School of Education

Can the failing international architecture for education be fixed?

A32, Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
Wednesday 12th October 2022 (14:30-16:00)

A Centre for International Education Research seminar

Speaker: Professor Nicholas Burnett, Special Professor of International Education Policy

The international architecture for education is broken: there is today much less international attention to education than in the past, and the share of aid going to education has declined.  Indeed, many former major donors to education, such as the UK and Norway, no longer prioritize it.  Efforts to convince philanthropies to invest in education have also been relatively unsuccessful. 

Based on his own career at the World Bank, UNESCO and the international NGO Results for Development, Professor Burnett will discuss why this situation may have arisen, will analyse the essential elements of an international architecture for education, and will suggest how the current failing architecture might be reformed.  After his talk, he will also be pleased to answer questions on both the talk and on career possibilities in education in international organizations and NGOs.


Nicholas Burnett has been an education manager at the World Bank (for West and Central Africa), was the second director of the Global Education Monitoring Report, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, and founding Managing Director for Global Education at Results for Development. His current interests are the international architecture for education and the use of innovative financing techniques in education.  He has a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Oxford.


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University of Nottingham
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