Na­tions im­prove mul­ti­lat­eral ex­changes and pro­mote de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINYING zhaoxiny­ing@chi­

BRICS coun­tries will con­tinue tak­ing mea­sures to fur­ther strengthen mul­ti­lat­eral ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion on ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to a dec­la­ra­tion signed in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

The five mem­ber na­tions — Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa — agreed to “re­it­er­ate sup­port for the BRICS Net­work Uni­ver­sity to col­lab­o­rate in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and in­no­va­tion, and en­cour­age uni­ver­si­ties to par­tic­i­pate in the BRICS Uni­ver­sity League” in the Bei­jing Dec­la­ra­tion on Ed­u­ca­tion.

They also said they will en­cour­age more teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tional ad­min­is­tra­tors to learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of other coun­tries in im­prov­ing teacher qual­ity and per­for­mance, and pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion through in­ter­na­tional ex­changes.

Se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials from mem­ber na­tions signed the dec­la­ra­tion on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the fifth meet­ing of BRICS ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters.

They con­vened to sum­ma­rize the achieve­ments made in ed­u­ca­tion co­op­er­a­tion among BRICS mem­ber na­tions dur­ing the past decade and to look into the fu­ture.

The pre­vi­ous four meet­ings were held in Paris, Brasilia, Moscow and New Delhi. The sixth will be held in South Africa.

Chen Baosheng, China’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, said in a speech at the meet­ing in Bei­jing that 10 years has passed since BRICS coun­tries started co­op­er­at­ing with each other, and dur­ing the past decade BRICS has be­come a par­a­digm for co­op­er­a­tion among emerg­ing or de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the coun­tries have con­tin­u­ously deep­ened co­op­er­a­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and achieved im­por­tant progress,” he said, cit­ing that more than 40,000 stu­dents from BRICS coun­tries were study­ing in China last year, ac­count­ing for al­most 10 per­cent of all over­seas stu­dents in the coun­try.

Mean­while, about 13,000 Chi­nese stu­dents were study­ing in BRICS mem­ber na­tions, Chen said. By the end of May, China had ap­proved 152 ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions or pro­grams es­tab­lished with BRICS coun­tries.

“I hope that BRICS mem­bers will con­tinue join­ing hands to boost peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes and en­rich the form and con­tent of co­op­er­a­tion on ed­u­ca­tion, so that we can make ed­u­ca­tional co­op­er­a­tion a pil­lar and a high­light of peo­pleto-peo­ple ex­changes among the mem­bers and, more­over, con­trib­ute to the progress of ed­u­ca­tion glob­ally,” he said.

As an­nounced in the dec­la­ra­tion, the mem­bers will en­cour­age the ex­pan­sion of schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents from each other’s coun­try’s and in­crease cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion through lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion and mul­ti­lin­gual­ism.

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