ASIA-PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING (ACET) 2015
3 – 5 AUGUST 2015 (Day 1)
The Asia Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) 2015 commenced with the Welcoming Remark by Mr Gwang Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific to almost 650 delegates from Malaysia, international participants and high-ranking officials from member countries comprising of Secretaries of State, Director Generals of Education, policy advisors and Directors.
In attendance were also nine (9) Ministers from the Asia-Pacific region – Afghanistan, Fiji Island, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Samoa and Solomon Islands. Deputy Ministers from Kyrgyzstan and Lao PDR were also present at the conference. The Honourable Minister of Education Malaysia, Datuk Seri Diraja Mahadzir Khalid graced the event, presenting the welcoming remark. He emphasized the need for countries to prioritize TVET, placing it within mainstream education to ensure youths are equipped with the skills which will enhance their employability rates.
The theme Making Skills Development Work for the Future was deliberated through the plenary and concurrent sessions involving a total of 22 presenters from various participating countries. In Plenary Session 1, the issue of labour market trends and their implications on skills development strategies in the Asia-Pacific region was examined. The session also looked at the impact of the ASEAN Economic Community on the labour market and skills development, job creation policies and practices in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Three international and one local presenter discussed how the investment in education and training could provide significant returns to individuals.
Plenary Session II presented a general overview on trends, challenges and opportunities for skills development, particularly in light of changes in job structures and characteristics. The session also outlined concrete strategies and priority action areas to identify issues and challenges. New insights into skills needs, working models and best practices were also highlighted.
Five concurrent sessions involving 15 international and local presenters were held between 2.30 – 4.30 pm, each looking into training and employment. Session 1 focused on The Economy and the Informal Sector: Opportunities and Challenges in TVET, while Session 2 discussed various policies and programmes related to youth skills development and employment.
Session 3 presented the preliminary findings of a research study that took stock of the green jobs supporting low-carbon transitions in the Asia Pacific region and shared experiences on greening TVET and skills across the UNEVOC Network. The role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to improve the delivery of relevant, effective and quality TVET for employment was deliberated in Session 4, where the private sector shared the critical success factors that determined how PPPs can help deliver quality learning outcomes to students.
In Session 5, participants were exposed to transversal skills and entrepreneurship in the workplace and the innovative practices of infusing these skills in post-secondary education. 10 exhibition booths were set up showcasing best practices in TVET by representatives from Malaysia’s Technical Universities, Community Colleges, Polytechnics and Vocational Colleges.
In his speech during the exhibition launch, The Honourable Deputy Minister of Education Mr P Kamalanathan reaffirmed that the Malaysian Government would intensify collaboration with industry to increase intake into TVET, to enhance the quality of programmes and institutions and to improve overall branding and profile, in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
Ministry of Education Malaysia and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
3 August 2015
3 August 2015