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On the afternoon of August 3rd, ASEAN International Vocational Education Forum was held in Guiyang International ECO-Conference Center. Themed on Skilled Workforce Mobility and National Qualification Framework, several issues were discussed on how to establish the framework and its significance on skilled workforce mobility, bilateral and multilateral economy for ASEAN countries. 


Three officials made speeches in this forum.


Zong Wa, vice secretary general of China Education Association for International Exchange noted that there will be new opportunities within the framework of “One Belt and One Road” strategy in ASEAN countries for their similar geographical conditions, cultures and benefits. 


“This morning, agreements on education cooperation have been signed between Jiangsu Province and Burma’s college, and between Wuhan Railway Vocational College Of Technology and Thai colleges. in the future we’ll promote cooperation in degree education, vocational technique qualifications certificate training, teacher training and international student education.


Today’s forum focuses on the hot issue of vocational education reformation. The national qualification framework is helpful for talents mobility of different types and stages. Several ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have finished the qualification framework building, which is significant for skilled workforce mobility and integration process.”


Zhou Wei, deputy inspector of Chinese Adult Education Association and China Vocational and Technical Education Society proposed four suggestions on China-ASEAN vocational education cooperation: 


1. To further bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanism, give full play to the government dominant role and broaden policy dialogue and information exchanges. It’s suggested that qualified countries take the lead to exchange and share related information, strengthen consensus and cooperation on vocational education planning, strategy formulating and institution constructing; 


2. To focus on economic and social development. The“One Belt and One Road”strategy has brought about new opportunities for both sides. It’s suggestive that the related countries decide the appropriate cooperation fields, specify cooperation agreements, and seek for cooperation effectiveness. They should boost economic growth, create more jobs and build by comparative advantages through cooperation in talent training, and science and technology.


3.To deepen the exchanges and cooperation. We suggest every country should put forward more practical and effective project on this forum. 

 

4. To meet global challenges together. All countries should, in accordance with the local economic and social conditions, strengthen exchange and cooperation in establishing the framework for vocational qualifications, explore and foster together on mutual recognition of academic credentials, credits and qualification.


Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, Director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat, said that SEAMEO would help local countries and regions achieve breakthroughs in seven fields during 2015 to 2035, including building a frame for vocational qualifications. In order to realize the skilled workforce mobility, we hope the chain of vocational qualification frame would be established between China and ASEAN countries. We believe that with the joint efforts, frames in three to five  mature industries would be established even though situations vary with countries.


To realize the mutual recognition on vocational qualification frame, every country need to take account into the national requirement and have a more effective communication with related parties, including parties in related industries and programs, etc.  As enterprises have great demands for innovation, vocational education should keep pace with in the rapid development of industry. It is hard to achieve development without cooperation, and hence we should enhance cooperation and information exchange and improve the vocational education in both sides for a better region economic development and talent mobility.

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