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Join us on 27 and 28 April 2021 at our virtual venue to enhance peer learning and exchange of innovative ideas and experiences among TVET stakeholders!

While the sessions take place from 08:00 to 11:30 UTC+2 (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome) / 14:00 to 17:30 UTC+8 (Beijing, Manila, Singapore), our virtual doors are open throughout the full two days for you to network and connect among each other, and to access conference content even beyond the event days.

Bridging Asia-Pacific and Europe: New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET is organized by the BILT project and co-hosted by Temasek Polytechnic. It is the first event to bridge Asia and the Pacific and Europe within the BILT project. It shall provide the platform to explore challenges and practical solutions with regards to new qualifications and competencies in the fields of digitalization, entrepreneurship, greening and migration in TVET. The discussions shall evolve around the relevance, innovativeness, and applicability of the presented approaches to different contexts.

Furthermore, successful practices around the identification of new qualifications and competencies, their integration into curricula and training regulations, and their implementation in teaching and training shall be examined. The preliminary results of a three-volume publication on the processes of identification, integration and implementation at different systemic levels will be presented and discussed with the participants.

Through this conference we will

Improve knowledge:

  • identify potential “Innovation and Learning Practices” in the BILT themes digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship and migration, and increase knowledge dissemination at the global level.
  • understand better the challenges and successful solutions in the Asia and the Pacific region, with regards to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET.
Strengthen the network:

  • increase exchange among TVET stakeholders from the Asia and the Pacific region as well as with those from Europe.
  • strengthen existing connections among UNEVOC Centres and establish new relationships.
Sharpen the BILT vision beyond 2021:

  • have a common understanding among participants of the direction the project is taking;
  • gain an understanding among the project team of the burning issues in the region to help prioritize and focus the planning for future project activities.

This event is co-hosted by

- a UNEVOC Centre -

Draft Agenda

BIBB, Temasek Polytechnic, UNESCO–UNEVOC

Day 1, 27 April 2021

Times are indicated in UTC+2 (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome) and UTC+8 (Beijing, Manila, Singapore).
Our virtual doors are open from 07:30 UTC+2 | 13:30 UTC+8 onwards.

08:00 – 08:25 (UTC+2)
14:00 – 14:25 (UTC+8)
Welcome remarks
Ms Soo-Hyang Choi, Director, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Mr Aw Tuan Kee, Senior Director, Temasek Polytechnic
Mr Oliver Diehl, Deputy Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
08:25 – 08:45 (UTC+2)
14:25 – 14:45 (UTC+8)
Key note
Mr Brajesh Panth, Chief, Education Sector Group, Asian Development Bank

Objective: understand the major trends impacting the world of work in Asia and how differences in technology, educational levels and migration affect the regional economy.
08:45 – 10:15 (UTC+2)
14:45 – 16:15 (UTC+8)
Towards future oriented TVET systems: New qualifications and competencies for entrepreneurship, digitalization, greening and migration
Moderated by Ms Jolien van Uden, Specialist in VET Policies and Systems, European Training Foundation (ETF)

Objective: To present innovative practices that address the themes of digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship and migration, highlighting relevant aspects related to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
Presented by:
  1. Entrepreneurship: Mr Wallace Lim, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, on “Framework for Entrepreneurship Training in Temasek Polytechnic”
  2. Greening: Mr Rajesh P. Khambayat, Joint Director, PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education, Bhopal, India, on “Advancing Vocational Education and Training in Indian Schools”
  3. Migration: Mr Janaka Jayalath, Deputy Director General, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC), Sri Lanka, on “Skilling Returning Migrant Workers Program”
  4. Digitalization: Representative of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines (tbc)
Each of the presentations will be followed by a questions and answers session open to the audience.
10:15 – 10:50 (UTC+2)
16:15 – 16:50 (UTC+8)
What we can learn from each other – Bridging regional perspectives on new qualifications and competencies
Moderated by Ms Jolien van Uden, ETF

Objective: highlight and synthesize the main learnings from the four initiatives and their discussion. Explore how Europe and Asia and the Pacific can benefit from each other’s experience regarding the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET.
10:50 – 10:55 (UTC+2)
16:50 – 16:55 (UTC+8)
Closing day 1
UNESCO-UNEVOC, BIBB and Temasek Polytechnic
11:00 – 11:30 (UTC+2)
17:00 – 17:30 (UTC+8)
Networking & parallel information sessions

Objective: revive old relationships and build new ones in our virtual networking lounge; explore new possibilities of engagement with the BILT project, with UNESCO-UNEVOC and with Temasek Polytechnic in one of our three information sessions.

Blue Room: How to submit an Innovation and Learning Practice
Learn about the concept and how to submit an innovation and learning practice from your institution.
Ms Alexandra Filippova, Programme Assistant, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Orange Room: How to engage with the UNEVOC Network
Explore the benefits of joining the UNEVOC Network and learn about this unique global platform for TVET institutions
Mr Wouter De Regt, Team Leader for the Network Secretariat, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Green Room: Micro-Learning and the Pandemic
How Temasek Polytechnic supports the National Effort in Continuing Education and Training during a Global Pandemic.
Mr Hsien Wei Tan, Assistant Director, Business Development & Marketing, Temasek SkillsFuture Academy, Temasek Polytechnic

Day 2, 28 April 2021

Times are indicated in UTC+2 (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome) and UTC+8 (Beijing, Manila, Singapore).
Our virtual doors are open from 07:30 UTC+2 | 13:30 UTC+8 onwards.

07:30 – 08:00 (UTC+2)
13:30 – 14:00 (UTC+8)
Networking & parallel information sessions
In case you were not able to take part on day 1, you have the opportunity once again to join one of the information sessions and to visit the networking lounge.
Blue Room: How to submit an Innovation and Learning Practice
Orange Room: How to engage with the UNEVOC Network
Green Room: Micro-Learning and the Pandemic
08:00 – 08:30 (UTC+2)
14:00 – 14:30 (UTC+8)
Opening day 2
UNESCO-UNEVOC, BIBB and Temasek Polytechnic

Introduction: New qualifications and competencies – a continuous challenge & opportunity for TVET systems
Dieter Euler, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Objective: underline the importance of improving the intersections between the world of work and the world of education; understand the frame conditions for the process of identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies, which enables TVET systems to respond accurately and promptly to the needs of society.
08:40 – 09:50 (UTC+2)
14:40 – 15:50 (UTC+8)
Parallel breakout sessions

Objective: delve into the process of identifying, integrating and implementing new qualifications and competencies, while exploring the limits and possibilities set by the major trends affecting TVET in Asia and Europe.

Blue Room: Identifying new qualifications and competencies - suitable approaches and instruments
Moderated by Philip Loveder, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australia

Objective: explore challenges and solutions faced by TVET systems in identifying relevant and future-oriented qualifications and competencies in a fast-evolving technological scenario.
Podium speakers:
  • Ms Sandra Couinaud, Director, AR2i PACA Corse, Opérateur de compétences interindustriel, France
  • Mr Hiroyuki Aoki, Headquarters of National Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Representative of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (tbc)
Orange room: Integrating new qualifications and competencies into curricula and training regulations
Moderated by Matteo Sgarzi, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur les Qualifications (Céreq), France

Objective: understand the existing interfaces with the processes of identification and implementation as well as the hurdles and catalysts to design flexible and appealing curricula, increasing lifelong learning opportunities to students and learners.
Podium speakers:
  • Mr Antun Perusina, Director, Dubrovnik Tourist and Catering School, Croatia
  • Ms Jullada Meejul, Deputy Director General, Thailand Professional Qualification Institute (TPQI), Thailand
  • Mr Loh Gin Hin, Deputy Director, Quality Development & Planning and Domain Chair, Education Research & Development, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore: “The Skills Framework in Singapore: Perspectives of a Science School within Temasek Polytechnic”
Green room: Implementing new qualifications and competencies through new teaching and training approaches
Moderated by James Keevy, JET Educational Services, South Africa

Objective: take stock of the diverse institutional settings in place in Asia and Europe and how they condition the evolvement of the teaching and learning practice in classrooms and workshops.
Podium speakers:
  • Ms Tiina Kroll, Tallinn Industrial Education Centre, Estonia
  • Mr Wenming Yang, UNEVOC Centre Coordinator, and Mr Yongxue Wang, Deputy Dean of ICT School, Shenzhen Polytechnic, China: “Coupling of TVET Curriculum and New Qualifications”
10:00 – 10:50 (UTC+2)
16:00 – 16:50 (UTC+8)
Connecting the three I's: main learnings from the breakout sessions

Objective: present the main takeaways from each breakout session while highlighting the interplay between the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
10:50 – 11:10 (UTC+2)
16:50 – 17:10 (UTC+8)
Closing of the event
UNESCO-UNEVOC, BIBB and Temasek Polytechnic
To wrap up the event, we will look at the way forward and next steps for BILT. We are pleased to announce the "BILT Learning Labs" as a new event format for the second half of 2021.


Innovation and Learning Practices: innovative initiatives that address current challenges to TVET systems

As part of the BILT project, UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB are calling for submissions of innovative initiatives that address current challenges related to global trends in TVET systems in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. Selected initiatives will be published as examples of best practice.

To learn more about the concept and to submit your initiative for evaluation, please visit BILT - Submit ILP. Already published Innovation and Learning Practices are accessible at the BILT Online Library.

Major outcomes of the Trends Mapping Study “Trends in New Qualifications and Competencies for TVET. Perspectives of the European UNEVOC Network”

The aim of BILT’s Trends Mapping Study is to identify trends in new qualifications and competencies as society, economies and labour markets evolve in ever-faster cycles. With relevant new qualifications and competencies identified, the Trends Mapping Study explores innovative strategies for their integration into curricula and training regulations. It further explores options for the implementation of new qualifications and competencies in teaching and training through the use of new methods and technologies, as well as adequate teacher and trainer training. Selected working examples of applied projects and initiatives offer a wide range of illustrations.

Trends in New Qualifications and Competencies for TVET - Perspectives of the European UNEVOC Network

Trends Mapping Study
This Trends Mapping Study is part of the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET project. It draws on a selection of relevant literature, the data collected from the UNEVOC Network using an online survey and focus group activities, as well as on inf ...

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About the BILT Project

The BILT project is a reference point for innovation and learning in TVET through network collaboration within Europe, and in a bridging process with African and Asian partners, while developing a set of practically-oriented publications related to New Qualifications and Competencies. The project complements national developments to explore and support innovative, market-oriented and attractive modes of learning and cooperation in TVET.

Having national qualifications and competencies in view, the BILT Project supports collaboration activities that are targeted to better understand the state-of-play and enhance national as well as multi-national TVET capacities, to generate new knowledge and to share information on national TVET practices, e.g. through innovation and learning examples and implementation examples. In 2021, a structured exchange on the respective topic takes place between the European, African, and Asian and the Pacific UNEVOC Centres as well as other interested TVET stakeholders.



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