This global education online learning course is designed for education practitioners, social workers, civil society, youth activists, as well as policy and decision makers, local authorities and intercultural cities.

Please be aware that the course announced on this website regards an online learning course and does not involve any travelling. However, in order to participate, you need to have regular access to the Internet.

The course has been designed to complement the Global Education Guidelines, a pedagogical tool for educators and policy makers to understand and implement Global Education, and share with a wider audience concepts and approaches promoted by the North-South Centre’s Global Education programme.

The course “Global Education - The Intercultural Dimension", provides an overview on why intercultural education is relevant and needed, what it means in theory and practice and how it can be improved in relation to the context of a globalised world, the local needs, its contents and methodology.


The course explores the ways of addressing the issues in theory and practice, reflecting on the ideal state considering the evidence from the reality, and developing new ways of understanding and promoting intercultural education in the contexts of the participants.

The specific contents include:

  • Introduction to the intercultural dimension of global education
  • Reflecting on the needs for intercultural education
  • Reviewed concepts and approaches to intercultural education
  • Understanding of existing intercultural education in practice
  • Dilemmas and challenges in policy development towards intercultural education
  • Development of strategies for intercultural political education
  • Rights-based approaches to social and political action

Specific aims of the course

  • To offer a platform to reflect on the role of intercultural education and the challenges posed by the local context in a globalised world
  • To reflect on the concepts and approaches related to global education and its intercultural dimension
  • To develop a better understanding of intercultural education, intercultural learning and intercultural competences
  • To review and strengthen the existing policy approaches to ensure quality standards and recognition of indercultural education
  • To strengthen the intercultural dialogue as part of political education
  • To connect local and international practitioners and other relevant actors in the field
  • To strengthen the network of global, human rights, and intercultural, education practitioners

For whom?

The course in general is targeted at people working in or with intercultural learning and education, either as part of international organisations, national educational institutions or those working for national and local civil society organisations, policy makers, local authorities and intercultural cities. The course also welcomes students with a special interest in the topic.

Please note that all participants should:

  • be in command of the English language;
  • be able to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week (every week) on course work;
  • have basic ICT skills and a minimum of internet access.  

By whom?

The course has been developed in partnership between the North South Centre (NSC) and The Network University.

North-South Centre's mandate is to provide a framework for North-South co-operation to increase public awareness of global interdependence issues and promote policies of solidarity in conformity with the aims and principles of the Council of Europe: respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The Network University (TNU) facilitates innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.

For more information please visit the page About Us .


The North South Centre will provide scholarships of 400 euro, corresponding to the course value. The scholarships will be granted to selected applications on the basis of quality of the application and will cover the participation fee.

For more information please go to the application page .


The next course takes place from 4 September to 1 October 2017, and the dates for registration will be published 1 Agust 2017.

For more information please go to the application page.

In partnership with:

The Network
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