APACC Accreditors’ Training

DATE 07-10 Sep 2020
PROGRAM CODE 20-21/APACC01 (Online Program)
PARTICIPANTS' PROFILE: The training is specifically designed for qualified APACC Accreditor applicants and potential documentation officers from CPSC.

Introduction

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 its continuous efforts to widen the reach and strengthen its human resources, APACC is organizing this training program to enhance participants’ understanding of accreditation as a tool for improving the quality of TVET institutions and build their capacity to start an actual accreditation process using APACC criteria.

Objectives

The program aims to:

  • Explain the APACC criteria, indicators, and sub-indicators;
  • Impart the roles, responsibilities, and attributes expected of APACC Accreditors; and
  • Inform the processes involved and documents required before, during, and after institutional evaluation.


Program Contents

In order to achieve the above objectives, the following topics will be covered:

  • Overview of APACC and Status Report
  • Orientation and Workshop on APACC Criteria
    • Criterion I: Governance and Management
    • Criterion II: Teaching and Learning
    • Criterion III: Human Resources
    • Criterion IV: Research and Development
    • Criterion V: Image and Sustainability
    • Criterion VI: Other Resources
    • Criterion VII: Support to Students
  • Desirable Characteristics of APACC Team and Rules in On-Site Visits
  • Roles and Responsibilities of APACC Team before, during, and after on-site visits
  • Parts of On-Site Visit/Revisit Report and Tips in Report Writing


Facilities Required

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


Instructional Strategies

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

  • Online lectures
  • Experience sharing
  • Online and offline tasks
  • Video presentations
  • Use of OnCOURSE learning management system


Program Management

Program Supervisor Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane ([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 Coordinator and Resource Person Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput ([email protected]) is currently working as a Faculty Specialist in CPSC. He is a experienced and visionary TEVT expert with more than 12 years diversified experience in making TEVT/HRD policies, institutional framework and implementation of skills development plans with local and international organizations. He has developed a first ever training manual on Industrial Revolution 4.0 in TVET sector as well as manual on Instructional Design for E-Learning Courses. He is a certified Competency-Based Training and Assessment Trainer and Vocational Counselor. His experties inculde Capacity Development of TVET Stakeholders, Employers Engagement and Project Management.

He was the Director (MIS) of Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) and worked as a Focal Person for TVET Sector Support Programe, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Pakistan. He has been playing key roles in policy and institutional development with NAVTTC and training providers for making TEVT demand led. He has been interacting with various local & international organizations including ILO, World Bank, GIZ, British Council, MTC International USA, Skills International and City & Guilds, UK etc. He has transformed existing supply-based system to demand-driven through Competency-Based Training (CBT) at STEVTA. He presented a paper on "Curriculum Delivery in line Industrial Reveloution 4.0" as keynote speaker in 3rd International Conference and 17th National Conference of PACUIT - Leading the 21st Century Generation Towards a Globalized Industrial Technology on 25 April 2019, Manila Philippines.

He served as a Technical Advisor, Human Resource Development for the GIZ TVET Sector Support Programe for five years. He was responsible for supporting the relevant training providers and enterprises in the selected sector to establish a coordination framework for planning and delivering training under the framework of the National Qualifications Framework (NVQF). He has been playing a key role in the implementation of training for principals, teachers, instructors, assessors and certification of Sindh Trade Testing Board (TTB).

Engr. Rajput is a Professional Engineer of Pakistan Engineering Council and earned his MSc in Information System Engineering from the University of Twente, Netherlands (2009-2011). He studied Master of Engineering in Communiation Systems Networks from Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan (2005-2007) and his bachelor in Computer System Engineering (1999-2002) from Hamdard University, Karachi Pakistan.

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.

Resource Person Prof. Romulita C. Alto, EdD ([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 has been associated with CPSC since 1992 in various capacities. From 1992-1994, she was a Research Associate. From 1997 to 2001, she was engaged 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 able to handle several high-profile assignments and projects in ADB and JICA, being an educator and international consultant for 57 years now.

Dr. Alto is the recipient of 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 Member of the Technological University of the Philippines in 2005. Among the scholarship grants she enjoyed are the 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.

Dr. Alto earned her Doctoral 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.

Resource Person Ms. Adrienne Abril ([email protected]) has been working in Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) since February 2007 and currently holds the position of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) Officer. Prior to this, she held various administrative positions in CPSC such as Executive Secretary and Projects and Consultancy Division Officer. As the APACC Officer, she manages the administrative functions of APACC including planning and implementation of on-site visits, board meetings, accreditors’ training and retraining, and meetings of the Association of APACC Accreditees (AAA). She acted as resource speaker in APACC orientations and accreditors’ training and coordinated study tour programs on behalf of CPSC. She was involved in 28 APACC institutional evaluation as documentation officer in India, Malaysia, Mongolia, and the Philippines from 2009 – 2020.