The WFCP Recognizes Excellence in Professional and Technical Education and Training

November 27, 2020

Today, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) hosted a virtual ceremony to present its fourth Awards of Excellence, recognizing leaders in the field of professional and technical education and training.

There has been high interest in the 2020 Awards, with 113 nominations received. Nominees came from across the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Fiji, Kenya, Spain, the United Arabic Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The 2020 submissions demonstrated the innovation, dedication, and spirit of the individuals and institutions in the professional and technical education and training sector.

Recipients were recognized in eight categories, which represent the range of activity within the federation, covering innovation in entrepreneurship and higher learning, excellence in student support and access and collaboration with industry, and in applied research. The Awards of Excellence also recognizes the Chair’s commendations for outstanding service to the technical and vocational education and training.

The 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients are:

Access to Learning and Employment
Gold: Chisholm Institute, Australia
Silver: ETHAZI Learning & High-Performance model, Tknika, the Basque Country, Spain
Bronze: Hangzhou Vocational & Technical College (HVTC), China

Applied Research
Gold: Wuxi Institute of Technology (WXIT), China
Silver: College La Cité, Canada
Silver: Red River College, Canada
Bronze: Jiangsu Agri-animal Husbandry Vocational College (JAHVC), China

Gold: Changsha Social Work College (CSWC), China
Silver: María Pilar Diez Mintegui, Ikasenpresa, Tknika, the Basque Country, Spain
Bronze: Dr. Hasmukh Lal, Fiji

Partnership with Industry
Gold: South Metropolitan TAFE, Australia
Silver: Ningbo Polytechnic (NBPT), China
Bronze: Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT), China

Sustainable Development
Gold: Shaanxi Polytechnic Institute (SXPI), China
Silver: Jiangxi Environmental Engineering Vocational College (JEEVC), China
Bronze: Kangan Institute, Australia

Higher Technical Skills
Gold: Jiangsu Vocational Institute of Commerce (JVIC), China
Silver:  Beijing College of Finance and Commerce (BCFC), China
Bronze: Electronics and Telecommunication department of CIFP DON BOSCO LHII, Spain

Leadership Development
Gold: Wuhan Railway Vocational College of Technology (WRC), China
Silver: Qingdao Technical College (QTC), China
Bronze: Sheridan College – Centre for People and Organizational Development, Canada

Student Support Services
Gold: Karen Harris, Learner Success Strategist, Lakeland College, Canada
Silver: Dr. Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Weston College, the UK
Bronze: Tourism College of Zhejiang (TCZJ), China
Bronze: Zhengzhou Railway Vocational and Technical College (ZRVTC), China

Chair’s Awards
Gold: Fábio Alexandrini, Instituto Federal Catarinense, Rio do Sul, Brazil
Silver: Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI), Kenya
Bronze: Polo de Inovaçaão do IFSC, Brazil

Recipients of the 2020 Awards of Excellence will be featured in the Federation’s third volume of the World’s Best Practice Guide in Professional and Technical Education and Training. The Best Practice Guide will be available on the WFCP website. The award winners will also be invited to share their success stories at the WFCP webinar series.

The Chair of the Federation, Craig Robertson from Australia commended all the winners and thanked all the nominees. “WFCP members across the world will play a critical role in economic rebuilding following the impacts of the pandemic, and these awards show the capability they can bring to the task,” Mr Robertson said.

The Chair and the Board of Directors thank the international Awards Committee: Jen Bahen (Australia), Dawn Ward (the UK), Xuesong Shen (China), and Inge Gorostiaga (the Basque Country, Spain). They were dedicated and worked tirelessly in their task. The WFCP thanks them for their time and commitment.

Congratulations to the 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients.

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is a member-based international network of colleges, polytechnics, university colleges, institutions and individuals of professional and technical education and training. The Federation provides leadership in delivering workforce education for the global economy.

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For more information:
Mariia Alekseevskaia
World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics
Twitter: @wfcpsecretariat