New Sino-German VET Association

Jiangsu ranks second in GDP among Chinese provinces and takes position 2×2 on the G8x8 chess board. In 2015, the province produced 7,011.6 billion RMB worth of goods and services, contributing 9.7 percent to the total GDP of China. Depending on the exchange rate, this was almost as much as the GDP of Australia.

In Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, the Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Center for Open and Distance Education (OPEN) are preparing to establish a new Sino-German association for vocational education. The founders will inaugurate the association during the exhibition “Education Plus” which takes place in Nanjing from 19 to 21 October 2017. Different from previously established Sino-German associations on VET cooperation, this new association is focussing on vocational training with enterprises similar to the German “dual system”. Objectives of the association are:

  • Establish a benchmark of vocational education in China by localizing German curricula into the Chinese system.
  • Explore methods of developing vocational talents that are highly demanded by industry.
  • Research German philosophy of skills transfer in vocational education.
  • Apply the German quality assurance mechanism in China.
  • Set up a Qualification Assessment Center based on German qualification standards.
  • Train teachers by working closely with member enterprises and schools.
  • Develop a significant number of senior managers to apply German learning techniques in Chinese colleges.
  • Reduce the gap between vocational college graduates and industry needs.
  • Provide German employers in China with qualified workers.

A number of Chinese and German institutions and enterprises already declared their strong interest in joining the association.

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For more details on the exhibition Education Plus, see our related article.

Image source: National Center for Open and Distance Education (OPEN)