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EU to provide 205m euro to boost edu sector

Bangladesh and the European Union sign a financing agreement to implement the Human Capital Development Programme 2021 (HCDP-21) at Economic Relations Division of the finance ministry in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: CollectedThe European Union will provide 205 million euro to Bangladesh for the development of the country’s education sector.

An agreement was signed in this regard to implement the Human Capital Development Programme 2021 (HCDP-21) at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) office in the city on Tuesday, according to a press release.

It said 150 million euro will be spent for primary education, 50 million euro for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and five million euro for technical assistance in four years.

The EU-funded programme aims to provide quality education and training to Bangladesh’s young population, the media release added.

HCDP-21 supports Bangladesh to progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 4 on quality education.

EU ambassador Rensje Teerink said continued investment in quality primary education and establishment of a sustainable TVET system is critical to enhance employment opportunities as the working population is anticipated to increase by 21 million people over the next decade.

“The goal is to use the potential of the demographic dividend and contribute significantly to inclusive growth and poverty reduction,” said the EU ambassador.

“The EU contribution is meant to support education policy improvements and system strengthening with a specific focus on primary education and TVET.”

The ERD secretary Monowar Ahmed said, “We are looking forward to further strengthening our solid partnership with one of our key donors and together making an important contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.”

It will promote the implementation of long-term sustainable education policies towards a lifelong learning approach, bringing together primary education and TVET, the release said.

Under the EU supports and other development partners, the primary and mass education ministry is implementing Bangladesh’s National Primary Education Programme (PEDP4), putting special emphasis on the following key targets: quality education through better trained teachers and revised curricula, including learning materials, increased enrolment of out-of-school children into the formal education system and equal access.

TVET, the EU programme with the education ministry, aims at contributing to the establishment of a sustainable and comprehensive TVET system and increasing the number of certified teachers, the enrolment rate of TVET students and degrees recognition through a National Qualification Framework.

HCDP21 additionally seeks reinforcing planning and monitoring capabilities of the partners’ institutions.

Bangladesh has made commendable progress over the past decades in human development, including in the education sector, with near universal access to primary education and gender equity at the primary and secondary education levels.

Basic education and a skilled and capable workforce are a precondition for inclusive growth, key for Bangladesh to become a middle-income country.

Source: https://en.prothomalo.com

Comment: Why Bangladesh? Why not India, Pakistan or any other South East Asian countries? Anyone can help to chip in?

Kumpulan pertama lulusan diploma kemahiran lanjut pengajian di MTUN September ini

PUTRAJAYA, 30 Jan (Bernama) — Kumpulan pertama pelajar lulusan diploma kemahiran bakal melanjutkan pengajian ke peringkat ijazah sarjana muda di Rangkaian Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (MTUN) pada sesi pengajian September ini, kata Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

Beliau berkata Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA) dalam mesyuarat Majlis Pembangunan Kemahiran Kebangsaan (MPKK) secara prinsipnya bersetuju supaya keputusan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) tidak diambil kira untuk kemasukan ke peringkat ijazah sarjana muda sekiranya pemohon sudah mempunyai diploma atau diploma lanjutan dalam bidang kemahiran.

“Sebelum ini, dia (lulusan diploma kemahiran) tidak boleh masuk universiti sebab perlu tengok SPM, tetapi kalau dia dah ada diploma yang lebih tinggi daripada SPM, kita mahu supaya mereka diberi pengiktirafan,” katanya pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat MPKK, di sini hari ini.

Sumber: http://www.bernama.com

Komen: Bukan setakat MTUN je yang boleh terima, ada juga Universiti Awam (UA) dan dalam masa yang tak jauh lagi UA/IPTA serta IPTS pun mungkin boleh berbuat demikian.
Admin pun telah menerima panggilan baru-baru ni dari salah sebuah UA untuk membincangkan kerjasama.
Sekiranya IPTS anda berminat, boleh hubungi admin juga di ismarteducare@gmail.com atau 012-3123430 untuk bincangkan butirannya.

Programme launched for TVET master trainers

Islamabad: With skill development being one of our top priority items, we are striving to mobilise our youth and provide them with a conducive learning environment to enable them to explore their abilities and skills and benefit from them for earning a better livelihood.

This was stated by minister for federal education and professional training Shafqat Mahmood while addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Training of Master Trainers Programme’ under the auspices of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission here on Monday as part of the ongoing reforms in technical education and vocational training sector of Pakistan.

The organisers said under the programme, a national pool of master trainers from various trades would be trained and certified according to the globally recognised international training and assessment courses.

The training will be delivered by the Melbourne Polytechnic Institute, Australia and Institute of Tourism, Hospitality Management, Pakistan with the collaboration of the NAVTTC and TVET SSP.

The structure of these courses has been specifically designed by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, as per the identified international TVET sectors training needs and requirements. It is also in line with international best practice for competency-based training.

As many as 120 Master Trainers will be given certificates as per the Australian Competency Based Training & Assessment Framework. It will help build the national capacity to further support Pakistan’s National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF). The master trainers completing this internationally recognised training will be from various demand-oriented trades. These MTs will then further disseminate training to TVET trainers under a cascading model approach.

Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk

Comment: Malaysia is highly respected by the other ASEAN country members in this respect. We had few G to G Masters Training done.
So if you want to learn how to implement TVET program or train your Master Trainers in your country (ASEAN, Middle East…), check us out

 

TVET curriculum to simulate actual workplace, says Kula

PETALING JAYA: The Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) curriculum will soon simulate actual workplace situations.

These learning modules, which look to better prepare students for the working world, will be embedded into the curriculum.

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran (pic) said the modules, known as “Problem, Project, Production”, are intended to engage students with real world tasks.

These are some of the measures that will be implemented soon, he said, to strengthen and improve the TVET delivery implementation.

His speech text was read by human resources department planning and research division director Junita Mohamed Ali during the Malaysian TVET Forum 2019.

On Jan 20, StarEdu reported that a new national framework sets out to level the playing field between academics and TVET, offering students more career options for their future.

“TVET is a branch of education that cannot be overlooked by any government.

“Chief among (these measures) is to elevate the quality of TVET programmes as well as TVET instructors; it is essential for instructors, public or private, to gain industrial experience so as to ensure they will be kept abreast with technology,” said Kulasegaran.

“The plan also includes continued funding under the Skills Development Fund (SDF) for TVET students who pursue high demand programmes by industries.

“Existing SDF loan mechanism for employee upskilling and reskilling will be revamped to increase the number of recipients through a cost-sharing arrangement with the industry.

“It’s important for the industry to be deeply involved in the financing aspect of TVET.”

To further strengthen TVET delivery, Kulasegaran said TVET training institutions will need to embrace and integrate the 11 important pillars of the fourth Industrial Revolution in their training, such as Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Augmented Reality.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my

Comment: Am not sure how would be the funds from SDF/PTPK be allocated but going at the current rate, looks like many private TVET institutions that depended heavily on the funding to recruit students would be closing soon.

So if you intend to set up at TVET centre, do your research properly, think what kind of students that you want to have & don’t just think about making money from their tuition fees, ensure they have bright prospects to get into employment with decent pay and your business will surely be sustainable & maybe even flourish when majority are suffering at thinking how to get loans from SDF/PTPK.

BERJAYA TVET College inks MoA with DMC Training (Digital Marketing)

BERJAYA TVET College and DMC Training signed a memorandum of agreement recently on their strategic partnership to create additional Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes for students.

The programmes will be offered for BERJAYA TVET’s March 2019 intake.

The 12-month programme is BERJAYA TVET Colleges’ first official certified training programme in Digital Marketing. DMC Training will lead the coursework in Digital Marketing with the support of BERJAYA TVET College including the four months internship placement.

“Upon completion of this programme, students will receive dual certification from both organisations, enhancing job employability in the current digital era or become digital entrepreneurs,” said Kanendran T Arulrajah, president of BERJAYA TVET College.

“To be successful in digitizing businesses, we must have the right talent to execute digital business strategies. With the Digital Marketing certification, BERJAYA TVET College sees DMC Training as the right strategic partner to work together with in achieving our goals of growing more professional digital marketers,” said Mae Ho Seok Khen, chief executive officer of BERJAYA TVET College.

This initiative is aligned with the vision of the new Malaysian government in strengthening the nation’s digital infrastructure and helping young entrepreneurs and small businesses develop and grow.

“We are honoured to have been selected by BERJAYA TVET College for this partnership. Besides contributing our training experience in the Digital Marketing Certification programme, we will also be providing career placement for students graduating from this programme.

“This is part of DMC Training’s initiative in helping school leavers start off on the right career path in Digital Marketing,” said Charles Gregory, chief executive officer and founder of DMC Training.

Source: https://www.thesundaily.my

PERMOHONAN PERTUNTUKAN DANA TVET PINJAMAN LATIHAN KEMAHIRAN SKIM PINJAMAN LEPASAN SEKOLAH 2019 BAGI SKM 1,2&3

Ada yang kata syarat ketat, ada yang kata tak ketat mana pun.
Apapun, bacalah pekeliling di bawah dan fikirkanlah cara kreatif untuk mengatasi halangan yang anda lalui.

PERMOHONAN PERUNTUKAN DANA TVET PINJAMAN LATIHAN KEMAHIRAN SKIM PINJAMAN LEPASAN SEKOLAH TAHUN 2019

PS: Kalau dah tak tahan lagi, jual la lesen PB anda sementara ia masih ada sedikit nilai (sebenarnya dah tak banyak nilai pun sekarang terutamanya hanya jika bergantung kepada PTPK untuk pelajar membiayai latihan mereka di PB anda)

Overhaul of TVET programmes in the works

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry wants to reform the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes in the country, says its director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

Amin said that this was why several TVET programmes were halted for a while to give time for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Department of Skills Develop­ment to evaluate its curriculum to ensure TVET meets the quality benchmark set by the government and industrial needs.

“The claims made by some that certain TVET programmes have been discontinued are false.

“The ministry only wants to ensure certification and industry standards are met and used as reference in terms of marketability, improving skills, and in making curriculum improvements,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Amin said that the ministry started the Vocational Education Transformation programme in 2012 to create an opportunity for students, who are interested in technical and vocational subjects to gain education to meet the country’s industrial needs.

This, he said, meant that the ministry needed to ensure that the programmes provided by institutions involved were of high quality and based on the coordination of operational policies, development of physical infrastructure and the provision of facilities, and the continuous development of professionalism for teachers and officers.

“After seven years of the programmes being introduced, it is high time that the programmes offered gave importance to a higher standard of education, in line with (the government’s) wishes of producing trainees of the highest quality,” he said.

He added that steps taken to make the programmes better were taken in line with views from stakeholders, including the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP).

“The majority of stakeholders are supportive of the ministry’s wishes to make relevant improvements for the benefit of students and the country,” he added.

He said that the steps to improve the programmes, offered by vocational colleges, were taken after having had discussions with stakeholders since May 2018.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my

Bringing back credibility to tertiary education

‘For universities to be relevant, excellent and effective, a high level of quality must be achieved in various aspects, and this can be done through having academics who are more visible with works that are used by the community,’ – DR MASZLEE MALIK, Education Minister

Many will find higher education a challenging world as it is here that students will get to know their real selves, the destination of the journey they are taking in life and the means of getting there.

Hence why the Education Ministry finds it crucial to bring back credibility to public universities and higher education through improved quality and emphasis on values as the core of education.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, in delivering his 2019 mandate titled “Education for All” last week, said the ministry has underlined four key directions for higher education – quality, autonomy, collaboration and internationalisation.

“University is an open intellectual field. It is there that theoretical debates, lively and open discourse, as well as the sharing of knowledge take place.

“For universities to be relevant, excellent and effective, a high level of quality must be achieved in various aspects, and this can be done through having academics who are more visible with works that are used by the community. We encourage universities to nurture the culture of having dialogues, debates, discourse and other intellectual programmes that will provide solutions to society’s problems and develop the nation,” he said.

Ethics is another important aspect that has to be focused on, he said.

“Bad work ethics, plagiarism, and academic bullying must cease. Integrity will not be compromised. Publication of article that has no quality should be exterminated. Publication should reflect the mastery of intellectuals in their respective fields and be regarded as universal reference within the field,” he said.

The ministry will also increase the quality of research grants to ensure that knowledge transfer will occur, encourage translation of great works and the research will establish results that will resolve current community and national problems in a substantial manner. Lecturers who have been awarded research grants are encouraged to guide and finance their post-graduate candidates by appointing them as research assistants.

“For lecturers promotion, we will start moving towards using a big data-based system with artificial intelligence that will accommodate all efforts and contributions from lecturers to determine auto-promotion eligibility. The requirement to fill endless forms will cease,” he said.

The library will be a broad and borderless repository of knowledge and the communication system between libraries at all universities and access to external publications be improved.

“We are aiming to have public universities and the higher education sector be referred to by the global community. The process of internationalisation includes the effort to increase the number of foreign students coming to Malaysia to study in line with the vision of making Malaysia an international education hub, and building more branches of local universities abroad through the satellite university method,” he said.

To increase autonomy at universities, the ministry will reassess the key performance indicators (KPIs) of each faculty and repeal the one-size-fits-all KPIs. Universities will be divided into clusters to create synergy and collaboration to no longer move alone. Autonomy is given to universities and their clusters to determine their respective KPIs.

Empowering students at higher education institutions had been and would continue to be given emphasis, said Maszlee.

Dr Maszlee Malik speaking at the Education Minister’s Mandate 2019 ceremony in Universiti Putra Malaysia. PIC BY ROSELA ISMAIL

Among the first attempts was the abolition of Section 15(1)(c) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, which restricts the involvement of students in political activities on campus. This cancellation is in line with the government’s intention to lower voters’ age limit to 18 years.

“In addition, through continuous collaboration with the administrators of public universities in the country, we are working to create a Students’ Union, which has long been buried in the history of the country. Through the union, students will have more roles, opportunities and responsibilities in the decision-making process at each university,” he said.

The third direction – collaboration – will see the ecosystem of intellectuals be made more vibrant.

“This can be done through a mentor-mentee relationship between senior professors and new lecturers to realise more schools of thoughts in their respective fields. In this case, the universities should not be alienated from the reality of life. To prepare our students to become public intellectuals to handle tasks as society’s troubleshooters, universities must create collaborations with all the appropriate parties, such as schools, polytechnics and vocational colleges. A lot can be done by public universities to help local communities, including giving training to improve the quality of the teaching and learning process in schools,” said Maszlee.

In addition, universities also need to collaborate with other parties to create endowment from the waqf and zakat institution, as well as alumni.

“Use tax incentives to activate financial endowment through alumni. The alumni of the public universities are also asked to return to their alma mater to help out as is the case with international leading universities,” Maszlee urged.

A more drastic and comprehensive internationalisation effort will be mobilised, he said.

“Most importantly, academics of the public university should be referred to internationally in their respective fields and no longer just be jaguh kampung. High-quality work must be produced and translated, and the process of translation must be actively executed; rebranding and marketing must be organised more effectively at the global level. We also need to increase the mobility of professors and staff outside the country as well as have more academics from overseas visiting and serving in our country,” he said.

As for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training), he said the ministry would continue to improve institutional capabilities and systems of TVET to remain competitive and meet market expectations.

“The ministry will implement a harmonised accreditation system with quality assurance for enabling student mobility in TVET institutions, including those in the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN).

“MTUN should also be moving towards the Fachhochschule system in Germany and measured with the production of technical graduates and the resolution of technical issues, and not merely producing publications.

“We will improve the quality and delivery of TVET programmes to improve the skills of graduates through an industry-led approach, eliminating duplication of programmes and resource, increasing cost effectiveness, and expanding TVET funding to increase enrolment,” said Maszlee.

“At the same time, the ministry is in the process of resolving the issue of recognising qualification from vocational colleges that will allow them to have equal opportunity to pursue higher education.

“This requires that vocational colleges be placed parallel with the other institutions of TVET to be in line with the industry’s direction,” he said.

Polytechnics and community colleges will also not be left out from reformation efforts to be carried out this year.

“Networking and joint ventures between the two institutions with the industry, particularly big and renowned companies, is a priority to ensure the marketability of graduates in technical fields.

“The alignment between MTUN and polytechnics is aimed to ensure opportunities for polytechnic graduates to continue their education. Polytechnics and community colleges has also opened up opportunities for the tahfiz students to equip themselves with the skills for a career in life,” he said.

Maszlee said the ministry was serious in making TVET on a par with other choices; not a second or an alternative option.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my

Kulasegaran: Join TVET to increase chance of getting hired at SMEs

Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran (centre) speaks to reporters during a visit to TalentCorp’s office in Kota Damansara January 23, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran (centre) speaks to reporters during a visit to TalentCorp’s office in Kota Damansara January 23, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
PETALING JAYA, Jan 23 — Small businesses will be more willing to take in graduates if they have undergone technical and vocational education and training (TVET), Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said today.

He said since TVET in Malaysia is already paid for by the government, it was the best option for youths to arm themselves with skills.

“Furthermore parents should also encourage their children to study in TVET. That way SMEs would be more willing to absorb them when they eventually join the workforce,” Kulasegaran said during a visit to TalentCorp Malaysia’s office.

He was responding to PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s advice to the government to assist youths in finding jobs at small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

In a post on his blog yesterday, Rafizi said he also believed the government can help to increase the marketability of youths without having to spend “a single cent”.

Source: https://sg.news.yahoo.com

Comment: Most, except for a minority few programs (like aesthethics), esp at Kolej Vokasional, have great facilities…but not the trainers. Was made to understand by the Verifiers for those programs that the trainers are not well versed with the program (to the extent of not being able to identify & use the right equipment for certain treatment….all due to the supplier who supplied the wrong equipment. This bring me to speculate whether there’s element of corruption/kickbacks, causing the supplier to supply cheap, irrelevant equipments at a much inflated price, just like in the past where a simple screw driver may cost 100X more than the market price!)

Hope the PH gov able to put a stop to all these corrupt practices, it’s draining our tax payer’s money & producing sub par quality of graduates.

Malaysian education NGO gets support from Sharjah Ruler

KUALA LUMPUR: Dignity for Children Foundation (DFCF), a Kuala Lumpur-based educational NGO, which has been educating and training urban poor children and young refugees in the Malaysian capital has inaugurated its first wholly-owned and privately-held learning centre, and named it ‘The Big Heart’.

This expansion of Dignity’s flagship project, the Urban Youth Education Village, follows from the Dhs500,000 they acquired as the winner of the 2018 edition of the Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support (SIARA), which is organised annually by the Sharjah-based humanitarian organisation, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

SIARA was launched by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of TBHF and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, three years ago to recognise outstanding efforts and initiatives that improve the lives of millions of individuals and families who have been displaced from their homes due to a natural disaster or war in Asia and MENA region.

The Sharjah Ruler also donated an additional USD1 million to Dignity Foundation at the SIARA awarding ceremony last year, to boost their pioneering efforts in offering quality education and vocational training to hundreds of underprivileged families in the Sentul area and beyond to break the cycle of poverty and build respectable lives for themselves.

The building features six classrooms for up to 95 high school students in the 16-18 years age group, and is part of the learning centre, which already caters to 1,751 students. It also includes the main offices, the school restaurant, a bakery and meeting rooms.

Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF, said: “At TBHF, we seek to support refugees and disadvantaged people from around the world, through our collaborations with international organisations and foundations dedicated to serving the humanitarian needs of refugees and the internally displaced. We are dedicated to enhancing the efficiency and impact of the support provided to the less fortunate by supporting the efforts of organisations like Dignity. We are delighted to see their remarkable achievements and wish them continued success.”

“According to the UNHCR, there are more than 163,000 refugees in Malaysia, including 43,000 children. All these children need a solid education, if they were to have a future of dignity and success. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi has always believed that supporting refugees and building a better future for them starts with a good education – an ambition we are furthering through our support to Dignity. This new achievement highlights Sharjah’s growing international humanitarian role, as a centre for education, in line with its designation as Cultural Capital of the UAE,” Hammadi added.

For his part, Elisha Satvinder, Co-founder and Chairman of Dignity for Children Foundation, expressed his appreciation to the Sharjah Ruler and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher, Wife of His Highness, as well as TBHF, for their resolute support to humanitarian initiatives, globally.

He said: “Our vision matches the one held by Sharjah and TBHF – to enable disadvantaged people to live with dignity and hope. Thanks to their generous support, we can give these communities access to a decent education and skills training, giving them hope for brighter and financially independent futures.”

The inaugural ceremony organised by Dignity Foundation was attended by a TBHF volunteering delegation comprising senior officials and a host of 23 young volunteers from the emirate’s youth entities like FUNN, Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG), Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah, Sharjah Youth, Sharjah Police Headquarters and Victoria International School.

Dignity for Children Foundation is a charity organisation established in 1998 by Elisha Satvinder and his wife Petrina, after discovering many underprivileged families in the Sentul area, Malaysia. It began to reach out to the community through home improvement services, grocery distribution, arrangement of free medical check-ups, to name a few. Believing that quality education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, they consolidated their efforts by focusing solely on education to attract students of all ages to their tuition classes.

Many DFCF graduates have received private scholarships for their postgraduate studies, and some have joined the UNHCR as translators or developmental workers in their local communities.

Source: http://gulftoday.ae