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Cosmonauts address participants of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 from the International Space Station

With just a day remaining until the WorldSkills Flag is due to return to Earth, two Russian cosmonauts have been speaking about the importance of skills from the International Space Station.

The WorldSkills Flag was launched into space in December and is currently on board the International Space Station. Anton Shkaplerov and Alexander Misurkin addressed the participants of the 45th WorldSkills Competition, which will take place in Kazan 22-27 August 2019.

"We are happy to contribute to the preparation of the upcoming event,” said Anton Shkaplerov. “The WorldSkills movement Flag is now with us on the International Space Station! It will shortly return to Earth and continue its journey around the planet, before visiting all parts of Russia – the country that was the first to open space to our world."

Alexander Misurkin underlined that a cosmonaut's work and vocational skills are closely related. “The International Space Station is a great project. Hundreds of people with different skills work on it, and each of them puts their skills, talents, effort, and their soul into their job.  In other words, they show their professional excellence."

“A great future for both humans and humankind begins with a first step, with the first skill,” said Mr Misurkin. “The development of humans, their skills, and the infinite search for excellence is the idea of WorldSkills.”

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WorldSkills International and Samsung mark ten years of global partnership

The President and CEO of WorldSkills celebrated ten years of global partnership with Samsung, at a meeting with Samsung Electronics executives including Vice Chairman and CEO, Mr Boo-Keun Yoon.

During the meetings at the end of January WorldSkills and Samsung reflected on the past 10 years of partnership, as well as the outlook for the next decade. Mr. Yoon noted the joint achievements and expressed Samsung’s willingness to maintain this long-term fruitful partnership.

WorldSkills also presented the first WorldSkills Fellowship to the former Secretary General of Samsung Skills, Dr. Ji Oh Song, who has been a strong and consistent advocate for WorldSkills. This prestigious award recognized Dr. Song’s outstanding contribution to WorldSkills, as well as his commitment to inspiring and advancing the prospects of young people around the world. Dr. Song steered and led Samsung’s support for WorldSkills throughout the last decade. 

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WorldSkills International Capacity Building Centre in Korea will spearhead skills development around the globe

The first WorldSkills International Capacity Building Centre to support global skills development has been established. The Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) of the Human Resources Development Service of Republic of Korea (HRD Korea) will have an emphasis on Africa and other developing countries and regions. 

To officially mark this collaboration, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Kim Dongman, the President of HRD Korea, Simon Bartley, the President, and David Hoey, the CEO of WorldSkills International (WSI), at a signing ceremony in Seoul on 29 January.

Also present were representatives of HRD Korea and the Director of Sponsorship and Partnership for WorldSkills, Alexander Amiri. The event offered an opportunity for the two organizations to reaffirm their commitment to strengthening skills development through strategic partnership and collaboration.

Through the WorldSkills Capacity Building Centre, WorldSkills International and GIFTS will work together on projects and activities that focus on skills competitions, capacity building, and skills training, especially in developing countries. These will include Members and non-Members of WorldSkills.

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Champions Trust Training Camp in Shanghai

A new group of 10 Champions representing 10 skills, from 10 Member countries were in Shanghai, China to start their two-year journey as part of the Champions Trust. The week-long training camp transitioned them from Champions to WorldSkills ambassadors through a series of personal development training, public speaking, and leadership exercises. 

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Signing ceremony marks the formal start of planning for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021

An MOU has been signed between WorldSkills International, the Municipality of Shanghai, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China. The ceremony, which took place in Shanghai City Hall was attended by the Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Ying Yong, and by the Vice-Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Mr. Tang Tao. The WorldSkills Board of Directors, and the CEO of WorldSkills International, Mr. David Hoey, were also present.

The 2021 WorldSkills event will be held in one of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious cities. Shanghai, was confirmed as the host by the WorldSkills General Assembly in October 2017.

The slogan for WorldSkills Shanghai 2021 is “New Youth, New Skills, New Dream”. The event, which is expected to be held in late September 2021, will take place at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in the city. The bid noted six main reasons why China want to host the event.

These included ‘creating a social climate that respects labour and skills’, and ‘using skills to help alleviate poverty’. China is the world’s most populous country, and Shanghai is the nation’s economic powerhouse. Shanghai has successfully hosted many high-profile global events, including the World Expo 2010 and the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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