On 7 June 2021, Professor Ronald Sultana was invited by the University of Gothenburg to give a lecture about the past, present and future of comparative education in the Mediterranean region.
He also spoke about the contribution of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, of which he is the founding Director, to this aspect of regional studies. Such regional studies are becoming increasingly important as a way of engaging with globalization, in an effort to assert emancipatory and post-colonial agendas, among others.
EMCER is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It started out as the Comparative Education Programme at the Faculty of Education in 1996, and eventually became a fully-fledged Senate- and Council-approved research centre with its own statute.
EMCER runs a Masters in Comparative Euro-Mediterranean Education Studies, is responsible for a special thematic series on education and the Mediterranean with Brill Publishers, and has spear-headed a number of research initiatives in the MENA region. It has also organised several Summer and Winter schools locally, as well as other academic meetings to encourage South-South dialogue on education matters.
Professor Sultana is a frequent invited keynote speaker at conferences, with the most recent being at online events in Athens, the Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Italy, Slovakia, and the UK. He will be giving a keynote address at a conference in Brazil in September, where he will also deliver a short course on education and social justice.