About center

Preparing for the 8th anniversary of the opening of the UNEVOC center, we remember how it all began. On December 7, 2012, there were many official guests at the Bashkir Institute of Social Technologies: Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Deputy Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO; Ksenia Gaverdovskaya, Secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO; Valery Neronov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Committee for the UNESCO program “Man and the Biosphere”; Elvira Kunina, President of the Russian House of Folk Arts, Chairman of the Russian Committee for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO; Evgeny Kuzmin, Chairman of the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Program “Information for All”; Alfis Gayazov, Minister of Education of the Republic of Bashkortostan; Ulfat Yumaguzin, Executive Director of the UNESCO Committee of the Republic of Bashkortostan; Syntimir Bayazitov, Deputy Head of the Administration of the City District, the city of Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan.

In a solemn surroundings of the Conference Hall – Grigory Ordzhonikidze and Alfis Gayazov cut the ribbon; Tanzilya Nigmatullina, the director of UNEVOC centre, handed them and Ulfat Yumaguzin a symbol of our Center – a tree as a sign of the development and prosperity of the ideas of the UNESCO-UNEVOC movement.

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The grand opening of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre in the Russian Federation on the basis of Bashkir Institute of Social Technologies (branch) of the Academy of Labor and Social Relations took place on 7 December 2012.

The Republic of Bashkortostan is the place where Europe meets Asia, the place where you find major Eurasian ethnic groups that define ethnographic, cultural and historical, social and psychological portrait of modern Russia. This is why the decision to create UNEVOC Centre in the Republic of Bashkortostan seems logical and valid.

Besides, the need to establish the Centre is determined by the drive to create innovative organizational forms of cooperation of the following kind: School — Primary Professional Education — Secondary Professional Education — Higher Professional Education — Postgraduate Education, as an educational clustered module that assists young people in entering the modern world of professional labour and in their successful socialization.

The Centre works under the UNESCO Charter and the agreement between UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre (Bonn, Germany) and Bashkir Institute of Social Technologies (branch) of the Academy of Labour and Social Relations.

Bashkir Institute of Social Technologies meets all the criteria for the implementation of the basic UNESCO principles: highly qualified team of professors and lecturers, high level of quality of education, confirmed by the Conformance Certificate of Quality management system requirements GOST ISO 9001:2008, by the Conformance Certificate of International Quality management system requirements ISO 9001:2008, by the Diploma of the winner of the Republican Contest for the best Quality Management System, by the Diploma of the All-Russian Contest for Top-100 Products of Russia; up-to-date material and technical base, scientific laboratories, experience in the ­UNESCO International activities.

Team work of the UNEVOC Centre, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Bashkortostan and the UNESCO Committee of the Republic of Bashkortostan, will allow to introduce progressive international experience into reforming the system of professional and technical education in full measure. It will promote:

  • further innovative development of the priority branches of economics of Bashkortostan and it will lead to the reduction of unemployment and improvement of the quality of life of the population;
  • development and implementation of the informational and social technologies and humanitarian innovations which help to form and fulfill the policy of preservation and stable development of the human capital;
  • bringing vocational educational institutions’ conditions up to a qualitatively new level of education, conforming to the International Standards;
  • solving the problem of professional retraining of the youth taking into account the requirements of the changing economic situation;
  • encouraging tolerance, international harmony and preservation of cultural traditions of different nations.

All this will allow the Republic of Bashkortostan and the Ural region as a whole to position itself as an economically developed territory, socially comfortable for the population, as one of the scientific and educational Centers of advanced international educational quality standards in Russia and abroad.

The Centre sees its mission in:

  • developing international cooperation, tapping into the intellectual and spiritual inner world of a human, which will allow to stretegically address long-term challenges of the 21st century;
  • strengthening and improving metho­dology of vocational education and training in the region;
  • arranging scientific and research work and studying the experience of other countries and regions in vocational training and labour market development in the Republic of Bashkortostan;
  • providing people with wider access to projects aimed at skill development in order to implement article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as requirements and standards relating to vocational education and training.

The goal of the Centre is to develop (taking into account best domestic and foreign experiences) the policy and practice of vocational education, that contribute to educating specialists of highest qualification who can demonstrate professional and cultural competences required by mo­dern society.

In compliance with the major UNEVOC aims, the Centre activity implies addressing the following tasks:

  • integration of the UNEVOC BIST Centre into the International educational and scientific media based on the development and impro­vement of international network structure and interaction in arranging innovative vocational education;
  • assistance in further systematic development of vocational education in the Republic of Bashkortostan through sharing Russian and International experiences in the field, as well as conducting research on specific problems relating to vocational education and training;
  • improvement of the content and development of new educational technologies of vocational education and training using up-to-date informational resources;
  • developing tools and social techniques that contribute to the improvement of social partnership in solving educational tasks;
  • establishing scientific contacts and collaborations with international, regional, subregional educational centres in the domain of vocational education and training;
  • implementation of educational projects and the model of continuing vocational education in the framework of UNESCO projects in Russia: «UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs» and «Lifelong Education for Adults»;
  • organisation of international schools, seminars, workshops for UNEVOC network representatives, including CIS representatives, regarding vocational education and training;
  • implementing the Centre mission through the system of continuous general and vocational education «school — college — University — postgraduate study» as a «social elevator» for the youth to integrate into the modern world of professions and successful socialisation.

Thus, the UNEVOC Centre activities in BIST will be directed at combining human resources with intellectual and spiritual potential of the international society; at implementing regional educational model into the Russian and International framework of global education in response to modern reality.