A competitor uses robots during the Global Vocational College Skills Competition in Tianjin, north China, Aug. 19, 2022. The competition, part of the World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference, attracted participants from more than 100 countries and regions. (Xinhua/Sun Fanyue)
TIANJIN, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) — Atelier Luban, a Chinese professional workshop program training overseas talents, represents a win-win model for international cooperation in vocational education.
The program, named after Lu Ban, an ancient Chinese woodcraft master, attracted a lot of attention at the World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference in the port city of Tianjin, China. northern China. About 700 participants from over 120 countries and regions attended the offline and online event from Friday to Saturday.
A 3D printing machine for professional training at the exhibition stand of Luban workshop in South Africa attracted many visitors.
“With the help of industry integration and vocational education, companies undergoing transformation can more easily recruit skilled workers in new technologies,” said Duan Wenyan of the Tianjin Vocational Institute, who co-founded the workshop in South Africa.
Vocational education closely follows industrial demand, serving the promotion of new technologies and industrial upgrading, Duan said. “The exhibition provides the industry with a platform for mutual exchange and learning,” she said.
Luban’s workshop program aims to promote professional education exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries and regions, committed to cultivating urgently needed technical talents.
So far, 20 such workshops have been built in 19 countries, including Thailand, Britain, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia and Portugal.
“Cooperation and vocational education provide answers to some of our challenges,” said Muferihat Kamil Ahmed, Ethiopian Minister of Labor and Skills.
“Ethiopia has a strong desire to expand the Luban workshop to cover our regional states as well,” she added at the conference.
A Luban workshop was built in Thailand in 2016, which has helped Thai students learn subjects ranging from new energy cars to high-speed rail.
Thai student Arissara Jitnok studied mechatronics there and continued her studies at a university in Tianjin. Jitnok plans to join a Chinese-funded company after graduation.
“I would never have had the chance to continue my studies in China and find a good job when I returned to Thailand if I had not had professional training at Luban’s workshop in Thailand,” said Jitnok, 23 years.
Data shows that more than 3,200 students have undergone vocational training at Luban workshops around the world. More than 11,000 people have been trained for Chinese-funded companies and local companies in partner countries.
Teachers from partner countries also have the opportunity to hone their teaching skills in China.
“I learned a lot from the Chinese workshop in Luban and from the Chinese teachers,” said Mohamed Ahmed Ali Baioumy Mohamed, a teacher at Cairo’s Higher Technical School of Maintenance Technology in Egypt.
“At the workshop, I learned how to operate modern machines and how to use advanced CNC machine tools. I will pass on what I learned in China to my colleagues and students,” he said. declared.
The Luban workshop in India trains talent in equipment manufacturing and new energy for Chinese-funded companies, while the workshop in Britain has brought Chinese cuisine and culture to British chefs.
“We not only teach wheat-based Chinese food, but also share the culture and history of food,” said Zhang Yakun, a wheat-based Chinese cooking teacher at the Luban workshop in Britain. . “Many teachers and students were impressed with the skills required and the deep culture of Chinese cuisine.” ■