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Who we are

Our mission

Our vision
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training acts as part of the United Nations mandate to promote peace, justice, equity, poverty alleviation, and greater social cohesion. The Centre assists Member States develop policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development for employability and citizenship, to achieve:

  • access for all
  • high quality, relevant and effective programmes
  • learning opportunities throughout life.

Our history

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training was established as a result of a decision taken by the UNESCO General Conference in 1999. In 2000, UNESCO and the Government of Germany signed an agreement for the hosting of the International Centre in Bonn, Germany. The inauguration ceremony took place in April 2002.

© UNESCO / Andreas Wagner

United Nations Campus in Bonn

In February 2002, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan signed a contract to develop Bonn further to become a UN city. The former governmental and parliamentary quarter in Bonn is currently converted into a UN Campus, which also includes an international conference centre.

In June 2005, 11 UN agencies located in Bonn moved to the historic parliamentary building “Langer Eugen”. Use of the premises has generously been granted free of charge by the German Government.

Other UN organizations in Bonn (website of City of Bonn)

UN in Bonn (Brochure, PDF)


© UNESCO/ Michel Ravassard

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre is one of eight UNESCO institutes and centres in the field of education. UNESCO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, science, and culture. UNESCO's education sector works to improve education worldwide at all levels of education through technical advice, standard setting, innovative projects, capacity-building and networking. UNESCO's education sector aims to:

  • Promote education as a fundamental human right;
  • Improve the quality of education;
  • Stimulate experimentation, innovation and dialogue.
UNESCO carries out its work through its headquarters in Paris, field offices and institutes and centres.

Our people


Staff picture with David Atchoarena, Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems in UNESCO’s Education sector


Shyamal Majumdar, Head, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Josiane Blanc-Mannheim, Assistant to the Head

Reception and Secretariat

Ulrike Krämer, Office Assistant

UNEVOC Network and Programmes

Salim Akoojee, Consultant

Katerina Ananiadou, Programme Specialist

Kamal Armanious, Programme Assistant Network

Kenneth Barrientos, Programme Officer

Wouter de Regt, Programme Assistant, Knowledge Management

Jean Hautier, Programme Assistant

Imke Kottmann, Programme Expert

Jens Liebe, Consultant

Uta Roth, Programme Expert

Zubair Shahid, Programme Assistant, Monitoring and Evaluation

Alix Wurdak, Associate Information and Publications Officer

Administrative Office

Caroline Bajer, Administrative Officer

Carolin Schaulandt, Assistant Administrative Officer

Information Technology

Max Ehlers, Associate IT Officer

Aldrich Mejia, IT Support and Multimedia Developer

Mateja Poposki, IT Expert


Aaron Dahm, Network Intern

Taotao Yue, Intern

page date 2015-11-02

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