The alumni are seen as valuable as they are the key sources of information to define institute-level strategies and enhance study programs. By having alumni, TVET institutions can develop or revise curriculum involving the alumni members as they know as equally as the industry experts the demand of the latest skills and knowledge in the labor market.

It is with this realization that a webinar on alumni involvement in TVET management were organized on March 11, 2021 via Zoom. Attended by 97 participants from various countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the webinar is designed to provide concepts, good practices, and management of alumni for maximizing its benefits to the TVET institutions. It also provided some notable strategies to maximize the relationship between the alumni and the institution, as well as the students.

Key speakers during the session is Engr. Sanyog Bhattarai, CPSC Faculty Specialist and Mr. Wong Sie Woo, a lecturer and patron of the Politeknik Kuching Sarawak (PKS) Alumni Association in Kuching, Malaysia. The webinar was supervised by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane and moderated by Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput, CPSC Faculty Specialist.

Engr. Bhattarai discussed the strategies on involving the alumni in TVET management. His lecture included key points such as the importance of alumni involvement, its benefits to the students, duality improvements using the PDCA cycle and way forward for TVET institutions.

Mr. Wong Sie Woo from PKS Malaysia shared his experiences in establishing their institution’s alumni association and the activities that explored both the engagements of the alumni, students and the TVET management.

In his closing speech, Dr. Lamichhane expressed his optimism that the webinar will enable a more productive alumni engagement in the development of TVET institutions and cited the presence of former CPSC faculty during the session. He also cited the key role that the alumni play in enhancing the image of the institution and further improving the reach of their services.

The speakers and the moderator answering the query from a participant from Malaysia (bottom left)