Thai-German TVET Conference on Research Cooperation in Southeast Asia

25-26 September 2023, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok, Thailand


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Announcement of Accepted participants
– Thai-German TVET Conference
RAVTE General Assembly Meeting

Registration Closed!!

25-26 September 2023, Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok, Thailand

An Action-Oriented, Supra-National Research Perspective on Labour Market Needs in the Face of Digitalization and Green Energy Transition

TVET systems must be continuously developed and adapted to changing economic and social developments and prepared for the working world of the future. TVET systems are also a social resource and a basis for social, ecological, and economic development, leading to prosperity and social peace. Pressing topics and challenges in TVET globally are the so-called “Twin Transition: Digitalization and Greening”, but also Excellence in TVET, which is achieved through Work-Based Learning, Governance of TVET, Research on TVET and highly skilled TVET teachers and trainers, who act as Agents of Change. The conference with its focus on research cooperation between Southeast Asia and Germany addresses researchers and practitioners and calls for contributions. It is funded by the German Federal Minsitry of Education and Research in the context of the ProWoThai-project, Progressing Work-based Learning in Thailand. The conference is being organized by the Regional Association for Vocational and Technical Education in Asia (RAVTE), the Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL) and TU Dortmund University.

Keynote speakers

TVET  and Research on TVET in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia with its 630 million inhabitants is a politically, economically and culturally highly divers and economically dynamic region. With the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 and the simultaneous growing challenges in society and the world of work (digital transformation, greening, etc.), an action-oriented, supranational and regionally adapted approach to TVET research and development in Southeast Asia has become an urgent issue. Such a combined approach enables stakeholders and organizations to innovate and align with the needs of the regional labor market in terms of effective, efficient, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable TVET in line with the United Nations´ Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs). In this context, research and development of vocational education and training as well as cooperation and exchange of scientific know-how, currently as well as in the medium and long term, play an enormous role.

The BMBF-Project “Progressing Work-based Learning of TVET System in Thailand” ProWoThai

As an economically increasingly important and modernizing country in Southeast Asia, Thailand has a growing demand for highly qualified professionals. As the labor market evolves through digital transformation, Industry 4.0, and the national „Thailand 4.0“ strategy proclaimed by the Thai government, the Thai TVET system faces further challenges. The BMBF-funded project ProWoThai builds on a 60-year tradition of bilateral German-Thai vocational education and training cooperation. It focuses on the model implementation of dual vocational training and on learning in the work process under the given conditions. The research strategy of ProWoThai is focused on participatory action research in Thailand. The main objective of ProWoThai is to design competence acquisition through work-based learning in Industry 4.0 environments. The project is jointly planned and implemented by TU Dortmund University and Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna in cooperation with other universities from Thailand and supported by OVEC (Ministry of Education), NXPO (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation), in close cooperation with Tun Hussein Onn University Malaysia (UTHM) and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AHK).