VETASSESS participates in Groningen Declaration Network annual meeting to support academic and professional mobility

Posted on 5/2/2019 by

  GDN Media Release April 30

A VETASSESS team attended Groningen Declaration Network’s (GDN) eighth annual meeting held in Mexico last week. The Groningen Declaration Network is a network of like-minded organisations and people who come together to seek academic and professional mobility needs of citizens worldwide. GDN brings together key stakeholders from different countries to work together towards supporting global skills recognition.

The eight annual meeting of the GDN was attended by a number of international organisations who share the aim of creating the new world for academic and professional mobility. VETASSESS Executive Director Rob Thomason and Group Manager for General Occupations Dr Mamta Chauhan presented at the event and contributed to the thought leadership around progressing global mobility frameworks.

VETASSESS is a signatory of GDN and the key supporter of their annual meeting. The meeting participants included international government bodies and key organisations such as UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning and the European Commission.

Talking about Australia’s approach to optimise global talent flows, Rob Thomason, Executive Director VETASSESS said that Australia has enjoyed an extraordinary period of sustained economic growth since the early 1990s due to several factors, including an increasingly skilled-focused migration program. Australian Government has sought to attract the best and brightest to their shores through either points or merit based, employer sponsored, or hybrid approaches. VETASSESS has played a significant role in implementing Australian Government’s policy on migration to support the individual talent flows from around the world and GDN is the perfect forum to promote that global conversation for academic and global mobility. 

Dr Mamta Chauhan talked about the key considerations for establishing a successful global skills recognition system to achieve academic and professional mobility. Academic and Professional Mobility is the most significant driver for shaping the success of the New World. This mobility requires far more than a good education but is also influenced by the crucial role of the national and global processes in support of the transfer of skills, expertise and knowledge by highly skilled individuals across borders. There is a growing consensus that countries will be missing out on the biggest talent pool if they do not create opportunities to facilitate a fairer and stronger global skills recognition system. Dr Chauhan further said that lack of understanding the need for the moderation of skills standards in global skills recognition could create barriers to the success of global mobility.