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UNEVOC Centre “TVET for Sustainable Development”

UNEVOC Centre (Uni/Research) since 2009

The three institutions Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation have set up a consortium for cooperating on issues of sustainable development. With their different core competencies and backgrounds they form a strategic network in order to offer a substantial basis for joint international activities oriented on TVET and Sustainable Development. The vision to establish a global "TVET Academy" for sustainable capacity development in TVET has just been realised under the lead of GIZ. The TVET Academy supports the continuous development of technical, pedagogical, managerial and leadership competences for a labour-market oriented vocational training. For more information please visit: https://www.giz.de/akademie/en/html/60684.html

The consortial partners, which form the UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg are introduced concisely below:

At its faculty for Human Sciences, the Otto-von-Guericke-University runs one of the oldest chairs for Vocational Education and Training in Germany and a number of national and international projects in TVET. Among others, it qualifies TVET teachers in industrial, technical and economic trades and offers tailor made study courses in the field of international TVET and human resource development.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH offers a long-standing expertise of the former institutions DED, GTZ and InWEnt. As a federal entreprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and is engaged in international education work around the globe. GIZ works in 1.544 different development programmes (2019) of which around 85 are directly related to TVET. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is the main commissioning party, but GIZ also works for other governmental institutions, development banks, unions or private institutions.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) is an autonomous research institution in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The institute is technologically oriented towards conceiving, engineering and producing innovative and customized solutions in the fields of

- Logistic and Material Handling Engineering and Systems

- Robotic Systems and Measurement and Testing Technology

- Process and Plant Engineering

- Virtual Engineering and Virtual-Interactive Training

The research work at the Fraunhofer IFF is market driven and globally oriented.


We believe that vocational education and training is the key for shaping sustainable change processes in globalizing economies and societies.

Therefore, we aim to contribute to the improvement of quality, sustainability and performance of TVET at different levels and offer strategic capacity development for TVET personnel, managers and policy makers.


We are working in 5 core topic areas of TVET:

- TVET and Digitalization

- Green TVET

- Cooperation with the Business Sector

- Qualification of TVET Teachers and In-company Trainers

- Management of TVET Institutions

Examplary objectives:

- Strengthening of capacities of TVET teachers, in-company trainers, TVET managers and decision makers

- Modernization of occupational standards and curricula in line with demands of industry

- Research on trends in TVET such as Industry 4.0 and intelligent work/production systems

- Implementation of international conferences on recent topics in TVET

- Networking within the international TVET community

Regular tasks

Our regular tasks encompass:

- the analysis of competence development requirements,

- the development of qualification concepts and training measures,

- the implementation, management and evaluation of sophisticated competence development projects in TVET (in the partner countries, in Germany/Europe, in third countries, as well in online or blended-learning formats)

We offer customized solutions as well as an open training offer for competence development of the target groups and stakeholders in TVET in the following subject areas.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
  Secondary focus
Developing knowledge
  Secondary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
  Secondary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
   Interested to learn
Gender equality in TVET
   Interested to learn
Fostering entrepreneurship
   Interested to learn
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
  Interested to contribute

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
  Moderately interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
Highly interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


UNEVOC Centre “TVET for Sustainable Development”
Schellingstr. 3-4
D-39104 Magdeburg


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Dr. Harry Stolte
Head of Division
TVET Academy / UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg

UNEVOC Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Frank Bünning

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19 October 2021
Virtual conference series on “Digitalization and TVET”
The GIZ TVET Academy / UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg, ADB, SFUVET and ILO are jointly offering a virtual conference series on “Digitalization and TVET” with a focus on requirements and approaches for competence development of TVET personnel in international and development cooperation.

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