Asia mission builds on StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan

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  • VICTORIA British Columbians will benefit from a stronger economy, educational

    relationships with international partners, and peopletopeople ties, following an

    education mission to Southeast Asia by Selina Robinson, Minister of PostSecondary
    Education and Future Skills.

    “Ensuring that B.C. remains competitive and connected to our global partners is
    essential to a strong economy and labour market here in B.C.,” Robinson said.

    “Education and skills training helps workers, students and employers pursue new
    opportunities for themselves and their families, and brings new jobs, possibilities and
    innovation to our respective regions.”

    The oneweek mission included meetings in the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam
    with governments, economic organizations and postsecondary institutions, with the
    goal of building mutually beneficial relations that support B.C.’s healthcare system,
    microcredential programs, trade and fair credential recognition for internationally
    trained professionals. Mutual credential recognition was focused on, as well as
    working in partnership to support solutions to global labour challenges.

    The minister’s mission supports government’s commitment to international
    credential recognition and international education, and aligns with British Columbia’s
    Trade Diversification Strategy, and Canada’s IndoPacific strategy to develop
    economic opportunities with strong returns on investment, attract funding, and
    expand trade and investment through education and interpersonal ties. Support for
    the mission was provided by the B.C. Council for International Education, a B.C.
    Crown agency.

    Features of Robinson’s education mission included:

    * meeting with Philippines Commission on Higher Education and several higher
    education institutions that are current and potential partners with B.C. post
    secondary institutions, including Miriam College, the South East Asian Ministers of
    Education Organization (SEAMEO) Innovation and Technology centre, Far Eastern
    University and World Citi Colleges;

    * meeting with Philippines Department of Migrant Workers to discuss opportunities
    for cooperation in bilateral healthcare education and improved recognition of
    Philippines nursing and healthcare worker education and credentials;
    * a forum with the Singapore Ministry of Education to examine how Singapore
    connects the supply of skillstraining with labourmarket demand and how the skills
    training system has been formed by government and employer collaboration to
    respond to a rapidly changing workforce;

    * a tour of Biopolis Life Science Campus P&G Innovation Centre, Singapore’s largest
    private research facility, located in Biopolis, an international biomedical research and
    innovation hub;

    * meeting with partner institutions in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to support the
    memorandum of understanding signed in 2021 by the government of Vietnam and
    B.C;

    * meetings with the CanadaASEAN Business Council, Global Affairs Canada, and
    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

    The mission followed the launch of the StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan on May
    2, 2023, a crossgovernment madeinB.C. plan that works to make education and
    training more accessible, affordable, responsive, and relevant to help prepare the
    people of B.C. for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The action plan is supported by a
    provincial investment of $480 million over three years.
    Learn More:

    For more about StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan, visit:

    https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/jobs-and-training

    For more about B.C.’s Trade Diversification Strategy, visit:

    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/international-
    investment-and-trade/trade-diversification-strategy

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