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Global Festival of Learning 2018

Bournemouth University’s global Festival of Learning is an exciting platform for international public engagement that celebrates learning, disseminates cutting edge research and delivers impact across borders. It builds on our successful UK based Festival of Learning, which is a celebration of learning and has showcased BU’s research and expertise to a wide and varied audience of more than 25,000 people over the years.

Over the past two years, we have brought together thought leaders across ten cities in four different countries, reaching over 2600 people in the process. Tailored to the host region each Festival incorporates free events and activities ranging from networking sessions, interactive workshops, panel sessions, meet the expert sessions, and public lectures, alongside an exciting programme of cultural and social activities. To get a flavour of previous global Festivals take a look at the highlight films produced by our students from our 2017 Festival series in Indonesia, Malaysia, and India.

In 2018, the overarching theme for the Festival of Learning is, Global Education 2050: Inspiring Learning, Delivering Impact. Bringing together partners from education, industry and policy in ASEAN, China, India and Europe, the Festival of Learning will provide a unique platform to take education and learning in imaginative new directions. Participants, panellists and the public will engage in a programme filled with interactive sessions including papers, posters and presentations that discuss, debate and drive research, policy and practice around the future of global education.

For more information about the global Festival of Learning in India, which took place in February, check the gallery or read our story. For more information about the global Festival of Learning China, which took place in March, check the gallery or read our story. For information about our next Festival locations, view the programmes for Europe and ASEAN:

Global Festival of Learning China programme (pdf 8.3mb)

Global Festival of Learning Europe programme (pdf 616kb)

Global Festival of Learning ASEAN programme (pdf 294kb)

The Festival dates for 2018 are:





12 - 18 February

19 - 24 March

16 - 19 April

2 - 8 May

How to get involved:

If you are interested in hosting part of the Global Festival of Learning, would like to attend, or would like to participate in any other way, please contact: