BRICS – ministers sign the Declaration of Brasília
Experts and representatives of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries met in Brazil on 2 March this year to discuss proposals for cooperation in professional and technological education, higher education, and joint methodologies for educational metrics.
The proposals were submitted to Brazil's Minister of Education and the deputy ministers of Russia, India, China and South Africa. After the meeting, the ministers signed the Declaration of Brasília with the key decisions and recommendations for future initiatives in the area.
The discussion included basic principles for a common university network, a league of universities to develop joint research projects, and increasing academic mobility of faculty, researchers, and students across BRICS countries.
The meeting helped advance the action plan approved in the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza in July 2014, and the discussions of the first meeting of Education Ministers held in November 2013. New meetings this year are planned to take place in Brazil in April, Russia in May, and China in October, when the League of BRICS Universities will be launched.