The Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, was in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China from September 12-15, 2017 to participate and present CPSC’s advocacies and efforts at the China-ASEAN Vocational Education Exhibition and Forum. The program was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education of China and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region People’s Government.
The forum aims to showcase some of the updates and progress of the vocational education system in China and ASEAN while providing a forum for education ministers from China and ASEAN members to discuss common concerns in TVET and the specific role of both entities to further enhance their roles to each other as far as vocational education is concerned. In this regard, bilateral meetings and dialogues were embarked by the representatives for two days while enjoying some of the innovations demonstrated by TVET students in the region. The participants also exchanged views on the topics of value and mission of vocational education in regional development and the opportunities and challenges of vocational education.
In line with the program themes, Dr. Ramhari presented a paper that tackles employability through technopreneurship. The presentation centered on some of the methods and practices that integrate technopreneurship- or technology entrepreneurship, into mainstream TVET and its benefits particularly to the member countries. He also briefed the audience on CPSC’s initiatives in quality assurance and TVET education in the region.
Dr. Ramhari also participated in dialogue meetings with education officials in China and some ASEAN countries and discussed ways to further strengthen China-ASEAN cooperation in aspects such as funding, infrastructure development, knowledge exchange and transfer, among other common concerns. A final document called the “Nanning Consensus” was adopted at the end of the program, encapsulating the recommendations, concerns and ideas of the delegates into an important document.