IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Global skills for a global society?

20 March 2018, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

The earth connected by international links

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Kester Muller


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Watch a replay of this seminar here.

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 reviews 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).