At the peak of technological and development divide, the initiative to integrate Southeast Asian Nations into an ASEAN Community is relevant as it shall narrow the gap and enhance ASEAN’s competitiveness as a region. It is imperative to institute excellence, sound leadership and quality culture in educational institutions. Realizing this, the Colombo Plan Staff College conducted the Customized Program on Capacity Building on Educational Leadership and Management held at CPSC from September 1-5, 2014.

At the end of the training program, participants are expected to be aware of the regional and country-based educational management trends and their implications for sustainable human resources development with reference to the ASEAN countries context. They are also expected to have an understanding of modern educational management concepts practices and set their future directions. The program also aims to inculcate the relevance of identifying practices and systems for educational excellence through transformational leadership.

The delegation is composed of 15 Indonesian officials from the Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Campuses in Palembang, South Sumatra and Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara. The delegation is led by Dr. Heri Junaidi, M.A. Vice Rector II of IAIN – Raden Fatah Palembang and Dr. H. Achsanuddin, M. Pd. Vice Rector II of IAIN – Mataram.

Overall supervision of the program is being managed by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, while, overall coordination is being handled by Dr. Hazrat Hussain, CPSC Faculty Consultant. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Seconded Faculty Consultant provides his expertise.

The opening program commenced with the exchange of well-wishes and appreciations. Dr. Naim, addressing the participants in Bahasa, commended the efforts of IAIN in developing their human resources through intensive training on management and embracing the culture of quality. He also cited the importance of the upcoming ASEAN integration and its impact in the development of economies in the region.

Dr. Junaidi and Dr. Achsannudin, representing the IAIN network, also expressed their appreciations on the organization of the program. They also cited some positive developments in their colleges and their continuous efforts to provide quality services to their constituents through continuous capability enhancement.

The five-day program is set to tackle topics that enhance the management expertise of administrators. This includes the: (1) Development of a Strategic Planning Framework for Educational Organizations, (2) Enhancing Educational Excellence through Accreditation, Quality Management and Strategic HR; (3) Educational Transformation through Leadership and (4) Teamwork Building for Enhanced Productivity and Competitiveness. To further hone their skills, tasks such as the Identification of Institutional Vision and Mission, SWOT Analysis, Exercises on Quality Management and Strategic Human Resources and the Development of Leadership Skills are being given as exercises. At the end of the training, participants are expected to come up with an action plan that will guide the institute towards becoming a full-fledged university.

The program also included visits to relevant institutions such as the Asian Institute of Management and the University of the Asia Pacific. A half-day tour around the city of Manila is also included in the program to spark the interest of the participants on the history and culture of the city.