Ongi etorri! It is the first word that anyone who arrives in the Basque Country hears. It means 'welcome' in Basque, our native language whose origins are still unknown. San Sebastian, located in the Basque Country, will host the new edition of the biennial congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) in October this year.
In less than 250 days, professionals from all over the world will share their knowledge in this city, in a meeting co-organized by the WFCP, the Association Of Colleges (AOC) from the United Kingdom and Tknika, from the Basque Country.
The theme of this edition, 'TVET Excellence for all', rather than a statement of good intentions is in fact an imperative need for all the societies that wish to move forward based on sustainable development. It is the reason why the WFCP 2020 congress will be held in San Sebastian, located in one of the regions of Europe with the lowest rates of inequality and home to Tknika, one of the centres of excellence that the European Commission has designated as a role model for the area of TVET.
Excellence will cease to be excellence if people are left behind. The conversation will highlight different points such as the global economy, gender equality or the phenomenon of migration, among other topics, all of which are closely connected to the area of TVET. At the WFCP 2020 conference – October 15th and 16th - we will listen to internationally acclaimed industry leaders in a context of constant change, we will attend workshops side by side with professionals from all over the world who have launched successful projects and we will visit educational centres which are nowadays an international reference in the field of TVET.
The WFCP 2020 Congress includes several events spread over a week, including the two-day congress, the Awards of Excellence dinner, the Affinity Groups Workshops, visits to Tknika and TVET Centres, networking opportunities, the Youth Camp for TVET students and the Leadership Institute.
Ideas, contacts and reflection all within the framework of a city that is constantly staring at the sea, surrounded by nature, and brimming with rich cultural activities and world-renowned gastronomy. The Tknika Organising Committee of the congress, together with the WFCP and the AOC is already working hard to make this meeting, the world's leading event of TVET, unique and to keep inspiring institutions and education professionals to make our a key sector to give hope and a future to all boys and girls.
Registration for 'TVET Excellence for all' is already open from February here.
You can't miss it!
2020 WFCP Congress Organisation Manager
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