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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. As the partners have different core competencies and backgrounds (a university, an institution for international cooperation and a pure research institution) they form a strategic network in order to offer a substantial basis for joint international activities oriented on TVET and Sustainable Development. One major vision is the establishment of a "Global TVET Academy for Sustainable Development".

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 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.


- Strengthening of capacities of TVET teachers and trainers

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

- Research on Industry 4.0 and intelligent work/production systems

- Networking within the international TVET community

Regular tasks

- International and development cooperation in TVET

- TVET teacher training and research

- Development of curricula and standards

- Development of modular and innovative training approaches

- Implementation of international conferences on recent topics in TVET

- Industry/ technological research

- Development of virtual learning environments for professional education and further training

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 learn
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
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
  Moderately interested
With Africa
  Moderately interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately 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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10 June 2021
Establishment of GIZ TVET Academy – Competence development for TVET
The GIZ TVET Academy which offers customized capacity development as well as standardized trainings in 5 core topic areas of TVET:
• TVET Management
• TVET Personnel Qualification
• Cooperation with Industry
• Green
A registration for currently offered trainings is possible through
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