Dr. Naim (left) tours Dr. Park around CPSC offices and informs the former DG of ongoing activities of the College.

In a rare but momentous occasion, the 8th CPSC Director General, Dr. Man Gon Park, visited CPSC on September 2, 2014. His visit coincided with the Customized Program on Capacity Building on Educational Leadership and Management attended by 15 Indonesian participants from Palembang and Mataram, Indonesia. Thus, he also had the opportunity to grace the welcome dinner and had the chance to interact with some of the local staff and participants.

Upon his arrival, CPSC officials, led by the current Director General, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub and the CPSC Faculty Consultant, Dr. Hazrat Hussain, gave him a brief background about the different improvements in the facilities and services of CPSC since his time as Director General. He also took the opportunity to witness some of the improvements in the CPSC facilities including the Blended Learning Center, the newly-furbished APACC room and the Hall of Wisdom.

Dr. Park (rightmost) with Dr. Naim and some of the Indonesian participants. During the welcome dinner, Dr. Park expressed his appreciations to the current management of CPSC in continually pursuing excellence and praised the achievements that the organization has achieved for the past years. He also reminisced on his time as the CPSC Director General and noted several positive changes since his time. He also conveyed his warmest wishes to the participants on their training program.

Dr. Man Gon Park served as the 8th CPSC Director General from 2002 to 2007, the first Korean to hold such position. During his time he introduced several innovations in the field of knowledge-based TVET including the foundations for the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) and the Web-Based Teaching and Learning System (Web-TLS; currently known as the CPSC OnCourse). He has also been active in several CPSC events organized in Korea for the past years, acting both as a moderator and a resource person. Currently, he is a faculty member at Pukyong National University in Busan, Republic of Korea.