World Congress 2020


Due to the exceptional situation around the world arising from COVID-19, the WFCP Congress 2020 schedules for October has been cancelled.

WFCP is still committed to hold the WFCP Congress. Due to the expected economic impact in addition to the population health consequences of COVID-19, WFCP will hold over the Congress till 2022. The date will be announced later in the year.

The WFCP 2020 Awards of Excellence are still being assessed and the Board of WFCP is exploring ways for virtual announcement later in 2020. Any proposals to present to the Congress and any registrations will still be considered for the Congress when a revised date is set. New submissions for speaking will be opened when the new date is set.

We appreciate your understanding and support, and we reinforce the request from health authorities to take all preventative measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

This is an important time to work as the community committed to technical vocational education and training. We plan to issue updates through the WFCP monthly newsletter Dispatch. We also hope to establish some online communities, so we can chat about important priorities for WFCP and TVET, so we all come out of this crisis better informed and prepared to deliver to the students and communities we serve. Please follow the WFCP news by subscribing to updates.

Warm regards and best of health to you.

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics organizes a world congress biannually. The international gathering attracts large numbers of experts and professionals in the field of professional and technical education and training from all continents.

The WFCP 2020 Congress will be held in Donostia-San Sebastián, the Basque Country (Spain) from October 11 – 16, 2020 under the theme VET Excellence – For All. Join with leaders of associations, colleges and polytechnics to celebrate excellence in professional and technical education and training!

Tknika, the Basque Centre of Research and Applied Innovation in Vocational Education and Training (VET) which is part of the Deputy Ministry of Vocational Education and Training of the Education Department of the Basque government, is host for Congress. Tknika has been widely recognized for its innovation and workforce development success.

The 2020 Congress will highlight the trends in professional and technical education and training (PTET) from across the world, and the Leadership Institute workshop and Young Leaders Retreat will feature again in the Congress program.

2020 is also a crucial date for the European Union. The WFCP community will join with members of the European VET community for the 2020 Congress. The Congress will promote areas of mutual interest, starting with discussing progress against the targets defined by European Commission for 2020-2030. Participants can engage in the strategy to support platforms of excellence in the VET building off the work of the European Commission as well as the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ program. Progress on the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030 will be examined. Priorities for VET from across the globe will be the centre of dialogue at the Congress.

Recipients of the Awards of Excellence will be invited to present their award-winning project or institution at the 2020 World Congress.

Find more details on the Congress website!

The previous World Congresses and the host organizations are:

  • 2018 World Congress: Melbourne, Australia (Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Directors Australia)
  • 2016 World Congress: Vitória, Brazil (Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (Conif))
  • 2014 World Congress: Beijing, China (China Education International Exchange Association (CEAIE))
  • 2012 World Congress: Halifax, Canada (CICan)
  • 2010 World Congress: Birmingham, UK (Association of Colleges (AoC))
  • 2008 World Congress: New York City, USA (American Association of Community Colleges (AACC))
  • 2005 World Congress: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2002 World Congress: Melbourne, Australia (TAFE Directors Australia (TDA))
  • 1999 World Congress: Québec, Canada (Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) [formerly Association of Canadian Community Colleges]