National Skills University Islamabad, Pakistan Welcomes Hudson Valley Community College, USA, into UNESCO/UNEVOC Network

April 15th, 2024
National Skills University Islamabad, Pakistan Welcomes Hudson Valley Community College, USA, into UNESCO/UNEVOC Network

Hudson Valley's Community College

The first US community college to join the UNESCO-UNEVOC Network is a significant milestone in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor of National Skills University Islamabad, Pakistan stated this while participating in the inauguration ceremony. This inaugural ceremony, a testament to Hudson Valley's Community College commitment to excellence in TVET, was attended by key figures, including Friedrich Huebler, Head of UNESCO/UNEVOC, and Olivier Pieume, Chief of the Technical Cooperation Unit.

The ceremony spotlighted the global impact of the UNESCO/UNEVOC Network, whose mission is to enhance TVET standards and quality worldwide. Mr. Huebler underscored the network's three prime objectives:

  • Fostering cooperation for institutional capacity development
  • Promoting peer learning and knowledge-sharing
  • Serving as a crucial asset to UNESCO in providing technical support to member states

Mr. Huebler also unveiled the UNESCO Strategy for TVET 2022-2029, outlining its key objectives: developing skills for individuals, inclusive economies, and peaceful societies. This strategy underscores UNESCO/UNEVOC's commitment to advancing TVET globally.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar praised the collaborative efforts among UNESCO/UNEVOC centers worldwide and highlighted National Skills University's unique prestige as a member in Pakistan. As of April 2024, the UNESCO/UNEVOC Network comprises 233 centers across 151 countries.

Looking ahead, Mr. Huebler announced upcoming initiatives, including the identification of regional coordinators, a TVET Leadership Program, support for UNESCO's Global Skills Academy, and the establishment of a global award for innovation in TVET. These efforts signify a concerted push to expand the reach and impact of the UNESCO/UNEVOC Network.

The inclusion of Hudson Valley Community College into this esteemed network underscores the growing global recognition of TVET's pivotal role in shaping inclusive and sustainable societies.

In his remarks, Prof. Mukhtar advised the UNESCO-UNEVOC to focus more on enhancing interactions among regional and global centers to devise uniform curricula for skills training and technology oriented programs. Other participants in the inauguration ceremony endorsed these remarks.

May 24, 2024@ 06:56 AM