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Report of the Fifth BRICS Academic Forum

The inaugural session of the fifth BRICS Academic forum was opened on the 11th March with a welcome address from Dr. Diana Parker (Acting Deputy Director General of Department of Higher Education and Training) and Dr Jeffrey Mabelebele (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education South Africa). In his inaugural address, Dr Mabelebele first outlined challenges facing BRICS countries, commented on the theme of Africa, and emphasised the need to maintain a sharp focus on a developmental and progressive agenda. He urged the audience to further reflect on the role of the Academic Forum in terms of the development and suggested some questions the Academic Forum could discuss.

This academic forum was organised around five interrelated themes: BRICS and the global economy, reform of institutions of global governance; co-operation on Africa; education, research and skills development for building industrialising economies; and peace and security. The plenary session was organised with one presentation on each theme; thereafter, parallel sessions followed, with presentations from representatives from each of the other four member countries. The recommendations on all five themes are attached as an appendix to this report.

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10-13 March 2013, Durban