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Senior Advisory Board

Since this project involves a high level restructuring of the entire VTC system for vocational training, we have included a special mechanism to obtain high level input from experienced senior people who have been involved with TVET over their entire careers.  The reason for this is that we feel that conceptualization of the VTC restructuring is best accomplished with the advice of people that have had similar responsibilities and/or been in a position to observe the efforts of many countries undertaking similar tasks.  It is very difficult for consultants who have not had this type of responsibility before to effectively conceptualize and implement such a restructuring.

The composition of the SAB is quite unique which includes a wide range of nationalities and experiences.  The Consultant, being an active development partner in the South East Asian Region, brings together a high calibre team of respected senior technical officials that has pioneered and helped install effective working national TVET systems in their respective countries, that are specially organized and put together to provide high level advise and recommendations to specific projects dealing with technical vocational education and training at national and regional levels.

The Senior Advisory Board is composed of a group of former Ministers ad national/international leaders from the Ministries of Education, Labour and Industry who are still active in Vocational Education and Training from Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, the United States, Europe and the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC).  The Consultant also draws from the long and rich experiences of the Colombo Plan member countries as represented by the Staff College in Manila.  This type of Senior Advisory Board provides a fitting forum and a longer term mechanism for professional advice, exchange of ideas, experiences and also opens up doors between these countries and the client country for G to G cooperation.  Senior Advisors from other countries that might be of assistance to the client can also be engaged, such as from Saudi Arabia, UAE and the MENA region, subject to requirements of the TOR.

Specific Duties of the Senior Advisory Board:

  1. Project Guidance and Monitoring -To guide the consultative project along the right track. To act as a sounding board for ideas and concepts and to generate alternatives and to point out similar experiences in other countries (which have been either successful or unsuccessful).
  2. High Level Consultative Group to the VTC and MoL – The SAB will share their experiences and insights with the VTC and MoL so as to provide an international resource for considering new ideas and thinking through proposed initiatives
  3. Country Comparative Studies – One of the tasks of the Senior Advisory Board is to provide advice on the country reviews for including comparison study for VTC officers and stake holders. The Senior Advisory Board will facilitate access to information for these studies that will be written by UTHM faculty and graduate students in TVET.  The SAB will also be assisting to arrange appointments with key education officials in their respective countries during the Field study.
  4. Information Resources – Supplying material and information from their own countries that may be used for solving the problems during the project implementation based on his/her experience, include: policy, legal (law enforcement), culture, etc.
  5. Facilitating Pathways to build international relationships – the members of the SAB can facilitate actions to open up or improve existing relationships between Jordan MoL and VTC to their own respective countries.  This could lead to increased G to G cooperation.
  6. Participation in the National Seminar – In the national seminar, some members of Senior Advisory Board will attend to expound in detail the result of country reviews and to have face-to-face discussion with VTC and Ministry of Labour officials. The Senior Advisory Board will also provide inputs and advise on their respective experiences in restructuring their national TVET system.

Senior Advisory Board Members:

  • Mohamad Noh (Senior Advisory Board -Malaysia) – Professor Datu Mohd Noh is a graduate in Physics from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, a Master of Science in Solid State Physics from University of London, and has a PhD in experimental Solid State Physics, from Imperial College London/1981. Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), a public university in Malaysia since October, 2008. Prior to that, he was the Vice-Chancellor of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) between 2005 and 2008. Apart from his extensive experience in teaching, supervision, research and university administration spanning over a period of 29 years service, he is also actively involved in student development and various community development organisations and social work across the SE Asian region.
  • Dr. Jose D. Lacson (Team Leader / Senior Advisory Board – Philippines) – Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management, Technological University of the Philippines/1996. Former Director General/Rank of Minister, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Reformed Philippines TVET in 1994.  Also Lead Team Leader for the ADB funded program for TVET reform in Vietnam (9 years in total in Vietnam).
  • Wardiman Djojonegoro (Senior Advisory Board – Indonesia) – Doctor in Technical Sciences, Technical University Delft, Netherlands/1985. Prof. Wardiman was appointed by President Suharto to the Sixth Development Cabinet of the Republic of Indonesia, as Minister of Education and Culture. Prof. Wardiman introduced (1993) the so called ―LINK and MATCH policy, requiring that education at all levels be closely linked to the world of work. The overriding goal of the policy is not only to make education more relevant to today‘s requirements in the productive sectors of the economy, but also to correct supply-demand imbalances in the labor market. The ―Link and Match policy is also spelled out in the book ―Skills Toward 2020 (1997).  He was also the President of the South East Asian Ministers of Education Council (SEAMAC) and is well versed with the various issues and obstacles in the formulation and development of TVET education in the world.
  • Loh Kum Fei (Senior Advisory Board – Singapore) – MSc in Building Science, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore/2002. He was the project manager for the Regional Vocational Training Centre (RVTC) was set up as part of the Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED) to promote engagement between Asia and the Middle East. The focus of the RVTC is to help mould skilled manpower for Jordan‘s emerging Building sector.  He is also the key person tasked to develop a model technical training centre in Nigeria. The aim is to replicate the success of this centre to other parts of Nigeria to revamp the entire vocational training in the country.
  • Georg Spöttl (Senior Advisory Board – Germany) – Ph.D (Grade: Magna cum laude), Work focused on “Contents of vocational education in the light of modern technologies”, University of Aachen. Appointed as a university professor (University of Brennan)/2005; Director, Department of Occupational Specialization Mechanical Technology.; Government Advisor, (GOTEVT) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Steven Carl McKee (Senior Advisory Board for TVET Global Education – USA) – Bsc – International Business with a minor in Cultural Anthropology, George Mason University/ 1974,  USA; Countries of Work Experience: USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt, Oman, Yemen, Sothern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland), Saudi Arabia, Peru, Singapore. Managing Director of Asian Operations, ECI Asia Ltd. Vice President, Educational Consultants International. Consultant Contractor, The project goal was to upgrade and redevelop the ICT training delivery system for the Vocational Technical Schools in Saudi Arabia for 82 centres; Consultant Contractor, ICT training delivery system for the Ministry of Manpower Schools in Oman; Consultant Contractor, Upgrading of Syrian ICT Technical Institutes; Consultant to the MOE, National Educational Development Projects – World Bank Project Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland).  He has 35 years experience in international TVET.
  • Dr. Dennis Harper (Senior Advisory Board for Technology Education and Knowledge Economy – USA) – Recognized as one of the world‘s eminent leaders in the field of technology in education. Dr. Harper has been instrumental in bringing computers and the Internet into thousands of schools in more than thirty nations. Dr. Harper is the founder of the student-centered technology support model where youth aged from 10 to 18 provide substantial support for (1) their teachers‘ technology integration, (2) their peers technology literacy, and (3) maintaining the school‘s technology infrastructure. Founder and CEO, Generation YES (Youth and Educators Succeeding), Inc.
  • Institutional Consultant CPSC (Colombo Plan Staff College – Philippines) – Colombo Plan Staff College/Philippines carries out development work in TVET and training for the Colombo Plan countries. Countries of Work Experience: USA, UK, France, Belgium, Finland, Turkey, Japan, Republic of Korea, China, Singapore, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Egypt, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Maldives, Republic of Palau, Thailand, Mongolia, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam.