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Professor Peter Mayo, Head of the Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Malta, spent the month of July as 'Noted Scholar' in Residence and Visiting Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. During this period, he taught the graduate course 'Comparative and International Perspectives in Adult Education' and gave a public talk 'Adult Education in the Mediterranean. Some Preliminary Considerations' at the University’s Scarfe Building. He was also invited to Edmonton, Alberta, to give another public talk, this time on 'Lorenzo Milani, the School of Barbiana and Critical Pedagogy.' He delivered this talk in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, as guest of the University’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research.

The course taught by Prof. Mayo, as part of the UBC’s Summer Course programme, was intended to raise issues concerning adult education across different parts of the globe. The course could not be exhaustive but importance was attached to some of the figures and movements that have helped shape the discourse concerning adult education in the global North and South, themes that are often invoked with regard to current adult education policies and practice. Special emphasis was placed on adult education in Africa, with special reference to Nyerere and contemporary experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, the Mediterranean (general considerations involving the regions' Northern and Southern shores), Asia (particularly China and India), and Latin America. The course  also considered Western hegemonic discourses and counter discourses (the OECD and EU debates around lifelong learning/alternative conceptualizations, citizenship, the competence discourse, Neoliberal/workfare society threat to pensions and 'retooling' older adult labor, Migration, lessons from the South) and global challenges (adult education and the World Social Forum; biodiversity; social movements from a global perspective; feminism, Migration once again,  postcolonialism).

Professor Mayo has previously held short-term appointments as Visiting Professor at the universities of Alberta (twice), Cyprus and Bogazici (Istanbul) in addition to the most recent appointment at UBC. In 2003, he was offered a similar appointment to teach summer school at OISE/University of Toronto which he could not take up in view of the Sars outbreak. He twice taught block seminars at the University of Mainz.


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