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Sustainable Development Goal 4 Target 7 aims to mainstream the inclusion of the “promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development” in educational contexts throughout the world. But how are such aims best achieved? Should we send students to study or train abroad?

Or should we focus on initiatives to develop global citizenship at home? What are the pros and cons of each approach? In this World Café debate and discussion, delegates are set the following questions:

  • How do we best develop a sense and understanding of global citizenship in students?
  • What are the arguments for and against spending time in another country as opposed to incorporating courses with relevant content in the curriculum?
  • What are current sectoral and institutional approaches to engendering a sense of global citizenship in students – and what is the impact of current geo-political uncertainties on these?


Prof. Robert Gilmour, International Mobility Lead, Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)

Prof. Catherine Montgomery, Professor of International Higher Education and Director of International Partnerships, University of Bath (United Kingdom)

Prof. Hannah McGee, Dean & Chief Academic Officer, RCSI: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ireland)

Prof. Hester Klopper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Strategy and InternationalisationStellenbosch University, (South Africa)

Ms Vivienne Stern, Director, Universities UK International, (UK)