Development, the MDGs and Beyond 2015: A European Programme for Global Citizenship for University Students” (“Global Campus”) is a DEAR programme that targets the “interested majority” (i.e. students from a wide range disciplines who are not formally studying development but are interested and want to engage) in 13 University locations across 4 European countries and 8 regions.

The Programme takes a non-formal, global learning, experiential approach that aims to “empower [students] with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes desirable for world citizens to face global problems...to become active social agents”1. As such, it focuses on developing student competencies in addressing issues of global development through the use of learner-centred, participatory, dialogue-oriented and experiential methodologies.

The Programme takes into account that students have different interests, needs and availability at different times in their university experiences, and seeks to meet students where they are “at” and support them to progressively engage with development through an integrated programme of activities that correspond to different “stages” of participation and learning (increasing awareness, building critical understanding, taking informed, creative action).

Students, Educators and other key stakeholders participate in the design and delivery of “Global Campus” as members of Multi-Stakeholder Programme Boards or implementers of activities. Students and Educators are also supported to develop and implement other Global Learning initiatives on campus. In this way, this Action also builds capacity for increased Global Learning at Tertiary Level and addresses the limited practice of quality DE in Tertiary Education currently.

1 Global Education Guidelines: A Handbook for Educators to Understand and Implement Global Education (2010), Developed by the Global Education Week Network with the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe. 


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