Global Connections • Worldwide Experience

Rural Skills Development

John Connell was invited to address the UNESCO/UNEVOC Conference on Rural Skills Development in Dujiangyan, Chengdu, China. More than 100 people from 17 countries participated in the event which highlighted the issues and challenges in skills development for rural youth, and focused on the role of ICT in expanding access for rural youth in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond.

Global Education Futures Forum Advisory Board

Based in Moscow, Russia, Global Education Futures is an international collaborative platform that brings pioneers of global education together to discuss and implement the much-needed transformations of educational ecosystems that will begin to enable the sustainable and vibrant future we seek. John Connell is a member of the GEF Advisory Board.

Education Fast Forward

EFF is a 'global debating chamber' whose aim is to develop and grow a global movement of teachers, students, leaders and policy makers who understand education’s challenges in the modern work and to support each other in tackling them in oder to accelerate improvement of education and education’s systems across the world. John Connell is a Foundation Fellow of EFF

International Reach

A selection of engagements conducted by John Connell across the world

EdCrunch, Moscow

John spoke at EdCrunch in Moscow 2014 on the changing nature of Learning Platforms.

WISE, Sweden

John was invited to be on a panel at a WISE Conference held in Karlstad, Sweden.

Omar Dengo, Costa Rica

John spoke at a conference of educators from across Latin America at the wonderful Omar Dengo Foundation in Costa Rica.

Learning Networks, Saudi Arabia

John advised the Saudi government on the development of an effective digital network for schools.

ASAUDIT, South Africa

John delivered two workshops at Free State University - on social media and on the future of the university - to ASAUDIT.

Connected Learning, Azerbaijan

John worked on the design and functionality of a connected schools pilot network for the Azerbaijan government.

Australian School Library Association

John delivered the Inaugural 'Laurel Ann Clyde' Memorial Address to ASLA in Adelaide.

Adama, Ethiopia

John attended and supported a 3 day event in Ethiopia on digital platforms for teacher education.

Higher Education, South Africa

John has spoken at events at the universities of Witswatersrand, Pretoria, UNISA, KZN and Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Education Strategy, Lebanon

John worked with the Ministry of Education in Lebanon to develop a national education strategy - the strategy was implemented and remained in place for a number of years.

African Union, Togo

John spoke to the African Union, in Lomo, Togo, on the impact of the digital revolution in transforming education globally.

ICETA, Slovakia

John spoke at the International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Applied Science in High Tatras, Slovakia.

Caracas University, Venezuela

John delivered a day-long series of talks and workshops at the Univeristy of Caracas, joined remotely by participants from across Venezuelan universities.

UNESCO, Kazan, Russia

John spoke at a UNESCO conference held in Kazan, Russia's 'Third City', in Tatarstan.

Connected Schools, Romania

John worked with the Ministry of Education, and other advisors, to develop a connected education pilot for 50 schools.

Scottish Education

John's educational heartland is Scotland, with its proud history of high quality education. Scotland has more universities per head of population than any other country amongst the world's top ranking universities.


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