Strategic Cooperation with Korea in the field of TVET
Last week on 15 January, the GIZ unit Human Capacity Development (HCD) in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Magdeburg, Germany, received guests from the Korean counterpart institution - the Human Resources Development Service (HRD) of Korea to discuss about options for joint activities in 2019.
International development cooperation activities and a fruitful contact between both sides have been going on since a couple of years and were underlined (in March 2014) by the agreement of a Memorandum of Understanding to work jointly on within measures for competence development for partner countries. One example of prior activities was the cooperative development and implementation of an International Leadership Training for “Greening of TVET” for TVET professionals from ASEAN countries.
HRD Korea as well as GIZ AIZ Magdeburg are mandated as UNEVOC Centres and intend to strengthen collaboration and knowledge as well as experience and resources sharing among stakeholders of development cooperation in order to attain a greater impact of sustainable development in TVET and reach a wider target group, especially in ASEAN countries.
Both sides expressed their intention to continue the fruitful collaboration and in particular to develop ideas for measures to be realized in 2019. Suggestions range from training for master trainers in ASEAN countries, a joint workshop for other UNEVOC Centres, possibly on the topic of harnessing digital solutions in TVET, as well as a capacity development workshop in Germany for TVET stakeholders of Korea. The two UNEVOC Centres agreed to further precise their ideas and to involve among others the UNEVOC International Centre for TVET, which functions as overarching institution for all UNEVOC Centres worldwide.
GIZ/UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg embraced the proposals and confirmed to bring in corresponding expertise. HRD Korea will provide own intellectual capacities, resources and preliminary funds for the realization of activities, however both organisations want to reach out to other interested co-financing cooperation development partners.