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30 May, 2016
The College of the North Atlantic, a UNEVOC Centre in Qatar, hosted a seminar on green skills development as part of the Qatar Seminar Series, designed to inform Qatar’s socio-economic development and facilitate the country’s transition towards sustainable development.
Dr Margarita Pavlova of the Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK), a UNEVOC Centre, presented on the greening of skills and their potential impact on economies as well as their implications for technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Dr Pavlova shared key results of several research projects conducted by the UNEVOC Centre, as well as information on the conceptualization of green skills development for employability and how this can best be addressed via TVET and industry. Among the research projects highlighted was the UNESCO-UNEVOC supported regional study on how TVET Institutions are responding in
Asia and the Pacific region, which was conducted in 2015, with participation of selected UNEVOC Centres in the Asia and Pacific region.
Twenty delegates from the Qatar Petrochemical Company, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (a not-for-profit government organization established at Qatar Science and Technology Park), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, and the College of the North Atlantic attended the seminar.
The outcome of this UNESCO-UNEVOC seminar series will be published in a discussion paper in both English and Arabic.
Dr Pavlova was also interviewed by the Gulf Times, Qatar's top-selling English daily newspaper, on the concept of greening of skills and approaches for training a skilled workforce for the greening of Qatar's economy. She highlighted different types of skills that are required, including cognitive competencies, interpersonal skills, intrapersonal competencies and technological skills. Dr Pavlova also stressed the critical role of green awareness for employees at all levels.
Green skills development is a key issue in Qatar, especially considering that one of the pillars of Qatar's National Vision 2030 is environmental development.
The full interview can be found here.