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Promoting Global Citizenship Education in Arab Universities: Proposals for Action
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Beirut; Paris | 2022 | 15 p.
Ellen Middaugh
Corporate author: 
Arab States
© UNESCO 2022

Higher education can play an important role in promoting Global Citizenship Education (GCED). It provides incentive, opportunity and support for young adults to learn about global issues, engage across diverse cultures, and practice the skills of GCED at a time of intensive personal, social, political and career exploration. Furthermore, universities can encourage students to take these skills and values into their adult lives to share with others and continue the lifelong process. Arab universities are very committed to GCED. However, the way GCED in concretely implemented needs improvement. While greater attention is paid to the cognitive domain of learning, the socio-emotional and behavioral domains of learning – which best lead to effective transformative engagement – tend to be left behind. Based on existing practices, this document provides universities, academia and students with concrete proposals on how to better mainstream GCED and its values, through higher education, in the Arab region.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media and Information Literacy
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Higher education


Global citizenship education; GCED