Cooperation with partner institution UNESCO-UNEVOC

The United Nations' International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) is a key partner for the BIBB when it comes to international cooperation with multilateral organisations in the field of vocational education and training. The two partners have been working together successfully since 1999.

Cooperation with partner institution UNESCO-UNEVOC
Shyamal Majumdar, former Head of the United Nation's International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC), and BIBB President Esser

Cooperation with multilateral organisations is a key area in the BIBB's range of international activities. BIBB has been a member of the worldwide network of vocational education and training institutions and organisations that is coordinated by the United Nations' International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) already since 1994.

The two organisations have a cooperation agreement since 1999. For example, BIBB supports the network in the organisation and execution of events and by subject-specific contributions.

Furthermore BIBB advises members regarding the dual system of vocational education and training and provides insights into its implementation in Germany. BIBB contributes its expertise regarding reform processes in vocational education and training systems. The mutual sending of experts and the organization of study visits are further parts of the cooperation.

In 2015, in its capacity as a member of the Special Education Committee of the German UNESCO Commission (DUK), BIBB was involved in drawing up a draft resolution for the implementation of the 2016-2030 UN Education Agenda. It was particularly responsible for ensuring that aspects relating to vocational education and training were included in the DUK Response.

UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVET Learning Forum 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

UNESCO-UNEVOC’s TVET Learning Forum 2018

Under participation of the BIBB as a UNEVOC center in Germany the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Learning Forum took place from 24 to 25 of May 2018 in Bonn. The Forum focussed on “Managing skills in a time of disruptions” and was organized at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre.

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Study visit in the context of UNESCO-UNEVOC's TVET Learning Forum 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Study visit in the context of UNESCO-UNEVOC's TVET Learning Forum 2018

During their study visit to BIBB, international experts in the field of TVET received information on ongoing projects in the fields of digitisation, vocational training for sustainable development and Migration.

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Focus of cooperation


2019-2021 Project "Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET" (BILT-Bridges) / Coordination of the European UNEVOC Cluster
2015-2018 Work-based-learning

Industry 4.0“ and  Knowledge Management

2013-2014  Knowledge Management and Greening TVET


Mutual activities

Knowledge Management

  • BILT-project/Peer Learning (2019-2021): Since 2019, BIBB and UNESCO-UNEVOC have been implementing the BILT project on behalf of the BMBF. The project is seen as an innovation platform for VET. Through the cooperation of the European UNEVOC network and - perspectively - African and Asian partners (Bridging Process) national developments in VET are to be complemented by innovative, market-oriented and attractive learning examples.
  • Since 2014: Further development of the worldwide glossary TVETipedia on the terminology of vocational training
  • In 2016 BIBB established the UNEVOC Resource Centre in its library. Here the UNEVOC network is presented. The BIBB library is the largest academic library specialized in the field of VET and VET research in the German-speaking world.
  • Development of the "Greening TVET Guide"
  • Brochure development  „Skills Challenges in the Water and Wastewater Industry  Contemporary Issues and Practical Approaches in TVET“
  • 2013/14: Development of a selective bibliography on the topic „Attractiveness of vocational education and training: Permeability, successful school-to-work transitions and international mobility”.

Knowledge Development

From 2015-2018, BIBB was in charge of the research project: International Comparative Survey of the Research Field on Work-based Learning (see at projects no. 7.8.152) - (Publication: Work-based Learning as a Pathway to Competence-based Education)

Capacity Building/Policy

  • BILT Conference (2020)
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Learning Forum (2020 / 2018 / 2016 / 2014)
  • Global and regional TVET Leadership Programme (2019 / 2018 / 2017/2016)
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practice (2019)
  • UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (2018)
  • UNESCO photo competition on occasion of WYSD (2018)
  • Networking event of the UNEVOC Regional Cluster Europe (2017)
  • BIBB Partner Meeting Asia-Pacific (2019/2016)
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC E-Forum on "Greening TVET and Sustainable Development in Policy and Practice" (2013)
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC Regional Forum "Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development in Africa" (2013)
  • 1st global BIBB partner meeting with focus on Greening TVET (2013)



7.8.152 - Work-based learning: Options for research at an internationally comparative level - A joint project by BIBB and UNESCO-UNEVOC

Time period IV-15 to IV-17

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7.08.097 - UNEVOC

Time period IV-12 bis II-14