TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The Council of Ministers of Education,
Canada (CMEC), joins today with over 100 countries from around the
world to celebrate International Education Week 2011 (IEW 2011).
The purpose of IEW is 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
Canada's theme for IEW 2011 is "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 new home.
"Canadians recognize the importance of international education in an
increasingly interconnected and interdependent world," said the
Honourable Ramona Jennex, Chair of CMEC and Nova Scotia's Minister of
Education. "When our students travel abroad to study and when
international students are welcomed here at home, we are all enriched ―
socially, culturally, and economically."
CMEC is Canada's voice for education on the international stage and is
working on a variety of education-related international initiatives and
projects. Of recent note:
A contingent of Canadian education ministers, deputy ministers, and
officials travelled to China in June of this year for the Second
High‐Level Consultation on Education Collaboration between the
Provinces and Territories of Canada and the People's Republic of China.
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. The plan complements the pan-Canadian
education brand, Imagine Education au/in Canada, which was developed by
provinces and territories in cooperation with the federal Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
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 fulfillment of the
constitutional jurisdiction for education conferred on the provinces
and territories. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
SOURCE Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
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