by Dr. Thomas Schroeder
On the invitation of UNESCO Bangkok, RAVTE conducted a panel session on “TVET Networks – How International and Regional Networks can contribute to the Development of National TVET Systems (RAVTE)” at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training, Malaysia, 2015.
With the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015, regional organizations have the potential to provide a valuable contribution to the quality enhancement and harmonization of TVET on national level. The panelists: Prof. Dr. Numyoot Songthanapitak, President of RAVTE, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Head of Office of UNESCO-UNEVOC, and Prof. Dr. Michel Carton, Director from NORRAG, provided interesting input about their organizations and their underlying modes of conduct. The panel was chaired by Dr. Thomas Schroeder from Technical University of Dortmund.
Among the many interesting topics, which were mentioned and discussed, research on TVET, and the involvement of industry and Vocational Teacher Education were seen as key areas of common interest. All three parties called for the strengthening of capacity at university level or in other research institutions. The generation of knowledge within the region and the regional dissemination of knowledge should focus on innovation and continuous improvement of the existing TVET-systems. Regional and international organizations have the potential to foster focused research and the dissemination of knowledge, especially if relevant regional problems are addressed.
As Prof. Numyoot Songthanapitak pointed out, the major challenge is to strengthen the interface and thus the interaction between regional organizations and the relevant national bodies, in order to achieve an impact on the ground, where the quality of TVET-delivery is decisive for initiating a sustainable progress in societal and economic development.