The International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, organized by UNESCO and held approximately every twelve years, exerts a pivotal impact on the TVET community. With the First and the Second Congress respectively held in 1987 in Berlin, Germany and in 1999 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, the Third Congress will be held in Shanghai, People¡¯s Republic of China, from 13 to 16 May 2012. ¡°Building skills for work and life¡± is the title of the Third Congress and its central focus will be on how to transform and expand TVET to ensure that all young people and adults can develop the skills needed for work and life.
    Based on the draft concept of UNESCO, the Congress will endeavor to accomplish the following goals: 1. identify and discuss present and future challenges facing the TVET sub-sector and explore appropriate responses; 2. build better understanding of and share knowledge on improving the contributions of TVET to development; 3. inform perspectives for international cooperation in the field and define strategic directions from future work and support to TVET at national, regional and international levels.
    A flagship World TVET Report, the Shanghai Recommendations, will be drafted and hopefully approved at the Congress. And a round table discussion will be held introducing China¡¯s TVET system, especially the outcomes of TVET in China since the issue and implementation of the National Plan for Education Reform and Development.
    TVET has always been one of the top priorities of UNESCO and the Congress demonstrates the great importance of TVET as a key to economic and social development. In the early 1970s and late 1980s, two guideline documents for TVET were issued and approved by UNESCO, namely the Revised Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education of 1974 and the Convention on Technical and Vocational Education of 1989, hence becoming the international reference for education policies, laws and regulations of TVET worldwide. Nowadays, the goals, contents and structure of TVET are faced with new challenges due to the globalization of world economy and the impact of the financial crisis. And the conceptualization, management, funding and organization of TVET have to undergo disciplinary reforms so as to prepare individuals as well as the society for the future. Therefore, in 2009 UNESCO set in place a Strategy for TVET during three biennia (2010-2015) and the Third Congress is a significant part of the Strategy.
    The Third Congress on TVET has long been the focus of countries worldwide and other international organizations. It is estimated by the UNESCO that approximately 800 international representatives will attend the Congress, which is more than the number of delegates at the Second Congress in Korea (around 600). Besides UNESCO, other key international organizations such as International Labor Organization, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank, European Training Foundation, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and Association for the Development of Education in Africa will be also invited to participate in the holding of the event and round table discussions.
    Given the former experience at the Second Congress, about 40 ministerial-level officials or above will attend the Congress.

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May 13th Conference Registration
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May 13th Welcome Banquet
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May 14th Conference
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May 15th Conference
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