Creating a ‘Global Commons’

(June 13th, 2016) In this paper, Carlos Alberto Torres, Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of California at Los Angeles, occupant of the UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at UCLA and a member of The Boston Global Forum’s (BGF) Board of Thinkers, discusses how global citizenship education can help foster global peace.


He explains the importance of developing a sense of belonging to a “Global Commons,’’ united by what he calls “Global Democratic Multicultural Citizenship,’’  which is in turn defined by what he calls “civic minimums’’ and “civic virtues.’’

The BGF has close ties to the UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education. Indeed, Nguyen Anh Tuan, BGF co-founder and CEO, is chairman of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO program at UCLA.

To read Professor Torres’s article, please hit this link.


Explaining the UNESCO Global Learning project in Vietnam

(May 30th, 2016) This link will take you to a description of the program in Vietnam of the UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, with which The Boston Global Forum has been collaborating closely.


The program has been working in Vietnam since 2015 with a project called “The University in Transition: Policy Research Addressing Major Challenges In The Institutions Of Higher Education In Vietnam.” This project has support from private sources in Vietnam and strong collaboration from government institutions.

This is part of the ongoing strong reconciliation of Vietnam and the United States, symbolized by President Obama’s trip this past week to Vietnam. He was the third U.S. president, after Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

This report provides a detailed description of the objectives and rationale of the project in the context of the overall challenges to higher education in Asia. It also looks in general at the challenges for higher education in Vietnam and the United States.