Education Minister Jamie Muir introduced legislation today, Oct.1, to replace the act that now governs the Maritime ProvincesHigher Education Commission (MPHEC) and to strengthen regionalco-operation in higher education. The proposed Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission Actbetter reflects the commission’s renewed and refocused mandate.The commission has been operating under a new mandate since 1997when the three provinces signed a memorandum of understanding forregional co-operation. “Working together with the other provinces as a member of theMPHEC makes sense for our students, our universities and theprovince,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The MaritimeProvinces Higher Education Commission helps ensure our studentscontinue to benefit from quality programs and our universitieshave the solid information they need to help with long-termplanning.” MPHEC is an agency of the Council of Atlantic Premiers. Under its current mandate, MPHEC has four core functions. It approves new university programs and monitors the quality ofexisting programs for continuous improvement. The approvals andmonitoring ensure quality programs are offered at Maritimeinstitutions and reduce duplication. The commission collects, maintains and distributes informationabout the post-secondary education system in the Maritimes. Italso conducts commissioned research. Projects include graduatesurveys and accessibility studies. These functions support publicaccountability and inform the development of effective post-secondary education policies, programs and initiatives. Finally, MPHEC facilitates the transfer of funds betweenprovinces for specialty programs such as medicine at Dalhousie,forestry in New Brunswick and veterinary science in Prince EdwardIsland. The new MPHEC legislation is one of many provincial initiativesunderway to enhance regional co-operation and post-secondaryeducation. The province is continuing to work with universitypresidents on a memorandum of understanding. The understandingwill provide three-year funding to help universities to minimizetuition increases and to help support long range planning. The province is also working with other Atlantic provinces on aproposal to the federal government to help universities addressthe cost of maintaining buildings. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission is funded bythe provinces and reports to the ministers responsible for post-secondary education. There are eleven universities in NovaScotia. As a result, the province to provides 52 per cent of theMPHEC funding. The province’s contribution was more than $580,000in 2004-05. Legislation to renew the MPHEC mandate was introduced andassented to in P.E.I. in 2002 and New Brunswick in 2003. It wasfirst introduced in the Nova Scotia Legislature in spring of 2002(Bill 104). It received second reading, but did not receive thirdreading. Proclamation of the legislation will be co-ordinatedamong the three provinces.
Chester-le-Street: England fast bowler Mark Wood believes his side’s crucial 119-run win over New Zealand on his home ground in Durham is one of the proudest days of his career. On Wednesday, Wood took 3/34 as England booked a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1992. The 29-year-old hails from the north-eastern village of Ashington around 50km north of the Riverside. “It was a pretty special day. Apart from maybe my debut, that was the proudest game I’ve had,” Wood was quoted as saying by the ICC. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Singing the national anthem with my whole family in the crowd was pretty special. The ground looked great and the result was even better.” Wood, who will make his 50th ODI appearance if selected in the semi-final, praised the team’s comeback from back-to-back defeats to beat India and New Zealand, saying: “It’s taken a lot of courage from the team to maintain our values even when we’ve had our backs up against the wall. “Now we’re going on to another huge game but one we’ll be pretty confident about. Maybe at the end of the World Cup if everything goes to plan we might look back at the Sri Lanka and Australia games and say they built the character of the team,” he added.
Both Prime Minister Abbasi and Sri Lankan President Sirisena witnessed the signing ceremony. The first MoU between the Foreign Service Academy of Pakistan and Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute of Sri Lanka was signed by Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua and Sri Lankan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake. The second MoU was signed between Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination of Pakistan on cooperation in the field of youth development. The document was signed by Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan Major General (r) Jayanath C P Lokuketagodage and Secretary Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination Syed Abu Ahmed Akif.The third MoU was signed between the National School of Public Policy of Pakistan and Sri Lankan Institute of Development Administration of Sri Lanka. The document was signed by Sri Lankan High Commissioner and National Institute of Public Policy Dean Shahid Rahim Sheikh. Later, the Sri Lankan President also presented to Prime Minister Abbasi 10 corneas arranged by the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association to be used for the treatment of visually impaired persons in Pakistan.Earlier, on his arrival at the PM House, President Maithripala Sirisena was warmly received by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the entrance. Pakistan and Sri Lanka signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) today to enhance the bilateral cooperation in the fields of youth development and training of diplomats as well as civil servants, APP Pakistan reported.The MoUs were signed at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s House during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit.