Why choose this programme?
GLOBED is an Erasmus+ financed programme and aims to set new standards as a master's degree in the field of globalisation, education and international development. You study in Barcelona, Oslo or Amsterdam and Malta. You will do an internship as well as a fieldwork, and you will be part of an interdisciplinary approach with expertise from all regions of the world.
The research field is being reconfigured
Education for development, as a field of research and policy intervention, is being deeply reconfigured.
- There are significant cuts in aid to education budgets of traditional donors as a consequence of the deep financial crisis in the Northern world
- There are a number of new international donors - including emerging economies and the private sector – which introduce important challenges in aid harmonization practices
- International standardized tests are acquiring more importance as the means for measuring learning at a global scale, and are undoubtedly influencing the development of national education policy agendas.
- There is no doubt that most countries in the world are still far to guarantee the right to education to their children at the time that the deadline for most of the Millennium Development Goals and Education for All (EFA) goals is getting closer.
GLOBED responds through a global interdisciplinary approach
By responding to these challenges and emerging trends GLOBED will constitute a solid and coherent international education program in the areas of global education policy and international development. Existing postgraduate offers in Europe does not devote sufficient attention to these themes; education for development is usually part of broader International Development Studies, and is characterised by a narrow disciplinary and territorial focus.
By bringing together research centres from all around Europe with different backgrounds and networks, GLOBED will promote an interdisciplinary approach to the education and development area, and will provide with expertise from all world regions.
A variety of teaching methods and strategies
GLOBED lecturers will develop teaching strategies with a strong focus on those competencies required to develop professional work in this field. The need to cover a wide range of professional competencies implies the use of a variety of teaching methods and strategies. These competencies, aligned with those recognized by the EHEA, will be developed in a transversal form in different teaching and learning strategies previously planned.
Communication, collaboration and critical thinking
A special focus will be given to the development of communication skills, collaborative work and critical thinking. Skills development will have a key role in the structuring of teaching and learning strategies. A special emphasis in research and academic skills will be given for those students aiming to develop a future PhD thesis in the field. Competencies for developing analytical capacities and writing skills will be provided.
Learning by doing - fieldworks and internships
GLOBED will provide opportunities to students for learning by doing. The structuring and accompaniment of fieldwork experiences and the organization of internships in associate partner institutions will be of paramount importance for the acquisition of the necessary experience and skills to develop quality work in the field of education and international development.
Fieldwork and internships guidelines will be produced to maximize the learning experience of the students, and help them to build networks for future career options.
Moreover, GLOBED students will have to develop a portfolio of academic and professional activities that will help them to develop writing skills, report presentation strategies or abilities for academic publication.