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BRICS ministers agree on high-level HE collaboration


Education ministers from the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – countries met in Paris last Tuesday and agreed to establish a mechanism at the “highest political and technical level” to coordinate and implement collaboration, especially in higher education.
South Africa’s Dr Blade Nzimande, minister of higher education and training, hosted this first meeting of the BRICS education ministers, which was aimed at establishing cooperation and sharing experiences. They met on 5 November on the margins of the 37th session of the UNESCO general conference.
Issues highlighted included strengthening collaboration between BRICS universities, partnerships and knowledge exchanges on technical and vocational education and training, and the portability and transferability of qualifications between BRICS countries.
Ghaleeb Jeppie, chief director for international relations in South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training, told University World News that 'focal points' had already been established for each BRICS country to work out the details for various areas of cooperation.
“The annual BRICS academic forum meetings will continue – the next one is in Brazil in 2014 – and thereafter, before each BRICS summit, there will be an educational one, and a further meeting of BRICS ministers before the UNESCO general conference."
Jeppie said the meeting had also discussed potential areas of cooperation between BRICS and UNESCO in line with the resolution of the 2011 Sanya summit, held in China.
 

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