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20 December 2019
UNESCO-UNEVOC Global Forum: Advancing Learning and Innovation in TVET
UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a Global Learning Forum on Advancing Learning and Innovation in TVET on 2-3 December 2019 in Bonn, Germany. More than 100 participants from 40 countries discussed concrete steps for designing innovative practices and solutions that promote excellence and inclusion in TVET.
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28 October 2019
Edutorial.ng on the Guided Self-Assessment at Yaba College of Technology
Edutorial.ng, an online Education Magazine in Nigeria, reported about the Guided Self-Assessment hosted by Yaba College of Technology, UNEVOC Centre in Lagos, from 20-25 October 2019. UNIVOTEC Sri Lanka was present as peer reviewer.
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26 October 2019
Guided Self-Assessment in Yaba College of Technology, 21-25 October 2019
UNESCO-UNEVOC successfully completed one more Guided Self-Assessment (GSA) workshop, this time in cooperation with UNEVOC Centre Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) from Lagos, Nigeria, from 21 to 25 October 2019.
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25 October 2019
Manila Bulletin: TESDA Women’s Center selected as one of ten pilot i-hubs centers around the world
Maila Bulletin reported about the Guided Self-Assessment at TESDA Women's Center and of institution's selection as one of the ten pilot centers for the Skills for Innovation hubs (I-hubs) project.
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20 September 2019
Guided Self-Assessment in TKNIKA
Seventh UNESCO-UNEVOC I-hubs Guided-Self Assessment took place in Spain 16-20 September, and was hosted by TKNIKA, The Basque Centre of Research and Applied Innovation in Vocational Education and Training, with Berufskolleg an der Lindenstrasse (BKAL) as a peer reviewer.
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13 September 2019
Guided Self-Assessment in OMNIA, Finland
Sixth UNESCO-UNEVOC I-hubs Guided Self-Assessment was hosted by OMNIA, The Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region, from 9 to 13 September, with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Women's Center from Philippines, who served as a peer reviewing institution.
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20 August 2019
Seychelles Nation: SIT confirmed as a Skills for Innovation Hubs (i-hubs) Project Partner
During Guided Self-Assessment high level meeting, at the Seychelles Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, UNESCO-UNEVOC team awarded the acknowledgement certificate to the SIT director Hubert Barbe, recognizing SIT as one of the ten partners for the I-hubs project.
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5 July 2019
Newspaper article on UNESCO-UNEVOC i-hubs team visit to BKAL
During Guided Self-Assessment in Berufskolleg an der Lindenstrasse (BKAL), Cologne, UNESCO-UNEVOC team presented the main outlines of Skills for Innovation Hubs (i-hubs) project to a local newspaper, Kolnische Stadt-Anzeiger.
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4 July 2019
The i-hub Guided Self-Assessment Process – the BKaL way
From 1-4 July 2019 in Cologne, Germany, the Berufskolleg and der Lindenstrasse (BKaL) organized the second Guided Self-Assessment (GSA) in Europe under the UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills for Innovation Hubs (i-hubs) initiative.
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28 June 2019
First i-hub Guided Self-Assessment workshop in Africa takes place in Eldoret, Kenya
The first Guided Self-Assessment (GSA) workshop in Africa under the UNESCO-UNEVOC i-hubs project was successfully completed by the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) in Eldoret Kenya 24-28 June 2019, with Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT) as a Peer reviewing institution.
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22 June 2019
8th International TVET and Interdisciplinary Conference in Eldoret, Kenya
The 8th International TVET and Interdisciplinary Conference, titled "Implementing the SDG's for Green Economies and Societies: The TVET Agenda", took place 20-22 June 2019 at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute in Eldoret, Kenya.
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14 June 2019
First hubs guided self-assessment workshop held in Malta
UNESCO-UNEVOC kicked off its first workshop aimed at pilot testing the Skills for Innovation Hubs ( i-hubs) framework. This framework was developed to assess the current state of innovation in TVET institutions and draw ideas for future development. The first ever Guided Self-Assessment (GSA) workshop in Europe was successfully completed in cooperation with the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) in Paola, Malta from 10-14 June 2019. MCAST is a UNEVOC Centre and is one of the TVET institutions that agreed to test and co-develop the innovation framework.

The assessment took place over the course of five days and made use of several tools to register and assess evidence of innovation against the College’s performance in the areas of leadership and organizational practices, teaching and learning processes, skills and innovation ecosystem engagement and products and services. Throughout the workshop, the team drew a map of the innovative practice that MCAST would further develop for the project, and identified opportunities for innovation and improvement.

MCAST Principal, Mr. James Calleja, was supported by senior management, staff and students, during the interactive GSA workshop. At the outset, he confirmed that the newly-launched Strategic Plan (2019-2021) of MCAST “fits like a glove with the areas of innovation that the i-hubs project proposes to assess”,. Mr. Calleja noted that with a low unemployment rate of 3.8%, Malta is facing the challenge of retaining students in education and training. To stem the problem of young people leaving the system for jobs, MCAST’s innovation agenda creates opportunities to provide quality training for its students, to reach out to all sectors of the community, and prepare students for the future of work.

About 30 stakeholders from MCAST, and the private sector, took part in the assessment workshop. The project team, led by Mr. Louis Aquilina, UNEVOC Centre Coordinator and co-facilitator for the workshop, mobilized their participation and sharing of innovative practices.

The workshop also benefitted from support by TKNIKA, a UNEVOC Centre, represented by Ms. Inge Gorostiaga who served as Peer Reviewer. At the end of the activity, the MCAST Principal confirmed that the “i-hub project tool is good to use as a starting point as it confirms if an institution is on the right track.”

The Project’s maiden activity took off with a vision to promote Innovation in TVET. In the project’s context, innovation is a substantial change in the way TVET is delivered and practiced and is evident in the processes, outcomes and practices in the institution. During the workshop, UNESCO-UNEVOC also shared the results of its trends mapping exercise on Innovation in TVET to inform the process and provide guidance through concrete practices and examples.


5 June 2019
First i-hubs Guided Self-Assessment workshop: Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
The first Guided Self-Assessment (GSA) workshop in Europe was successfully completed in cooperation with the MCAST in Paola, Malta from 10-14 June 2019. MCAST is a UNEVOC Centre and is one of the TVET institutions that agreed to test and co-develop the i-hubs Innovation Framework.
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22 February 2019
Chinese UNEVOC Centre establishes innovation schools
On 17 January 2019, the Shenzhen Polytechnic (PRC) established two innovation schools, in partnership with Alibaba Group and BYD Auto Co. Ltd.
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The UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills for Innovation Hubs is part of the initiative 'Developing TVET institutions for entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability' implemented by UNESCO since 2017, and is supported by the Beijing Caofeidian International Vocational Education City (BCEC), with contributions from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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