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VIPP Hosts Workshop on Quality Management for TVTC from Saudi Arabia

Published: Monday, 06 Nov 2017
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) proudly hosted its second workshop for TVTC (Technical Vocational Training Corporation) participants from Saudi Arabia. VIPP and TVTC have had a longstanding relationship since VIPP hosted the first workshop in 2013. In 2013, 65 general directors and managers attended leadership-training programs. This year, we welcomed 24 general directors, with five participants returning from the 2013 workshop. The participants came from various units in TVTC, such as International Cooperation, Budget and Planning, Safety, Information and Technology, and Vocational Training. The focus of this year's workshop was on quality management titled, "Innovative Organizational Trends to Develop Business Practices and Applications According to the EFQM." 

The group poses with ISP Dean Steve Hanson at the graduation ceremony.

Participants attended lectures by MSU professors Tobias Schoenherr in the Department of Supply Chain Management and Keith Niblett in Executive Development Programs from the MSU Broad College of Business. Professor Tobias Schoenherr is an internationally renowned and award-winning scholar and teacher focusing on the area of sourcing, with a particular interest in buyer-supplier relationships. He has published 57 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals. He gave lectures on Total Quality Management (TQM) and its importance in the supply chain. Keith Niblett's lecture was focused on innovative organizational trends to develop business practices. 

Participants visited Peckham in Lansing for on-site learning.

TVTC participants went on two on-site visits during the workshop. The first visit was to Peckham to observe their quality management system in the production line of making garments. Peckham is a Lansing-based nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization which provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment, i.e. mentally and physically disabled people, immigrants with limited English skills, and refugees who suffer from post-traumatic stresses. They provide jobs and teach new skills to maximize human potential for independence and self-sufficiency. Essentially, their ultimate goal is to help them stand on their feet and believe in themselves and lead their life with dignity and happiness. It was a perfect place to learn about quality management system. From manufacturing to business services, it operates its businesses to generate income to pay their employees.

Participants touring Henry Ford College.

The second visit was to Henry Ford College. Henry Ford College is a public two-year college located in Dearborn, Michigan. There, participants learned about the college's recent academic reorganization and its impact on its overall performance.

VIPP was proud to host and serve the group from TVTC again this year. We hope to further improve and expand the workshop so that we may host TVTC participants again in the future.