Brunei to host TVET international conference

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BRUNEI will be hosting the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) International Conference 2016 on ensuring a greater impact of TVET for sustainable development.

Slated to be held from June 1-2 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), the conference is one of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the 25th anniversary of the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational Education and Training (SEAMEO Voctech).

The conference is co-organised by the SEAMEO Voctech Regional Centre here in Brunei, the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) and Giz Recotvet from Germany.

SEAMEO Voctech’s Deputy Director for Professional Affairs, Dr Paryono, told The Brunei Times that as part of the routine activity of the centre, the TVET International Conference is aimed at fulfilling one of the centre’s missions, which is providing information dissemination services by sharing and learning various policies and practices which address the six sub-themes.

Those sub-themes are TVET Initiatives in Support of the ASEAN Economic Community; Strengthening Industry Collaborations; Integrating 21st Century Skills in TVET; Preparing TVET Students for “Green Jobs”; Enhancing the Quality of TVET and Innovative TVET Policies and Practices.

“The TVET International Conference is expected to gather about 200 local and international participants representing more than 20 countries.

“Through this conference, we hope to bring together TVET instructors and teachers to share ideas and learn from each other the good practices of other countries,” he added.

As one of the co-organisers, the Regional Cooperation Programme to Improve the Training of TVET Personnel (RECOTVET) that is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH also indicates Germany’s support of the ASEAN Economic Community through the realisation of this conference.

For SEAMEO Voctech as the regional centre for technical and vocational education and training, SEAMEO said it was timely to organise this conference with a general theme of ‘Ensuring Greater Impact of TVET for Sustainable Development’.

The conference offers plenary and parallel sessions to provide opportunities for researchers, lecturers and policy makers to share recent findings and innovation, best practices and policies relevant to vocational and technical education.

According to SEAMEO, among the objectives of the conference are to establish links for national, regional, and international TVET initiatives, policies and practices that respond to the needs and programmes of the ASEAN Economic Community.

It is to also identify strategies in integrating concepts of sustainable development in TVET and identify innovative ideas that will enhance the quality and image of TVET, among others.

The Brunei Times