment immersion.
The opening ceremony was held on January 22, 2018 and was led by Dr. Ramhari Lamichhanne, CPSC Director General. He expressed his affirmation that the internship program would give all of participants who wanted to learn multi-cultural working environment an opportunity to enhance their practical job-related skills and attitudes to gain work experience for their future employment.
The program was coordinated by Ms. Casey Joan Alvarez, CPSC Human Resources Officer. The faculty members namely: Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Dr. Chithral Ambawatte and Ms. Therese Tan Lee provided academic support. CPSC staff members, Mr. Bryan Lazaro, Ms. Felice Marquez and Mr. Rae Echaveria, facilitated some of the team exercises.
The four-week program included immersions at the Colombo Plan Staff College and United Towers Philippines (UTP). Classroom lectures, delivered by the CPSC faculty, tackled topics such as 21st century skills, effective communication in the workplace, cross- cultural understanding and teamwork culture for productivity and competitiveness. A written report detailing their experiences of their internship program is also expected from them after four weeks.
At the end of special internship program, the participants are expected to gain experience of real-life working situations and further enhance their soft skills. Through this continuous relation, PKNU and CPSC can nurture a talent who fits in international world and it will be the stepping stone to become an experts in specific field such as international areas.