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January 17, 2017

  • Caroline Arnold, Global Director of Education, Aga Khan Foundation

  • Dr. David Johnson, Oxford University

WEEK 1 | Re-examining the meaning of learning in an uncertain world

WEEK 2 | Systems: Systems learning or learning systems?

January 24, 2017

  • Andrew Cunningham, Global Head of Education Improvement, Aga Khan Foundation 

  • Michelle Holmes, Manager of PSIPSE

  • Dr. Bronwen Magrath, University of Nottingham and Secretariat for the International Education Funders Group

WEEK 3 | Tools: The television as a stimulus for distributed meaning-making

January 31, 2017

  • Aric Noboa, President of the Discovery Learning Alliance

  • Dr. David Johnson, Oxford University

  • Dr. Matt Reed, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation, United Kingdom

  • Dr. Rachel Hinton, DFID Education

WEEK 4 | Pluralism: The role of imagination in education

February 7, 2017

  • Dr. Farid Panjwani, Director of Centre for Research and Evaluation of Muslim Education (CREME), UCL Institute of Education, University College London.

  • Jayne Barlow, Director of Programmes for the Global Centre for Pluralism

WEEK 5 | Social Emotional Learning: Essential dispositions in a challenging world?

February 14, 2017

  • Dr. Kristen Bub, University of Illinois

  • Anita Reilly,  Education, International Rescue Committee

  • Alison Joyner, Global Head of Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning, Aga Khan Foundation

  • Professor Kathy Silva, Department of Education, Oxford University

WEEK 6 | Contexts for early learning: Mathematical thinking before and outside school

February 21, 2017

  • Professor Terezinha Nunes, Oxford University

  • Sheila Manji, Global Head of Early Childhood Development, Aga Khan Foundation

  • Eva Oberg, DFID Education

WEEK 7 | Teacher transformation: professional learning for student learning in a connected world

February 28, 2017

  • Margery Evans, Global Academic Director for Aga Khan Education Services

  • Dr. Barbara Bruns, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Global Development

  • Dr. Desmond Bermingham, Director of Programmes for the Varkey Foundation

  • Dr. Ann Childs, Oxford University

WEEK 8 | Universities: Learning from the past for the future

March 7, 2017

  • Dr. Sadia Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Institute of Education Development, Pakistan

  • Dr. Hubert Ertl, Oxford University

  • Nafisa Shekhova, Asia Adviser, Aga Khan Foundation

Oxford Comparative and International Education Seminar Series


Re-Examining the Meaning of Learning in an Uncertain World

Department of Education | St. Antony's College | University of Oxford

Hilary Term | January - March

Supported by the Aga Khan Foundation

The programme offers a dedicated seminar series in St Antony’s College that runs for 8 consecutive weeks in Hilary Term (January to March) each year. 

The inaugural 2017 Oxford CIE Global Seminar Series, supported by the Aga Khan Foundation, examined what we know about learning as formal outcomes of schooling but also what it meant to learn to be, and to learn to become. As societies become more diverse, how do we learn to live together? What is the role of pluralism in and through education? As economies change at speed, how do we learn to adapt? As technology develops at pace, how do we learn to interact with new screens and new media in socially, politically and economically productive ways? As the politics of colonialism and repression in the past begin to unravel, how do we learn to engage with the challenges of the present, and of the future?

The seminar series convened 24 distinguished speakers from around the world to discuss the meaning of learning in various contexts, including but not limited to North America, Europe, the Middle East, East Africa, Central Asia, and West Africa, South America, and South Asia.


The Live Feed online reached more than 49,000 viewers across 48 countries in its first year. The seminars were held in the Syndicate Room at St Antony’s College. 


The 2018 schedule will be posted by October 2017. 






Online Viewers
Countries Reached




All seminars were streamed via Facebook Live Feed to increase the accessibility of the intellectual discourse guiding current debates in  comparative and international education at local, national, and global levels.  Comments were received from around the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Brazil and more. Click below to see all the live feed videos. 

Live Feed

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