SINGAPORE - A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday between Republic Polytechnic (RP) and The Polytechnic Association of Indonesia (ASPI). This will pave the way for an 18-month programme involving a partnership between the two organisations as well as Temasek Foundation to launch a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme.
RP will share their expertise in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy with 196 trainers and academic staff from 14 Indonesian polytechnics. This will equip participants to develop high-quality curriculum with the knowledge to teach using PBL, as well as learning materials that can be used in the context of TVET education.
"Problem-Based Learning, which is a student-centred and practical approach to education, is increasingly being adapted for technical and vocational training with positive results. This training collaboration represents another milestone for RP's international engagement, as we continue to partner educators in other countries to enhance knowledge and skills in PBL pedagogy with the support of Temasek Foundation," said Republic Polytechnic's Principal/CEO, Mr Yeo Li Pheow.
The partnership aims to advance Indonesia's vocational education capabilities, as well as develop more effective accreditation and assessment methods. It will also contribute to Indonesia's Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) long-term objectives to improve the polytechnic education relevance to industry, improve quality and ensure alignment with Indonesian qualification framework policies and guidelines.
Senior educators and administrators from the Indonesian polytechnics will also be introduced to best practices and policies for administration. They will be prepared to examine the systems and processes that support the framework for the delivery of quality education and training in polytechnics.
"This programmme is very crucial for strengthening the education management of polytechnics in Indonesia. It is expected to meet the demand of workforce and equip them with the appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies in accordance with market demand. This process requires innovative development, especially in the learning process for students. Generally, the state polytechnics in Indonesia have already implemented Problem-Based Learning partially," said RD. Kusumanto, Chairman of ASPI.
Temasek Foundation has committed a grant of about $425,000 towards this capability-building programme. While it has supported other capability-building programmes in TVET in Indonesia, this is the first programme to focus specifically on PBL pedagogy training.