Institute of Education


Global skills for a global society?

Start: Mar 20, 2018 05:00 PM
End: Mar 20, 2018 06:30 PM

Location: London International Development Centre, 36 Gordon Square, Camden Town, London WC1H 0PD

The earth connected by international links

There is increased recognition amongst policy-makers and academic debates within education of the need to take greater account of the skills learners require to live and work in a global society.

Themes such as global competencies, global citizenship and 21st century skills can be seen in initiatives for schools, colleges and universities. But what do they all mean, and to what extent do they encourage learning that enables learners to question the rise of ‘fake news’ and an uncritical approaches to assessing data and information about the wider world?

The term ‘global skills’ is being used by bodies such as the British Council, leading multinational companies and some elite universities in their recruitment strategies. This Development Education Research Centre (DERC) seminar will review some of these debates and look at examples from a number of professions, notably education, health and engineering. By identifying a potential framework for global skills that can equip learners to not only secure meaningful employment in the global economy, but be active global citizens in the fragile and unequal world we live in today is vital.

About the speaker

Professor Douglas Bourn is founding Director of DERC and was recently appointed Professor of Development Education at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).


This event is free and open to all, however does require registration to attend.

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