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Third International Congress on TVET

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is crucial for advancing sustainable development and addressing economic and social challenges like youth unemployment. The future of TVET is the focus of the Third International Congress on TVET which will be held from 13-16 May 2012 at the Shanghai International Convention Centre, Shanghai, China.

The Congress will provide a unique global platform for knowledge sharing, reflection and debate on the changing landscape of TVET, as well as its future, and more generally on the advancement of skills development systems. In addition, the Congress will look for ways to ensure that TVET meets individual, national, regional and global development objectives and aspirations. 

Around 800 policymakers, experts and practitioners will gather in Shanghai to:

·         identify and discuss present and future challenges facing the TVET sub-sector and explore appropriate responses; 

·         build better understanding of and share knowledge on improving the contributions of TVET to sustainable development; and,

·         inform perspectives for international cooperation in the field and define strategic directions for future work and support to TVET at national, regional and international levels.

As a result of the Congress, a new vision for TVET as a quality learning option should emerge. The Congress will also provide directions regarding areas in which policy dialogue and capacity building are required by Member States at the national, regional and international levels. 

To download the event's programme and concept note and to obtain further information, please visit the Congress website: