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University of Nottingham, Centre for International Education Research

UNEVOC Centre (Uni/Research) since 2015

Centre for International Education Research (CIER) is one of six research centres in the School of Education, University of Nottingham, currently ranked in the top 30 education research organisations globally and top 3 in the UK. It contains the oldest chair of Adult Education in the UK and the UNESCO Chair in the Political Economy of Education. Its research currently focuses on the current and historical role of higher, adult and vocational education in promoting human development; and the place of education in the global development agenda. Centre members have conducted research in all regions of the world and have worked closely with a range of international organisations, most notably UNESCO.


The CIER sees education as a site of study for wider, contested, processes such as development, globalisation and technological change. Its members believe that education is a lifelong and lifewide process that should promote social justice, equality, citizenship and democracy. This informs their research, teaching and community engagement activities.


The CIER seeks to be an international centre of excellence on the study of post-school education and training and its relationship to international development. It is committed to producing high quality academic research and policy advice, and to practical engagement with post-school institutions and the organisations of managers, staff and students in the sector.

Regular tasks

The CIER carries out research regularly across a wide number of countries and publishes extensively. Its staff, based in England, Malaysia and China, work with postgraduate students focused on a range of countries: Canada, China, England, Ghana, Jordan, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, South Africa and Uganda (currently). Staff also provide policy advice to a number of national and international organisations.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
  Secondary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities    Not in our mandate


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
  Secondary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
  Secondary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
Interested to lead
OER and Online Learning
   Interested to learn
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
   Interested to learn
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
  Moderately interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
  Moderately interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


University of Nottingham, Centre for International Education Research (CIER)
Dearing Building, Jubilee Campus
University of Nottingham
NG8 1BB Nottingham
United Kingdom


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Professor Volker Wedekind
Professor in Vocational Education
School of Education

UNEVOC Coordinator
Jo-Anna Russon

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15 March 2018
Network Consolidation Workshop - UNEVOC Network in Europe
As part of UNESCO-UNEVOC's efforts to strengthen the engagement of European UNEVOC Centres in Europe, a European UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop was held at the UN Campus in Bonn. This workshop aimed at strengthening cooperation and policy learning in TVET within Europe, and facilitating their future cross-regional collaborations with UNEVOC Centres in Africa and Asia.
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