Going Global 2018 session
Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Wednesday 30 September 2020 - 23:00

This event took place on 19 June at 10am, UK time.

Global ODA education investments have traditionally focused on universal access to basic education, with typically less than 10% of ODA education budget focussed on tertiary.  But is it right for such focus to be on basic education?

The British Council commissioned UCL Institute of Education to conduct a rigorous review of literature to map what is currently known through studies in history, economics and social science with regard to the relationship of tertiary education and development, understanding both terms broadly, and locating the focus on low and lower-middle income countries.

This virtual session will introduce you to this new analysis of the links between tertiary education and development in low to lower middle income countries, and discussion will focus on some of the non-economic outcomes of tertiary education which are of global importance.

This session was chaired by the British Council's Michael Peak, Senior Advisor for Education Research, and the discussion was led by Professor Elaine Unterhalter and Dr Colleen Howell from UCL's Institute of Education, as well as Professor N. V. Varghese of NIEPA in New Delhi.


Michael Peak

British Council

Michael has 15 years’ experience of researching international education, and has been integral to the inception, development and management of the British Council’s research work. He has been involved with many projects and partnerships concerned with surveying and forecasting international student mobility and he established the British Council’s ‘Shape of global higher education’ series which measures the internationalisation activities of different countries.

Professor Elaine Unterhalter

Professor of Education and International Development, University College London, Institute of Education

Elaine has degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and University of Cambridge, and a PhD in African history from SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on gender, inequalities and education and she has worked on projects investigating these themes in South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya,  Ghana, India and Bangladesh.  Her research grants have also documented the work of international organisations.

Dr Colleen Howell

Research Associate, University College London, Institute of Education

Dr Colleen Howell is a Research Associate in the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) at University College London, Institute of Education (IOE). She has been extensively involved over the last twenty years in research and policy work around issues of equity and diversity in education and the building of inclusive societies, particularly around higher education in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.

Prof N. V. Varghese

Vice-Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi

Professor N.V. Varghese is the Vice-Chancellor of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi. He is also the Founding Director of Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE). He holds a doctoral degree in Economics specialising in educational planning, was Head of Governance and Management in Education at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO), Paris to 2013 and Head of its Training & Education Programmes from 2001-06.

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