Education economics, Sociology of education

'In cooperation with the "Privatisation in Education Research Initiative" of the Education Support Program (Open Society Foundations)


Course date

9 July - 13 July, 2012
15 February, 2012
The application process is closed; no more applications will be reviewed.

Experiences of past course participants

"I basically work with national education financing instruments for Europe. This course expanded my knowledge both regarding international education financing instruments and geographically (focus on developing countries). I will use this new knowledge in my research projects." (2012 course participant)

"The course provided insight into several very practical issues in raising necessary funds for achieving universal
primary education globally. Both the broader intellectual framework of thinking about the implications of public-private partnerships for educational quality and equity, and the specific details of individual financing mechanisms, were helpful. Further, as en educator and researcher, some basic technical training in financing mechanisms and insight into decision-making and thought processes in the finance w orld were helpful for bridging a very large gap
between education and finance."
(2012 course participant)

Excellent and approachable staff. Motivated and highly engaging participants and excellent course admin support who were very well organized and very approachable.” (2011 course participant)

 “The course was immensely useful for my work because we have long been working to make the public education system accountable to the citizen. We are also trying come up with a position paper on privatization in/of education therefore this course will help me a lot.” (2011 course participant)

 “The course adopted a learner-centred approach this allowed for maximum contribution from both tutors and participants.” (2011 course participant)

Listening to education privatisation experiences from other countries was very eye-opening. The variety of opinions and backgrounds both of lecturers and participants made the discussions really rich.” (2011 course participant)

The course was academically challenging, perfect in organization and relevant for my understanding of the interaction of global and national processes around education.” (2011 course participant)

Having read about vouchers and charter schools, it was useful to met peers working in these areas to give an actual picture. This is just an example to show that the selection of participants was done meticulously to ensure only those who were actually serious about education and had relevant experience were chosen. The variety of specialization also helped.” (2011 course participant)

Sometimes while working in policy and grassroots, one is so bent upon finding quick solutions for the poor that one may miss out seeing the bigger picture of the phenomenon that is taking place through the quickfixes. The summer course definitely helped me to take a bigger lens and examine privatization of education from the perspective of state's welfare functions and the role of the market.” (2011 course participant)

I am part of a group looking at the intersection of neoliberal urbanism, globalization, and urban education reform in relation to questions of equity. This course was crucial for that work.” (2011 course participant)

Being one of the managers of education sector of Nepal, the concept and themes discussed during the course were important for me for example, while considering PPP in education, we should adequately address the interests of different parties to be involved in partnership process in order for making partnership sustainable. These kinds of issues were well explored during the course.” (2011 course participant)