Education attaché network launched

Front from left: Julian Bertazzo (Brazil), Dorina Orzac (Romania);
Angela Cleary and Dr Ketsuda Supradit (Thailand). Rear (from right):
Rommel Romato (Indonesia); Mohammed El Ansari (UAE); Nelson Lafraia
(Brazil). Not pictured: Margaret Lesuuda (Kenya)

An association to promote education diplomacy in the UK was recently established with a launch event at the Romanian Embassy, attended by more than 40 education attachés.

The London Education and Research Network (LEARN) will be open to all diplomats and officials involved in promoting academic relations with the UK.

Speaking at the launch, Romanian Ambassador Ion Jinga (right) welcomed the initiative and Daniel Shah, the Deputy Director of the Higher Education International Unit of Universities UK said his organisation stood ready to offer any assistance to LEARN.

Education attachés attend the launch of LEARN

The main aim of the network will be to provide a forum where education attachés can meet with UK institutions to discuss policy, challenges and opportunities in international education. Using the combined leverage of the membership, LEARN hopes to attract top-level speakers to its meetings.

The organisation will offer a platform to share best practice. It will also lobby UK authorities on issues affecting foreign students, such as immigration rules.

A steering committee was appointed with the aim of having wide regional representation. More volunteers are welcomed, especially for Anglophone countries (North America and Australasia).

For information about LEARN or to volunteer on the committee email Dorina Orzac on