TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of
International Education Week 2013 (IEW 2013). IEW was first established
in 2000 and is now celebrated in over 100 countries around the world,
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.
Canada's theme for IEW 2013 is "International Education Week:
Celebrating Canada's Engagement with the World." The theme underscores
the importance that Canada places on international education in all its
forms, from studying abroad and international service work to hosting
international elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students and
encouraging qualified foreign students to make Canada their new home.
"Our celebration of International Education Week is a reflection of our
shared commitment to preparing young Canadians for success in a
globally connected world," said the Honourable Jeff Johnson, Chair of
CMEC and Alberta's Minister of Education. "Whether we're sending our
youth abroad or welcoming highly talented international students to our
schools, Canada is fully engaged with international education and ready
to meet the world."
You can find more information about IEW events being held in Canada, and
list your own events, at the CMEC-hosted Web site, www.iew-sei.ca.
CMEC is Canada's voice for education on the international stage and
works on a variety of education-related international initiatives and
projects, including the following:
CMEC is preparing for the third high-level meeting between ministers of
education of the provinces and territories of Canada and education
leaders of the People's Republic of China to be held in spring 2014.
The objective of these high-level meetings is to facilitate greater
cooperation on education.
CMEC is continuing with the implementation of the International
Education Marketing Action Plan approved by premiers. The plan was
developed by CMEC and provincial and territorial immigration ministers
to promote Canada as a destination of choice for international
In keeping with its commitment to provide Canadians with timely,
internationally comparable data on education, CMEC is participating in
OECD's flagship assessment of adult skills and learning, the Programme
for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The
first results from PIAAC were released on October 8, 2013. PIAAC data
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. More information on PIAAC can be found
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