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First Asia-Pacific Education Forum to be held at ECU

Tuesday, 19 February 2008


Representatives from 20 Asia-Pacific nations will attend the first Asia-Pacific Deans of Education Forum this week at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia.

Commencing today, the two day Asia-Pacific Deans of Education Forum is presented by ECU in partnership with UNESCO (Asia-Pacific), Sampoerna Foundation Teacher Institute, Microsoft (Asia-Pacific) and Perth Education City.

The Forum is the first step forward in recognising and addressing teacher training issues in the Asia Pacific region. It provides an opportunity for the development of international partnerships to assist in building the capacity of teacher education institutions across Asia-Pacific.

At its conclusion, participants will aim to have developed a strategic plan for the engagement of partners and teacher institutions across the region.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said by hosting the Forum ECU demonstrates the University's commitment to excellence in the field of education.

"With a long history in teacher education and as one of the largest Schools of Education in Australia, we are able to offer our resources and capabilities in partnership with other organisations to continue to build the capacity of teachers across the region".

Head of ECU's School of Education Professor Greg Robson said that the Forum would not be an isolated event, and there would be significant efforts to maintain networks and collaboratively work towards outcomes at the Forum's completion.

"The School of Education at ECU is well placed to provide post-Forum support and expertise to teacher education institutions across the region," he said.

With keynote addresses from senior educators and administrators from across the Asia-Pacific region, the Forum not only provides the opportunity for the development of networks, but also allows participants to share in the best practice experiences of their colleagues.

Speakers include Dr Edilberto De Jesus, the former President and Secretariat Director of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and former Minister of Education of the Philippines, Professor John Furlong, Director of the Department of Education at the University of Oxford and Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Executive Dean from the Faculty of Education and Arts at ECU.

The following speakers are available for interview:
Dr. Edilberto De Jesus (former SEAMEO director/president and former Minister of Education of the Philippines)
Professor John Furlong (Oxford)
Professor Greg Robson (ECU)
Associate Professor Cher Ping Lim (ECU)

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