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The 4th Belt and Road Education Dialogue Held Successfully in Beijing

  On 11th November, the 4th Belt and Road Education Dialogue themed "Focusing on Teachers' Professional Development" held successfully in Beijing. The forum attracted representatives from education sectors across countries along the "Belt and Road", explored crucial issues in Teachers, including " Policy Priorities for Teachers' Professional Development (TPD)" and "Industry-teaching Integration and High-quality Teaching Force".

  In the opening remarks, Mr. Li Yongzhi, president of CNAES, underscored the pivotal role of education as a cornerstone in the international cooperation and co-construction of the Belt and Road initiative. He emphasized that the cultivation of high-quality teachers is a shared concern for all nations along the Belt and Road. Mr. Robert Parua, Education Programme Specialist from UNESCO Beijing Multi-Sectoral Regional Office for East Asia, provided insights into UNESCO's sustained efforts in promoting teacher professional development.

  In the 1st Session - "Policy Priorities for Teachers' Professional Development", Mr. Huang Xiaohua, Deputy Director of the Department of Teacher Education of China's Ministry of Education, highlighted the effectiveness and new developments in developing China's basic education teacher force. Mr. Park Dong-Sun, Chairman of Institute of APEC Collaborative Education, outlined six major trends in Korean education and proposed five directions for educational reform. Ms. Christine Goh, president of the National Institute of Education in Singapore, emphasized the vital role of teacher professional development in improving teaching quality and overall school atmosphere. Ms. Orkhon Gantogtokh, Executive Director of the Mongolian Academy for Higher Education, discussed challenges in Mongolia's teacher development, focusing on policy priorities such as salaries and legal protection. Mr. Lay Sovichea, Expert of Cambodia's Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport, presented Cambodia's current strategy and national policies, emphasizing its impact in transforming the education system.

  In Session 2 - "Industry-teaching Integration and High-quality Teaching Force," Mr. Wang Xinbo, Director of the Institute of Vocational, Technical, and Continuing Education at CNAES, provided an overview of China's vocational education system. Mr. Dawadi Binod from Tribhuvan University in Nepal emphasized the significance of industry-university research cooperation for knowledge exchange and national development. Mr. He Zhen, Director of the Vocational Education Institute at Beijing Normal University, highlighted the challenges in domestic education integration and suggested innovative solutions. Mr. János Setényi, Director of the Learning Institute at Mathias Corvinus College in Hungary, discussed trends in constructing a high-quality teacher force in Europe and Asia, suggested key recommendations for reform in teacher training recruitment. Mr. Tu Sanguang from the Center for Vocational Education Development at the Ministry of Education in China highlighted the concept of "dual-teacher" teachers and proposed policy improvements for teacher recognition and professional development. Mr. Las Widdershoven, Vice-chairperson of the Association of Education and Technology in the UK, compared vocational education in China and the UK, presenting a theoretical model for teacher internationalization and suggested future challenges and plans.

  During the meeting, President Li met with Park Dong-Sun and Christine Goh respectively. In-depth discussion focused on the allocation of educational resources under the context of child reduction, urbanization and aging society, as well as laying the groundwork for future cooperation in talent cultivation, science education, digital transformation, mental health assessment, etc.

  The forum brought together experts in the field of teacher development from countries along the "Belt and Road," relevant departments and bureaus of the Ministry of Education, and representatives from Education Experimental Zone of CNAES. More than 120 participants attended offline. Mr. Wang Ming, Vice President of CNAES, delivered the concluding speech. The event was reported on UNESCO's official website, which highlighted the importance of the Belt and Road Education Cooperation.


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