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*
  • External students: 600 CHF*
  • UNIGE students: 300 CHF*

Final Deadline (15 April 2020):

  • Professionals: 1,100 CHF*
  • External students: 800 CHF*
  • UNIGE students: 400 CHF*

*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees

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

Clementina Acedo

is the Director General of Webster University Geneva.Between 2007 and 2014, she was the Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva (IBE). She holds a PhD in International Comparative Education and Master’s degrees in Philosophy and International Development Education from Stanford University. She was Director of the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) and Professor of Comparative Education and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously she worked for the World Bank in education for the East Asian Region. She has published extensively on international education policy, teacher education, education reforms and curriculum development. She is originally from Venezuela where she studied Sociology at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, later on directed the UNDP program of Social Development at the Ministry of Social Affairs, and was a researcher at the IESA, in Caracas.


Abdeljalil Akkari

is 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 member of the Swiss national commission for UNESCO. He is also a regular consultant for international organizations. He was the Dean for research at the Higher Pedagogical Institute HEP-BEJUNE (Bienne, Switzerland) and assistant professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (USA). His major publications include studies on educational planning, multicultural education, teacher training and educational inequalities. His main research interests focuses currently on teacher education and reforms of educational systems in a comparative, multicultural and international perspective.


Thibaut Lauwerier

is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. His research interests include the comparison of international trends in education policies, and the analysis of education quality, particularly in the global South.


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).


Vlad Glăveanu

PhD, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling at Webster University Geneva, Associate Professor II at Bergen University, Norway, and Director of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (WCCI). His work focuses on creativity, imagination, culture, collaboration, and societal challenges. He edited the Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture (2016) and the Oxford Creativity Reader (2018), and co-edited the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity Across Domains (2017) and the Oxford Handbook of Imagination and Culture (2017). He co-edits the book series Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture for Palgrave Macmillan. Vlad is editor of Europe’s Journal of Psychology (EJOP), an open-access peer-reviewed journal published by PsychOpen (Germany). He received in 2018 the Berlyne Award from the American Psychological Association for outstanding early career contributions to the field of aesthetics, creativity, and the arts.


Fathali M. Moghaddam

is Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, and Editor-in-Chief of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology (American Psychological Association). Moghaddam was born in Iran, educated from an early age in England, and worked for the United Nations and McGill University before joining Georgetown University in 1990. He has published extensively on radicalization, intergroup conflict, and the psychology of dictatorship and democracy. His most recent book is 'The Psychology of Dictatorship' (2013), which received Honorable Mention, 2013 Prose Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence. Moghaddam has received a number of recognitions for his scholarly contributions, the most recent being the Outstanding International Psychologist Award for 2012 from the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology.


Colleen Loomis

is Associate Professor in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on quality education, gender equality, and health and wellbeing, which have been identified by the United Nations as Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, and 3, respectively (UN2030 Agenda). 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.


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).

Zayda Sierra