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What is the i-hubs project?

Skills for innovation Hubs (i-hubs) is a 18-month global initiative led by UNESCO-UNEVOC and supported by the International Vocational Education City (IVEC) China, with contributions from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The i-hubs will be co-developed through ten TVET Institutions - project partners, which will develop Innovation Framework. This will allow the systematization of innovation at institutional level and, consequently the provision of transversal and technical skills that will support innovation in their local skills and innovation ecosystem. In parallel, the pilot institutions will be incentivized to identify and document innovate practices in their learning processes, services and products that would inspire other TVET institutions.

A key component of the initiative is the development of guidelines, tools and innovative practices that can inspire further TVET institutions to benefit from the pilot experience. Notable among these outputs will be:

  • An overall guideline for Innovating TVET in TVET institutions;
  • A balanced scorecard together with indicators to help TVET institutions assess their performance and identify opportunities for improvement;
  • An ecosystem map to assess opportunities for innovation among local partners
  • A compendium of innovative practice and learning;
  • A global platform for peer support
In its pilot stage, the i-hubs project will partner with the following institutions: TKNIKA, Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI), Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT), Yaba College of Technology (YCT), Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT), Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and OMNIA - Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region (more here).

Why i-hubs?

The i-hubs initiative is a response to the major ongoing global disruptions in the economy and society caused by climate change, digitalization and demand for entrepreneurial skills, which represents major challenges and opportunities to the TVET institutions.

In particular, the initiative aims to maximize TVET institutions’ potential as drivers of employability, economic growth and inclusive social development through innovation. To maximize this potential, TVET must be of high quality and provide integrated approaches covering all the challenges, ensuring that no individuals or disadvantaged groups are left behind. In this context, global cooperation and policy learning is fundamental to revolutionize the transformational role of TVET and its contribution to innovation.

The i-hubs initiative represents an important opportunity for TVET institutions to take a lead in shaping change. The initiative aims at drawing on experiences of a number of selected innovative Institutions to co-develop the vision, create and test the enabling framework and tools for innovative TVET institutions that can be scaled up from 2020.

page date 2019-11-04

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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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