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Dec. 20, 2019 A staff member attended the 2019 TAICEP Conference

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A staff member from the National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan attended the 2019 TAICEP Conference in Vancouver, Canada from 21 to 24 October 2019.

TAICEP (The Association of International Credential Evaluation Professionals) is an organization where foreign credential evaluators gather to share their professional insights, and this was its 5th annual conference. National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE) has sent attendees to this event each year since 2016.

Themes of the two plenary sessions in the conference were UNESCO's Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education and accreditation of international schools. Moreover, there was a variety of "breakout sessions" some of which focused on countries such as Japan, Vietnam and Thailand whereas some focused on transnational education and internet search for credential evaluation.

The staff member also joined a voluntary activity at VAST, a local organization which supports mental health of refugees in Vancouver. While Canada attracted a number of refugee claimants, the rate for gaining refugee status was about 50%, according to the Executive Director of VAST. It was also a problem that, although they were allowed to work, refugee claimants could not gain employment to match their academic and/or professional qualifications.