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About TVETipedia Glossary

TVETipedia is an online glossary of terms commonly used in Technical and Vocational Education and Training. Initially launched in 2009 as an open wiki following the model of Wikipedia, it was reconceptualized in 2013 to cater to the growing need for a high-quality common TVET glossary. The need for such a glossary was one of the issues discussed by the users of the UNEVOC TVET Forum. This inspired UNESCO-UNEVOC to develop an international TVET glossary which represents a global and central repository of common TVET terms and their definitions.

The TVETipedia glossary synthesizes existing glossaries worldwide by extracting general TVET terms and indicating country or region specific use of terms. Some of the used glossaries were provided by TVET Forum users, others were selected by the UNESCO-UNEVOC team who conducted a worldwide research. The TVETipedia glossary contains about 1000 terms and their definitions.

The following list of educational glossaries includes those glossaries used for TVETipedia but as well further interesting glossaries in different languages. The respective number of definitions used for TVETipedia you will find when clicking on one of the glossaries and looking at its description.


COL 2015, Global

ILO 2006, Global

OECD 2009

OECD 2010

UNESCO 1984, Global

UNESCO IBE 2013, Global

UNESCO IBE 2016, Global

UNESCO IBE 2016, Global

UNESCO IIEP 2016, Global


UNESCO UIL 2016, Global

UNESCO UIS 2013, Global


UNEVOC/NCVER 2009, Global

Wahba 2013, Global



CEDEFOP 2008, Europe

CEDEFOP 2011, Europe

CEDEFOP 2014, Europe

EU commission (Eurostat) 2016, Europe

EU commission (NRDC) 2011, Europe

EU Commission (OpenCred study) 2016, Europe

EU commission (Skills panorama) 2015, Europe

EU Commission AL 2010, Europe

EU Commission LLP 2007-2013, Europe

GIZ 2009, Arab states

SADC 2011, Southern Africa

UNESCO (Bangkok) 2016, Asia-pacific

UNESCO Santiago, The third regional comparative and explanatory study (TERCE) 2012, Latin America



Berufsbildung 2016, Germany

BIBB 2016, Germany

DOE Virginia 2014, Virginia (USA)

INA 2012, Costa Rica

INET, Argentina

Ministry of Labour 2005, Jordan

NCVER 2013, Australia

SAQA 2013, South Africa

TESDA 2010, Philippines

UNESCO IBE 2016, Malaysia

Furthermore, TVETipedia includes definitions extracted from TVET reports and papers of official organisations like OECD, ILO etc. Each resource is mentioned with the corresponding definition.

The aim of the TVETipedia glossary is to help create a common TVET language and to avoid misunderstandings in the global TVET discussion. This will improve communication, discussion and debate amongst TVET experts from different parts of the world.

An extended version of TVETipedia will be developed in the future. It will go beyond the pure representation of definitions by adding more information generated by the UNESCO-UNEVOC team and international TVET experts.

We look forward to receiving your comments and feedback on the TVETipedia glossary.



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