30 Nov - 02 Dec 2020
20-21/OLICP-01 (Online In-Country Program)
The participants of this ICP are composed of TVET leaders and TVET institutes’ administrators of employment-promoting TVET organizations of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Administrators, QA personnel and APACC Staffs from 6 APACC Accredited institutions, both public and private. (Approx. 36 pax)


In order to improve workforce productivity and economic competiveness, a robust Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system must be put in place. An effective TVET system can facilitate development of the right skills to meet the socio–economic plans and aspirations of the country. Moreover, there is a growing demand for recognition of TVET institutional qualification across borders due to a large number of emerging factors such as increasing economic globalization, significant migration flows, increasing international labor market opportunities for the highly skilled and the growth in the international trade and services. The Kingdom of Thailand has made considerable progress towards setting up of a modern TVET system. The Kingdom of Thailand has recognized TVET as one of the strategy to facilitate socio-economic growth and given priority to the quality management system in each TVET institution.

Accreditation, as one of the three primary modes of quality assurance, is often considered a step towards establishing a culture of quality – sustained and maintained by defining objectives, developing capacity to achieve them, and evaluating whether they are achieved or not. Being a gatekeeper of quality at its threshold, accreditation determines the adequacy of human, physical, and information resources, reinforces results-based approach to evaluation, and provides a firm foundation for its institutions or programs.

APACC is a regional accreditation and certification body established through the Seoul Declaration 2004, with the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) as the lead organization. It aims to provide international accreditation and certification services towards quality management system of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. Its goal is to improve the quality of TVET institutions to produce competent and highly skilled workforce.

In the Kingdom of Thailand, six TVET institutions are already accredited by the APACC and three are in process of accreditation. Thus, CPSC and OVEC has joined hands to conduct this in-country program to enhance quality management system, prepare for the reaccreditation and accreditation, and maintain the quality education by embedding APACC into the strategic planning of the TVET institutions.


At the end of the program, the participants are expected to:

  • Understand the OVEC policy on APACC and The Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) Policy on Regional Accredited Institution
  • Integrate of ONESQA and APACC Criterion for Institution Management
  • Conduct preparatory activities for APACC reaccreditation
  • Application of APACC Standard in Management, and teaching learning system
  • Share experiences and problems on embedding APACC into management and teaching learning system
  • Prepare report on problems and recommendation on APACC implementation and maintenance

Expected Output and Outcome

The expected outputs of the program are:

  • Action plans for reaccreditation
  • List of Integrated ONESQA and APACC Criterion for Institution Management

The expected outcome is:

  • Adoption of APACC accreditation for quality assurance by the TVET institutions

Main Contents

The spiral learning approach will be used to deliver the program, start by mentioning a cluster of rough ideas, including some applications as well as some fundamental building blocks and finally, a self-directed learning approach through action planning.

The main contents of ICP are:

  • Special Lecture: Quality Management System in TVET as Key to Produce Skilled Workforce
  • Theme Paper 1: Utilizing APACC Evaluation in Charting Institutional Development Through Strategic Planning
  • Theme Paper 2: OVEC Policy on APACC
  • Theme Paper 3: APACC Maintenance and Preparation for Reaccreditation
  • Theme Paper 4: ONESQA Policy on Regional Accredited Institution
  • Theme Paper 5: Integration of ONESQA and APACC Criterion for Institution Management
  • Theme Paper 6: Prepare report on problems and recommendation on APACC implementation and maintenance

Instructional Strategies

To facilitate productive and interactive learning, the following instructional strategies will be utilized to effectively train the participants:

  • Group and individual tasks
  • Workshops and exercises
  • Online Learning
  • Use OnCOURSE learning management system
  • Questions and answers
  • On-line presentations

Facilities Required
  • Minimum 5Mbps Broadband Internet
  • Desktop/ Laptop Computer with Webcam, Microphone, Speakers or Earphones
  • Chrome Browser or any HTML5 Compliant Browser

Program Management

Program Supervisor (CPSC) Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane (CPSC) ([email protected]) is the first Nepali and the 11th Director General of CPSC. He is also the concurrent President of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). He has 30 years of experience in TVET starting as an instructor up to becoming the CEO of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Nepal. He served as Project Manager in ADB projects and Program Coordinator in Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) funded projects. He was a key member in formulating the TVET Policy of Nepal in 2007 and 2012.

He is a dynamic leader, certified project assessor, strategic planner, experienced project manager, TVET Institution Quality Assessor, TVET Expert, and a seasoned manager, attested by the awards received such as the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu IV from the Late King Birendra Bira Bikram Shah Dev and Global Educational Leadership Award by the World Education Congress; scholarship from Ryutaro Hashimoto Foundation, Japan; and Humphrey Fellowship from Fullbright Foundation, USA.

He has presented papers in a number of international conferences and meetings on TVET. He has authored and co-authored publications on TVET in various thematic areas - accessibility, greening, entrepreneurship, financing, equality, and image building. Dr. Lamichhane earned his PhD and MPhil in Education Leadership from Kathmandu University in Nepal. He has a degree in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA.

Program Supervisor (OVEC, MOE) Dr. Suthep Kaengsanthia is the Secretary-General, Office of the Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand. He was a director of Agriculture and Technology colleges under OVEC. After that he was promoted to be the director of Bureau of Cooperation. Last year, he was the Deputy Secretary – General of OVEC.

He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Buriram Rajabhat University and M.Ed. (Educational Administration) from Mahasarakham University in Thailand.

Program Coordinator and Resource Person Engr. Sanyog Bhattarai ([email protected]) is currently working as a faculty specialist in CPSC. He has started his career with Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI)/CTEVT/MoEST, where 12 years was dedicated on research/study on improving technical education and vocational training in Nepal, demand-driven training courses development and implementation.

Under his leadership, 12,163 employment-seeking youths including excluded and vulnerable women of Nepal capacitated in vocational skill development training targeting to provide in-country and/or foreign employment. He has worked under the component of vocational skill development training for EVENT/WBG/MoE (600 trainees), EIG/USAID/Winrock (3000 trainees), SaMi/Helvetas/SDC (1600 trainees), LYDP/WVI (300 trainees), SajhedariBikas/ USAID/PACT (348 trainees), CTIP/World Education (15 all-women trainees), Advancing Women Economic Empowerment-AWEE (2,000 trainees) funded by Government of Finland, Future We Want-FWW (300 trainees) funded by Zonta International and Education Joint Programming-Education JP (4,000 trainees) funded by KOICA.

He has managed all phases; career counseling, trainees selection, vocational training, psycho-social counseling, business & entrepreneurship training, linking trainees with financial institutions for loan to start a enterprise, monitoring of on-going training, managing on-the-job training, linking with potential employers, job placement,establishing micro-enterprises, and income verification.

He has provided Training of Trainers (ToT) to 500 plus technical instructors and teachers in Nepal, Bhutan, Albania, Uganda, and India. He has developed courses like active learners’ methodology, training of trainers, the use of mini-tiller in commercial farming, as well as pesticide management and application. He has experience in capacity building in different areas; TVET, agriculture, trade & fiscal policy, food security, value-chain, pesticide management, and soft-skills training.

Program Coordinator and Resource Person (OVEC, MOE) Dr. Rangsan Thepmondhri ([email protected]) is a Director of International Strategy and External Relations Division, Bureau of Policy and Planning, under the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand. He graduated Ph.D. in Education from Hua-Shih College of Education, National Donghwa University, Taiwan. He is also the National Coordinator for Accreditation (NCA) of APACC.

He has managed the activities related to Accreditation and Certification for colleges under OVEC supervision. He also works together with his colleagues on the project with APEC. Now, he has managed the curriculum to promote TVET in Thailand, such as the Mini English Program in the field of Tourism and Hospitality and the very new project, Mini Chinese program in the field of Tourism and Hospitality, and Information Technology. He has experience working with international organizations to enhance TVET manpower to meet the labor market needs both in the domestic and international markets.

Resource Person Prof. Romulita C. Alto, Ed.D. ([email protected]) has retired from government service in 2006, however, she continuously impart her knowledge in various capacities like currently, she is a CPSC Project-Based Faculty Consultant, Accreditor of APACC and Research Consultant of the Technological Institute of the Philippines.

She is not new to the CPSC, since she has been associated with the Staff College since year 1992 in various capacities. From 1992-1994, she was a Research Associate. From year 1997 to 2001, she was engaged in CPSC as Governing Board engaged Core Faculty Consultant and Chairperson of Consultancy and Marketing Division and Research and Development Division. Dr. Alto is the lead author of CPSC’s best-selling book - the Research in TVET Made Easy and was the lead reviewer of the APACC documents in year 2013 – 2014.

She was also able to handle several high-profile assignments and projects in ADB, JICA, being an educator and international consultant for 57 years now. Dr. Alto earned her Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration in 1984, Master’s Degree in Teaching Chemistry in 1970, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics and Bachelor of Science in Education in 1961 all from the University of the Philippines. In addition, as an educator, Dr. Alto was a recipient of some awards in recognition of her outstanding performance such as the Outstanding Public School Teacher of the City of Manila in 1971, the Most Outstanding Natural Science Teacher of the Year in 1972, and the Outstanding Faculty of the Technological University of the Philippines in 2005. Among the scholarship grants she enjoyed are a CDG-Gesellshaft scholarship at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand on Remote Sensing Technology and Environmental Resources Management, Asia Foundation Scholarship on the Teaching of CBA Chemistry, and Teaching of Chemistry at RECSAM in Penang Malaysia to name a few.

Local Coordinator Mr. Laksasak Yangsaman ([email protected]) He has a Policy and Planning Analyst at Bureau of Policy and Planning, Office of the Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Education. He has worked since 2013 to present. He is responsible for international policy and cooperation between OVEC and international organizations.

Now, he is studying Master Degree in Education at Hua-Shih College of Education, National Donghwa University, Taiwan. He is interested in Dual Vocational Education and Training that can promote and enhance skills of students to meet the need of labor market. He has experience working with international organization to organize the conferences.

Facilitator Dr. Paiboon Saiyawongs ([email protected]) He has retired from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), Thailand, though he is a part-time teacher in Faculty of Business Administration of the same university and Consultant of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission.

Before retirement, he served as Assistant to the President for International Affairs and Vice-Dean for Academics of Faculty of Business Administration. He served as Short-term Faculty Consultant in CPSC Manila from May to August 2014 in which he was in-charge of several customized and in-country programs organized by the college.

He has experiences on working in a public technological university in Thailand, starting from teacher, department head, director, deputy dean, assistant to the president and counselor. He has been trained as APACC accreditor since March 2014 and has experienced liaison work of bringing APACC to Thailand during his time in CPSC. For years now, he is heading capability building of Thai institutes to prepare them for APACC accreditation.

Dr. Paiboon has a doctor of education degree in Industrial Education Management in 1999 at Technological University of the Philippines (TUP), a master’s degree in Audio Visual Education in 1981 at Chulalongkorn University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Education in 1977 at Rajamangala University of Technology.