In an event that showcases the initiatives of ASEAN countries in improving the quality of the training delivery in light of the recent and future market demands, the Colombo Plan Staff College showcased the background, framework and benefits of the Asia-Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) to a crowd of more than 100 people representing 15 countries in Myanmar.

The 10th Regional Policy Dialogue on “Advancing the Quality of TVET in ASEAN” focusing on the quality assurance in TVET was held at the Wyndham Grand Yangon Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar from November 13-15, 2019. CPSC was represented by the Faculty Specialist, Ms. Therese Tan Lee.

The conference was organized through the efforts of RECOTVET, as implemented by GIZ (The International Cooperation Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Myanmar (MoE) and the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN).

Group picture of the event

Ms. Therese Lee was able to share the implementation of APACC in ASEAN, as well as promote and create awareness about it. She also discussed the potential benefits of TVET institutions that will undergo APACC accreditation. The presentation also centered on the need to continually develop the quality of TVET institutions, as it requires vigorous engagement and strong commitment of the different stakeholders. In addition, the need to further improve the qualifications of teaching staff, enhance the content and methods of teaching and learning and promote a better TVET education infrastructure were discussed. These were considered as among the most important factors influencing the extent to which TVET quality is achieved and continuous work on quality must be imperative.

She was also able to meet TVET managers and vocational training representatives from Myanmar and Cambodia, with the aim of encouraging them to consider subjecting their institutions to APACC scrutiny.

Presenting the breakdown of APACC Accredited institutions