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Online learning is now part of education at almost all levels and not a month goes by without the announcement of a new cooperation initiative in online learning or a new platform being developed. Although the hype generated by the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is over, there is still excitement buzzing around each new initiative. Precisely because the hype is over but the excitement is not gone, this is the time to draw on the lessons of various online education initiatives. For this post, I’ll be...

'New diplomacy' has become somewhat of a buzzword. In its current form it mainly describes new actors becoming more visible in the diplomatic process. We have also seen new terms such as health diplomacy being used more frequently. Here, I am wondering about the potential of so-called education diplomacy

DiploFoundation and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) are working together to develop an online course which is scheduled to run this fall. Having been inivited to speak at ACEI's Global Institute for Education Diplomacy (March 5-8,...

Education Diplomacy Day, organised by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and DiploFoundation, took place on 7 October in Geneva. ACEI started developing the emerging concept of Education Diplomacy in 2009, and the concept is still under construction. The day-long event in Geneva helped to map the emerging field through presentations, discussions, and networking with relevant practitioners.


[Update] Please check the photo gallery from the Education Diplomacy Day in Geneva. Presentations from the event are available via links in the programme below.

Education diplomacy uses the skills of diplomacy to guide educators toward a deeper level of understanding, engagement, and practice in order to advance sustainable change across education systems. The Center for Education...

‘While employers and tertiary institutions have been providing Internet access to their employees for the last 10–12 years, the majority of Fijians have only been able to afford Internet access at home within the last five or six years...’ - Sam Goundar from Fiji

‘I strongly believe that personal development is most important for my teaching and research. Indeed, I have always been keen to improve my areas of expertise and share newly acquired knowledge with my students.’ - Lenandlar Singh from Guyana

‘Some of the major issues in the African region that we, as individuals, have to face are infrastructure implementation, awareness, and education. Luckily, there have been encouraging steps by several stakeholders and the younger generations...’ - Duksh Koonjoobeeharry from Mauritius

‘It is necessary to ensure the responsible use of technology and to stress the innovation and knowledge sharing that technology allows over the opportunity for piracy, slander, and other ‘negative’ activities’ - Arlene Buckmire-Outram from Grenada

How to teach about climate change is a key question. While the physical science basis is important, it is clearly not enough and maybe shouldn't even be our main focus.

David Hone (climate advisor for shell and a background as a chemical engineer) raised the question in a recent Huffington Post piece

I found his answer intriguing and yet, I wasn’t quite satisfied. Hone asks: how should climate change be taught in schools?  His conclusion: we need to teach the physical science...

What is the professional expertise needed by a diplomat? One should not be surprised that understanding of societal affairs and economics is more important as a knowledge base than the theory of international relations.