Global networking

In 2006, BIBB instigated a forum of European vocational education and training institutions with the aim of strengthening existing cooperation arrangements and of establishing new cooperation agreements. This forum has led to the emergence of regular Partner Meetings.

Since 2010, meetings have been held in various regions in conjunction with the partner institutions based there. Main thematic focuses are selected so as to be of relevance to the region in question.

The first BIBB Global Partner Meeting took place in 2013 during the WorldSkills Fair in Leipzig.

The BIBB Asia-Pacific Partner Meeting 2019 will take in the context of Worlddidac Asia in Bangkok on 9 and 10 October 2019. For the first time, the Roadshow „Digital Media in TVET“ initiated by BIBB presents good practice examples from Asia for the use of digital media in TVET at Worldidac Asia in Bangkok. The event aims to show the potential of digital applications and technologies for teaching and learning in TVET and identify viable solutions for their sustainable integration into TVET practice.

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Following the invitation of BIBB, representatives from partner institutions and VET experts from the Asia-Pacific region got together for the BIBB Asia-Pacific Networking Meeting 2017 in Nanjing, PR China on 19-20 October 2017.

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Following the invitation of BIBB, TVET experts from partner institutions in the Asia-Pacific region got together for the second regional BIBB partners meeting in Nanjing, PR China on 13-14 October 2016. The event took place in the context of Education+, the first exhibition in China with a focus on vocational education organized by Messe Nanjing, a subsidiary of the German based Landesmesse Stuttgart.

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The first Global Partner Meeting took place in Leipzig from 3 to 5 July 2013. Participants discussed opportunities to create new training places whilst at the same time reducing environmental pollution.
The meeting was attended by 30 partner institutes from 24 countries. Read more

The first Partner Meeting to be held in Latin America took place in Mexico (Metepec) in 2012 and was organised by the Mexican partner institute Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (CONALEP). Alongside CONALEP, the other South American partner institutes represented were Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) from Columbia and the Chilean Ministry of Education.

Participants discussed the topic “Early recognition of skills requirements in vocational education and training”. Bilateral talks were used a vehicle to exchange information on the current challenges facing vocational education and training and on relevant sectors of trade and industry involved in supporting VET measures. The discussions were also used as a basis for defining thematic starting points and joint cooperation activities between the countries.

BIBB’s first meeting with its South-East Asian partner institutes took place in Seoul, South Korea, from 12 to 14 October 2011. Four of the five partner institutes in the region were represented. These were the CIVTE from China, the KRIVET from Korea, the IAL from Singapore and the NIVT from Vietnam. This was the 5th Partner Meeting to be staged and was jointly prepared by BIBB and KRIVET. The topic discussed was “Evidence-based policy research”.

Following the 2010 Partner Meeting in Belgrade, the second regional Partner Meeting for South-Eastern Europe was held in Podgorica, Montenegro, and was jointly staged by the Montenegrin Vocational Education and Training Institute (CSO) and BIBB. Representatives from VET institutes from Austria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Germany met for a two-day workshop, during which they debated the topic “Modularisation and credit transfer”.

The first regional Partner Meeting for South-Eastern Europe was held in Belgrade, Serbia, in April 2010. Representatives from partner institutes in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro and Austria exchanged views on the topic “Development of skills requirements and supply in South-Eastern Europe – demographic and economic development in the region”.


The third Partner Meeting was held in London from 17 October to 1 November 2008. Participants debated European VET policy issues.

The second Partner Meeting was held in Madrid between 28 and 23 October 2006. Participants discussed the effects of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) on the individual countries.

The first Partner Meeting was staged in Bonn from 19 to 23 March 2006. The main thematic focus was the development of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). 16 partner institutes from various European countries attended the meeting.