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Pan Canadian UNEVOC Centre holds Annual Conference

29 to 31 May, 2016

Quebec City, Canada

The 2016 Annual Conference of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the Canadian UNEVOC Centre brought together over 750 participants from colleges and institutes from across Canada, as well as over 50 stakeholders from other outside of Canada, including Brazil, China, Grenada, and countries from the European Union. The Annual Conference discussed CICan’s future activities, especially in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement.

The conference took place from 29 to 31 May in Quebec City, Canada. A UNEVOC Network member since 2012 and currently the North American Cluster Coordinator, CICan is a national, voluntary membership organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics in Canada and internationally. The conference discussed developments in a number of areas, including leadership and governance, teaching and learning, applied research and innovation, indigenous education and entrepreneurship education.

As part of a panel session held during an international pre-conference forum on 29 May, Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, shared insights about UNESCO-UNEVOC’s work on Greening TVET and examined the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in responding to climate change and sustainable development priorities in developing countries. On 31 May, Mr Majumdar also acted as the key presenter during a session on the role of TVET with regard to the SDGs.

The conference offered an opportunity for participants to learn more about UNESCO-UNEVOC’s thematic priority areas, knowledge development and sharing activities, as well as the UNEVOC Network, and strengthened UNESCO-UNEVOC’s presence in the North and Latin American regions.

Visit to Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Mr Majumdar also took the opportunity to visit the UNEVOC Centre Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, located at Carleton-sur-Mer, Canada. A UNEVOC Centre since 2004, the visit facilitated discussions on UNEVOC Network trends and developments. Perhaps more importantly, the visit was an occasion for UNESCO-UNEVOC to witness first-hand the important work carried out by the college, particularly in the areas of technology transfer and training, as well as distance education. A press meeting organized by the Centre was attended by Mr Majumdar, Line Beauchamp from the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, along with Louise Bolduc, Director of the University of Canada and Director General of Cégep.

More information on Mr Majumdar’s visit to Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles can be found on a short news article written by a local newspaper.

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