A Breakthrough in Vocational and Technical Education

Author: Song Seng Law
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814616435
Format: PDF
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There has been much international effort to improve or transform Vocational and Technical Education (VTE). However, the outcomes often remain elusive. VTE continues to be largely shunned by society as a sector of education for low-achievers and academic failures. A Breakthrough in VTE: The Singapore Story shares the Singapore experience that was made possible through strategic planning, organisational excellence, innovation and ingenuity. It is a compelling story of how the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) began to transform lives and change its image over a period of fifteen years (1992–2007). This book, based on a first-hand CEO account, vividly captures the sort of leadership, policy choices, fundamental principles and capabilities in the journey of transformation. The details of the "what, when, how and why" are a valuable guide for leaders and practitioners in building quality and sustainable VTE systems which are responsive to social and economic needs. Contents:The Early Beginnings:Historical PerspectivesDynamics and ChallengesAligning Education with Economic DevelopmentVocational Training under the former VITBJourney of Transformation:Move Towards Organisational ExcellenceThe Three Waves of TransformationStrategic Planning Makes a DifferenceChanging the ImageITE: A World-Class Educational InstitutionImplications for Developing Countries:Some Lessons on Building Quality and SustainabilityConcluding Reflections Readership: Leaders in governments, Ministries and related agencies overseeing vocational and technical education and training, skills development and manpower training; Professors, teaching staff and students in teacher education and training universities and colleges; Principals, heads of departments and senior staff in Vocational and Technical Education institutions and schools; General readers who have an interest in the transformation of organisations, including leadership, strategic planning, and organisational excellence. Key Features:A compelling story based on a first-hand CEO account on how an educational institution was transformed into a global leader in vocational and technical educationAn acute analysis with an international perspective in understanding the dynamics and challenges in vocational and technical educationA valuable source of fundamental principles, lessons and success factors underlying the "what, when, how and why" of transformationA useful guide towards building quality and sustainable vocational and technical education systems with implications for developing countriesKeywords:Breakthrough;Education;Vocational;Technical;Singapore;ITE;Transformation;Organisational Excellence;Image change;Manpower DevelopmentReviews: "Recognising that no one vocational training model can be transported wholesale from one country to another, this book provides a great service by highlighting the important issues that any successful system has to address. With this insightful book, Dr Law has now made it much easier for other countries to learn from and adapt Singapore's experience. This is invaluable to everyone keen on promoting economic transformation, particularly in Africa." Dr Yaw Ansu Chief Economist, African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and Former Director for Human Development, the Africa Region, the World Bank "Dr Law's acute analysis of the Singapore long-term education policy towards technical education goes far beyond theoretical considerations. It opens credible and practical ways all policy-makers in charge of education and of economic affairs would be well inspired to reflect upon if not to adopt. A great achievement indeed!" Dr Jean-Etienne Berset Director General University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland "This book is indeed a 'must' for all policy-makers and experts who wish to develop their country into a modern, competitive nation. Many countries are inspired by the German model of 'dual training' in apprenticeship. The Singapore story shows that an individually adapted institution-based training model can be just as successful. It is an alternative pathway to success — not only for a nation but also for the individual." Hartmut Mattes Minister Advisor, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Baden-Württemberg, Germany A remarkable story of how Singapore's technical and vocational institutes once shunned by school leavers became an international award-winning system offering a pathway to skilled jobs for nearly a quarter of the country's school cohort. The 'what, when, how and why' account of what was done to achieve this result during Dr Law's tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) is both exhilarating and encouraging. I highly recommend the book to all who wish to distil lessons from Singapore's experience in technical and vocational education and training." Tan Jee Peng Former Advisor Education Department, Human Development Network, World Bank

Education Industrialization and the End of Empire in Singapore

Author: Kevin Blackburn
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317190238
Format: PDF
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Singapore under the ruling People’s Action Party government has been categorized as a developmental state which has utilized education as an instrument of its economic policies and nation-building agenda. However, contrary to accepted assumptions, the use of education by the state to promote economic growth did not begin with the coming to power of the People’s Action Party in 1959. In Singapore, the colonial state had been using education to meet the demands of its colonial economy well before the rise of the post-independence developmental state. Education, Industrialization and the End of Empire in Singapore examines how the state’s use of education as an instrument of economic policy had its origins in the colonial economy and intensified during the process of decolonization. By covering this process the history of vocational and technical education and its relationship with the economy is traced from the colonial era through to decolonization and into the early postcolonial period.

50 Years of Technical Education in Singapore

Author: N Varaprasad
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814699616
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This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation with neither a history of technical education nor industry, developed in a short period of time a world-class system of technical and vocational education that helped it make rapid progress in its manufacturing and industrial sector. The economy and the education sector both developed in parallel, with each complementing the other, utilizing strategies and making the decisions that were to bring the country quickly to advanced status. Studies show that premature investment in higher education at the expense of technical and vocational education has created many leaders but few doers, leading to high unemployment. The Singapore Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) story demonstrates how governmental support helped changed the image of technical and vocational education to one equal with higher education, yet including bridges and ladders to allow everyone to maximize their potential. Contents:The Colonial LegacyThe Adrenalin of IndependenceVocational Training Takes OffThe Role of the Economic Development Board in Technical EducationPolytechnics Come of AgeThe Transformation of TVETThe Labour Movement and Worker UpgradingConnecting TVET with Higher EducationPreparing for a Skills-Based FutureKey Lessons for Policy-Makers Readership: Professional researchers, government officials, as well as the general public.

World Yearbook of Education 2018

Author: Julie McLeod
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315363798
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This latest volume in the World Yearbook of Education Series considers changing space-times of education by asking how they become unevenly textured as our worlds globalise, horizons shift and familiar points of reference melt and are remade. Acknowledging the reach of economic and cultural change, digital communication, geopolitics and persistent inequalities, the chapters trace processes that are re-making education and societies. Examining the depth of their impact on practices, methods and concepts reveals the significance of knowledge-building and socially embedded forms of reasoning in emerging patterns of educational governance, pedagogic and policy reforms as well as in lived understandings of self and social worlds. The organisation of the collection into three sections – Making Spaces, Troubling Temporalities, and Mobility and Contexts – begins to map out an ambitious project. It calls on education researchers and professionals to write the present as history by grasping the socio-spatial, historical and political dimensions and effects that frame, form and filter the educational present. This research calls for a revitalised historical sociology and novel forms of comparative education that can provide productive insights, inform creative problem solving and suggest practical directions for education. This agenda recognises: the unevenness of educational space-times the making of education as a social institution the persistence and effects of social embeddedness, eventful space, situated knowledge, and geosocial thinking the present as history and multiple temporalities in education different registers of transformation that become visible through lenses such as identity, work, citizenship and mobility. The World Yearbook of Education 2018 continues the project of compiling worldwide research on globalising education. These volumes offer a powerful commentary on how and why space-times of education are changing and emphasise the importance of forms of knowledge that materialise categories of professionals, policies and practices. This volume will be of interest to academics, professionals and policymakers in education and social policy, and also to scholars who engage in historical studies of education and debates about the socio-material formations that contribute to educational inequalities and dynamics of difference.

Workforce Development in Emerging Economies

Author: Jee-Peng Tan
Publisher: World Bank Publications
ISBN: 1464808511
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Investing in skills has risen to the top of the policy agenda today in rich and poor countries alike. The World Bank supports its partner countries on this agenda in multiple ways: development finance, research and analysis, global knowledge exchange, and technical assistance. This report was originally conceived as a contribution to this catalog of the World Bank’s work, but its topic and findings are relevant to all policy makers and analysts interested in skills-building to drive economic growth and improve human well-being. The book examines workforce development (WfD) systems in emerging economies around the world and presents novel systems-level data generated by the Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER)-WfD benchmarking tool, which was created to implement the World Bank’s 10-year Education Sector Strategy launched in 2012. A key theme in the book is that WfD entails a multi-layered engagement involving high-level policy makers, system-level managers, as well as leaders at individual institutions. Too often, the conversation and actions are fragmented by intellectual, administrative and operational silos which undermine effective cooperation to solve the deep challenges of building job-relevant skills. The book’s findings, based on cross-sectional data for nearly 30 countries and time-series data for five countries, identify successes and common issues across countries in the sample. In lagging countries, the biggest difficulties relate to: forming and sustaining strategic partnerships with employers; ensuring equitable and efficient funding for vocational education; and putting in place mechanisms to enhance training providers’ accountability for results defined by their trainees’ job market performance. By framing WfD in the broader skills-for-growth context and drawing on lessons from countries where well-designed WfD strategies have helped to drive sustained growth, this book offers clear guidance on how to enable a more effective approach to the inevitably complex challenges of workforce development in emerging economies.

Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum

Author: Zongyi Deng
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9814451576
Format: PDF, Docs
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This volume provides a multi-faceted and critical analysis of the Singapore curriculum in relation to globalization. First, it details reform initiatives established by the Singapore government to meet the challenges posed by globalization. Next, Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum presents how these reforms have been translated into programs, school subjects and operational frameworks and then examines, in turn, how well these have been implemented in schools and classrooms across the country. Through this examination, the book reveals how the initiatives, together with their curricular translation and classroom enactment, reflect on the one hand global features and tendencies and, on the other, distinct national traditions, concerns and practices. It brings to light a set of issues, problems and challenges that not only concern policymakers, educators and reformers in Singapore but also those in other countries as well. Written by curriculum scholars, policy analysts, researchers and teacher educators, Globalization and the Singapore Curriculum offers an up-to-date reference for postgraduate students, scholars and researchers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, comparative education, educational sociology, educational policy and leadership in Singapore, the Asia Pacific region and beyond. It also offers a vital contribution to the story of modern education around the globe: providing international students, scholars and researchers valuable insights into curriculum and curriculum reform for the 21st century.

Heart to Heart with Asian Leaders

Author: John Swee Kheng Ng
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814663964
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Heart to Heart with Asian Leaders is an intimate and insightful look at leadership issues first-hand with 28 prominent persons across politics, business, finance and academia in the region. These illustrious leaders have been specially selected for the values they represent, and how they have overcome crisis and staged comebacks against the odds. This book will serve as an invaluable tool for all in these challenging and fast-changing times — a resource which will profit leaders in the boardroom and living room, office and classroom. Contents:The Educator of the Heart Leader (Amnuay Tapingkae)The Change Leader (Chatree Duangnet)The Hold-All-Things Loosely Leader (S Dhanabalan)The Courageous Leader (Edward Ong)The Reluctant Leader (Edwin Soeryadjaya)The God-honoring Leader (Francis Yeoh)The Poor Man Leader (George Ting)The Versatile Leader (Ho Peng Kee)The Lead-from-the-Front Leader (Hsieh Fu Hua)The Impossible Dreamer Leader (Idris Jala)The Life-Long Learner Leader (James Chia)The Anti-Corruption Leader (Jaruvan Maintaka)The Resilient Entrepreneur Leader (Jocelyn Chng)The Failed Again Leader (Kim Tan)The Succession Planning Leader (Lee Oi Hian)The Prison to Parliament Leader (Lim Guan Eng)The Responsible Builder Leader (Lim Hua Min)The Future-Oriented Leader (Lim Siong Guan)The Rich in Love Leader (Montree Sornpaisarn)The Moral Courage Leader (Ngiam Tong Dow)The Corporate Bridge-Builder Leader (Paul Chan)The Constructive Engaging Leader (Paul Low)The Collaborative Leader (Roland Wong)The Trusted and Truth-Telling Leader (Roosniati Salihin)The Ipoh Housewife to Global CEO Leader (Sandra Lee)The Crisis-Calming Leader (Stephen Riady)The People-First Leader (Tan Cheng Bock)The Value-Focused Leader (Tanri Abeng) Readership: Professionals and the general public. Keywords:Leadership;Asian Leaders;Asian Business;Asian Politics;Leadership Development; Asian Leaders PerspectivesReview: “John and Alvin have a unique disarming ability to get leaders to speak about the most difficult issues and challenges of leadership and get them willing to go public on it. These conversations with leaders represent a peek into the psyche and emotions of leaders as they process through their journey in leadership. It is a priceless set of insights valuable to any student of leadership. A must read.” Mr Sam Lam President and Managing Partner of Linkage Asia “This Volume is the result of John's relentless curiosity in learning from the successes and challenges of game changers in Asia. You will find honesty, humility and determination as the icons interviewed share their minds and hearts. A mandatory reading for those willing to learn from others.” Mr Peter Chao Founder, Eagles Communications “John, an evergreen human motivator, draws critical life lessons from several business and thought leaders who have gone through the feast and famine in their journeys. The easy prose style of the book makes it a warm book. I commend this book.” Judge (Ret) Richard Magnus Expert (IBC) Member of UNESCO Alumni of Network Agenda Council World Economic Forum “If the earlier book was the Dim Sum, this is the entrée, the substantial meat. When the topmost leaders of brand name organizations speak and tell you the value of great leadership principles and beliefs in their corporate and personal lives, you will have much to chew on.” Professor Ang Peng Hwa Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information Nanyang Technological University, Singapore President-Elect 2015/16 International Communication Association “This book provides the platform for readers to engage not just with leaders of their own country but also those from the nearby region. No leadership can escape trials. They say iron sharpens iron — what better way than to spend time learning from those who have triumphed!” Mdm Hannah Yeoh Madam Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, Malaysia “The true stories of these great leaders are so powerful and enjoyable. Reading "Heart To Heart", I have learned so much from their experiences, wisdom and practical advice. I strongly recommend the book to everyone who wishes to be a great leader. Enjoy it, learn from it, and become a great leader.” Dr Somjin Sornpaisarn CEO of TMB Asset Management “I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interviews and the thought-provoking comments made by these Asian Leaders.” Mr Lucas Chow Chairman of Health Promotion Board Singapore Member of Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore “A must-have book for all leaders. Read and learn from those who have gone through tough times and made triumphant comebacks.” Mrs Suwanna Eiampikul CEO of Bertram Chemical (1982) Co. Ltd., Thailand CEO and Founder of Peppermint Bike Park, Thailand “This book contains much wisdom that comes from the practical insights of leaders as they reflected on the choices they made, the struggles they went through, and the outcomes they achieved. I was touched by their humility, and inspired by their faith and deep convictions. This book is an invaluable resource for all leaders.” Professor Neo Boon Siong Nanyang Business School Nanyang Technological University, Singapore “In their intimate interviews with these 28 Asian leaders, John and Alvin have given us a portrait of authentic leadership. These leaders were never about power, prestige or position but principles, praxis and perseverance. Their stories inspire me to be a wiser person and a better leader.” Mr Michael Tan President of Eagles Communications, Singapore Key Features:Unique collection of intimate interviews with 30 well-known leaders from various sectors (politics, business, academia) across several Asian countriesReaders are able to gain many rich insights and perspectives from prominent Asian leaders, and learn from the collective experience and wisdom of these regional leadersThe book is written in an easy-to-read format with catchy taglines for each leaders, and gives the feel as if you are chatting over a meal with the leader

Tourism Management and Policy

Author: Tan Ern Ser
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814489964
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Tourism development is not merely about boosting tourist figures and bringing in more tourist dollars. Undoubtedly, it has to do with developing tourism resources, infrastructure, products, and attractions, but it is also about a society, polity, and economy meeting the challenges of globalization, the new millennium, and nation-building. This book deals with those issues from different perspectives and through the case of Singapore, a city-state highly integrated into the global economy. It addresses specific areas like tourism manpower, theme parks, and beaches, as well as the broader issues of economic strategy, political economy, and culture. Collectively, the articles in this book provide readers with a sense of where Singapore has gone and where it is in terms of tourism management and policy. Contents:Tourism Plans:Tourism in Singapore: An Overview of Policies and Issues (B S A Yeoh et al.)Singapore's New Economic Initiatives and Implications for Tourism (L Low)Tourism 21 and Singapore's Tourism Satellite Accounts (C Khoo)Regionalisation as a Strategy for Singapore's Tourism Development (E Tham)Gateways, Hubs and Destinations: Transportation Hierarchies in Southeast Asia (N Sriram et al.)Tourism Resources and Infrastructure:Developments in the Air Transport Industry: Implications for Singapore Tourism (A T H Chin)Modelling Competency: An Example from the Singapore Tourism Industry (C L Chong et al.)Effects of the Regional Financial Turmoil on Gazetted Hotels in Singapore (B Boon & L Chin)The Business of Pleasure: Singapore as a Tourism Business Centre (T C Chang)Impact of Tourism on the Retail Trade in Singapore: A Quantitative Assessment (J S Yong)Tourism Products:Theme Parks in Singapore (P Teo & B S A Yeoh)The Cruise Industry of Southeast Asia: Singapore's Perspective (L K Lee & K C Liow)Managing Beach Tourism in Singapore (P P Wong)Marketing Authenticity in Tourism: Success and Limitations (K H C Chia)Convention Tourism Development in Singapore: A Study of the Delegates' Family Members (V T S Seah) Readership: Undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in economics, management, business and sociology. Keywords:Singapore;Tourism — Management;Tourism — Policy;Tourism — Information Technology;Tourism — Infrastructure;Tourism — Products;Tourism — Attractions;Tourism — Globalization;Tourism — Theme Parks;Tourism — CultureReviews:“… the volume makes a worthy contribution to the broader literature examining tourism management and policy … it offers readers insights into how things are done in Singapore and the issues and challenges confronting specific tourism activities. Students, researchers, and practitioners of the industry in Singapore will definitely find this valuable. Those from further afield may also find the collection informative and enlightening … a variety of insights may be gleaned that may prove to be of value to audiences in other countries.”Pacific Tourism Review

Mr SIA

Author: Ken Hickson
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814596469
Format: PDF
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Introducing the life and times of a legend in international aviation — Lim Chin Beng — the man they called Mr SIA. Absorbing the life and work of Lim Chin Beng is like watching a fly past of airlines and aircraft old and new. In this book, his past comes to meet you in many forms — designs, shapes, figures, photographs, episodes, places, people and you discover the connections with business, society and international aviation today and into the future. Here's a man who was instrumental in taking the very basic components of a business — like a potter taking the clay — and creating what has become one of the world's leading brands, Singapore Airlines. But this airline "specialist", trained as an economist, had more jobs to do. His broad range of interests — arts and sports, property and tourism — led to him being called on to do his "national service" for Singapore. He was Ambassador to Japan for two terms and trade negotiator, chairman of the Singapore Tourism Board, Changi Airport International, Singapore Airshow, Singapore Press Holdings, Ascott Group, and ST Aerospace. Described as a quiet achiever and a visionary, this modest gentleman was not afraid to make bold decisions and take risks, even to the extent of setting up a budget airline, Valuair. Here was one man, who in his time, played many parts, on the world's stage and at home. Contents:Foreword by JY PillayForeword by Chew Choon Seng Lim Chin Beng: His Story at a GlanceDelivery TimesRaffles InspiredDesigner DaysLively LiveryTall on TalentSingapore GirlMeaningful MentoringPiloting PressuresPlane MakersIn-flight ServiceInternational RelationsDiplomatic to a TeaDreaded DisastersMedia & Money MattersBusiness ClassValue PropositionAirports AheadTourism ChiefAerospace ShowcaseAviation AlliancesEventful TimesProperty GuruFlying into the Future Readership: Professionals in the aviation industry, those in the field of business and management, and the general public keen to find out more about the life of the legendary Lim Chin Beng. Key Features:The first book to feature the legendary Lim Chin Beng — a key figure in the international airline business, with an engaging description of his life story and how he succeeded in making Singapore Airlines the brand it is todayWritten by journalist and communications specialist Ken Hickson, who has consulted for Singapore Airlines, and author of the book Flight 901 to ErebusKeywords:Lim Chin Beng;Singapore Airlines;Aviation;Tourism;Singapore Tourism Board;Planes;Aircraft Engineering;Advertising;Inflight Services;Airports;Public Service;International Relations;Environment;Emissions;Branding and Design;Asian Aerospace;Journalism;Singapore Press Holdings;Mentors

Management of Service Businesses in Japan

Author: Yasuhiro Monden
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814374679
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With the service industry taking up the largest portion of its GDP, Japan has much to share in the area of managing service industry. This book explores and elucidates the unique management styles in non-manufacturing industries or service industries in contemporary Japan, both practically and theoretically through case studies. These specially selected cases are the management of the world No.1 convenience store chain of Seven-Eleven, the sales finance business and auto sales business of Toyota, application of TPS (Toyota Production System) to life insurance company, performance evaluation of local government, BSC (balance scorecard) in local government hospitals, cost and pricing policy of telecommunication company, Japanese-style OC hospitalityOCO in the retail industry, service level agreement (SLA) in IT and shared service companies, and ICT (Information & Communication Technology) applied to BPN (Business Process Network) of service industry.The analyses presented in this book were carefully laid out in regard to the business in general. It will be useful for business practitioners in service industry and beneficial to the scholars, students or general readers interested in this area.