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BRICS Network University will facilitate student mobility and collaborative research

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New Delhi:  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa countries, popularly known as BRICS, have developed a strong bloc in the world economic landscape. Similarly BRICS countries have pitched for extensive cooperation and collaboration in the education, skill and research areas among student and faculty communities.  The fourth meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education in New Delhi was held today (30 September 2016), where they have decided to share the best practices available in BRICS countries on collaboration in education, research and innovation through the BRICS Network University.

BRICS Ministers of Education have adopted New Delhi Declaration. As per the declaration, the BRICS Network University (NU) will facilitate mobility of students and scholars, and encourage   exchange of teaching faculty, especially those working in the areas relating to the six domains identified for cooperation within the BRICS Network University. BRICS – NU will develop an enabling framework to promote research cooperation and knowledge transfer among BRICS countries in collaboration with other BRICS initiatives.

These countries will encourage active involvement of the participating universities in the BRICS-NU. The meeting decided that they will organize an annual conference of the BRICS Network University in the country of the current BRICS Chair.

Here other major discussion points at the Meet are given below:

Lifelong learning opportunities for all:  Reaffirm the need for universal equal access to quality education, including secondary and higher education, technical and vocational education and training, and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Expansion of skill development  programmes:  Expand technical and vocational education and skills development programmes, for facilitating acquisition of skills and competencies by young people and adults for enhancing their employability and encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Cooperation in TVET area:  Strengthen coordination within the BRICS TVET Working Group to: (a) develop national reports, (b) share experiences relating to workforce demands and supply of skilled personnel in BRICS member countries, (c) undertake skill gap analysis in consultation with industry/employers for designing TVET programmes, (d) study skill qualification framework in different countries and draft a BRICS TVET qualification framework, and (e) undertake studies to evaluate outcomes of TVET interventions and suggest policy responses. The Working Group will meet at least once a year.

Collaboration ICTs:  Use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for improving access to education, enhancing the quality of teaching-learning process, teacher development, and strengthening educational planning and management.

Institutional network to share ICT policies:  Identify a nodal institution within each country and create an institutional network to share ICT policies, Open Educational Resources and other e-resources, including e-Libraries, among BRICS member countries.

Cooperation in Higher education: Share information on higher education systems, approval and recognition processes, quality assurance and accreditation, and prevalent procedures and practices for evaluation and recognition of qualifications to facilitate academic mobility; may also consider subsequently to constitute an expert group to work towards the development of a framework for mutual recognition of qualifications across BRICS countries.

The Federative Republic of Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa extend their appreciation to the Government of India for hosting the 4th meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Education.

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