Workshop & Training

5th PRC-ADB Knowledge Sharing Platform Sustainable Vocational Training Toward Industrial Upgrading and Economic Transformation

2 Dec 2013 - 5 Dec 2013 Beijing, The People's Republic of China

More than 90 participants from 16 countries participated to discuss best practice and models for supporting sustainable vocational training; the role of government, the private sector, enterprises, and vocational training schools; and financing and the policy environment for vocational training. Participants also visited Guangdong Province to learn about best practices in the PRC.


Ministry of Finance, the PRC


09:00 – 09:30 Opening Session
Welcome Remarks
Moderator: Mr. XIE Xuan, Deputy Director General, International Department, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

  • Madam ZOU Jiayi, Director General, International Department, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

  • Mr. Ayumi Konishi, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

09:30 – 10:00 Keynote speech

  • Mr. LIU Jiantong, Deputy Director General, Department of Vocational and Adult Education , Ministry of Education, the PRC

  • Ms. HE Wenfang, Director General, Vocational Capacity Building Department, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, People’s Republic of China

10:00 – 10:30 Group photo and Tea/Coffee
10:30 – 12:10Session 1: Improving Vocational Training in a Changing World
Moderator: Mr. Ayumi Konishi, Director General/Co-Chair Education Community of Practice, ADB

This session will present how vocational training can meet the needs of the fast changing world, keeping up with the changing economic structure.

Industrial Structure Determines Education Structure
Mr. JIANG Dayuan, Executive Member of the Council, The Chinese Society of Vocational and Technical Education

Priority Issues in TVET Workforce Skills Development for Asia in the Global World
Mr. Jouko Sarvi, Advisor, RSOD concurrently Practice Leader (Education), ADB

Education-to-Employment: Designing a System that Works
Mr. Tom Isherwood, Team Leader of Education Report, McKinsey

Skills Development in the Fast Changing World
Ms. WANG Yidan, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

Question and Answer
12:10 – 13:30 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 2 (Part 1): Vocational Training, Industrial Upgrading, and Economic Transformation
Moderator: Mr. Diwesh Sharan, Director, Urban and Social Sectors, ADB

This session will focus on the close nexus of economic growth, industrial upgrading or transformation, and skills. It will offer insights into how to develop vocational training policies against the background of national economic upgrading and transformation, including the role of the government, private sector, enterprises and vocational training schools.

The PRC’s Experience: Preparing Students for the Labor Market
Ms. WANG Xiaojun, Deputy Director General, Occupational Skill Testing Authority, Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security; and Secretary General, China Association of Workers Education and Vocational Training

Korean Experience with Skills for Economic Growth
Mr. Namchul Lee, Director General, Office of Research in Integration of Education-Training and Labor, KRIVET

Qualifying Teachers/Trainers for Praxis-oriented TVET: Experiences from GIZ
Mr. LIU Bangxiang, Senior Training Expert, CWPP- China Wind Power (Training & Research) Programme, GIZ


  • Ms. Jazira Asanova, Senior Education Specialist, ADB

  • Ms. WANG Yidan, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

  • Ms. XIAO Liping, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Beijing Office

Question and Answer
15:30 – 15:50 Coffee/Tea
15:50 – 17:10 Session 2 (Part 2): Vocational Training, Industrial Upgrading and Economic Transformation
Moderator: Mr. XING Yuqing, Director, Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

Malaysia’s Vocational System and HRD Planning
Mr. Gazali Abas, Economic Planning Unit in the PM’s Department, Malaysia

Japanese Vocational Model and its Applications
Mr. Koichi Hori, Chairman, Dream Incubator (supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Teaching Industries: Good practices in Polytechnics in Indonesia
Mr. Priyono Eko Sanyoto, Director of Polytechnic Batam
Mr. M. Mahmud, Director, Polytechnic Shipping in Surabaya


  • Mr. Nakul Baniya, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Nepal

  • Mr. Sam Sereyrath, Directorate General of General Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia

  • Mr. Ganesh Chand, Vice Chancellor, Fiji National University

Question and Answer

09:00 – 10:05Session 3: Public Private Partnership and Financing Vocational Training
Moderator: President WANG Changwen, Harbin Vocational and Technical College

This session will discuss different modes to finance vocational training. How costly is good vocational training and how shall it be financed?

Frameworks and Models for PPP in TVET
Mr. Michael Latham, PPP Expert/ADB Consultant

Innovative and Cutting Edge Financing Models for TVET: Case Studies from Australia, India, Malaysia and Singapore
Ms. Belinda Smith, TVET PPP Specialist/ADB Consultant


  • Mr. Craig Sugden, Principal PPP Specialist, ADB

  • Mr. XING Yuqing, Director, Capacity Building and Training, ADB Institute

Question and Answer
10:05 – 10:30 Coffee/Tea
10:30 – 11:30 Session 4: Policy Implications for Vocational Training Governance and Management
Moderator: Mr. Diwesh Sharan, Director Urban and Social Sectors, ADB

In the backdrop of the shared experiences, this session will discuss policy implications for future vocational training in the PRC and globally. The panel discussants will identify concrete actions and conclude by discussing way forward, summarized by moderators.

Opportunities for Supporting TVET in the PRC
Ms. LIU Yufeng, Director and Research Professor, Division of International Cooperation and Comparative Education Research, Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education, Ministry of Education

Responding to the Skills Challenge in Asia and Beyond
Ms. Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Association of Canadian Community Colleges & Chair, World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

Strategic Opportunities for TVET: Experience and Directions of ADB Support
Ms. Sofia Shakil, Senior Education Specialist, ADB
11:30 – 12:00Closing remarks
Moderator: Mr. Diwesh Sharan, Director Urban and Social Sectors, ADB

  • Mr. XIE Xuan, Deputy Director General, International Department, Ministry of Finance, the PRC

  • Mr. Hamid Sharif, Country Director, ADB Resident Mission in the PRC

14:00 Departure for Guangdong

Morning: Field visit to Guangzhou Industry and Trade Technical College
08:30 – 09:30 Departure for the College
09:30 – 10:00 Tour the demonstration hall of the Integration Class Achievements
10:00 – 10:45 Introduction of the World Bank Project
Introduction of the Guangdong vocational education for industry and trade
10:45 – 11:30 Tour the Training Base
11:30 Return to the Hotel / Lunch
Afternoon: Field visit to the Enterprise cooperated with TVET Schools
14:00 – 15:00 Departure for the Enterprise
15:00 – 16:00 Tour the Enterprise
Introduction of TVET meeting the demands of the labor market
16:00 – 17:00 Discussion with the enterprise staff, trainers and trainees, exchanging views on school enterprise cooperation for TVET
17:00Return to Hotel / Dinner

Morning: Field visit to Shunde Polytechnic
08:30 – 09:30Departure for the Polytechnic
09:30 – 09:50Introduction of Vocational Education of Shunde District
09:50 – 10:20 Introduction of Shunde Polytechnic
The role of Shunde Polytechnic’s in industrial upgrading and economic transformation
10:20 – 11:30Tour the Polytechnic
11:30Return to Hotel / Lunch
Afternoon: Wrap-up Meeting at Hotel
15:00 – 17:00 Mr. XIE Xuan, Deputy Director General, International Department, Ministry of Finance, the PRC
Ms. Sofia Shakil, Senior Education Specialist, ADB


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