Keeping Education Ahead in the Post-MDG Olympics?
Kenneth King, University of Edinburgh
25 March 2014, 15.00 - 16.30
Bilik Cemerlang, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya

In 2014, the post-MDG marathon enters its last lap. There are just 19 months to go before the September 2015 finishing line. So far, Education has maintained a good position in the global race to be included in the next development agenda. It has always been the first priority out of sixteen others in the UNbs Citizen Survey, MyWorld2015. In the UN Secretary Generalbs High Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Education has been selected as one of the eleven Illustrative Goals. Education has also gained visibility through the Secretary Generalbs Education First Initiative. Most recently, in the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/14, a whole chapter is dedicated to arguing that bEducationbs unique power should secure it a central place in the post-2015 development frameworkb (p.185).

What next? Where will Education be positioned in the crucial report of the UNbs Open Working Group, due to be released in a few months? What role will emerging economies, from China to India, and Mexico to Malaysia, play in the final positioning of Education in the next global agenda? And how will that agenda relate to the parallel agendas of many national governments? These are some of the issues to be debated in the CRICE Seminar.


About the Speaker

About usKenneth King was the Director of the Centre of African Studies and Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Edinburgh till September 2005. He is now Emeritus Professor in the School of Education and also School of Social and Political Studies. His research interests have focused on the politics and history of international education, skills development in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy, and aid policy. Currently he is researching Chinabs higher education cooperation with Africa, as well as the Post-2015 Education and Training agenda.

For over 25 years he has been editor of the aid and international education policy bulletin, called NORRAG News (freely available at The Fundamental in Educational Planning, No 94, on Planning Technical and Vocational Skills Development (jointly with Robert Palmer) was published by IIEP, UNESCO in September 2010. In 2013, he published Chinabs Aid and Soft Power in Africa: the Case of Education and Training (James Currey).