Final preparations underway for APACC 2005
With just less than a month to go, the CSPC family under the tutelage of Director-General, Dr. Man-Gon Park, has joined forces in making final arrangements for the Inter-Governmental Workshop on Regional Accreditation Modeling and Accrediting the Accreditors. As the time draws closer, the activities will inevitably increase further. Such is a moment of great anticipation: one can almost feel the excitement of encountering new people, witness the presentations, and eager to learn new phenomena.
The Workshop, considered one of the biggest events of the year for APACC, will be a convergence of minds and hearts willing and wanting to chart would-be guidelines and instruments for measuring and ensuring quality in technical education and vocational training appropriate for Asia Pacific environment. As of this writing, twenty four participants representing fifteen APACC member governments, to wit: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Sri Lanka have officially registered.
The Workshop consists of a mixture of invited keynote presentations, video and special messages, refereed papers, workshops, plenary sessions and discussion panels. It will commence on the 15th of August with an inaugural ceremony to be graced by two dignitaries: the immediate past Chairman of the CPSC Governing Board and the Director-General of TESDA-Philippines, Honorable Secretary Augusto "Boboy" Syjuco; and the Governing Board Member for Sri Lanka, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, His Excellency Mr. W. M. Senevirathna.
A Conference Hall configured to accommodate 30-40 people has been equipped with Internet access point, an overhead projector, an LCD projector, screen, and a moveable podium. Five to six workshop rooms will be provided with flexible seating, computers, screen, overhead projectors as a standard, with the ability to supply other equipment as required. The College has also a business centre that offers features such as interview rooms, phones, photocopying, printing and computer access round the clock.
The Workshop organizers have also arranged for meals and accommodation of all participants at the CPSC Hostel whose ambience is at par with starred hotels nearby. No one will stay uncomfortable as high speed Internet access and wireless connections will be made available in the public space and meeting rooms. In addition, two special dinners will be tendered featuring live music and entertainment, visits to historical places, tea party, fruit festival and fellowship night.