The main programme of the conference was complemented by two Open Forum sessions that discuss relevant issues in VSD but are less directly related to the issue of policy transfer.
Whereas a first session discussed innovative VSD practices, the second session focused on current research on TVET in developing and transition countries.
Open forum 1: Innovative VSD practices
Thursday, September 13, 12.15-13.45; backside of the main conference room
Stefan Wolf (TU Berlin, Germany): Project WEB-TT: Vocational Training Packages for Resource Efficient Building and Supply Technologies
Olga Tsiourva, Greek Manpower Organisation (OAED): Vocational Schools of Apprenticeship implement the dual system training model and the National Qualification Framework in Greece
Siroco Messerli, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation: Result-based payments in vocational skills development
Peter Grossholz, hotelleriesuisse: The Swiss tourism industry and its role in the international training market
Moderation: Marc Bloch, Agridea, Team for International Cooperation
Open forum 2: Current research on TVET
Friday, September 14, 12.15-13.45; backside of the main conference room
Christopher Winch, Institute of Education, London: Analysing the implementation of the national qualifications framework in the UK
Tushar Agrawal, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (India): Skill Development in India
Pauline Whiteman, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago: The Implementation of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Secondary Schools of CARICOM States: Problems in Delivery and Assessment
Zainun Misbah, Wageningen University, Indonesia: Competence Based Vocational Education and Student Working Readiness: Evidence from Indonesia Agricultural Education
Moderation: Christopher Winch, Institute of Education, London