DIT Appointed UNEVOC National Centre for Technical Vocational Education and Training by UNESCO-UNEVOC

Dublin 29 March 2007: Dublin Institute for Technology is proud to announce that the Institute has been appointed as the UNEVOC National Centre for Ireland by the United Nation's UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre assists UN Member States develop policies and practices for specialised Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in order to promote sustainable socio-economic development for all. As UNEVOC National Centre for Ireland, DIT will engage in information generation and dissemination by engaging in research and scholarship collaborations and partnerships, and organising events and activities relating to TVET. The initial priority areas of interest will be pedagogy, quality and best practice in TVET. DIT intends to host a one day conference on TVET in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre later this year.

Commenting on the award Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT said; 'DIT is in a unique position to make a positive contribution to the development work of UNESCO-UNEVOC. The Institute has over 100 years experience in the delivery and provision of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and a reputation for excellence in apprenticeship, skills and craft education. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and learning from the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of colleague UNEVOC National Centres'.

Mr Rupert McClean, Director of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre said: 'It is with immense pleasure that I announce that the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, has become a UNEVOC Centre. By becoming a UNEVOC Centre it joins an international network in the area of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The accession to the UNEVOC Network follows on the endorsement of the nomination by the Irish National Committee for UNESCO'.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference of 1999 agreed to establish an International Centre specialising in TVET, termed UNEVOC International Centre. The UNEVOC International Centre was charged with strengthening TVET in UNESCO Member States worldwide by: 1) Focusing on specific TVET areas such as; promoting best practice, develop systems, improving access and assuring quality. 2) Developing a UNEVOC network or of National Centres to; engage in knowledge sharing, collaborations and partnerships, advisory services and human resource development strategies.

Currently, there are 150 countries hosting UNEVOC National Centres. These National Centres and other specialised TVET institutes act as a network and engage in collaborative projects, research, consultancy, e-forums and information exchanges. Details and listing of activities and publications can be obtained from www.unevoc.unesco.org.

The Skills Research Initiative (SRI) whose primary role is to carry out research and scholarship relating to TVET has being appointed the official DIT point of contact for UNESCO-UNEVOC activities. Staff or students seeking to find out more about UNEVOC should contact Aidan Kenny, Project Manager, SRI, E: aidan.kenny@dit.ie T: 402 3312.

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