On February 13-14, the World Digital Education Conference, co-hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, was held in Beijing. Yang Xinbin, Party Secretary of SZPT, as the representative of domestic vocational colleges and the world’s only chair of vocational education digitization, was invited to attend the conference and give an expert report in the parallel forum “Digital Transformation and Development of Technological and Vocational Education and Training”.
The parallel forum “Digital Transformation and Development of Technological and Vocational Education and Training”, with the theme of “Transformation and Reshaping: Digital Empowerment for New Ecology of Vocational Education”, focused on the development and application of digital resources in the field of vocational education and the improvement of digital governance ability. Weng Tiehui, Vice Minister of Education, attended the forum and delivered a speech. Wen Kangnong, Representative of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in China, and Yuan Zhenguo, Tenured Professor of East China Normal University & President of Shanghai Institute of AI Education, delivered keynote reports respectively. More than 10 experts and scholars from the International Labor Organization, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and other countries as well as the domestic vocational education community, in the “on-site + cloud” form, shared the practical experience of digital vocational education in the world and discussed the plan of Digital Transformation and Development of Technological and Vocational Education and Training.
Yang Xinbin was giving an expert report at the parallel forum “Digital Transformation and Development of Technological and Vocational Education and Training”.
“Digital skills are widely used and the demand for digital skills education and training is exploding. Over the past few years, developing digital skills has become a policy priority for countries around the world in response to rapid technological changes. At present, 170 countries and regions have introduced digital transformation strategies. Behind this, digital skills have increasingly become a cross-cutting demand across all occupations and sectors of society,” Yang Xinbin started with two stories about the digital transformation of Foxconn and the water system, arousing the audience’s awareness and resonance about the urgency and importance of the digital transformation of vocational education, emphasizing that behind the digital transformation of vocational education are the needs of industrial development and the rigid demand for the development of new drivers, and the momentum for the reform of vocational education itself. He elaborated on the underlying logic and analysis framework of the digital transformation of vocational education, shared the strategic objectives and ten deployments of the digital transformation at SZPT, and finally put forward six paths for the digital transformation of vocational education - the digitalization of majors and courses, the enhancement of teachers’ digital ability, the cultivation of students’ digital ability, the digitalization of school-enterprise cooperation, the construction of international communication platform, and the strengthening of digital base.
It is reported that, representatives from more than 130 countries and regions attended the World Digital Education Conference, themed by “Digital Transformation and Future of Education”.
(UNESCO Vocational Education Liaison Centre)