1. Regional Conference on Vocational Teacher Education and Research

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    The conference on Vocational Teacher Education and Research as a Task and Challenge for the East and Southeast Asian Region took place from 24th to 25th in Shanghai, China. 223 people attended the regional conference composed of politicians and international and regional TVET experts. The majority had travelled from lands as diverse and varied as Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam – more than 20 countries were represented.

    The two day conference was organized by the Chinese-German Institute of Vocational Education (CDIBB), supported by the Regional Cooperation Platform for Vocational Teacher Education in Asia (RCP), both situated at Tongji University, by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and UNESCO Bangkok. Support was provided by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation from Germany (BMZ) and it was carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

    The main purpose of the conference was to enhance the exchange of scientific results and innovations in Vocational Teacher Education and Research on Vocational Education from work carried out by the 13 member universities of the Regional Cooperation Platform for Vocational Teacher Education in Asia (RCP).

    The conference addressed issues, such as standards for vocational teacher education, regionalization instruments for TVET, and practical didactic pedagogic and vocational practice orientation in vocational teacher education. The conference aimed at enhancing the exchange of research results and innovations in Vocational Teacher Education and Research on Vocational Education from work carried out by the 13 member universities of the Regional Cooperation Platform for Vocational Teacher Education in Asia (RCP). (See Conference Program and Conference Reader)

    The conference was opened by Prof Feng Xiao, Director of the CDIBB and Chairman of the RCP. Prof Dong Qi, Vice president of Tongji University, welcomed the guests and presented a clear insight into Tongji University’s policy of international academic cooperation. The Consul General of Germany in Shanghai, Dr. Wolfgang Roehr, outlined Germany’s role in strengthening TVET-systems around the world. Aware of the existing difficulties such a transfer faces he encouraged the participants to continue on the path to sustaining national TVET-Systems via research. Mr. Liu Baoli, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, China, welcomed the participants urging all to enjoy a successful conference. He expressed the particular interest the Chinese Government has in cooperating with other Asian countries in TVET and how he welcomes the initiative and commitment of the RCP. Prof Sam, Vice General Director, of the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) highlighted the outstanding opportunities the RCP offers by sharing immensely useful experiences and lessons learnt in seeking to improve TVET-systems, through the evidence-based knowledge and technical expertise acquired directly from research activities.

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