ABOUT ASIA TVET EXPERTS FORUM (ATEF)
In the face of global competition, knowledge has become a heart and soul of nation’s development. Today, TVET and the skill society are the foundations for strenghtening future development. Technical and Vocational Education and Training are vital to enhance skills that are necessary for poverty reduction, economic recovery and sustainable development. Higher education throughout the world has shifted their policy attention to technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
As a technical premier university in Engineering & Technology, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) realizes the significance of TVET for nations building. UTHM strives to put TVET in the mainstream education with the goal of producing sustainable quality TVET graduates. Among the strategies plan to realizing this pursuit is the organisation of the annual ASIA TVET EXPERTS FORUM. The purpose of this Asia Tvet Experts Forum is to serve as a platform to discuss current issues for solution the problems of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in facing global changes and challenges. This forum will also serve as a platforms where members could share best practices. This network will be an alliance to outline strategy and action plan to enhance mutual collaboration among participating universities; to identify common issues and opportunities for TVET research that would further strengthen the roles and relevance of universities.
In line with the UNESCO-UNEVOC strategies for TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (TVET) (2016-2021) to focus on equipping all youth and adults with the skills required to not only find decent work, but also to become active citizens in an equitable, inclusive and sustainable society. GIZ/RECOTVET is committed to support and create personnel, institutional and thematic preconditions for quality improvement and regional harmonisation in education and training of TVET personnel in South East Asia through complimentary programme approaches. One of the approaches, international networking, in RECOTVET context esp. promotes regional exchange among TVET actors on policy and implementation level.
Therefore, the organization of “Asia TVET Experts Forum 2017," is timely in helping to boost TVET higher education arena in Asia. Moreover, this forum can promote international cooperation in addressing TVET issues regionally. Asia TVET Experts Forum 2017, will invite experts from around the world such as Germany, Thailand, South Korea, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Nigeria and the Philippines apart from Malaysia. Thus, by co-hosting this forum, GIZ/RECOTVET will enhance TVET quality and skills standard from various angles of engaged institutions and their specific roles and measures to elaborate on a potential platform for skills excellence.
Hereof, the Asia TVET Experts Forum 2017 will be convened in two sessions. First session: 17th July 2017 – Asia TVET Experts Forum will be held in KSL Hotel & Resort, Johor Bahru, Malaysia , second session: 18th July 2017 – will be held in University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. The Forum also would establish an Asia TVET Experts Network, which will serve as an association that connects all Experts in TVET, particularly in Asia region. This joint body will meet to discuss current issues related to TVET in higher education from time to time, and get involved in research grants or consultation projects related to TVET.