Azerbaijan, Baku, 24 January / corr. Trend J. Babayeva/ Azerbaijan will cooperate with Korea to develop vocational training.
"The development of the vocational training in Azerbaijan depends on the bilateral cooperation with Korea," Misir Maddanov, the minister of education of Azerbaijan said during the signing of the agreement with Kim Shinil, deputy prime minister and the minister of education and development of human resources of Korea.
The agreement envisages the cooperation in vocational training, exchange of students, the organization of mutual conferences, and the symposium of the educational workers. The additional items are expected to be added to the agreement in the future.
The Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan holds negotiations with the Ministry of Education of Korea and DAEWOO cooperation with a view to develop vocational training in the country.
The Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan has worked out a project for 2007-2012 on the revival of the
vocational education in Azerbaijan. The working group has been set up to work out a strategy on the development of the vocational education. The working group includes representatives of the ministry of Education, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Populatuion and the Ministry of Defence.
Five Azerbaijani students will be sent to Korea to study at the expense of the president's scholarship in March, Mardanov said. "These students will study information communication technology and economy in Korea," he said.
Korea is planning to build the Center of Vocational Training in Azerbaijan. "The Azerbaijani Government will allocate credit for the center," Shinil said.
Currently 107 vocational training schools operate in Azerbaijan. These schools have not been equipped with new techniques for 20 years.
Only 5-8% of the school graduates in Azerbaijan want to continue their education in vocational training schools.