Project Title

Regional Industry-Academia Collaboration for Talent Development: An Exchange of Skills Training, Internships, and Jobs  

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

HRD 03 2017 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HRD 03 2017 

Project Title

Regional Industry-Academia Collaboration for Talent Development: An Exchange of Skills Training, Internships, and Jobs  

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

16,000 

Co-funding Amount

67,335 

Total Project Value

83,335 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chinese Taipei 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Indonesia; Korea; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/12/2017 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Lin Yen-Liang 

Job Title 1

Director fo International Cooperation 

Organization 1

National Taipei University of Technology 

Postal Address 1

1, Sec 3, Zhongxiao E. Rd, Taipei 10608 

Telephone 1

886-2 27712171 Extension 6521 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

ericlin@ntut.edu.tw 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Lin Yen-Liang 

Project Summary

To address the issue of youth employability by closing the gap between education and skills, this project re-strategizes collaborative partnerships among APEC member economies. As a follow-up event to the April 2017 TVET (Technological and Vocational Education and Training) Forum hosted in Chinese Taipei, this project highlights a new model of exchange, including professional and technical skills training, internships, talent mobility, and workplace experiences for APEC youth. It will promote and demonstrate a series of strategically-designed, industry-driven TVET programs with partner companies in Chinese Taipei to strengthen connectivity among APEC member economies. A collaborative network built by academic institutions, private sector, and government organizations guarantees long-term exchange of resources and support for multi-lateral enablement. Planned activities include setting up a multi-lingual website where related information will be regularly uploaded, and organizing a three-day conference to showcase fruitful outcomes of this talent exchange and to further discuss successful strategies and share best practices.

Relevance

This project addresses the issue of youth employability by closing the gap between education and skills required for APEC region employment. Currently, academia fails to keep abreast with trends of economic development and workplace demands, making this one of the most pressing agenda items across APEC economies. According to the World Bank, while global total labour force unemployment rate is 5.746%, youth unemployment rate is 13.553% (ages 15-24), approximately 2.5 times higher. As youth unemployment in the APEC region is slightly higher than the global rate, providing youth with more opportunities to integrate and apply their learning in industry workplaces would allow for more effective education-to-workforce transitions.

This project adopts a dual-track scheme, centering on the efficiency of regional integration and collaboration, building a seamless collaborative design to intensify the exchange of education and skills training across borders. Global and regional mobility is a critical competency in human capital development in the 21st century; this new model aims to promote mobilization of trained youth not only in their home economies but in the new economic context. This project actively consolidates education and skills training to match labour market demands, to provide all aspiring youth with access to quality jobs with promising prospects, while enhancing regional talent management and mobility. For instance, in the Chinese Taipei industry-academia TVTE (Technological and Vocational Education and Training) program, inbound APEC member economy students, recruited and admitted to partner colleges and universities in Chinese Taipei, are given robust vocational education and training in Chinese Taipei. These students will study in different colleges and universities in either bachelor-degree or short-term programs, with guaranteed internships during the program and full employment afterwards in companies in Chinese Taipei or their home economies. Long-term goals include promotion and implementation of regional industry-driven TVET programs to help build capacity and practical skills to meet industry needs, and to encourage more vibrant human capital development and economic prosperity throughout the region.

This project fulfills the “Human Development” criteria, developing educational cooperation, skills development, science & technology capacity building, benefiting regional labour markets and increasing youth employment).The current project is also linked to “Connectivity” under Rank 1, as it will build linkages between APEC economies, promoting regional economic integration. Chinese Taipei wishes to establish an exchange network for sharing experiences and knowledge of industry-driven TVET programs, allowing APEC economies to, together, face the challenges of the existing education and skills gap.

Objectives

The key objectives of this project are as follows: (1) Strategize cross-region and interdisciplinary collaboration through the new model of industry-driven vocational education and training programs to cultivate an educated and skilled workforce to meet industry development needs across economies; (2) Establish robust networks through partnerships with universities across APEC member economies as well as businesses and industries to mobilize talent exchange and close education and skills gap to further achieve sustainable regional development and integration; (3) Ensure conference participants will be able to exchange ideas and conduct a close dialogue with industry and academia, as well as with intern students from various APEC economies.

Alignment

In the 2016 APEC Ministerial Meeting held in Peru, APEC leaders focused on driving quality and inclusive growth to promote human development. This project supports this priority by organizing an exchange network for cooperative education programs, achieving goals of fostering an educated and skilled workforce, narrowing the education and skills gap and building APEC member economies’ prosperity and sustainability.

In keeping with the APEC Education Strategy and meeting the 2017 HRDWG goals, and in response to the APEC Framework for Youth Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship urging all APEC economies to commit to strengthening efforts tackling youth unemployment, this project will develop human capital, contribute to the structural reform agenda, and deepen skilled participation in labour markets. This project reaches out to youth from APEC economies to strengthen career competencies and talent mobility, preparing inbound students for employment through acquisition of knowledge and in-demand practical technical skills.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project will produce three main outputs: i) Forum, in which participants and participating industry leaders share knowledge, ii) educational/field visits, in which participants will see firsthand exemplars of best-practice in various industries, and iii) a multi-lingual website, caching all forum and site visit information and allowing ongoing engagement and collaboration of participants. More specifically, these outputs will be: 

1)   Forum: A one-day knowledge sharing forum in which presentations will be made by industry and academic leaders on topics such as youth employment, existing skills training gaps, industry demands, multilateral collaboration of talent development, challenges of education and economic development, and technological innovations in developing economies. The forum will be an information session which will address pressing needs for regional collaboration in order to establish a regional talent value chain allowing for innovation, competitiveness, and growth of participating member economies. 

2)  Educational/Field Visit: on-site visits to participating industry and academic institutions within Chinese Taipei will take place over two full days, and will provide participants with vital opportunities to see in real life models of practice exemplars. Opportunities will be provided for participants to not only observe, but also interact with workers and administration, allowing for further transfer of experiences and insight giving context to the theoretical frameworks and strategies discussed in the forum. Three industry sectors will be targeted:

i) Speed Tiger Precision Technology, Co; and

ii) Leofoo Tourism Group, and iii) National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences.

3)   Project Website: To provide necessary information to prospective participants and to further enhance partnerships among APEC member economies, a multi-lingual website will be created. This website will remain active following the completion of the project. Primary website content will be necessary pre-conference information for arriving and future participants, educational/field visit schedules and preparation information, as well as reports of activities once they have completed. The website will also maintain reports of best practice, new ideas and program directions, new initiatives proposed by participants, educators, and experts in the field. Importantly, an online forum will be created and maintained, allowing for participants to continue a dialogue and share ideas, experiences and inspiration in the months and years following the project.

4) The current project is to organize a forum/workshop, including presentations on 2 distinct topics, 2 summary reports, as well as several sessions of field studies of industry implementation. It is estimated that 26 participants from at least 13 member economies will attend all the events arranged, and also a large number of participants (approximately 150) from field industries and higher education. All information will be available for free download, and in the meantime, video clips will be produced with photos and videos taken during the 3-day event as well as the feedback and takeaway from each member economy representative who participated in the event as a supplement to all materials and information. In addition, a questionnaire will be given to the participants to collect their comments and feedback so the organizer can assess the quality of the project to help inform future work. 

Outcomes:  The primary goal of the project is to ensure that all participating economies and delegates obtain thorough and insightful understanding of how to be viable and productive in their own respective economies, as well as understand and help other member economies by establishing collaborative networks of across industries and borders. Aside from being able to apply the knowledge and experiences to what they do at their posts or jobs in their home economies, the project seeks to provide on-going assistance for new possibilities to create otherwise alternative models of practices. 

The forum will provide theoretical information and help participants construct ideas of best practice and innovative industry needs, while the visits to industry and academic partners will allow for tangible on-site experiential education and opportunities to dialogue with partners. These two outcomes – knowledge and experience – are key to the increased value of participants once they return to their respective economies. However, a third outcome is a venue for continued collaboration. The online forum, hosted by the project website, will give participants a vital opportunity to collaborate and innovate post-conference. These three outcomes will enhance participant understanding and perspectives of the future of industry in the APEC region, enabling them to work towards a solutions-based role in their workplaces across the region.  

We strongly believe that through topical discussions, exemplary models of practice, reconsideration of current training and new training schemes, thorough the understanding of different industry situations, solution-oriented training and practice, and sustainable establishment of partnerships, participants can take home substantive knowledge and experiences which they can put into action in their home economies. Establishing professional networks with the member economies allowing for the continuous push for changes, reforms and improvements. With the dynamic nature of field demands, only when all are connected with concerted efforts by enthusiastic members is it possible to find new paths and success in the emerging and growing markets of the APEC region. 

Beneficiaries:  The direct beneficiaries of this project will be the conference participants and policy makers, who will leave and return to their respective economies equipped with greater knowledge and ideas about how to face the many challenges arising from the existing education and skills gap. As all participating delegates would be high-ranked government officials, educators and industry leaders,their influence in their home economies the current project organizer is highly confident of seeing these dynamics in action, pushing beyond the status quo, devising a fundamental and yet holistic scheme to accommodate multi-level needs, investing in talent and fulfilling potentials, and ultimately delivering benefits to the region. In short, those who benefit from the project will include APEC delegates, government officials, business professionals, all people and stakeholders in education and industries in all member economies. The anticipated government officials can be directors from the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Labor. Educators could include presidents and directors from TVET universities within the APEC region. In addition, participating industrial partners and contributors will be senior executives or general managers. Top Chinese Taipei manufacturers, such as Speed Tiger Precision Technology Co., and world-renowned hotel chains, like Leofoo Tourism Group, represent the range of industrial participants. Among those participants, we will invite experts, policymakers, educators and industrial partners with industry-academia cooperation, employment development as well as global talent cultivation background and experiences to present keynote conference speeches.

Students and industry within the APEC region can benefit from this collaborative industry-driven TVET program, as students across different economies will be cultivated into an educated and skilled workforce meeting the needs of APEC region industries.. This current program aims to eradicate disparities in skills training by taking into account field needs and demands and incorporating field expertise into how training is undertaken. More importantly, navigating training toward a more industry-driven and field-informed scheme allows schools to reconsider goals of teaching and training to find a new momentum to steer through the course of talent development. 

As the goal of the project is to promote and consolidate collaboration between education and industries, it is thus expected to see said economy’s’s education, technology, and economy being further advanced as the effects ripple outwards. As much as the project seeks to effect more immediate changes, it is unrealistic to expect quick comprehensive overhaul at the fronts of social, cultural, educational and technological infrastructure. Nevertheless, cohort efforts across from different sectors will ultimately see the anticipated outcomes realized. Such outcomes, both in the medium-term and long-term, will benefit the economy and society at large. Inbound students will be recruited and selected primarily based on their past education and training as well as their career aspirations. As partner colleges and universities in Chinese Taipei provide a wide array of programs, including the fields of engineering, healthcare, hospitality, and business management, students are able to pursue t their interest and career goals. All admission and program information is made available through the common portal commissioned by the Chinese Taipei Ministry of Education, and more effectively by higher education expos held in different member economies.  Students are also able to pursue a range of scholarships through participating schools.

Dissemination

To ensure effective and efficient dissemination of information, all materials (including videos), content (including conference agenda and relative presentation slides), and results (including questionnaires and summary reports) produced will be sent to all registered participants individually, as well as to all APEC coordinating offices, such as Ministry of Education or Ministry of Labor, in participating member economies, as well as to all current partners and prospective partnering schools and businesses. Further, the above-mentioned documents and videos will be regularly uploaded onto the new conference website for participants to refer to and disseminated among related APEC fora. In addition, all inquiries and requests will be duly attended to; with this, information can be carried over and disseminated through the website to inform more enthusiasts of future engagement. The website will be maintained by the project overseer and will continue to be maintained for another 7 months (until the end of 2018) after the workshop.

Gender

According to APEC’s measures of female participation in regional economies (The 2015 Women and the Economy Dashboard), participation of women in leadership positions at both the public and private sectors has been historically, and remains, low. This project will strive to lessen the gender inequality by showcasing successful female role-models and providing mentoring to remove practical barriers to participation by women. The director of the Working Group of International Development in TVET, the organizer of this project, is a tenured female university professor. In addition, the Director General in Department of Technological and Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education in Chinese Taipei is also female. The project is directed by women, with a staff of both women and men working together to ensure the project’s success. Female representation in this project is visible and significant to lay the groundwork to further gender equality, and we aim to maintain and promote this gender equality in the selection of participants, leaders, and speakers throughout the entire proposed program. An integral part of the project is to achieve our goals with and by balanced views, addressing issues and challenges with the equal consideration of female contribution and efforts. To demonstrate how women can succeed in economies across the region, female leaders from the public and private sector will be invited to join conversations with delegates and participants, and senior and female executive managers from the field industries will share their experiences emphasizing how they overcame, and continue to overcome barriers to reach the success they have achieved today. Also, while in training female students will be introduced to the educational/field visits to engage in dialogues with schools and businesses in order for their voices to be heard and their needs addressed and met. The organizer plans to mobilize resources and networking efforts to involve more women in all events planned. In Chinese Taipei, we can find quite a lot of successful female leaders and experts who are eager to pass down their professional experiences to guide the younger generation of women. Therefore, the organizer is confident that no less than 50% of the participants, professionals and experts invited are women to ensure effective female engagement. To this end, this project is actively encouraging more female engagement by dedicating special sessions to female professionals and leaders as well as inviting more female delegates and participants to attend the events.

Work Plan

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

December 2017/January 2018

Setting up a multilingual website to promote industry-driven TVET programs implemented in Chinese Taipei

A multi-lingual website dedicated to this conference will be set up to promote industry-driven TVET programs implemented in Chinese Taipei to increase public understanding. The related information, such as policies, activities, news reports, interviews from different perspectives, etc., will be frequently updated on to this website as a point of reference for member economies and others who are interested in the programs, as well as the conference.

January 2018

Generating activity  agenda / Booking conference venue

The project overseer and project assistants will work closely with the participating speakers, universities, industries and government officials to discuss and finalize the content, details and agenda of the conference. In addition, the booking procedure for the conference venue will be completed at this stage.

February/March 2018

Sending out invitation to member economies / Generating monitoring report 

An invitation to the conference including the topic, a brief introduction, and time and date will be distributed among all APEC member economies. In addition, the project overseer plans to attend the 2018 annual APEC EDNET meeting to disseminate the conference notice with a presentation, to invite and engage more member economies to participate in the conference. In the meantime, PO will generate a monitoring report and submit to the APEC Secretariat. 

April/May 2018

Generating participant list and speaker list

After the participant list is generated, the project overseer will send out invitations to participants from different member economies who work in the related fields to present keynote speeches at the conference in regard to the topics of the TVET programs, industrial-academia collaboration projects and talent cultivation work plan implemented in their economies.

May 22-24, 2018

Holding the proposed event  

The one-day conference together with 2-day visits to TVET universities and collaborative industries will be held May 22-24, 2018. The fields focused in this conference will be engineering, healthcare and services. The first day of the conference will include two sessions of keynote speeches for experts, educators, private sector representatives and policy-makers’ region-wide to showcase fruitful outcomes of this new model and best practices, exchange ideas, disseminate findings, and refine and maximize effectiveness of such regional industry-driven TVET programs. The second day will be a visit to an academic institution (e.g. National Formosa University) and private sector (e.g., Speed Tiger Precision Technology Co.) of the engineering field. The third day will be to visit another academic institution (e.g., National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences) and industry (e.g., Leofoo Tourism Group) in the healthcare and services fields. Video interviews will take place at the end of the conference, as well as visits by the participants to share their experience and exchange ideas with the organizing team. An concluding questionnaire will be given to the participants at the end of the event to request for   their comments and feedback regarding the event.

June/July 2018

Editing event video

A recap video will be compiled, edited, and completed, including photos and videos taken during the 3-day event, as well as the feedback and takeaway messages from each member economy representative who participated in the conference.

September/October 2018

Sending post-activity questionnaires to participants

A follow-up online questionnaire will be sent out to the participants from member economies to inquire as to the impact of this conference and to seek further suggestions and cooperative possibilities.

November/December 2018

Finishing 2 summary reports (project report and completion report)

A completion report will be drafted, circulated, completed and submitted to the APEC Secretariat.

The 2 summary reports consist of 1 project report and 1 completion report.

Risks

The project organizer has hosted three APEC HRDWG forums in the past four years. With accumulated experiences, the risks are relatively low, and problems can be effectively averted in a timely manner with the least risk of the project being compromised. That being said, the issue of budget insufficiency, which may be the result of low participation, is worth consideration. In the past three forums, the organizer sought sponsorships from industries and government agencies for the financial support. To expand the scope and influence of this current project, in addition to the APEC funding, more financial support has been committed by the Chinese Taipei Ministry of Education and the commissioner of the project working group the projects to allow for a larger number of invited APEC delegates.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This project aims to address education skills gaps existing throughout the APEC region and promote global talent development. It is anticipated to draw 26 delegates from APEC member economies and 180 local participants to participate in this event. Among these participants, we are expecting the female participation rate to be approximately 50%; that is, 13 delegates from APEC economies and 90 local participants of this event will be female. The first day of the event is arranged to be a two-topic conference in which experts, trainers, government officials as well as APEC delegates will be invited as keynote speakers for each session. In the total of 10 keynote speakers of the conference, we intend to invite 5 female speakers to share their expertise and experiences with regard to the aspects of regional industry-academia collaboration and global talent development. The second and third day of the event will be educational/field visits, and the visits will be going to 2 academia sites and 2 industrial sites for delegates to witness the training in action. In addition, 2 follow-up surveys, one at the event conclusion and another 4 months later, will be conducted to assess project success and how this project reinforce regional cooperation among APEC economies. These results will be presented in the conference. These will help the project organizers better understand the quality and the impact of the project. Furthermore, the official multilingual website will also be dedicated to the use of more on-going interactions for feedback, support and recommendations, and the website hits are estimated to reach over 500 by the project completion date. Participants are encouraged and expected to follow the updates on the website to create a small social group or community and to keep abreast with the latest changes in APEC member economies. 

Last but not least, gender equality will be a key consideration in order to ensure that no less than 50% of the participants, speakers, professionals and experts invited are women to promote effective engagement of different genders.

Linkages

Efforts to address issues of cross-border and cross-sector collaboration, particularly between industry and academia have been making substantial contributions to skills training and talent cultivation. For APEC member economies, investing in talent development and management is an integral pursuit strengthening connectivity at many levels. The 2016 Japanese project “Enhancing Mutual Recognition and Regional Cooperation for Skills and Job Qualifications in the APEC Region” worked towards developing and enhancing skills and job qualification and regional cooperation activities. Based on this project, Chinese Taipei aims to expand the scope of strategic cooperation by partnering with APEC member economies to provide field skills training and exchange internship to students/trainees to promote regional industry-academia collaboration.

Sustainability

The sustainability of the project lies in its aligned efforts consistently working toward a seamless integration and collaboration between education and industry. To measure whether such intents can be rightfully executed and endeavors be harvested, it is necessary to require all delegates and APEC economies to understand the value of building human capital as the biggest social and economic asset for their economies. Therefore, after the successful conclusion of the current project, more continuous efforts to follow up with the situations and likely progress in APEC member economies will be invested by the organizer working together with delegates and member economies to promote similar projects. The follow-up project also includes continuous information dissemination through successful industry-academia collaboration model sharing, providing technical assistance for implementation. The ubiquitous reach of internet communications is the very instrument allowing for sustained interactions. In addition, the organizer plans to host forums in the years to come, allowing for more opportunities to sustain the project and its influence and unrelenting force in pushing for progress.

Project Overseers

The project is planned, organized and hosted by the Working Group of International Development in Technological and Vocational Education in Chinese Taipei, commissioned by the Ministry of Education. Two departments in the Ministry of Education help coordinate the many tasks to make the project a success. Department of Technological and Vocational Education primarily funds the working group and the project, whereas the Department of International Cooperation serves as the contact channel for all necessary promotions and information distribution. With the support of the government, the project also appeals to universities and industry partners to engage in affiliated programs of collaborative skills trainings. In addition, the foundation and partnerships built with many of the APEC economies allows the project to look into a number of exemplary models of practices. The Working Group being adequately staffed, with sufficient expertise required to execute forum events, can deliver planned outcomes to meet the expectations of APEC and all participating member economies.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

The two-day educational/field visits proposed in this project are aimed for showcasing best practices in terms of regional industry-academia collaboration models implemented in Chinese Taipei. Visits to industry and academia sites not only allow participants to witness this programs in actions and how participated students are trained, but they can also interact with trainers, teachers and students on site and get immediate feedbacks to their questions and inquiry towards this collaborative models.

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