TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Council of Ministers of Education,
Canada (CMEC), joins this week with over 100 countries from around the
world to celebrate International Education Week 2012 (IEW 2012).
IEW serves to increase awareness and understanding of international
education among participating countries through a variety of activities
and events undertaken by governments, educational institutions,
stakeholder groups, and individuals. More information about events and
activities can be found on the CMEC-sponsored IEW Web site, www.iew-sei.ca.
For IEW 2012, Canada has chosen the theme, "Canada Engages with the
World: Realizing Our Potential through International Education." It
underscores the value that Canadians place on connecting with the world
through studying abroad, internationalized curricula, and international
service, and on opening the world to Canada by welcoming international
elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students, promoting
international exchanges, and encouraging qualified foreign students to
make Canada their home.
"We live in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world,"
said the Honourable Ramona Jennex, Chair of CMEC and Nova Scotia's
Minister of Education. "International education ensures Canada's active
engagement with that world and with the many opportunities it offers by
encouraging Canadian students to consider the benefits of studying
abroad and by welcoming international students here at home."
CMEC is Canada's voice for education on the international stage and is
working on a variety of education-related international initiatives and
projects, including the following:
In keeping with its commitment to provide Canadians with timely,
comparable data on education, CMEC is participating, in partnership
with the federal government, in OECD's flagship assessment of adult
skills and learning, the Programme for the International Assessment of
Adult Competencies (PIAAC). PIAAC will provide Canadians with one of
the most complete portraits ever of adult skills in Canada, including
literacy, and will inform policy development for years to come. The
first results from PIAAC will be released in fall 2013.
In August 2011, premiers approved an international education marketing
action plan developed by CMEC and provincial and territorial
immigration ministers to promote Canada as a destination of choice
among international students. CMEC is currently working on the
implementation of the plan.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of
education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and
international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive
jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more
information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
SOURCE: Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
For further information:
Tel.: 416-962-8100, ext. 259