TORONTO, November 12, 2012 – The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), joins this week with over 100 countries from around the world to celebrate International Education Week 2012 (IEW 2012).
IEW serves to increase awareness and understanding of international education among participating countries through a variety of activities and events undertaken by governments, educational institutions, stakeholder groups, and individuals. More information about events and activities can be found on the CMEC‑sponsored IEW Web site, www.iew-sei.ca.
For IEW 2012, Canada has chosen the theme, "Canada Engages with the World: Realizing Our Potential through International Education." It underscores the value that Canadians place on connecting with the world through studying abroad, internationalized curricula, and international service, and on opening the world to Canada by welcoming international elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students, promoting international exchanges, and encouraging qualified foreign students to make Canada their home.
"We live in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world," said the Honourable Ramona Jennex, Chair of CMEC and Nova Scotia's Minister of Education. "International education ensures Canada's active engagement with that world and with the many opportunities it offers by encouraging Canadian students to consider the benefits of studying abroad and by welcoming international students here at home."