Global Citizenship Education

UNESCO defines global citizenship as a “sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity”. Global citizenship education, in this context, concerns learning to recognize and respect multiple levels of identity and collective identity that transcend individual cultural, religious, ethnic and other differences. The strength of Global Citizenship Education comes from the fact that it takes a long-term, root cause approach to the social problems we are experiencing today. This is why this concept has been integrated into the Education-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, this notion has been criticized for its conceptual fuzziness and for embodying Western, privileged perspectives.

The program is designed for Master/PhD students, advanced researchers, and practitioners interested in thinking more critically about issues of Global Citizenship Education and global competencies.

The program will prepare participants for research and action and will include meetings and discussions with professionals from a wide range of academic institutions and international organizations in Geneva and internationally. The program will promote interdisciplinary cooperation both in research and in teaching and will bring together scholars, experts and students from around the world.

With its strong emphasis on theory, research and practice, the program will serve as an excellent preparation for professionals interested in further research or careers in international education.

Upon successful completion of the program, 3 ECTS credits and a Certificate will be provided.

Programme Objectives:

  • Understand the history and theoretical foundations of Global Citizenship Education;
  • Develop the ability to create institutional projects in the area of Global Citizenship;
  • Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to set up research projects on Global Citizenship;
  • Prepare for a critical analysis of pedagogical projects in international, national and local contexts aiming to promote Global Citizenship Education.

Target Audience:

Taught in English, the program is open to 20 – 25 highly qualified participants in the field of education studies, psychology, public policy, government affairs, or international relations.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, psychology, social sciences or a related discipline. Motivated candidates without a bachelor’s degree may also apply.

Early Bird Deadline: (15 February 2020):

  • Professionals: 800 CHF*
  • For all students: 600 CHF*
  • Only for students from the University of Geneva: 300 CHF*

Extended Deadline (15 April 2020):

  • Professionals: 1,100 CHF*
  • For all students: 800 CHF*
  • Only for students from the University of Geneva: 400 CHF*


• Clementina Acedo, Director at Webster University, Geneva

• Vlad Glaveanu, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling at Webster University, Geneva

• Conrad Hughes, Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva and senior fellow of UNESCO's International Bureau of Education, Geneva

• Collen Loomis, Associate Professor in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

• Fathali Moghaddam, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, USA

• Zayda Sierra, Faculty of Education, University of Antioquia, Colombia

• Sobhi Tawil, Head of the Unit Research Foresight, UNESCO-Paris, France

Overview of the course:

• Monday: History, Concepts and Theories of Global Citizenship (Module 1)

• Tuesday: Research outcomes on Global Citizenship (Module 2)

• Wednesday: Learning Global Citizenship in universities and educational institutions (Module 3)

• Thursday: Cases studies: how to build Global Citizenship competencies? (Module 4)

• Friday: Action-research in universities, schools, internationals organizations and NGOs to promote Global Citizenship (Module 5)