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Skills for Human Development

This blog was written by Simon McGrath and Lesley Joy Powell, authors of the new book, ‘Skills for Human Development: Transforming Vocational Education and Training’, published by Routledge. Simon McGrath is UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development at the University of Nottingham and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, […]

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Education, Skills and International Cooperation: Comparative and Historical Perspectives

By Kenneth King, Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and one of the founding members of UKFIET. When I was Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University of Hong Kong 10 years ago, Professor Mark Bray suggested pulling into one volume what he, too generously, termed ‘KK’s Greatest Hits’. I hesitated for many years, wondering […]

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21st Century Skills: Upskilling for an Uncertain Future?

This blog was written by Dr Caine Rolleston, Senior Lecturer in education and international development at the University College London Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), and member of the UKFIET Executive Committee. The need for education systems to better orient themselves towards a fast-changing labour market and social world has, it would appear, never been more […]

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A Post-2015 Skills Sub-Goal: Confusion still Reigns

The most recent UKFIET-DfID discussion on Post-2015 goals for education, co-convened and hosted by ODI, well captured the richness of the challenges inherent in the larger project of getting education into the goals and sub-goals and protecting the far larger set of educational concerns that cannot be contained within these goals. However, I was struck […]

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Conference Sub-theme – The Futures of Development Assistance

The Futures of Development Assistance is one of the Sub-themes at the UKFIET Conference in Oxford, organised by Kenneth King, Simon McGrath and Robert Palmer. Its 8 sessions run through most of the three days, and they raise many provocative issues: Such as: Where are we at setting the education and training agenda post-2015? What are […]

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