GSIC and UNESCO Bangkok held a joint symposium (at Tokyo Tech, Feb 22 – 24, 2016)

Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) and UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia-Pacific (UNESCO Bangkok) held a joint symposium at Tokyo Tech from Feb 22 to Feb 24, 2016. This symposium aimed for members of Education Resarch Institute Network in Asia-Pacific (ERI-Net) to share their research results. The symposium was funded by Malaysia Funds in Trust, Korea Funds in Trust, Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan.

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Twelve countries and areas presented their research results on two themes: “National Qualifications Frameworks” and “Teacher training regarding 21st Century Skills”. The results were discussed by 49 participants from Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mogolia, Nepal, Philippines, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

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The meeting started with opening remarks by Mr. Mishima, President of Tokyo Tech and Mr. Wang, education expert from UNESCO Bangkok. Mr. Mishima showed his gratitude and expectation since this was the first event after Tokyo Tech and UNESCO Bangkok signed their memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop their partnership.

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On the first day, discussion was on the first theme about higher education: National Qualifications Frameworks. Researches were presented by nine countries: Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Korea and India. Later, Prof. Jun-ichi Takada reported updates of UNESCO Bangkok’s knowledge sharing platform: National Education Systems and Policies in Asia-Pacific (NESPAP). NESPAP has been managed and updated in collaboration between UNESCO Bangkok and Tokyo Tech. The platform promotes information exchange and knowledge sharing in Asia-Pacific and beyond. In the end of the day was the reception, which was started by a welcome remark of Mr. Maruyama, Vice President of Tokyo Tech, and Mr. Yamada, President of GSIC.

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On the second day, discussion was on the second theme: 21st Century Skills; Transversal Competencies. Eleven countries presented their researches: Australia, India, China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The case of Japan was presented by Prof. Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi and Dr. Yukiko Yamamoto, representing the Tokyo Tech research team. In the presetation, they reported about class observation in Akita prefecture’s primary and secondary schools and questionnaire that was answered by 187 teachers.

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On the third day, participants discussed results of Steering Group Meeting and research topics for the next year. Participants had a quality discussion on important education topics in Asia and the Pacific: “National Qualifications Frameworks” and “Teacher training regarding 21st Century Skills”. Participants found the symposium as a fruitful event. The result of this symposium will be summarized at ERI-Net Secretariat, and will be published at UNESCO Bangkok’s website. The symposium was organized in assistance of Tokyo Tech’s international affairs department, GSIC’s administrative official division, and members of Yamaguchi-Takada laboratory.

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■ 2016 ERI-Net Annual Meeting ウェブサイト
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/epr/epr-partnerships/eri-net/eri-net-seminar-feb2016/

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