Member Since 1973

Partner Ministry/Organization
Directorate of Technical Education, Ministry of Education
Ministry of Finance

Address of Embassy in Manila
2F, Herco Center, 114 Benavidez Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, 1229 Metro Manila

Participation in Regional Programs (2018-2023)
  • Regional Program on Empowering TVET Sector through Digitalization and Climate Resilient Skills for Sustainable Development, October 16-20, 2023, Manila, Philippines, in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Regional Program on Revolutionalize TVET: Innovation in Transformational Pedagogy, Competency Building and International Collaboration, October 2-5, 2023, Johor, Malaysia, in collaboration with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM); and Malaysia Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (MyRIVET)
  • Regional Program on Role of Business Incubators in Encapsulating Sustainable Development: A TVET Perspective, September 4-8, 2023, Chandigarh, India, in collaboration with National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR)-Chandigarh
  • Regional Program on Leadership for Sustainable TVET and Senior Executive Conference for CPSC Strategic Plan 2023-2028, December 12-16, 2022, Bangkok, Thailand, in collaboration with Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC)
  • 2022 CPSC-BFIC Busan Global Training Program on Digital and Infrastructure Transformation on Engineering, Design and Pedagogy in TVET: Smart City Transportation with ITS Model (Phase 1), November 14-18, 2022, Online, in collaboration with Busan Foundation for International Cooperation (BFIC)
  • Regional Program on TVET Strategic Planning and Experts' Meeting for the CPSC Strategic Plan 2023-2028, November 7-11, 2022, Shah Alam, Malaysia, in collaboration with Department of Polytechnic and Community Colleges (DPCCE)
  • Regional Program on Industry-Institute Partnership for Relevant TVET Program, June 21-25, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Integrating IR 4.0 Competency and 21st Century Skills in TVET,
    May 17-21, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Developing Context Based Vocational Pedagogy, April 26-30, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovation in TVET Management, March 22-26, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovation in Curriculum Development Integrating ICT and Digital Skills,February 15-19, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Innovating TVET by Developing Digital Contents Using ICT Tools,
    February 1-5, 2021, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Greening TVET for Sustainable Development, December 14-18, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Strategic Plan Development to Ensure Quality Management System, November 23-27, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Effective Methods of TVET Curriculum Development to Integrate 21st Century Skills, September 21-25, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Equipping Digital Competencies in TVET to Address IR 4.0, August 24-28, 2020, Online RP
  • Regional Program on Strengthening TVET Quality and Relevance through Institute-Industry Linkages, March 2-6, 2020, Pokhara, Nepal, in collaboration with Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT)-Nepal
  • Regional Program on Equipping Future Workforce with 21st Century and Technopreneurship Skills through Quality TVET Programs, February 2-6, 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in collaboration with Institution of Diploma Engineers (IDEB)-Bangladesh
  • Regional Program on Quality Assurance in TVET and APACC Strategic Planning, October 21-25, 2019,
    Manila, Philippines
  • Regional Program on Skilling TVET in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0, August 25-29, 2019,
    Manila, Philippines
  • Regional Program on Sustainable (Green) Skills and Employability through TVET, April 22-26, 2019,
    Manila, Philippines
  • Regional Program on Entrepreneurship in TVET and International Conference on Skilling for Self-Employment, February 18-22, 2019, Chandigarh, India, in collaboration with National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR)-Chandigarh

Recent Programs Held (2018-2023)
  • In-Country Program for Bangladesh on Competency-based Curriculum Development (April 2-6)

  • Training of Trainers on Electrical Basics Using Virtual TVET (April 25-28)
  • In-Country Program on Entrepreneurship for TVET Professionals (September 11-15)

  • Regional Program on Equipping Future Workforce with 21st Century and Technopreneurship Skills through Quality TVET (February 2-6)

  • In-Country Program on Industry-Institution Linkages (June 16-20)
  • In-Country Program on Readiness of TVET for IR 4.0 (December 8-12)

Country Flag

Official Name
People's Republic of Bangladesh

Land Area
148,460 km²

Country Borders
India (north, west)
Myanmar (east)



Bengali (Bangla)


National Holiday
26 March 1971 (Independence Day from Pakistan)

Photo courtesy of Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/The New Humanitarian

No. of Years - Primary Education
5 years

No. of Years - Junior Secondary Education
2 years

No. of Years - Secondary Education
2 years

No. of Years - Tertiary Education (Bachelor’s Degree)
3 to 5 years

Ministry of Supervising Education
Ministry of Education

Logo of Directorate of Technical Education

Agency Handling TVET
Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Ministry of Education (MoE)
Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), Ministry of Expatriates Welfare & Overseas Employment (MoEW&OE)

Formal TVET System
According to Article 17 of the Bangladesh Constitution, all children between six to ten years old are entitled to free basic education. This has resulted in the literacy rate of Bangladesh to rise to almost 73% as of 2016. Meanwhile, in 2015, there were 16,087 schools and 2,363 colleges that received Monthly Payment Order (MPO) facilities. In addition, 27,558 Madrasha, and technical and vocational institutions were enlisted for the facilities.

The chart below presents the inclusion of TVET in the formal education system in Bangladesh.

Qualification Framework
The Bangladesh National Qualifications Framework (BNQF) was approved in 2021.

The BNQF weaves together general education, technical-vocational education and higher education into a harmonized quality-assured system. It defines pathways and equivalencies, which provide access to qualifications and assist people to move easily and readily between the different education sectors and between these sectors and the labor market.

Level of BNQF


TVET Financing
Public and private TVET providers can rely on several financiers, but the sources and funding levels differ for the two types. The Public TVET institutes are primarily funded from the government budget allocation through the corresponding ministry, which is further divided into two sources. The development budget, funded by the international donors, is meant to finance the initial costs of setting up new institutes and continue funding until they are operational. After the start-up phase development projects are transferred from the development budget to the revenue budget.

Raw Cotton, Import in Bangladesh
Photo courtesy of All Biz Bangladesh

6% (2023)
Source: International Monetary Fund

Bangladeshi Taka (BDT)

Major Exports
Knit T-shirts ($7.06B)
Non-Knit Men's Suits ($6.68B)
Knit Sweaters ($6.32B)
Non-Knit Women's Suits ($5.41B)
Knit Women's Suits ($3.54B)

Major Imports
Refined Petroleum ($5.48B)
Raw Cotton ($2.8B)
Non-Retail Pure Cotton Yarn ($2.26B)
Wheat ($1.92B)
Light Rubberized Knitted Fabric ($1.83B)

Major Export Partners
United States ($8.72B)
Germany ($8.36B)
Spain ($3.6B)
United Kingdom ($3.29B)
Poland ($2.94B)

Major Import Partners
China ($24.1B)
India ($14.1B)
Singapore ($3.53B)
Indonesia ($2.92B)
United States ($2.3B)

H.E. Mohammed Shahabuddin
Photo courtesy of Prothom Alo English

Type of Government
Unitary Parliamentary Republic

Head of State
H.E. Mohammed Shahabuddin

Head of Government
H.E. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister

Branches of Government
The Executive
The Legislature
The Judiciary

Commemoration of Language Martyr’s Day
Photo courtesy of The Asian Age

Literacy Rate
94% (2020)

Country Code

ISO Code

Internet TLD

Other Important Holidays
Language Martyr’s Day (February 21)
Shab e-Barat (March 8)
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday (March 17)
Bengali New Year (April 14)
Durga Puja (October 24)