UNESCO/IIEP Research on Tertiary Education in Small States

In 2009, UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) began research into the recent reform and challenges of tertiary education in small states.  This project included:

  • a policy forum in July 2009,
  • three policy briefs on the topics of
    • quality assurance systems
    • financing of tertiary education
    • technology-based solutions for tertiary education
  • a six week online debate
  • A full-length IIEP book on “Tertiary education in small states: Planning in the context of globalization” will be published soon.

Leave a Comment

Education in Small States: Policies and Priorities

Michael Crossley, Mark Bray and Steve Packer, with David Atchoarena, Mindy Colin, Michaela Martin and Terra Sprague

2011, Commonwealth Secretariat, London

Available Now

Abstract: This publication argues for work by the Commonwealth and others on the particular and distinct challenges of education in small states, and for the need to examine the impact of changing global contexts, to document the changing nature and significance of recent and contemporary education policy priorities, and to advance the case for new and strengthened initiatives for education in small states.

The study will be of direct interest to a wide range of stakeholders involved in educational and social development in small states, to policy-makers, administrators, researchers, students, comparative educationalists, international agency personnel and practitioners at all levels in small states, throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

Leave a Comment

Small States Day Conference

On October 25, 2010, the Centre for International and Comparative Studies (ICS) at the University of Bristol hosted a day conference in conjunction with the Council for Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) about educational policies and priorities in Commonwealth small states.

Press Release available here.

Speakers will included:

  • Professor Michael Crossley
  • Steve Packer
  • Terra Sprague

They presented findings from a recent research project on educational policies and priorities in Commonwealth small states, published in by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Special guests included representatives from the High Commissions of four small states marking Commonwealth decadal anniversaries:

  • Namibia
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Vanuatu

Commonwealth scholars from small states responded to the research findings.

Leave a Comment