UNESCO participates at the 2018 BRI International Conference on TVET

Shenzen, China

The One Belt One Road International Conference on TVET was held at Shenzhen Polytechnic, a UNEVOC Centre, in Shenzhen from 11-12 May 2018. More than 300 education experts and stakeholders from 21 countries and regions attended the conference, including UNEVOC centres, enterprises and social organizations.

The Conference included discussions related to the development of TVET in the context of the “One Belt One Road”, also referred to as the Belt Road Initiative (BRI).These discussions were aimed at finding strategic solutions for promoting the development of TVET to meet the skills requirements emerging because of this initiative.

Ms. Marielza Oliveira, UNESCO

Speaking at the Conference, Ms. Marielza Oliveira, Director and Representative of UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office emphasized the importance of TVET in the development of Belt and Road countries. She reaffirmed that UNESCO commitment to collaborating with China in deepening the cooperation with Belt and Road Countries in the development of TVET and skills training aligned with labour market needs and sharing of information, to contribute to the realization of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 agenda. She highlighted the key pillars of the Shanghai Consensus on TVET adopted at UNESCO’s 2012 Third International Congress in TVET supported by Chinese Government.

Mr. Peter Greenwood, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Mr. Peter Greenwood, Expert at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, represented UNESCO-UNEVOC at the Conference. Given the significant implications that this initiative will have on the TVET ecosystems in the participating countries, that also include more than 50 countries represented in the UNEVOC Network, his keynote address focused on the work of UNESCO-UNEVOC and the UNEVOC Network in promoting knowledge exchange and collaborations in developing TVET systems.

The conference was organized under the guidance of the Department of Vocational and Adult Education of Ministry of Education, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO. Co-hosts and organizers of the Conference included the Chinese Society of Vocational and Technical Education, Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education, Ministry of Education – a UNEVOC Centre, Education Department of Guangdong Province, and Shenzhen Polytechnic, another UNEVOC Network Member in People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Liu Zhanshan

The opening session of the conference included statements from Mr. Liu Zhanshan, Executive Vice President of The Chinese Society for Vocational and Technical Education, and Ms. Lu Xin, Deputy Director of the Central Coordinating Group on Xinjiang Affairs and the former Vice Minister of Education. Ms. Lu emphasized the important role of TVET and contributed to country’s economic development, industrial development, education development and development of human resources. She also highlighted China’s keen intent to share its experience in TVET and strengthen the international cooperation in technical and vocational education to support the TVET development along the Belt and Road countries.

Ms. Lu Xin

The discussions also focused on various strands of the TVET development discourse. These included discussions on TVET and human resources development; policy and strategic alignment; market responsive skills training; TVET qualifications; reforming TVET & skills sectors; challenges from the industrial transformation, capacity development, quality of TVET programmes, knowledge sharing of good practices, and the future development of TVET in the context of technological shifts. The conference also discussed innovative models and mechanisms to strengthen the international cooperation and exchange programmes in TVET within the framework of Belt and Road Initiative.

The attendees of the Conference also witnessed the official launch of the BRI Research and Training Center for Vocational Education in Asia and Africa TVCT Project.

Outcomes of the Conference

The main conclusions of the Conference, presented in the form of a Consensus, included the following:

1. BRI should be achieved through joint implementation to the benefit of all countries, promoted through mutual learning for common benefit;

2. BRI can help accelerate development in the areas covered under it. However, each country needs to play its part to ensure a collective benefit of the BRI community ;

3. BRI countries should promote TVET as key vehicle to generate skills for youth employability, economic development, and a tool for poverty alleviation and social inequality.

4. All BRI countries should develop/reinforce their approaches in these policy areas;

5. Technological development is about to revolutionise economies, societies across the world. BRI should enable substantial innovation of TVET and improve its quality - the TVET of the future;

6. International cooperation is the key to success, in particular through: Putting in place an international community/ platform; Joint development of standards; BRI regional qualification framework ;

7. BRI can be a great enabler of socio-economic development in the participating countries, and TVET remains a critical element of achieving that goal;

8. China should be congratulated for this initiative.

About the Belt Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched by China and covering a series of land, sea, air, and digital economic corridors aims to better connect the markets of Asia, Africa, and Europe for the purpose of development that is equitable and for mutual benefit. The Belt and Road Initiative endeavours to enhance the cooperation in TVET to meet the emerging market needs in skilled workers among the countries participating in this Initiative.

UNEVOC Centres in China

UNESCO-UNEVOC is actively engaged with the TVET stakeholders in China, by virtue of the following UNEVOC Centres:

1. Beijing Municipal Supply and Marketing Institute

2. Beijing Union University

3. Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education, Ministry of Education

4. Shenzhen Polytechnic

5. The Education University of Hong Kong

6. Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics

page date 2018-06-01

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