Dr. Lamichhane (left) with PAITE representatives during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties.

The CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, was in Legazpi City, Province of Albay, Philippines to attend the 8th National Congress of the Philippine Association of Industrial and Technology Educators (PAITE), Inc. held from November 26 to 28, 2018.

In the event, he presented a paper on "Asia-Pacific Quality Assurance for Industrial and Technology Education" which promoted the services of the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) as a viable third-party accreditor for TVET institutions in the region.

The highlight of his attendance was a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the organizers. Valid for three years, the MoU strengthens the link between the two parties in exploring possibilities for linkages and other collaborative activities that will benefit both organizations and their stakeholders.

Organized annually, this year's National Congress aimed to: (1) strengthen industrial and technology education through industrial partnership and international collaboration; (2) strengthen awareness on the possible response efforts towards global standards; (3) streamline the concepts of internationalization in education in the curriculum; and (4) craft and propose possible topics to enrich the curriculum in line with internationalization.

Dr. Lamichhane with the rest of the congress speakers and PAITE representatives Dr. Lamichhane receiving a token of appreciation for his role as a speaker