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WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Closes

The world’s best skills competitors have been honoured with medals at the Closing Ceremony of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. They travelled from across the world to compete at the 44th edition of the world championship of vocational skills.

China led the medal table with 15 gold medals, 7 silvers and 8 bronzes. Korea came second on medal points with 8 golds, 8 silvers, and 8 bronzes. Switzerland was third on points, winning 11 golds, 6 silver, and 3 bronze. The hosts, the United Arab Emirates, won three Medallions for Excellence.

1,300 young people from 59 WorldSkills Member countries and regions showcased their talent across 51 skills competitions, between 15-18 October. This was the first time that the WorldSkills Competition has been held in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Talented youth from around the world make a final push for medal glory at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

As the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 finish-line nears, talented young competitors from around the world have been making one final effort to place themselves in the running for a medal at the world championship of vocational skills.

The 44th edition of the WorldSkills Competition – the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world – has entered its last day, with the winners being unveiled at the Closing Ceremony at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre tonight.

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WorldSkills Conference 2017 concludes with global skills community uniting to identify a pathway for progress

Policymakers, practitioners and young professionals shared a stage on which they hope to lay the foundation for the future of vocational skills on the closing day of the WorldSkills Conference 2017.

Held as part of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 – the 44th edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious skills competition, hosted by the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time – the high-level conference has brought together government representatives, thought leaders, and young people from around the world to tackle the biggest issues surrounding technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in a rapidly-changing world.

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Visitors from home and abroad get a taste of the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 experience

The lure of the WorldSkills Competition has drawn people from across and beyond the United Arab Emirates for the 44th edition of the world championship of vocational skills.

More than 10,000 international visitors are joining over 100,000 attendees from the UAE at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the largest and most prestigious vocational skills competition in the world, which is taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 15-18 October.

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The world's youth deliver manifesto for the future of vocational skills at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

A manifesto representing the collective voice of the world's youth - and how they believe the future of skills should be shaped - has been delivered to global change-makers, thought-leaders, and influencers at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

The Youth Declaration - handed over to policymakers during the Ministers TVET Summit, held on the sidelines of the world’s biggest vocational skills competition, and attended by national ministers of education, skills, industry, and business - was drafted by 300 young professionals from around the world who worked in six think tanks: Innovation, Happiness & Tolerance, Green Economy, Global Citizenship, ‘Industry 4.0’ or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Entrepreneurship.  

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