PROGRAM CODE: 23-24/WEB01 (Webinar)
DATE AND TIME: 15 December 2023
11:30am Afghanistan | 12:00pm Maldives, Pakistan | 12:30am India, Sri Lanka | 12:45am Nepal | 1:00pm Bangladesh, Bhutan | 1:30pm Myanmar | 2:00pm Thailand | 3:00pm China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore | 5:00pm Papua New Guinea | 7:00pm Fiji


The theme Driving Digital Technology in TVET refers to the necessity of incorporating cutting- edge digital technologies into the world of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). This movement is motivated by the need to have a workforce that is proficient in and literate in digital technology. This theme's summary centres on the strategic integration of digital technologies including virtual reality, IR 4.0 curriculum: Digital technology, e-learning platforms, data analytics, and cybersecurity education, within the TVET curriculum. Within the context of digital technology, a range of curriculum-related challenges brings to fore varied relevant issues in TVET. These challenges arise due to the unique nature of the Digital Technology sector, characterized by its rapid evolution and dynamic nature. One significant challenge involves is keeping abreast with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies. The field of Digital Technology is constantly evolving, with new programming languages, frameworks, tools, and methodologies frequently emerging. Curriculum developers must continuously update their programs to reflect these changes, ensuring that students are learning relevant skills that are applicable in the current job market. Overcoming these challenges requires proactive and continuous efforts, collaboration with industry stakeholders, staying current with industry trends, fostering practical skills, and maintaining a balance between fundamental knowledge and specialized skills. By addressing these challenges strategically, these institutions can ensure that their graduates are well-prepared to excel in the ever-evolving digital technology landscape.

This change improves educational opportunities, encourages students to learn new skills, and fosters adaptability which would prepare them for the ever-changing demands of today's technologically based industries. The main objective is to close the knowledge and competency gap between conventional skills and contemporary technological breakthroughs, equipping TVET graduates with the knowledge and abilities necessary to thrive in a digital era. As we delve into this issue, we consider best practices, obstacles, joint endeavours, and the shared desire of developing a workforce that is secure online and prepared to influence the direction of industries around the world.

This program will focus on two sub-themes:

  1. Championing TVET Through IR 4.0 Curriculum: Digital Technology
  2. Cybersecurity Training in TVET: Nurturing a Secure Digital Workforce

Sub-theme 1: Championing TVET Through IR 4.0 Curriculum: Digital Technology

The curriculum serves as the essential foundation for addressing the challenges of Industry 4.0, as it sets the course for skill development through Teaching and Learning (T&L) approaches, educator training prerequisites, T&L infrastructure, and facilities. However, there is a lack of detailed guidance on best practices for devising a curriculum aligned with the principles of Industry 4.0 which limits graduates' ability to meet industry demands promptly. This raises concerns about the TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) learning system's capacity to produce the skilled workforce required for Industry 4.0. Consequently, it becomes imperative for TVET to establish a meticulous curriculum evaluation framework to ensure students can acquire the utmost technical skills related to Industry 4.0, effectively bridging the critical gap.

Sub-theme 2: Cybersecurity Training in TVET: Nurturing a Secure Digital Workforce

In a world that is becoming more linked, cyberattacks and threats are also becoming more common. Protecting sensitive data and vital infrastructure is crucial as our lives grow more digital. This has brought serious concern for us to look at how we are going to incorporate cybersecurity practices and ideas into TVET that might foster the development of a workforce that is not just technically proficient but also knowledgeable about protecting digital assets. In line with this, we need to highlight the value of including cybersecurity education in TVET programmes to make sure that graduates are ready to handle the evolving risks in the digital world.


Sub-theme 1

  • What are some curriculum-related challenges faced by Malaysia and India’s TVET education institutions specializing in digital technology?
  • How can TVET develop a digital technology curriculum that is aligned with industry standards?

Sub-theme 2

  • How can we incorporate cybersecurity education into TVET programs to ensure that graduates are well-prepared to address the growing threats in the digital world?
  • How can we empower individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to not only protect digital assets but also play an active role in shaping a secure digital future?

Target Participants/Audience and Registration

  • Practitioners from TVET and other related fields
  • Academicians from different disciplines

Date and Time

  • The program is tentatively scheduled on 15 December 2023, Friday, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time) online through CPSC Zoom platform and YouTube livestreaming.

Webinar Supervisors

Prof. G. L. D. Wickramasinghe
Director General
Colombo Plan Staff College
Bldg. Blk. C, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue Pasig City 1600, Metro Manila, Philippines
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Shamsuri bin Abdullah
Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO)
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Usha Natesan
National Institute for Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR)-Chennai

Facilitator & Moderator

Dr. Kesavan Ulaganathen
Governing Board-Engaged Faculty Consultant
Colombo Plan Staff College
Building Blk. C., Department of Education Complex Meralco Avenue, Pasig City 1600 Metro Manila, Philippines
Email: [email protected]

Resource Speakers

Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel
Head, Centre for International Affairs
National Institute for Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR)-Chennai
Building Blk. India

Aminah Bibi Binti Bawamohiddin
Senior Lecturer
Department of Information Technology and Communication, Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO)
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Madam Jacey d/o Mariadass @ Manickam
Senior Lecturer
Department of Information Technology and Communication, Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO)
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia