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Book launch: Higher education for and beyond the Sustainable Development Goals

30 October 2019, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Woman studying in Balkh University library, Afghanistan. Image: Sandra Calligaro / Taimani Films / World Bank (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

In this Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) seminar, Tristan McCowan will launch his new book ‘Higher education for and beyond the Sustainable Development Goals’.

This event is free.

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Centre for Education and International Development (CEID)


Elvin Hall
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

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This event will provide an outline of Tristan McCowan's new book, followed by responses from academics and practitioners working in the field of international education, and an open discussion on key contemporary issues. Afterwards, there will be a reception with drinks and nibbles.

Speaker: Professor Tristan McCowan (UCL)
Discussants: Dr Emilie Souyri (Université Côte d'Azur); Alex Wright (Association of Commonwealth Universities); Dr Laila Kadiwal (UCL) and Dr Stuart Tannock (UCL)
Chair: Professor Elaine Unterhalter (UCL)

Join in the conversation on Twitter at #CEIDseminars 

About the book 

In contrast to the previous Millennium Development Goals, higher education is seen to play a crucial role in the Sustainable Development Goals. But how can the university fulfil these weighty expectations? And are the dominant trends in higher education supporting or undermining this vision?

This book draws on the idea of the ‘developmental university’, a model characterised by its porous boundaries with society and commitment to teaching, research and community engagement in the public interest. The author examines case studies from Latin America, Africa and other regions to analyse how this model can be revived, countering recent trends of marketisation, status competition and unbundling. The book also considers alternatives to the developmental model drawing on indigenous knowledge systems, looking beyond the SDG framework to the creation of a new form of society.