Crossing the River by Touching the Stones: Alternative TVET Approaches in People’s Republic of China and Republic of Korea


Crossing the River by Touching the Stones: Alternative TVET Approaches in People’s Republic of China and Republic of Korea

15 March 2022

Economic diversification requires a critical mass of skilled technicians in respective fields, and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) play an instrumental role in developing Asia. Furthermore, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, international travel restrictions were imposed, and the government in respective countries realized that developing and maintaining a minimum number of national skilled labor is important from the national security point of view. Governments have high expectations of TVET, but TVET faces challenges such as social stigma, shortage of skilled instructors, and insufficient industry partnership.

Knowledge transfer from successful TVET models in Asia could inspire policymakers to think outside the box.

The building blocks of TVET are well known but mostly based upon successful cases in Europe, such as Germany’s dual training programs. While there is a lot to learn from successful TVET history and practices in Europe, different TVET pathways exist in East Asia such as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of Korea. The East Asian good practices, however, are not necessarily well understood, and this webinar disseminated key findings of the recent ADB technical study to close the knowledge gap.

This webinar aimed to motivate policymakers in Asia to explore different TVET models and come up with new ways of TVET delivery that best suit their own country context.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
15 Mar 2022 Opening Welcome Remarks Sungsup Ra, Chief Sector Officer, SDCC
15 Mar 2022 Webinar Presentation Alternative Approaches in Technical and Vocational Education and Training from PRC and ROK
This presentation provides an overview of alternative training at Peking University.
Ha Wei
15 Mar 2022 Webinar Presentation Republic of Korea's Case
This presentation provides an overview of ROK's impressive education system progress towards a knowledge-based economy.
Youngsup Choi
15 Mar 2022 Webinar Presentation China's Experience in a Nutshell
This presentation gives an overview of China's national skill development formation system.
Po Yang
15 Mar 2022 Comments and Discussions Discussants Sunhwa Lee, Principal Social Sector Specialist, SARD

Xin Long, Senior Social Sector Specialist, CWRD
15 Mar 2022 Questions and Answers
15 Mar 2022 Closing Closing Remarks Brajesh Panth, Chief, Education Sector Group, SDCC


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