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Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education

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  • Post Date: 11/29/2012

The Ministry of Education established the highest honor for technical and vocation schools – the “Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education” in 2005 to encourage technological and vocational school teachers and students to participate in international skill competitions and to win honor. Nominations for the Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education are done according to the various technological and vocational schools entering their outstanding achievements on the “Technological and Vocational School Honor List.” Outstanding teachers and students that competed in international art skill competitions, international invention competition award winning students, license winning talents, and other outstanding achievements are chosen to be nominated for the “Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education.” Information pertaining to “non-international competitions” and “not directly related to technological and vocational education” has already been removed.

1.    The principles for selection for the Outstanding Award are:

(1)     The competition theme is related to technical and vocational education.

(2)     The competition is in the professional field and has international status.

(3)     The contest scale (including number of participating countries, participants, and number of awards, etc.)

(4)     The ranking Taiwanese competitors gain in the competition.

(5)     The competition has chosen outstanding competitors to take part in the competition.

2.    The principles for the Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education are:

(1)     Invention award: The number of participating countries, the competition scale, the awards won by students, and number of entries are considered for the winners of invention awards and those chosen to be recognized.

(2)     License talent: Those who have outstanding performance in obtaining professional licenses are first divided by vocational groups and technical groups, and will be chosen to be recognized according to student departments, the number of licenses obtained, and the quality level.

(3)     Students will be chosen to be recognized if they have other outstanding performances, the outstanding achievements show the characteristics and advantages of technical and vocational education, and they act as a model for technical and vocational school students.

Recently, vocational and technical school teachers and students have won gold and silver in various international competitions and invention exhibitions and defeated competitors from other countries so that the world can see the ability of Taiwan’s vocational and technical schools! The characteristic of technical and vocational schools is to “learn from doing.” Increasing learning efficiency through accumulating experience and the balance between education theory and practice are the characteristics emphasized by vocational and technical education. It is also the foundation for the success of vocational and technical school students and for national economic development. Examples: The 41st International Skills Competition “Technological and Vocational School Honor List” in 2011 were all technical and vocational school students. They have all shone internationally and have performed well in competitions. The Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education set up an outstanding skill award starting in 2008. In the 8th annual “Invention Talent” award in 2012, the number of recommended items was 409, which was 130 more than the year before. This shows how encouraging student participation from various schools in patent and innovative inventions has allowed the world to see the success of Taiwan’s vocational and technical school education.

Gaining professional licenses is an important link in vocational and technical education. In the future job market, academic certification is not the only condition. Gaining domestic and international professional licenses can not only verify their own professional abilities, it can allow them to quickly become a part of the professional field and greatly improve their competitiveness and help them to be considered by employers.

Taiwan’s technical and vocational school education development spans 70 years and has developed professional talents in various fields. Vocational and technical education has a key position in terms of social and economic development. Students can excel in any field if they have a special skill because they hold the key to career development. The “Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education” is a benchmark for vocational and technical school teachers and students' learning, and through recognizing and promoting this event they hope the future road of vocational and technical school education will be unlimited. We welcome more young students to take part in building the vocational and technical school education system and become future winners of the Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education.

The 8th Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education in 2012 (recognizing outstanding students in 2011) will be held on November 29th, 2012. This year’s Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education was very competitive and a total of 34 entries won (62 people).

Statistics for nominations and awards for the Outstanding Award of Technological and Vocational Education in the past few years:

Awards

Number of entries nominated

Number recognized (awards)

School year

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Winners of international skills competitions

(Student Group)

72

171

136

149

163

342

13

12

14

16

13

18

Winners of international skills competitions

(Teacher Group)

5

19

19

16

12

30

1

0

2

0

4

1

Winners of international invention competitions

9

32

61

130

269

409

0

3

2

2

4

5

License talent (vocational school group)

Not recognized

10

14

21

39

37

Not recognized

2

3

3

4

3

License talent (technical school group)

15

15

19

104

51

4

2

2

4

5

Other outstanding achievements

0

3

3

7

6

0

1

0

1

2

2

 

 Statistics for technical and vocational school students who participated and won in international competitions in 2008-2011

Unit: Items

Competition Type

2008 School Year

2009 School Year

2010 School Year

2011 School Year

Industrial Design

11

10

13

34

Commercial Design

37

36

17

108

Architectural and Space Design

7

0

6

2

Multimedia and Game Design

2

3

8

3

Animation

20

10

29

35

Creating Movies

2

0

0

3

Information Technology

0

0

5

8

Science and Technology Research and Development

11

12

16

37

Catering and Cooking

45

40

45

66

Beauty, Hairdressing and Housekeeping

18

24

18

42

Entrepreneurship

0

0

6

2

Foreign Languages

2

2

0

0

The 40th International Skills Competition

-

29

-

23

The 8th International Energy Saving Vocational Skills Competition

-

-

-

6

International Invention Exhibition

62

130

269

409

Total

217

296

432

778

Note: The related data is taken from the “Technological and Vocational School Honor List.” The international skills competition is held once every two years and the international energy saving vocational skills competition is held once every four years.