WFCP Newsletter Dec 09 by mudoc123



                                                          DECEMBER 2009             VOLUME 1        ISSUE 1


                                                                 In this issue

Welcome to the first newsletter of the World                     Message from the Chair: Page 1

Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP). Its
                                                                 News from WFCP: PAGES 2- 3
launch comes at a time when the worldwide
economic downturn has put a spotlight on the work                News from members: Pages 4-8
that our member associations and their institutions
                                                                 Upcoming events: Page 8
do. Around the globe, student enrollment in our
member institutions continues to surge as the                    WFCP membership: Page 8
unemployed and underemployed come back to learn
the skills they will need for new careers.

While the current economic recession has
temporarily shifted our attention from the demands
of business and industry to meet the immediate
needs for increasing numbers of skilled workers,
there is little doubt that our member institutions will   able to add more services and value for our
again be called upon to close the “skills gap” when       members. This newsletter will start to serve as the
the economy improves. No matter what the current          public face of the WFCP and a valuable
issues and challenges may be, we have much to             communications   vehicle    to     both     existing
learn from each other as we share strategies and          membership and potential new members.
promising practices. This desire to share information
                                                          The current global economic recession has taught us
and ideas was one of the primary motivations for the
                                                          how interconnected the world is. And, it has also
formation of the WFCP back in 1999.
                                                          taught us how important workforce education and
Until now, the key deliverable of the WFCP has been       training are to economic recovery and development.
its World Congresses: the 1 one in Canada (Quebec         Our members are now being viewed as critical
City) in 1999; followed by Australia (Melbourne) in       institutions and associations. WFCP can be an
2003; United Arab Emirates (Dubai) in 2005; and the       important resource to all of the colleges, technical
United States of America (New York City) in 2008.         universities, and institutes that are in our sector of
The next WFCP World Congress is planned for               education and training. If your college, university, or
Birmingham, England in November 2010.                     institute is not a member of the WFCP, we welcome
                                                          your application for membership.
As WFCP continues to develop and grow, we will be


NEWS AND UPDATES FROM WFCP                              well as capitalize on important opportunities for
                                                        student volunteering, work experience and
                                                        employment. They also explored a number of
                                                        avenues where the Games might provide
WFCP World Congress 2010                                commercial opportunities to the colleges.

MARK YOUR CALENDERS for the upcoming WFCP               Ian Ashman, Principal of Hackney Community
5th World Congress which will be held on November       College and head of the delegation offered thanks to
14 & 15, 2010 in Birmingham, England. Hosted by         the ACCC and the Vancouver Colleges. “We’ve
the Association of Colleges of the UK, the event will   learned more in a couple of college visits in a city
draw educational leaders from across the globe and      about to host the games than we could have done in
it’s a major “must attend” event when it comes to       months of desk research. The Olympic baton will
learning about leading trends in technical education    shortly pass to London and we hope to do as well for
and applied learning as well as an excellent            our students as the Vancouver colleges have done”.
opportunity for networking.
                                                        WFCP Affinity Group on Environmental
Keep an eye out for more information to follow!!!       Sustainability and Renewable Resources
Preparation for London’s 2012 summer                    The WFCP Affinity Group on Environmental
games: Lessons from Canadian Colleges                   Sustainability and Renewable Resources was
                                                        established in February 2008 at the WFCP Congress
With the help of the Association of Canadian            in New York City. Representatives from colleges and
Community Canadian Colleges and the Association of
                                                        polytechnics from around the world committed to
Colleges (UK), a group of representatives from
London Further Education Colleges recently visited      assume more of a leadership role in order to ensure
the City of Vancouver to learn about the                a sustainable future. Colleges and polytechnics of
preparations for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.         the world share many common challenges and can
                                                        benefit enormously from exchanging on the great
Supported by the London Development Agency,             diversity of solutions developed to meet those
college Principals from Barnet, Harrow and Hackney
                                                        common challenges.
Community Colleges, along with representatives
from the London Association of Colleges and             The first meeting of the World Federation of
colleagues from the Podium and World City Links
                                                        Colleges and Polytechnics Affinity Group on
organizations spent four days last October learning
about the vital role of Canadian community colleges     Environmental Sustainability and Renewable
in the preparations for Vancouver 2010 Olympics.        Resources took place last May in Montreal, Canada
Visits included Vancouver Community College,            in conjunction with the 5 World Environmental
Langara Community College and Capilano University.      Education Congress.

 The UK delegates heard about the many ways in          During this meeting the following resolution
which the Vancouver colleges have used the games        regarding climate change was developed and
to pursue innovative curriculum development as


subsequently endorsed by the Board of Directors of        explore participating in this group as a member
the WFCP,                                                 country, via its association or individual institution,
                                                          please contact Paul Brennan at
“…that its member institutions commits themselves
to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions,             For more information, please visit WFCP website at
conduct research on and educate their students and
their communities about our environmental and
sustainability challenges and the skills and attitudes    Australian Benchmark Missions between
to create and engage in solutions.”                       UK and with USA

This resolution was developed in collaboration with       Networking amongst World Federation members
people involved in the Global University Leadership       facilitated international visits from senior Australian
Forum (convened by the World Economic Forum);             TAFE officials on issues faced from the global
International Alliance of Research Universities           financial crisis, and ways to increase youth
(IARU); International Sustainable Campus Network          engagement in skills.
(ISCN); World Federation of Colleges and
Polytechnics.                                             For more information, please read News from Down
                                                          Under which is found later in this newsletter.
The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics
encourages the passage of governmental legislation        George Afeti steps down as Secretary
and organizational policies that would effectively        General of CAPA
help colleges and universities and their surrounding
communities fulfill their commitments to help create      George Afeti announced his departure from the
a more sustainable future and reduce greenhouse           Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa
gas emissions.                                            (CAPA). He is returning to Ghana to become an
                                                          adviser to the Minister of Education and we wish
The WFCP Affinity Group on Environmental                  him well in his new responsibilities
Sustainability and Renewable Resources is also
developing a section of the WFCP website dedicated        All matters relating to CAPA should now be
to sharing links and resources in the following           addressed to either the Acting Secretary General or
categories: Vision Statements, Campus Research,           the Chairman of the CAPA Board or to both. Their
Community Approach and Partnerships, ,                    contact details are as follows: Mr. Charles Imbali, Ag.
Accreditation Scheme and Standards , and                  Secretary General & Principal of Kenya Technical
Document Repository . A listserv has also been            Teachers College, Nairobi-Kenya. Email:
established for those working in sustainability  or or
education to share resources and hold email               Prof. John Kondoro, Chairman CAPA Board &
discussions.                                              Principal of Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology,
                                                          Dar es Salaam-Tanzania. Email:
To express your interest in signing onto this listserv,
please email Gail Mulhall at or to


NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES                               provinces. Goals include improving student services,
                                                          creation of labor market information, employer
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY                         engagement, small business incubation, and HIV
COLLEGES (AACC)                                           education and prevention.

As in other countries, many US colleges and their
students were able to benefit from a large federal        NEWS OUT OF AFRICA
government economic stimulus.          Subsequently,
                                                          COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATION OF POLYTECHNICS
President Obama challenged community colleges to
                                                          IN AFRICA (CAPA)
increase graduation and completion rates by 50% by
2020. His proposal would provide the colleges with        Championing Excellence in Skills Development!!
an additional $12 billion (USD) to accomplish this
ambitious goal. The legislation to implement the          Established in 1982 by the Commonwealth Ministers
President’s goal is called the American Graduation        of Education, CAPA currently has a membership of
Initiative, and it is currently being debated in our      over 120 polytechnics, universities of technology and
United States Congress.                                   technical colleges in 17 Commonwealth African
                                                          countries, namely: Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana,
AACC was recently awarded a $1 million (USD) grant        Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria,
from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Lumina                Seychelles, Sierra-Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania,
Foundations for the creation of a voluntary               Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. CAPA
framework of accountability for American                  therefore has a reach that extends all over Africa,
community colleges. This project, in collaboration        encompassing over 250,000 students and more than
with the College Board and the Association of             10,000 teachers and administrative staff.
Community College Trustees, aims to design a Web-
based tool to measure and report outcomes and             The vision of CAPA is to be an influential voice and
processes that are specific to community colleges.        driver of initiatives for technical education and skills
                                                          development in Africa. Our mission is to provide a
AACC continues its support for current and future         dynamic forum for the gathering, testing and sharing
community college leaders through its Presidents          of innovative ideas in technical and vocational
Academy and its Future Leader Institutes (FLI). The       education and training; promotion of partnerships
Presidents     Academy        designs     professional    and capacity building initiatives; and policy analysis
development programs to support current                   and advocacy in favor of skills development for
presidents, while the FLI has enrolled over 600           wealth creation.
future leaders since it began five years ago. Forty-six
FLI graduates have become college presidents, and         Over the years CAPA has collaborated with a number
250 others have advanced in their careers.                of international organizations and has recorded
                                                          significant achievements in the area of staff
AACC is participating in a project with the American      development workshops for institutional managers,
Council on Education and the USAID Mission to             teachers and technicians working in member
improve South African FET colleges in three               institutions. In particular, CAPA is credited with


initiating the process of entrepreneurship education     facilitated the first meeting of the Fiji Islands
in African polytechnics and the program of support       Technical Vocational Education and Training
for Women in Technical Education (WITED.                 Association (FITVETA) and is now assisting Vanuatu
                                                         and Solomon Islands to develop national
CAPA has recently signed a memorandum of                 associations of TVET. We continue to seek funding
understanding with the Commonwealth of Learning          sources for the promotion and facilitation of the
with the objective of supporting CAPA member             establishment of these national associations
institutions to integrate ICT and e-Learning into TVET   (NATVETs).
delivery, including the use of Open and Distance
Learning (ODL) technologies. The Africa Unit of the      A Capital Development and Innovation Fund has
UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills         been established to counter chronic under-financing
(BIS) is also a strong partner of CAPA and plans to      of TVET as well as improve TVET quality by
sponsor an upcoming CAPA international                   stimulating innovations from the grass-roots, the
conference.                                              training institutions themselves. TVET institutions
                                                         with projects that meet specified criteria may apply
NEWS FROM THE PACIFIC REGION                             to the Fund for financing. Priority will be given to
                                                         the smaller more vulnerable island states and low
ASSOCIATION OF TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL                  income countries.
                                                         Finally, particular attention is given on strengthening
PATVET draws together senior industry and                our TVET institutions through workshops, study visits
government representatives from 12 Pacific nations.      and expert advice. Specific attention will be given to
Established in 2002, its aim is to encourage             enhancing the management skills of our leaders,
collaboration and development of the regional TVET       improving labor market information and tracer
sector and act as a key interactive forum for the        systems, developing TVET information systems, and
TVET sector to discuss and debate issues of concern      enhancing policy development skills in the areas of
to the sector.                                           monitoring, accreditation and certification.

Recent developments in the region include
positioning PATVET as a key source for the Pacific
                                                         NEWS FROM CANADA
Regional Qualifications Framework as well as the
                                                         ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN COMMUNITY
development of a TVET Regional Qualifications
                                                         COLLEGES (ACCC)
Inventory of Training Providers. The latter acts as a
one stop shop for identification and acquisition of      ACCC and its members successfully speak with one
quality training resources and services for TVET.        voice!!

PATVET is also working at strengthening our National     The power of concerted action by the Association of
Associations for Technical and Vocational Education      Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and its
and Training. They are our links to our member           member institutions was demonstrated when the
countries. As such, PATVET has organized and             2009-2010 federal budget supported colleges,


institutes, polytechnics, cégeps and university           and institutes in developing countries will choose
colleges by making available at least $1.2 billion over   Canadian partner institutions.
two years for their repair, refurbishment, and
expansion. ACCC had studied infrastructure needs,         NEWS FROM DOWN UNDER
submitted briefs, met key government officials, and
engaged in an aggressive media campaign. Member           TECHNICAL AND FURTHUR EDUCATION (TAFE)
institutions conducted local campaigns using shared
messaging to strengthen the national voice. With its      TAFE Directors Association (TDA) is the principle
powerful response, the Government of Canada               body ‘Down Under’ for the 58 public vocational
demonstrated an understanding of the role of              education Institutes. These Institutes include five
colleges and institutes in developing the advanced        “dual sector” universities incorporating TAFE
skills essential for Canada’s economic growth and         (technical and further education) divisions.
                                                          The ‘Skilling Australia’ tours were part of Australian
ACCC is now turning its advocacy toward funding for       TAFE Institutes pushing ahead with international
applied research conducted by colleges and                benchmarking research. This series of international
institutes with industry partners. Canada strongly        visits is a strategy to inform Australian education,
supports     basic,   discovery-oriented     research     business and governments on improved ways to
conducted at universities, but is not as successful in    meet growing skills demands……especially following
getting innovations to market, an area in which           the global financial crisis.
colleges and institutes excel. Recently, 100 college
                                                          This November, Wayne Collyer, Deputy Chair of TDA,
and institute representatives met with senior
                                                          and CEO of Polytechnic West (TAFE, Western
officials to encourage the federal government to
                                                          Australia) led a mission of TAFE Directors, private
increase its research and development funding by
                                                          colleges, national research agency NCVER, and
five percent, dedicating the additional amount to
                                                          business group ACCI to almost 20 colleges through
college/private sector applied research projects.
                                                          England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales before being
In international development, ACCC is working with        hosted to the 2009 AoC’s Birmingham Conference
the Canadian International Development Agency             (Nov 2009). Our thanks go out to UK-based
(CIDA) on a new program called Education for              Association of Colleges who supported the
Employment. Characterized as “country-driven,” this       Australian Mission.
program will focus on meeting the education and
                                                          Deb Daly, Chair of TAFE Directors Australia, led a
training needs of labour markets of developing
                                                          benchmark mission for TAFE to the APEC Women’s
countries. A $20-million program is underway in
                                                          Regional Conference (May 2009, Singapore). The
three African countries: Mozambique, Senegal and
                                                          tour included tours of the massive infrastructure
Tanzania. A $20-million program for the Andean
                                                          improvements achieved in Singapore with central
Region and a $40-million program for the Caribbean
                                                          government investment in skills.
are also in development. For the first time, colleges


John Halder, President of Community Colleges for         Higher Education Framework and established a
International Development (USA) made a special           panel, chaired by Lord Browne, the former Chairman
visit to Australia in October to highlight assistance    of BP, to review Higher Education fees payable by
available to Australian TAFE Institutes for student      students. The review is expected to report in autumn
exchanges and student mobility. The tour                 2010 after the UK General Election.
highlighted the opportunities for widening
international exchange including benefits for staff      270 Colleges in England provide 10% of higher
and teachers as well as student and skills upgrading.    education with the provision often concentrated on
The opportunities for mutual recognition of skills       high level skills with direct benefit in employability.
training was also a key issue discussed. The model       Such provision has real benefits in terms of local
under review by TDA with CCID highlights several         access, broadening participation and affordability.
professional bodies and plans to take advantage of
                                                         AoC believes that there Government needs to fund a
the Australian American Free Trade Agreement.
                                                         much greater proportion of higher education
                                                         provision in Colleges in order to give the maximum
NEWS FROM THE UK                                         flexibility when offering, often in conjunction with
                                                         employers, high level skills for local people.
                                                         The main opposition party in the UK, the
The UK Government recently published a skills            Conservatives, who are currently leading in the
strategy, which promises an expansion in                 opinion polls, published their Skills Policy Paper
apprenticeships and a new focus on growing sectors       entitled ‘A Training and Enterprise Revolution’ in
of the economy.                                          autumn 2008. The main proposals were as follows:
                                                         1) a £2000 ‘bonus’ payment to small businesses to
Included in the plans is a target of 75% participation
                                                         encourage them to recruit apprentices; 2) shift
in higher education or completion of an advanced
                                                         £775m of Train to Gain funding, a Government
apprenticeship or equivalent technician level course
                                                         scheme through which employees receive free
by the age of 30. The policy is supported by 35,000
                                                         training, to Lifelong Learning Accounts which will
additional apprenticeship places and 1000
                                                         fund 77,000 apprentices that are currently part-
‘inducement’ payments for apprentices to progress
                                                         funded; 3) provide an additional £5million to
to higher education.
                                                         encourage the establishment of Group Training
Five priority industry areas (life sciences, digital,    Associations to deliver apprenticeships based on a
engineering, advanced manufacturing and low              model developed in Australia; 4) establish an all-age
carbon energy) will receive £100m to fund 160,000        career service and 5)create a £100m fund to help
lower level places. The Department for Business,         young people not in education, employment or
Innovation and Skills will also work with the Home       training.
Office to reduce the need for migrant workers.
                                                         In addition to this paper the Conservatives have set
Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business,         out provisional plans to establish a new funding
Innovation and Skills, recently launched a new           agency which will fund all College education and


training from age 16 upwards and a school funding        ACCC
agency which will fund all school provision up to the
                                                         ACCC Applied Research Symposium, February
age of 18.
                                                         2-4, 2010, Ottawa, Canada
Despite the aspirations of both parties and the policy
                                                         “Power the Future” ACCC Annual Conference,
commitments related above the underlying truth is
                                                         Niagara, Canada, June 6-8, 2010
that, with a burgeoning UK budget deficit, funding
will be very tight over the next 2-3 years at least.
This, in turn, will put pressure on public education     WFCP MEMBERSHIP
and training budgets, meaning that UK Colleges will
be expected to do more for the same or perhaps less      WWW.WFCP.ORG
and to raise more funds direct from individual
students and from business.                              American Association of Community

UPCOMING EVENTS:                                         Association of Canadian Community
                                                         Association of Colleges (UK)
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics,
5 World Congress, November 14 &15, 2010
Birmingham, England
                                                         Commonwealth Association of
CAPA:                                                    Polytechnics in Africa
“Meeting the Challenges of Skills Acquisition in
                                    st    rd
Africa”. Maputo, Mozambique from 1 – 3                   Higher Colleges of Technology
December, 2009                                           (United Emirates)
CAPA workshop on The Entrepreneurial           
Polytechnic Lagos, Nigeria in May 2010.
                                                         Pacific Association of Technical and
AACC                                                     Vocational education and Training
Workforce Development Institute, January 27-
30, 2010
                                                         Technical and Further Education
90 Annual AACC Convention, Seattle,                      Directors (Australia)
Washington, April 17-20, 2010                  


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