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BRICS Ministers of Education meeting in November 18, 2015 Moscow

The Education Ministers of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) convened for their 3rd meeting in Moscow on November 18, 2015. The key outcome of this ministerial meeting was the adoption of the Moscow Declaration, outlining a comprehensive agenda for educational cooperation among the five member countries.

Enhancing Collaboration in Education

The Moscow Declaration emphasized the importance of strengthening collaboration in various areas of education to promote sustainable development and inclusive economic growth across the BRICS nations. The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing cooperation in general education, educational policy, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and higher education.

General Education and Educational Policy

In the realm of general education and educational policy, the BRICS ministers agreed to share best practices and experiences in areas such as curriculum development, teacher training, and the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. They also pledged to collaborate on initiatives aimed at improving access to quality education for all, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Recognizing the crucial role of TVET in addressing skills gaps and promoting employability, the ministers committed to fostering cooperation in this area. This includes the development of common standards, the exchange of expertise, and the promotion of joint research and training programs.

Higher Education: Accreditation, Qualifications, and Quality Assurance

A significant focus of the Moscow Declaration was on higher education, with the ministers agreeing to develop common principles for accreditation, recognition of qualifications, and quality assurance. This move aims to facilitate academic mobility and promote the exchange of students, faculty, and researchers among BRICS universities.

BRICS Network University Initiative

Building upon the discussions at previous BRICS Education Ministers’ meetings, the Moscow Declaration also reaffirmed the commitment to establishing the BRICS Network University (BNU). This initiative, first proposed in 2013, aims to foster collaboration among universities from the five nations through joint research projects, academic programs, and student and faculty exchanges.The adoption of the Moscow Declaration marks a significant step forward in the BRICS nations’ efforts to enhance educational cooperation and promote mutual understanding and cultural exchange. By leveraging their collective strengths and resources, the BRICS countries aim to address shared challenges and contribute to the global knowledge economy.
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