PLENARY I: The role of TVET in inclusive and sustainable development


▪▪ TVET - a solid foundation for a sustainable future -  H.E. Mr Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education, People’s Republic of China

▪▪ The role of TVET in Thailand for rapid economic growth -  H.E. Prof. Dr SuchartThadathamrongvech, Minister of Education, Thailand

▪▪ Attaining inclusive and sustainable development: which conditions and resources for training the marginalized? - H.E. N’Gade Nana Hadiza Noma Kaka, Minister of Vocational Education and Employment, Niger

▪▪ Skills, decent work and development: transitions to job-rich growth -  Mr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director, International Labour Organization (ILO)

▪▪ Developing relevant skills and turning them into better jobs and better lives - Mr Andreas Schleicher, Education Policy Advisor to the Secretary-General and Deputy Director for Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

▪▪ Demographic change, a challenge for TVET in Germany -  Mr Reinhold Weiss, Deputy President and Head of Research, BIBB Federal Institute for Vocational Education andTraining, Germany

PLENARY II: Transforming TVET for better work, life and lifelong learning


 ▪▪ Ms Mmantsetsa Marope, Director, Division for Basic Learning and Skills Development, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

▪▪ Mr Tom Leney, Fellow at the Institute of Education, University of London and Senior Policy Analyst, Danish Technological Institute (DTI)

PLENARY III: Bridging the divide: connecting youth skills with work


▪▪ Policy development of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Oman and persisting challenges - H.E. Dr Muna Salim Al-Jaraniah, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Manpower, Sultanate of Oman

▪▪ The biggest human resources challenge ever: skilling a nation Mr Subramaniam Ramadorai, Advisor to Prime Minister of India on the Prime Minister National Council on Skills Development, Goverment of India

▪▪ Youth transitions in Australia - Mr Tom Karmel, Managing Director, NCVER, Australia

▪▪ How can young people become a solution, not a problem? - Mr Miika Tomi, UNESCO Youth Delegate, Finland and co-presenter of the final report of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum

▪▪ TVET as a bridge between education and work: a European perspective - Mr Xavier Prats Monne, Deputy Director-General for Education, European Commission 

PLENARY IV: Qualifications that count: strengthening the recognition of TVET qualifications

Convenor: European Training Foundation (ETF )

Discussant: Mr Arjen Deij, European Training Foundation (ETF )


▪▪ New qualifications system in Poland as an impulse to modernise Vocational Education and Training (VET ) in Poland - Ms Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Assistant Professor, Warsaw School of Economics and Educational Research Institute, Poland

▪▪ Building qualifications in partnership: the case of Morocco - Mr Jamal Eddine El Aloua, Secretary General for VET of the Ministry of Employment and Mr Mohamed Slassi Sennou, General Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Morocco, Morocco

▪▪ Skilled migration and the international recognition of TVET qualifications: the case of Bangladesh - Dr Md. Nurul Islam, Director, Training Standard and Planning, Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), Bangladesh

PLENARY VI: The Oral Report of the Congress by the General-RapporteurAdoption of the outcome document Closing remarks

▪▪ Mr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

▪▪ H.E. Mr Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education, People’s Republic of China


Round Tables

Round Table 1: Beyond talk: what actions for TVET in ‘least developed countries’?


▪▪ TVET reform in Lao PDR: issues and challenges, and steps forward within 2011-2015 Dr Kongsy Sengmany, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR

▪▪ Developing TVET centres’ responsiveness to enterprises’ needs Mr Moustapha Loum, Director, Vocational Training Centre in the Agro-Food Sector, Senegal

▪▪ The low skills equilibrium: introduction of standards, NVQF and licensing Mr Niels De Block, Education Expert, BTC-Belgian Development Agency, Belgium

▪▪ Improving skills and labour market access in Least Developed Countries: some experiences from German technical cooperation Mrs Michaela Baur, Head of Section for TVET and the Labour Market, Deutsche Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Round Table 2: The role of TVET in development for middle-income countries

Chair: H.E. Mr Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Speakers: Ministers from middle-income countries

H.E Prof. Dr. Ömer Dinçer Minister of National Education, Turkey 

H.E Ms. Lamis Alami, Minister of Education and Higher Education, Palestine

Round Table 3: Skills measurement and monitoring

Convenor: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Chair: Mr Kenneth King, Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORAG )


▪▪ Skills measurement and monitoring: current status and next steps Mr Albert Motivans, Chief of Section, Education Indicators and Data Analysis, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

▪▪ Skills indicators for employment and productivity in low-income countries: an initial framework and approach Mr Mark Keese, Head of the Employment Analysis Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

▪▪ Technical education and skills development monitoring and evaluation system in the Philippines: towards increasing efficiency, effectiveness and the relevance of TVET Ms Maria Susan Dela Rama, Chair, Sectoral TVET Management Committee and Executive Director, Planning Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Philippines

Round Table 4: Technology and skills development

Convenor: Microsoft

Chair: Mr Lutz Ziob, General Manager, Microsoft Learning


▪▪ Dr Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia

▪▪ Mr Gavin Dykes, Microsoft

▪▪ Ms Binta Coudy De, Software architect, Imagine Cup winner, Cyan Girls, Senegal

Round Table 5: Skills for sustainable development: Transforming TVET for green economies and green societies.

Chair: Mr Yaakub Mohammad Naim, Director-General, Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC)

Rapporteur: Mr Min Bahadur Bista, UNESCO


▪▪ Skills for green jobs: a global view Ms Christine-Evans Klock, Director, Skills and Employability Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)

▪▪ Skills for a green economy: practice, possibilities and prospects Mr Jose Roberto Guevara, President, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)

▪▪ Informal waste workers learn outside of school and reduce global warming Ms Laila Iskandar, Chairperson and Founding Board Member CID Consulting, Egypt 

Round Table 6: Skills development for fast-growing sectors

Chair: Mr Alias Abu Bakar, Director, SEAMEO VOCTEC H, Southeastern Asia Ministers of

Education Organization (SEAMEO)

Convenor: Asian Development Bank (ADB)


▪▪ Aligning skill development and economic growth: a case study in India Dilip Chenoy, CEO, National Skills Development Corporation, India

▪▪ Vocational education for adding-value to students: the case of Ningbo TVET School Su Zhigang, President, Ningbo TVET School

▪▪ ADB Experiences for Skills Development in South Asia Mr Sungsup Ra, Director, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

▪▪ An emerging ADB framework for skills development Ms Shanti Jagannathan, Senior Education Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Paralell Sessions (1st day)

 Session 1: Enhancing the responsiveness of TVET in a lifelong learning perspective One of the major challenges of our time is to better equip citizens with the Chair: Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Bangkok Office


▪▪ The ‘New Vocationalism’? How sectoral approaches to TVET reform can promote jobs, skills and economic growth -  Mr Thomas Bewick, Chairman, International Network of Sector Skills Organisations (INSSO)

▪▪ Responding to Europe’s skills challenge – results of the 2012 Cedefop skills forecast for the European Union Mr Christian Lettmayr, Acting Director, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education and Training (CEDEFOP)

▪▪ Better skills, better career, and better life: recent developments in TVET policies in China - Mr Weiping Shi, Professor of Education, Director of Institute of Vocational and Adult Education, East China Normal University, People’s Republic of China

Session 2: Improving governance and widening stakeholders' engagement in TVET

Convenor: International Labour Organization (ILO )

Chair: Ms Christine Evans-Klock, ILO


▪▪ Education pathways - Dr Brenda Dann-Messier, Assistant-Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education, United States of America

▪▪ The Australian vocational training framework: an industry-driven system Ms Jenny Lambert, Director of Employment, Education and Training, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia

▪▪ Getting governance right: the role of social dialogue in TVET reform - Mr David Robinson, Senior Advisor, Education International

▪▪ Taking the opportunity to respond to the challenges - Chinese vocational and technical training in the new era - Mr Liu Dan, Deputy Director-General, Department of Vocational Capacity Building, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, People’s Republic of China

Session 3: Financing the transformation of TVET for lifelong learning

Chair: Mr Abhimanyu Singh, Director, UNESCO Beijing Office


▪▪ Financing and cost of technical and vocational skills development (TVS D) Mr Richard Walther, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

▪▪ Expanding VET in Chile: recent trends and challenges - Mr Hernán Araneda, Head of INNOVUM, FundacionChile, Chile

▪▪ Challenges for funding lifelong learning in the light of research on workplace learning and individual career development - Mr Alan Brown, Professorial Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Paralellel sessions (2nd day)

Session 1: Promoting TVET attractiveness and pathways for higher learning

Convenor: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Chair: Ms Ann Therese Ndong Jatta, Director, UNESCO BREDA


▪▪ Connecting TVET with pathways for higher learning: some lessons from OECD experience - Ms Deborah Roseveare, Head of the Education and Training Policy Division in the Directorate for Education,  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD

▪▪ Promoting the attractiveness of TVET in the context of secondary education reform - Mr Didacus Jules, Registrar, Caribbean Examinations Council

▪▪ The push and pull of TVET : can career guidance make a difference? - Mr Ronald Sultana, Professor of Education, University of Malta

▪▪ How to close gaps of inequality through a regional focus in higher education in Colombia? - Mr José Maximiliano Torres, Director of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, Colombia

Session 2: Promoting equity and inclusion through TVET

Chair: Mr Ahlin Byll Cataria, Executive Secretary, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)


▪▪ Building youth skills for good jobs - Dr Kwame Akyeampong, Senior Policy Analyst, Education for All Global Monitoring Report Team, UNESCO HQ

▪▪ Between progress and glass ceiling: Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality and TVET for women - Ms Helga Foster, Researcher, Global Education and Training, Germany

▪▪ Chinese policies and practices to promote equity in TVET - Mr Wang Jiping, Director General, Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education (CIVTE), Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China

Session 3: Achieving better teaching and learning

Chair: Dr Halden Morris, Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies


▪▪ Effective strategies for quality teaching and learning - Mr Abel Modungwa, President, International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) and Acting CEO, Human Resource Development Advisory Council, Botswana

▪▪ Improving the preparation, status and conditions of TVET teachers - Mr Imad Sabi, Global Campaign for Education and Oxfam International

▪▪ Supporting professional development of TVET teachers – experiences from Finland Mr Mika Tammilehto, Director of the Vocational Education Division of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland

▪▪ A regional approach to the enhancement of practical vocational competences of TVET teachers: challenges and perspectives - Assoc. Prof. Numyoot Songthanapitak, President, Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) and Thailand Steering Committee, Regional Cooperation Platform (RCP) for Vocational Teacher Training and Education in Asia

Special Sessions

Session 1: Scaling up and improving the quality of education of health workers

Convenor: World Health Organization (WHO)

Chair: Mr Mario Dal Poz, Coordinator, Human Resources for Health - Health Systems Policies and Workforce, World Health Organization (WHO)


▪▪ The Clinical Associates Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa - Ms Audrey Gibbs, Coordinator Clinical Associate Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

▪▪ Qualification frameworks and outcome-based training of health extension workers in Ethiopia - Mr Amir Aman, Acting Director, Human Resource Development and Administrative Directorate Federal Minister of Health, Ethiopia

▪▪ Training and the quality of work of mid-level health practitioners for surgery in Mozambique - Mr Caetano Pereira, Deputy Director, Higher Institute of Health Sciences, Maputo, Mozambique

▪▪ Scaling up and improving the quality of education of mid-level health workers in Brazil -  Ms Marina Peduzzi, Professor, Nursing School, University of São Paulo, Brazil and researcher and adviser to the National Directorate of Health Labour and Education, Ministry of Health, Brazil

Session 2: Skills development for rural transformation in conjunction with the launching of INRULED 2011 publication: “Education and Training for Rural Transformation” and INRULED Flagship Initiative: Skills Development for Rural Transformation/Skills for All

Convenor: International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED)


▪▪ Prof Zhou Nanzhao, President UNESCO Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE ) and Advisor, UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), People’s Republic of China

▪▪ H.E. Dr D. Purandeshwari, Hon. Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India


▪▪ Overview of education and training for rural transformation. Skills, jobs, food and green future to combat rural poverty - key messages based on the INRULED book “Education and Training for Rural Transformation” - Mr Manzoor Ahmad, Senior Advisor, Institute of Education Development, BRAC University, Bangladesh

▪▪ Good practices on skills development - Mr Meng Hong Wei, People’s Republic of China

▪▪ Constructing a rural transformation index - Mr Qutub Khan, Consultant, India

▪▪ Better skills, better jobs, better lives: a strategic approach to rural transformation - Mr Andreas Schleicher, Education Policy Advisor to the Secretary-General and Deputy Director for Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

▪▪ Skills and capacity development for food security and poverty reduction Ms Lavinia Gasperini, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO

▪▪ The Chinese rural TVET system and its role in bringing up vocational farmers -  Ms Li Fanghong, Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China

▪▪ The INRULED initiative on skills training for rural transformation - Mr Wang Li, Deputy Director, INRULED, People’s Republic of China

Session 3: Strengthening the UNEVOC network

Convenor: UNESCO -UNEVOC International Centre

Chair: Mr Young-bum Park , President Centre for International Cooperation KRIVET , Republic of Korea


▪▪ Prof Olga Oleynikova, Director, National Observatory on Vocational Education, Russia

▪▪ Dr Harry Stolte, Team Leader Human Capacity Development in TVET – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) representing BMZ


▪▪ The role of the UNEVOC network in promoting research and development in the Asia region -  Mr Liu Yufeng, Director and Research Professor - Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education (CIVTE), Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China

▪▪ UNEVOC ’s knowledge management and clearing house function: the case of Europe and North America Mr Peter Thiele, Head TVET Division, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

▪▪ The promotion of regional and inter-regional cooperation by the UNEVOC network in sub-Saharan Africa - Mr George Afeti, TVET Consultant and Adviser, Ministry of Education, Ghana

▪▪ The role of UNEVOC Centres in the Arab region in influencing national policy - Aboubakr Badawi, TVET Consultant, Egypt

▪▪ The role of UNEVOC in promoting TVET community development in Latin America - Ms Sonia Ana  Charchut Leszczynski, Head, Department of Education, Federal University of Technology, Paraná, Brazil

Session 4: Bridging research and policy development

Convenor: Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORAG )

Chair: Mr Michel Carton, Coordinator, Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORAG )


▪▪ Improving the Impact of Educational Research on Decision Making and Practice in TVET : Issues and Prospects Mr Rupert Maclean, Chair Professor of International Education and UNESCO Chair in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Lifelong Learning, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, Hong Kong Institute of Education, People’s Republic of China

▪▪ The role of research in South African skills development policy-making Ms Peliwe Lolwana, Director, Education Policy Unit, Wits University, South Africa

▪▪ Evidence-based VET policies, a European experience Mr Christian Lettmayr, Acting Director, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education and Training (CEDEFOP)

Session 5: Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship

Chair: Mr Hamed Al Hammami, Director, UNESCO Beirut Office


▪▪ Partnership for entrepreneurial education: a Jordanian experience - Ms Deema Bibi, CEO, INJAZ Al-Arab, Jordan

▪▪ Vocational education and training for sustainable growth in a connected world? - Ms Hanne Shapiro, Danish Technological Institute, Centre for Policy and Business Analysis, Denmark

▪▪ Innovation in non-government TVET in China - Mr Tao Xiping, Adviser to the National Chief Inspector, People’s Republic of China

Session 6: Flexible and Blended Learning in TVET

The session will introduce Flexible Skills Development in Africa - a Convenor: Commonwealth of Learning (COL )

Chair: Ms Alison Mead Richardson, Commonwealth of Learning (COL )


▪▪ Flexible Skills Development initiative: the Auchi Polytechnic experience -  Dr Philipa Idogho, Rector, Auchi Polytechnic, Nigeria and Mr George Herd, Commonwealth of Learning TVET and Flexible Learning Expert

Session 7: Revisiting the UNESCO normative instruments concerning technical and vocational education

Chair: Mr Jean Audouze, Chair, French National Commission for UNESCO


▪▪ International instruments and normative action on TVET – looking at new developments in the field Mr Kishore Singh, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Cultural activity: Shanghai Oriental Art Center

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