Global lead­ers come to Aus­tralia

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI

ED­U­CA­TION lead­ers from 11 cities around the world will meet in Mel­bourne next year for the eighth Asia So­ci­ety Global Cities Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work sym­po­sium.

This event, which has pre­vi­ously been held in Den­ver, London, Shang­hai, Toronto, Sin­ga­pore, Seat­tle, and Hong Kong – will ex­plore path­ways to build­ing world-class ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems.

Vic­to­rian Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter James Mer­lino said the Gov­ern­ment had been busy trans­form­ing Vic­to­ria into the ‘Ed­u­ca­tion State’ and the event would be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to see what oth­ers are do­ing.

“Our hard work in mak­ing Vic­to­ria the Ed­u­ca­tion State is now be­ing recog­nised and next year ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers from around the world will gather in Mel­bourne to con­tinue learn­ing,” Mr Mer­lino said.

The fo­rum – a part­ner­ship be­tween the Vic­to­rian De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Asia So­ci­ety Aus­tralia, and the Cen­tre for Global Ed­u­ca­tion at Asia So­ci­ety – will ex­plore themes such as equaity, in­no­vat­ing to spread best prac­tice, and pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“This is an im­por­tant step for Asia So­ci­ety Aus­tralia, as we col­lab­o­rate to show­case and learn from Mel­bourne and Vic­to­ria’s ed­u­ca­tional ties to Asia,” Asia So­ci­ety Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Philipp Ivanov said.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with a strong net­work of ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers.”

Cen­tre for Global Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor An­thony Jack­son said Asia So­ci­ety recog­nised Mel­bourne’s lead­er­ship in global ed­u­ca­tion, and the net­work “looked for­ward to learn­ing from Mel­bourne’s suc­cess in im­ple­ment­ing sys­tems-level change to im­prove out­comes for all stu­dents”.

“Over the course of their mem­ber­ship in GCEN, Vic­to­ria ed­u­ca­tors have im­proved in­struc­tional and lead­er­ship prac­tices and lever­aged their in­ter­na­tional learn­ing to spread ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion from one school to many through­out the district,” Mr Jack­son said.

The sym­po­sium will be held from 12–15 March, 2019.

Im­age: Sup­plied.

This will be the first time the Asia So­ci­ety Global Cities Ed­u­ca­tion Net­work sym­po­sium is held in Aus­tralia.

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