Programme Overview

Global Citizenship Education

Registration for summer 2022 closed

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.

Registration for summer 2022 closed

Professionals : CHF 1,000

External students : CHF 800

UNIGE students : CHF 200


Application: No reference letter needed for this specific course. You need to submit only your -1- CV and your -2- letter of motivation.


Abdeljalil Akkari is the director of the Department of Education Sciences, professor and director of a research group on international and comparative education (ERDIE) at the University of Geneva). He is a member of the Swiss national commission for UNESCO. He is also a regular consultant for international organizations. His major publications include studies on educational planning, multicultural education, teacher training and educational inequalities. Currently, his main research interests focus on teacher education and reforms of educational systems within a comparative, multicultural and international perspective.


Khalaf Al’Abri is an assistant professor of education systems and policies at the College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University. He is interested in researching education policies in the Arab Gulf states with specific focus on the impact of globalization on those policies. Higher education is another area of research that Dr. Al’Abri is nowadays studying with attention to internationalization and Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, global citizenship education is among the current focuses that Dr. Al’Abri is researching and promoting in Oman and the Arab World.


Laura Engel is an Associate Professor of International Education and International Affairs at the George Washington University (GW), where she is director of the International Education Program, co-director of the certificate program, Incorporating International Perspectives into Education, and co-chair of the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. Laura has lived, worked, and studied in England, Spain, and Romania; has taught graduate courses in Senegal and Cuba; and has traveled extensively. Her interdisciplinary research on globalization, citizenship, and education policy in federal systems has appeared in over 50 publications, including in Educational Policy, Compare, and Comparative Education Review.


Conrad Hughes (MA, PhD, EdD) is Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissiere. Conrad, who is also a member of the advisory board for the University of the People and a senior fellow of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education, teaches philosophy. His most recent books are Understanding Prejudice and Education: The Challenge for Future Generations (2017, Routledge) and Educating for the 21st Century: Seven Global Challenges (2018, Brill).


Thibaut Lauwerier is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva. His research interests are related to the comparison of international trends in education policies. Among other topics, his research assesses the local relevance of the International Agenda 2030 (SDGs) educational goals, as well as the extent to which they can be operationalized, particularly in West African countries.


Colleen Loomis is Associate Professor in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on quality education, gender equality, and health and wellbeing. She has local, national, and international experience understanding the impact of programs and services on outcomes for children, family, community, and organizations, including cost savings to government and other funders. She collaborates with government and non-government organizations in the United States, Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Laos, France, and Switzerland.


Kathrine Maleq is a research and teaching fellowat the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she was responsible for the design, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of nationwide and regional education for peace programs for an NGO. Her research focuses on global citizenship education, multicultural education, preschool-family collaboration from a cross-cultural perspective, and early childhood education in the Global South.


Aoi Nakayama is a professor at the Center for Global Education and Research, Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan. Her principal research interests are intercultural and international education, comparative education between Japan and Europe, and global and democratic citizenship education. She is also a member of the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research team, “Development of a systematic teacher education model program for teachers in charge of children who need Japanese language instruction” entrusted by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


Karen Taylor is currently Director of Education and of the Institute of Learning and Teaching at the International School of Geneva and Associate Professor in Practice at Durham University’s School of Education. Prior to moving to Switzerland in 2008, Dr. Taylor taught at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC and in the Liberal Studies Degree program at Georgetown University where she earned her PhD in history in 2000. Dr. Taylor’s research interests focus on eighteenth-century French pedagogical writings, International Mindedness and Plurilingual Education.


Oakleigh Welply is an Associate Professor in the School of Education. She is Programme Director for the MA Education International in Geneva, convenes the Masters courses Intercultural and International Education and International Development and Education and lectures on the course Critical Perspectives in Education. A key area of Oakleigh’s work is Global Citizenship Education, which she has approached through a variety of perspectives, ranging from theoretically-based discussions to large scale survey data analysis. She was an invited speaker on the topic of Global Citizenship at Sciences Po Paris and the Palais de Tokyo, as part of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).


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