Asean boosts region’s school exchange programmes

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Representatives from 10 Asean nations, China, Germany and Japan attending the 2nd High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET (Southeast Asia technical and vocational education institutions consortium in student and teacher mobility) in Indonesia.

Representatives from 10 Asean nations, China, Germany and Japan attending the 2nd High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET (Southeast Asia technical and vocational education institutions consortium in student and teacher mobility) in Indonesia.

Thanks to closer collaboration among 10 Asean nations, exchange programmes for their vocational students and teachers will reach new levels.

All Asean nations agreed to extend the durability of the exchange programmes to between six months and one year at their recent meeting on the SEA-TVET (Southeast Asia technical and vocational education institutions consortium in student and teacher mobility) in Indonesia,

“When the initiative started last year, the exchange programmes for students and teachers at vocational schools lasted from just one month to three months,” Aganit Klungsang, deputy secretary-general of Thailand’s Office of Vocational Education Commission, said after attending the meeting in Indonesia’s Bali earlier this month.

The exchange programmes are available in 10 fields seen as important to Asean. They are service business, tourism, mechatronics, electronics, construction, accounting, fisheries, agriculture, business administration and banking.

Aganit said Thailand and Indonesia had already started making preparations for the exchange programmes that would last at least six months.

“These programmes will take effect at 50 vocational institutes that conduct classes in English,” he said.

Further talks would be held on the format and the durability of the programmes in Udon Thani late this month.

Aganit expected Thailand to start discussing the joint educational programmes with Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia in July.

He said participants at the 2nd High Officials Meeting on SEA-TVET in Indonesia also agreed on some other initiatives that will be useful to the vocational-education sector.

For example, two scholarships will be made available for vocational students of each Asean nation to provide them with opportunities to further their studies.

The participants, moreover, agreed to develop green educational institutes and gear their graduates towards creative industries. “We will encourage our vocational students to develop innovations,” Aganit said, adding that SEA – TVET Skill Contest would also be held.

Sasin MBA team sees world potential |for septic tank device system

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The Sasin MBA 2015 team has won numerous awards from new ventures competitions and is ready to enter the Indian market.

Sasin MBA 2015 newest venture team, Hygia Sanitation, with its cheap and effective water treatment system, has won many awards this year from business plan competitions around the world.

Ms Asama Eu-Metheekul, one of the team members of Hygia Sanitation, describes the innovation as a plastic tank that is placed in home septic tanks.

The filter in the device would attract bacteria that would aid water sanitation.

The valve of the device would prevent water from entering the septic tank and at the same time let cleaner water drain out of the tank, resulting in the prevention of water pollution from home septic tank systems.

Ease of installation, low cost, and operational effectiveness make this device ideal for the prevention of water and land contamination from septic tanks.

Ms Uametheekul said Hygia is now cooperating with the Thai Ministry of Public Health to install the device for people in the North and Northeastern Thailand, and with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to install the device in 11,000 homes in the Klong Huay Kwang community.

In the first phase, the device will be installed in 20 homes for initial evaluation.

Many property developers, government and non-profit organisations have also expressed interest and enthusiasm for the system.

Outside of Thailand, an investor from India has agreed to market the Hygia system by mid-year.

The Indian market is extremely large. Many of its people need to use a low-cost system of this sort to prevent water contamination.

“It’s a social business that will help not only Thai |people, but also many around the world who need a water treatment system to prevent diseases from water |contamination,” said Ms Uametheekul.

Stamford International University reveals 4-I model with industry links, global perspective

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Stamford International University recently revealed a new tool in its strategy to become the leading institution in Thailand and the Asean region.

“The 4-I model comprises the core elements of interactive learning, industry linkage, international perspective and integrity,” said Gilles Mahe, CEO of Laureate Thailand.

“These elements are designed to maximise student outcomes and prepare for the challenging and dynamic modern workplace.

“A Stamford graduate is job ready, with the necessary skills to succeed and thrive anywhere in the world. This ability to adapt to any workplace is essential as the world grows ever more connected and Thailand prepares for Asean.”

Andrew Scown, who helped develop education for offshore operations of Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology over the past 20 years, has succeeded Asst Professor Boonmark Sirinaovakul, who had served as president since 2010.

“International perspective relates to how we’ve created international education, granting students access to global education, encouraging them to be confident in any environment and take on challenges,” Scown said.

“Regarding interactive learning, Stamford has leveraged best practices from our global network under Laureate, which operates 80 universities across 28 countries worldwide, to meet the local context.

“We are leading the way, in Thailand and beyond, with many of our innovative teaching methodologies. Students learn skills first-hand through engaging in case studies, using a blend of classroom and online learning.”

Stamford had worked with many organisations and would continue to do that to give students real-life experience and enhance their skills for industry needs, he said.

For example, Stamford recently created a Bloomberg Lab – the first university in Thailand to provide full-scale Bloomberg terminals, where students can learn about the capital market on a real-time basis. These allow them to fully analyse the economy with professional equipment and teach them how experts interact with the market.

“Integrity will reflect how we do things and the values we’ve created for students, industry, society and community. It’s aligned with our ‘Here For Good’ motto,” he said.

“International relations will narrow the gaps of understanding when dealing with dynamic changes in economic, social and political issues across countries and will guide and instruct students on how to best respond to such challenges.”

For the Hua Hin campus, Stamford aims to internationalise education, introducing dual campus projects and adding international programmes for the business management and hotel management subjects.

“The dual campus project will allow local students in Hua Hin to choose to study any of the six subjects taught in Bangkok,” he said.

Also, the university has brought its Signature MBA programme to Hua Hin, allowing students access to its award-winning online education format.”We’ve brought in the best practices from around the world and made them accessible for students here.

“Regardless of place, our students will be able to gain access to the best global education and enhance the skill-sets required for their future careers,” he said.

Indonesian Embassy offers language classes in Laos

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More Lao people are interested in learning to speak Indonesian since the Asean Economic Community came into being this year to unite the regional bloc.

Now the Indonesian embassy in Vientiane is offering a new course in the language, supported by the government of Indonesia.

Indonesian classes have been provided by the embassy since 2010, with almost 300 people attending courses.

“This is the seventh course of its kind and has attracted more than 90 Lao nationals. Of them, 24 are officials at the Ministry of National Defence and the rest are other civil servants, Vientiane residents, and students,” Defence attache at the Indonesian embassy to Laos, Colonel Albert B Tiranda, said at the opening ceremony of the course recently.

The course is available free of charge to all Lao nationals. Classes run for one-and-a-half hours a day from Monday to Thursday and are taught by both Indonesian and Lao teachers.

The course is part of efforts being made to strengthen the existing relations, friendship, solidarity and cooperation between Laos and Indonesia as well as to build a cultural bridge, Tiranda said.

It also aims to increase Lao nationals’ knowledge of foreign languages, especially those who will go on missions to Indonesia.

Tiranda said the course would teach Bahasa Indonesia, which is spoken by more than 300 million people worldwide, including in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.

Indonesian ambassador to Laos Irmawan Emir Wisnandar said the courses began in 2010 with the aim of enhancing the longstanding relations and cooperation between Indonesia and Laos.

“I am very happy and proud that Lao nationals are enthusiastic about learning Bahasa Indonesia,” said Wisnandar. He hopes students will stay focused until the end of the course and complete a successful period of study.

“I think Indonesian is a significant language among the Asean member states because so many people speak it. I was very excited when I saw the information about this course posted onFacebook and I persuaded my friends at school to apply for the course as well. I would like to thank the government of Indonesia for giving me a chance to participate. I will do my best over the next eight months,” said Vatsana Chansamone, 17, a student at Nonsavang Secondary School.

AIT team win FAO debate for third successive year

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Asian Institute of Technology students have won the annual debate organised on the International Day of Forests for the third successive year.

The three-member team of Vasan Narang, Le Truong Ngoc Han and Sobia Asghar defeated rivals from Kasetsart University at the contest held on March 21.

The debate was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation along with The Centre for People and Forests, and the United Nations Environment Programme at the FAO premises in Bangkok.

Debating the proposition “Investing in forest restoration reduces the cost of providing clean water to people”, the AIT team spoke in favour of the motion. Its debaters reasoned that forest restoration curtails soil erosion and nutrient runoff and enhances clean groundwater infiltration, thus reducing the use of chemicals in water treatment and prolonging the life of treatment facilities.

This year’s winning team members hail from three countries — Vasan is from Thailand, Le Truong is from Vietnam, and Sobia is from Pakistan. While Sobia is a doctoral candidate, Vasan and Le Truong are Master’s students.

All three being enrolled to studyy natural resource management at AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development.

Gathering to boost region’s work training, labour skills

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Cooperation between top staff from across the Asean region concerned with TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) is designed to inspire more effective national training systems across the region.

Attending the Third Regional Policy Dialogue on TVET will be more than 50 senior national and regional policy-makers in education and labour and participants from the private sector of Aseanmember states.

It is the third event of this unique format of panel discussion as well as intense exchanges in small groups. They will share knowledge and discuss policies for enhancing quality in TVET staff development in the Asean region.

Organisers say building and ensuring a high-quality regional TVET system requires multi-stakeholder cooperation like the Regional Policy Dialogues which take place this month in Bangkok. Involved will be policy makers, TVET training institutions, research networks and the private sector.

In the light of the newly launched Asean Economic Community and the Asean Socio-Cultural Community, the relevance and demand for skilled labour, as well as regionally comparable standards, play an extremely vital role for driving economic and social development on national and regional levels.

The planners said regional cooperation between executive and professional staff from across theAsean region would make national TVET systems more effective and their quality regionally comparable.

Accordingly, policies and good practices for raising quality of TVET personnel qualifications will be at the focus of the sessions during the Third Regional Policy Dialogue.

Also at the dialogue will be regional stakeholders from the Asean Secretariat, SEAMEO, Unesco Regional Office in Bangkok and actors from the German Development Cooperation, including TVET-experts from Germany.

Additionally, the sessions will draw upon evidence-based research from the regional cooperation platform for TVET Teacher Education in Asia (RCP), and take up discussion points and recommendations from the Regional TVET Conferences in Vientiane 2015 and the Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training in Kuala Lumpur 2015.

The Third Regional Policy Dialogue is co-hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Asean Secretariat and Thailand’s Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) and facilitated by GIZ’s “Regional cooperation programme to improve the training of technical and vocational education and training personnel (RECOTVET)”, which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).