Course date

25 July - 29 July, 2016
Application for this course is closed.

Experiences of past course participants

2015 course participants said:
"The course was very useful for me. I work in the intersection of education and finance and therefore the
course was very relevant to my work. I came to immerse myself in a focused manner in the course topic: to
hear presentations, read, discuss with peers and faculty, and reflect."
"The course was very useful and unique in its nature. As a humanitarian worker I have always been looking
for financial sponsorship from donor agencies since funding is always very limited. the idea of social impact bond will help me to think to other ways of sustainable financing."
"Inclusiveness in learning, sharing knowledge with participants and experts, and meaningful discussion, were the special things that helped me to increase my knowledge on education financing, especially in non traditional financing in education. The most important things I learnt during this course was "educate global fund" that was really encouraging to implement in my Geocontext."
2014 course participants said:
"The course was properly designed to encompass participants with wide spectrum of professional experience."
"The course gave me a broad overview of many issues under consideration in the context of education as a tradeable commodity. It gave me food for thought and a sort of "brain stretching", covering an agenda that is not always so explicitly presented."
"I was introduced to new concepts and exposed to the main financing issues facing the sector. Some of this will form a part of my work going forward."
"A variety of learning took place in the course. In part had to do with communicating and understanding colleagues from other parts of the world as well as with completely different and diversified backgrounds.I also became familiar with a specific set of tools, its pros and cons, when it comes to leverage alternative, innovative funding for education. Again, the exchange with experts in the field played a key role, and I would like to highlight that most of them were generous by sharing their ideas and possible solutions"
"One of the highlights was the understanding of how market-oriented financing strategies are becoming relevant in the field of education. Also, it was very interesting to learn how state capacity to mobilize resources and spend them effectively is very much doubted in many national contexts, and even more so among international players. The challenge, thus, is how we can reconcile the principle of education as a right, with for profit oriented educational providers which are shaping the agenda of the educational policy space in national and international contexts."
2013 course participants said:

"The course has offered different perspective on how to have innovative financing in education e.g. government revenues, donors' loan and grant, impact investment, diaspora bonds. And also the course has also broadened the horizon of the knowledge and also insisted the academia and practitioners to pay attention on several factors while working on financing of education. In this way the course was useful to look at things from different perspectives."

"The calibre of directing staff was enterprising. They were fully equipped with both academic and practical knowledge, coupled with a wide range of experience working in different parts of the world. The administrative arrangements; before, during and after the course was fantastic."

“The group composition itself was a great training tool.”

“Our last project resulted in strong teamwork effort and application of what we have learned during the course into a project we designed. Our group was focused on assessing progress in education and came up with the solution of developing institute of assessment that could really work in a real work setting.” 

"The pre-course readings were relevant to the discussions in class. I liked how the readings included reports and articles on innovative financing from both academics and practitioners."

2012 course participants said:

“It was very useful and interesting to hear about new potential ways of increasing funding for education which is clearly required and needs to be engaged. It is also in the education sector's interest to make sure it's financing costs are kept to the lowest level they can be (i.e. to make sure they get a good deal) and to make sure they fully understand all the causes and consequences in detail of each specific product which should be kept transparent and as simple as possible . This requires financial literacy, particularly amongst the finance functions supporting education organizations/divisions or projects who usually support these decisions. “

“I think our course was about right given the breadth of experience and the new-ness of the topic to many also given that it was also useful for the financial products lecturers to start getting an understanding of the issues educationalists focus on so to improve mutual understanding. There is both an opportunity from this new source of funding and a tension in using investment products as a means of financing and a focus on equality of opportunity and equity as a societal goal. This came out in the discussions to a certain extent but which needs to be fully understood and worked through in new and current funding streams to see how they can fit together and which areas are best funded by which streams.”

“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.”

“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 an educator and researcher, some basic technical training in financing mechanisms and insight into decision-making and thought processes in the finance world were helpful for bridging a very large gap between education and finance.”

“The course was very useful to learn financing mechanisms and to learn about the gap that exists to reach the objective of universal education. As well the learning about course participants was very useful. That was fascinating to meet professionals from various sectors across countries, and it was a good international networking experience.”

“Useful to hear what is going on in the field, both in terms of interest in investing in education by the investment community and, the potential opportunity partnerships. Also very interesting to hear about efforts to get more innovative ideas in educational proven and ready for uptake.”

“I learned that in order to effectively research the social impact of financing mechanisms, I personally must develop a strong, comprehensive knowledge of underlying traditional and innovative revenue generating mechanisms as well as resource allocation mechanisms.”