Open seminar: “How Can Education Promote Social Progress?" - Discussing the report of the International Panel on Social Progress in the area of education

The seminar is led by Professor Nico Cloete.

Professor Nico Cloete, University of Western Cape, South Africa, Center for Higher Education Transformation, South Africa, and University of Oslo (Prof II). Photo: Shane Colvin, UiO


What can social science tell us about social change? To address this issue in 2014/15 the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) was established. The organizational structure and functioning of IPSP are similar to the well-known International Climate Panel. IPSP is guided by an Advisory Committee chaired by Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen, and managed by a distinguished Steering Committee which is advised by an international Scientific Council co-chaired by Nancy Fraser, Ravi Kanbur and Helga Nowotny.

The Panel’s aim is to contribute to focusing attention to the policy and research questions having to do with the promotion of social justice in the world for the coming generations. While substantial progress has been made in a few domains, there are setbacks, challenges and dangers, and a strong message from the academic community on what can be done could be an important contribution. For that purpose the Panel will deliver in the fall of 2017 a global report on the perspectives for social progress in the various regions of the world in the coming decades. Each chapter of the report will be led by two Coordinating Lead Authors who will supervise the preparation of a chapter co-signed by about ten Lead Authors from various disciplines and with different regional experiences.

The Panel’s work and its 2017 report will cover a large number of areas, including Education. The ‘education chapter’ of the 2017 report will be entitled “How Can Education Promote Social Progress?” One of the Lead Authors of the chapter, professor Nico Cloete, University of Western Cape and CHET, South Africa, has recently been appointed in 2016 Professor II at the University of Oslo. He will present in this seminar the draft report of IPSP’s working group on Education, bringing insights from the group’s third meeting, 23-26 February 2017, in LisbonVienna. Professor Peter Maassen, Department of Education (UV/UiO) has become a contributing author to the Panel and will also participate in the discussion, as will other UV staff members.

For more information about IPSP’s aims, scope, and involved scholars, see the Panel’s website


Published Jan. 26, 2017 11:20 AM - Last modified Jan. 8, 2020 6:52 PM