The General Assembly of RAVTE developed and decided on a strategy with eight major strategic pillars of transnational interaction and cooperation for the 1st phase until 2018. The expected outcome is to become a major regional association for Vocational Teacher Education, enhancing cooperation and development in Asia. Therefore, the 1st phase of RAVTE strategy and plan of action is to advance sustainable transformation from a formerly project based network (RCP) into a professional transnational body in the field of vocational teacher education and research.
The following strategic fields were defined:
Strategy 1: Good Governance in Vocational Teacher Education (VTE)
We contribute to strengthening the political status of sustainable and efficient Vocational Teacher Education in the region
RAVTE emphasizes the importance of national and regional good governance with respect to TVET, to VTE and to the development of academic capacities for research on vocational education. Therefore, our strategy aims at supporting VTE development
- at national level (e.g. legal frame work, institutional harmonization),
- at ASEAN level (e.g. comparability of certifications and standardization of VTE) and
- at international level (ASEAN plus 3 etc.).
RAVTE intends to closely cooperate with TVET decision makers from the member countries and regional political organizations such as SEAMEO, UNESCO, CPSC and AUN in order to increase the political impact and to initiate reforms on TVET and VTE. RAVTE will employ its scientific potential to assist the national and regional bodies, institutions and organizations in evidence-based decision making. Regional activities and operations with national policy makers and international development agencies and donors will be supported and initiated.
Strategy 2: Building Capacity – Development of organization and competences
We enhance the development of individual competences and organizational development of our member institutions by enhancing the exchange of personnel and initiating common activities among our partners
RAVTE supports the enhancement of VTE capacity building, focusing on the organizational development of its institutions and individual competence development. RAVTE intends to implement this strategy by promoting cross-regional institutional cooperation in action-research, by employing action-oriented workshops, scientific coaching and international conferences in cooperation with partnering regional organizations and international institutions.
Strategy 3: Research and Development
We promote Vocational Education as a self-reliant academic discipline and as a foundation for sound cross-regional and international research activities and dissemination of relevant knowledge
RAVTE is convinced that the establishment of Vocational Education as a self-reliant academic discipline will lead towards the independent and sustainable development of regional VTE and TVET systems. We contribute towards this aim by promoting cross-regional research projects, which will lay the basis for evidence-based consultancy, the generation of relevant knowledge, the establishment of a regional scientific community and the enhancement of the regional scientific communication between institutions. Our strategy aims at the establishment of a regional research network and the creation of a data base on vocational teacher education and TVET-related subjects, which will support all members and interested users. The online journal TVET@Asia (www.tvet-online.asia) is RAVTE’s Asian-wide instrument of dissemination and communication. The Online Journal functions as an open access platform covering TVET in general and Vocational Teacher Education in particular.
Strategy 4: Regionalization and Integration
We promote the alignment and comparability of VTE frameworks in order to support the ASEAN processes of integration and harmonization.
We intend to contribute to regional stability and integration of the ASEAN community by supporting the harmonization of regulations. We strive for the development and implementation of comprehensive VTE-standards, which will lead towards a regional qualification framework for Vocational Teacher Education (RQF/VTE). The framework will enhance the comparability of learning outcomes in VTE and its mutual recognition, accreditation and certification, which will pave the way for students’ and learners’ mobility within the region.
Strategy 5: Cooperation and Exchange
We intend to ensure appropriate interaction and cooperation in all strategic fields including policy development, preferably with universities and VTE institutions from Asia and overseas, with ASEAN institutions and with regional and international organizations.
Cooperation among our members and between RAVTE and other international organizations like UNESCO-Bangkok, SEAMEO VOCTECH, CPSC is hugely important in order to avoid redundancies and to achieve efficiency in developmental processes. Close cooperation with international development organizations in the region, national governments and institutions from other world regions will be pursued with the intention of bundling capacity and potential for higher impacts and outputs in TVET. Furthermore, the full range of potential will be exploited to promote cross-regional study programs, exchange of students, lecturers and researchers and managers among regional institutions or with institutions from overseas.
Strategy 6: Quality Improvement
We aim to enhance the quality and relevance of Vocational Teacher Education with respect to action- and practice-orientation and sector-wide cooperation with enterprises, chambers and TVET institutions
We aim to increase the attractiveness of the teaching profession in TVET and the enhancement of quality and employability of TVET teachers by reforming and redesigning VTE study programs. In line with the introduction of work integrated learning (WiL), RAVTE actively supports the ongoing establishment of dual study programs. We strive for an integrated system of quality assurance, preferably in cooperation with public and private companies, chambers and other professional membership organizations.
Strategy 7: Funding of Operations and Finances
We are a non-profit organization and as such we are, at present, a start-up. We intend to increase our budget in order to finance ongoing activities and to extend operations and sustain our strategic areas.
RAVTE complies fully with Thai law and tax legislation as well as with international financial standards. The General Assembly as RAVTE’s legislative body has agreed to strive for comprehensive transparency in financial matters.
RAVTE management and all members commonly evaluate potential donors and acquire financial resources in order to implement activities of RAVTE as they are identified within the Strategy and Plan of Action.
Strategy 8: Performance and Sustainability
We strive to ensure sustainability in all kind of activities and gradually strengthen management and communication performance as well as capacities of the association.
RAVTE’s objectives were established by the GAM with a long-term perspective. The first development phase, the foundation phase, is designed to run until 2018, which will be followed by a consolidation phase until 2020 and beyond. Outcome, performance, sustainability and growth will be assessed every year by the GAM.
The RAVTE secretariat and the coordinating structures of the association at all member universities will be gradually improved in terms of functionality. A continuous flow of communication is one key issue for success in cross-regional cooperation and will be developed further. RAVTE intends to provide comprehensive information on all related activities via its homepage www.ravte.asia and an Email newsletter.