We are now witnessing the historical drama of Asian rapid economic growth led by the industrialization in manufacturing sectors. Japan had started industrialization in the early stage in the Asian region. Japan’s success shows us that successful industrialization in manufacturing sectors would only be possible when sufficient number of professional human capitals could have been fostered who are talented for high professional knowledge, skills and competencies.
In Japan, people would learn high level scientific knowledge in manufacturing sectors in prep, mid and high educations. In industrial enterprises, people may learn higher level skills and communication abilities or team managing competencies additionally. Those additional education systems in industrial enterprises, mainly based on the OJT (On the Job Training) methodology, may successfully foster high professional human capitals, though they are disadvantageous in vulnerability and low efficiency.
Industrial enterprises nowadays need to restructure the internal system rapidly and frequently reflecting market demands. Thus those enterprises have not been able to spend much time or resources for the internal education. They have come to rely much on high education entities to provide the equivalent roles as the internal education.
In many Asian nations now enjoying high economic growth, many industrial enterprises have no alternative options but relying on high education entities. Universities in those nations, though they hold accumulated know-how in academic knowledge education since their main task has been developing academic studies, would be blamed in lacking systematic educational methodologies in competencies or human skills development.
PBL (Project Based Learning) is regarded as the complementary and successful methodology in high professional human resources education in high educational entities.
The PBL methodology focuses the group education methodology based on group works, which is effective in fostering communication abilities, team management abilities and enhancing motivations, forming a contrast to authentic education methodologies which focus individual leaning. The PBL methodology is, therefore, most suitable in education of Asian industrial human capitals which are expected to be talented for high team management abilities among various types of professionals.
The problem of the PBL methodology is it lacks sufficient historical background and thus modeling, evaluation, systematization, efficiency methodologies have not yet been established. However those disadvantages would be transformed into the advantage of flexibility to make the PBL methodology the only working methodology in education of Asian industrial human capitals.
The most important factor to enhance the evolution of the PBL methodology is the diversified environment of education, where different ideas in different professionals or cultures would cause the synergy effect of education.
APEN has been established as the education platform among Asian universities, enterprises and organizations in order to enhance development of education systems and transactions among academic entities, industrial sectors and organizations under the common purpose of fostering sufficient industrial human capitals in Asia.
APEN is expected to provide common knowledge stocks of PBL, support various types of PBL projects, enhance innovations in industrialization, reinforce human ties among Asian professional people, all of which would contribute in Asian industrialization in this century.
The professional people fostered in the APEN platform would be eminent human resources, who may be called as ‘super professionals’ in globalization. They would properly succeed the Asian cultural heritage, be talented for high level professional knowledge and skills, and thus be eligible to manage Asian types of organizations.
This is why I strongly ask all the Asian high education entities, industrial enterprises and organizations to support APEN activities and to join it.
Chairperson of APEN
President of AIIT