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Ministry of Public Education
Ministerio de Educación Pública - Dirección de Educación Técnica y Capacidades Emprendedoras (MEP-DETCE)

UNEVOC Centre (Ministry) since 1995

The Bureau of Technical Education and Entrepreneurship (DETCE)was created by Executive Decree No. 34075-MEP in 2007.

DETCE is the technical body responsible for analyzing, studying, formulating, planning, advising, researching, evaluating and disseminating all aspects related to technical vocational education in the third cycle and diversified education, as well as promoting programs and projects to enhance their linkage to the labor markets. Therefore, the Directorate will be responsible for technical education as a formal process within the national education system in terms of equal opportunities and non-discriminatory access, will promote the formation of a specialized human resource, whose technical and professional training will offer the possibility of inserting into the work market easily and will transcend the cooperative education as another practice of association and cooperation in the individual, as well as stimulate student entrepreneurship through business initiatives.

To fulfill its functions, the Bureau of Technical Education and Entrepreneurship will have the following departments:

a) Department of Technical Education

b) Department of Business and Community Relations

c) Department of Business Management and Cooperative Education


As the governing body of the entire Education System, the Ministry of Public Education is responsible for promoting the development and consolidation of an educational system of excellence, which allows access to quality education for the entire population, focused on the comprehensive development of individuals and the promotion of a Costa Rican society integrated by opportunities and social equity.


In the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the following issues are of great importance: educational policy "The person: center of the educational process and subject of social transformation, the approval of the National Qualifications Framework for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, to stablish the standards of qualification and construction of our study programs, the implementation of Dual Education and the certification of industry 4.0 in the different specialties of technical education.

Regular tasks

These are functions of the Bureau of Technical Education and Entrepreneurship:

(a) To direct the provision of technical and professional education services at the level of third cycle and diversified education, as well as all those study programs related to technical education that are part of the educational offer of the MEP, in accordance with the authorization of the Higher Education Council

(b) To promote the development of entrepreneurship training skills among students in the public education system

(c) To promote initiatives that allow for the strengthening and consolidation of linkage scenarios with the productive sector, as a strategy to keep the educational offer updated.

(d) It is part of the board of the National System of Technical Education (SINETEC)

e)Establish mechanisms to articulate with those institutions that train human resources that belong to SINETEC

(f) To define and establish, in coordination with the Directorate of Curriculum Development, all aspects related to the curriculum of technical vocational education in the third cycle and diversified education

(g) To coordinate with the Uladislao Gámez Solano Institute for Professional Development, all aspects related to the training teachers of technical and professional education in the Third Cycle and Diversified Education

(h) Make recommendations and propose guidelines and policies to higher authorities in technical education and entrepreneurship training, to be submitted to the CSE for approval

(i) Contribute with formulation of the National Technical Education Programme and to promote its implementation

(j) To keep the educational offer of technical schools and all MEP entities that provide technical education programs updated, in accordance with what is authorized by the SSC

(k) To promote the cooperation of national and international organizations, both public and private, to foster programs and projects in support of Technical Education and the development of entrepreneurial skills, in coordination with the Directorate of International Affairs and Cooperation

Focus and interest

Work area

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


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary 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 learn
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
   Interested to learn
Equity of access in TVET
Interested to lead
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
   Interested to learn
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

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

Regional collaboration interest

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


Ministerio de Educación Pública - Dirección de Educación Técnica y Capacidades Emprendedoras (MEP-DETCE)
De la Iglesia de Ladrillo 100 mts norte y 50 mts oeste
Edificio Antiguo CENADI
10802 San José
San Francisco de Goicochea
Costa Rica


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Minister of Public Education Giselle Cruz Maduro
Ministry of Public Education

UNEVOC Coordinator
Máster en Educación Técnica. Pablo Masis Boniche
Dirección de Educación Técnica y Capacidades Emprendedoras

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31 August 2018
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