Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office Visited UNEVOC Center at Shenzhen Polytechnic, China
Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office, visited Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT) at Shenzhen, China on 26 May, 2021. The SZPT Board Chairman Dr. Yang Xinbin, Vice President Dr. Li Yue, Coordinator of UNEVOC Centre Dr. Yang Wenming and Director of International Office Prof. Tang Kesheng warmly received Prof. Khan. The two sides had a thorough discussion on the TVET model and practices at SZPT, and future cooperation between UNESCO and SZPT.
During Prof. Khan’s visit, Dr. Yang Xinbin, on behalf of SZPT, delivered a presentation on “SZPT Solution to TVET in Pioneering to Make a World-Class TVET Institution”. He proposed that the key to promising TVET is integration between industries and education and cooperation between TVET institutions and private sectors. He elaborated on SZPT’s solution to such integration and cooperation, the “9 Joint Cooperation” TVET model. The “9 Joint Cooperation” are 9 approaches of cooperation between SZPT and enterprises, which are “jointly enhancing TVET governance and leadership”, “jointly developing programme clusters”, “jointly developing curricula”, “jointly building an effective faculty team”, “jointly building R&D centers”, “jointly developing qualifications”, “jointly offering innovation and entrepreneurship education”, “jointly delivering enterprises-ordered class and skills training”, and “jointly going global”. Prof. Khan praised SZPT’s “9 Joint Cooperation” model for its active engagement with the private sector, since industry’s investment in education is crucial in TVET. He recommended that it should be replicated and promoted to the global TVET community.
In the company of Dr. Yang Xinbin and Dr. Yang Wenming, Prof. Khan visited the SZPT training centres under the School of ICT, the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and the School of Automotive and Transportation Engineering, and subsequently visited the Maker Centre under the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prof. Khan was shown how students achieved learning outcomes by working with advanced facilities, how emerging technologies such as 5G and VR are applied in teaching and learning, and how students were supported to engage in R&D, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He praised the TVET teaching and learning approaches at SZPT and pointed out that SZPT distinguished itself by cultivating high-caliber students with high-end technical skills and entrepreneurial skills, which makes it a pioneering TVET institution.
Prof. Khan, Dr. Yang Xinbin and Dr. Yang Wenming exchanged views on cooperation between UNESCO and SZPT. SZPT had already engaged in several UNESCO projects, including the UNESCO-UNEVOC i-hubs (Skills for innovation hubs) Project in 2019, the Skills Development Survey initiated by UNESCO, ILO and World Bank in 2020, the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) program by UNESCO-UNEVOC in 2020, and the UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust Project in 2021. Both Prof. Khan and Dr. Yang Xinbin expressed their will to further the cooperation and mutual support between the two parties.