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Strengthening regional ties through training programme

Rokiah Mahmud

Twenty-seven participants from the 11 SEAMEO countries including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam completed a five-day online course on establishing, maintaining and enhancing institutional partnership recently.

The closing on May 21 marked the end of third regional training programme for the Fiscal year 2021-2022.

SEAMEO Voctech Centre Director Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar affirmed the participants’ new knowledge on strengthening partnerships and future collaborations.

“Among the best strategies to attain a high standard of training, teaching and learning in TVET institutions are through forming strategic partnerships with the industries, private sector or even with other TVET institutions, as partnership initiatives have the potential of adding value to the courses offered at your institutions,” he said.

“TVET institutions are also to be dynamic and stay relevant to the industry’s need hence, only with partnerships with industry TVET institutions can remain demand driven.”

SEAMEO Voctech’s governing board member from Malaysia and Director of Technical and Vocational Education Training Division at Malaysia’s Ministry of Education Hajah Zanariah binti Haji Ahmad was the guest of honour.

She higlighted the importance of building a strong network with industry counterparts and TVET institutions and how the training programme has provided the participants with an opportunity to foster good working relationships with colleagues beyond their home country.

“That in itself is the beginning of nations collaborating and sharing ideas to work together, laying the foundation for potential institutional partnerships in the future. I hope through this five-day training, participants have gained sufficient knowledge, understanding and practical tips to effectively handle and form partnerships,” she said.

Attendees at the closing ceremony. PHOTO: SEAMEO VOCTECH