ULAANBAATAR, 21 November 2018 – The “Footwear Pattern Engineering” blended learning course was launched today during a ceremony organized at the Urlakh Erdem Fashion Design Institute (UEFDI) in Mongolia.
The course was developed as part of a European Union (EU)-funded project implemented in partnership between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Mongolia, with the aim of supporting employment creation in the country.
“With this training programme our industry gets an opportunity to conduct distance learning on engineering and technical skills. On the other hand, the graduates and industry employees’ skills can be timely upgraded with new ways, methodology and technology,” said, UEFDI Director G. Tungalag.
The “Footwear pattern engineering” blended learning course was translated into Mongolian language and a moodle based e-learning platform was developed for UEFDI by a UNIDO e-learning expert in cooperation with Eway company and other partners. The course currently includes five modules on foot anatomy, shoe materials, shoe upper, shoe last copy, design of men’s derby and self-tests. It will be expanded by 10 more modules on various shoe designs such as sandals, sport shoes and high heels.
UEFDI – one of the renowned local educational institutes in Mongolia operating since 1993 – will coordinate the use of the e-learning course with its students in combination with practical lessons. “With help of this blended learning course, the students are now able to work independently. The course is blended so that the students can note their questions and can ask from their teachers and do practical lessons at the industries,” said G. Oyunjargal, Chief of UEFDI’s footwear and leather goods design and engineering department.
The Footwear Pattern Engineering learning course was developed based on successful implementation of the blended training course approach, which includes eLearning, classroom teaching and shopfloor training components.
“Tomorrow’s technical, environmental, safety and ethical problems cannot be solved by experts trained with yesterday’s methodology and methods – this is UNIDO’s approach for the new learning tool,” said Gungaa Munkhbolor, UNIDO National Project Coordinator. “It is efficient, sustainable and suitable for use in training institutions such as UEFDI but also directly by the industry. It supports lifelong learning and should increase employability of students. Similar approach and training will be prepared for other components of the project including textile, meat and dairy.”
Over 80 representatives from the EU, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry (MoFALI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), FAO, UNIDO, Mongolian Leather Industry Association (MALI), shoe manufacturers, academia and other relevant stakeholders attended the launching ceremony.
Visit the Footwear Pattern Engineering online platform here.
Please see the instruction for signing up to the online course here.
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UNIDO National Project Coordinator