Prof. Ronald G Sultana

Prof. Ronald G Sultana

Prof. Ronald G Sultana



Room 226
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2936, +356 21 338126
Ronald G. Sultana is a Professor of Educational Sociology and Comparative Education at the University of Malta, where he directs the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER). He has studied education in Malta, the UK and New Zealand, and was Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University (U.S.A.). He is the founding editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, and represents the region on the editorial board of several international journals of education. Professor Sultana is the author or editor of 21 volumes, and has published over a hundred articles and chapters in refereed journals and books. His research has taken him to several countries in the Mediterranean region, Africa and Europe, and he has been an advisor to a number of agencies, including UNESCO, UNICEF, GIZ, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union, and various Ministries of Education. Much of his work relates to educational innovation and evaluation, and the linkages between education and work, including career guidance and educational development. Address for correspondence: EMCER, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta. Tel. +356.23402936; Fax. +356.21338126. e-mail:
  • Comparative education
  • Educational sociology
  • Careers guidance
  • Teacher training
  • Innovation policy
  • qualitative research
  • equity and social justice

Sultana, R.G. 2011, Educators of the Mediterranean: Up Close and Personal. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.

Sultana, R.G. 2011, "On being a 'boundary person': mediating between the global and the local in career guidance policy learning.", Globalisation, Societies and Education, vol. 9 (2), pp. 265-284.

Marawi, A.E. & Sultana, R.G. (eds) 2010, Education in the Arab World: Political Projects, Struggles, and Geometries of Power., Routledge, New York.

Sultana, R.G. 2009, Jordan`s Early Childhood Development Initiative: Making Jordan Fit for Children. [also available in Arabic]. UNICEF, Amman.

Sultana, R.G. 2008, The Challenge of Policy Implementation: A Comparative Analysis of VET School Reforms in Albania, Kosovo and Turkey. [also available in Albanian, Serbian and Turkish]. European Training Foundation, Turin.

Sultana, R.G. 2008, From Policy to Practice: A Systemic Change to Lifelong Guidance in Europe. CEDEFOP, Thessaloniki.

Sultana, R.G. 2008, The Girls` Education Initiative in Egypt. [also published in Arabic]. UNICEF, Amman.

Sultana, R.G. (ed) 2002, Teacher Education in the Euro-Mediterranean Region., Peter Lang, New York.

Sultana, R.G. (ed) 2001, Challenge and Change in the Euro-Mediterranean Region: Case Studies in Educational Innovation., Peter Lang, New York.

Sultana, R.G. (ed) 1997, Inside/Outside Schools: Towards a Critical Sociology of Education in Malta., PEG, Malta.

  • DOC6002 - Preparing for the Viva
  • EDS5016 - Career Pathways in Education and Work
  • EMC5704 - Specialisation Programme 1
Professor Ronald G. Sultana is currently involved in carrying out research on private tuition across the Mediterranean region, and its impact on learning and equity. He is preparing a volume, co-edited with Professors Mark Bray and A.E. Mazawi, to be published by SENSE.

Professor Sultana contributes as an expert resource person to the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, and is on the Advisory Board of the GOETE (Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe) FP7 project, of the ESRC-funded LLAKES (Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies), and of the EU-funded NESET (European Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training).

Professor Sultana is a partner with the American University of Cairo in a TEMPUS bid to promote North-South collaboration in the reform of teacher education in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Honours and Awards:
- Appointed member of IIEP editorial board, UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (2011)
- Visiting Professor, Comparative Education Centre, University of Hong Kong (2010)
- Appointed member of the European Network of Social Scientists in Education (2009)
- Appointed International Fellow of NICEC, the UK National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (2006)
- Appointed member of the Scientific Committee for Europe and North America, of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge (2004)
- Visiting Professor, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2003)
- Visiting Fellow, Institute of Education, University of London (2002)
- Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Porto, Portugal (2002)
- UNESCO Chair in Mediterranean Education Studies, and Director of the Unitwin Network of Mediterranean Education Scholars (2001)
- Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia (1993)
- French Education Ministry Award (through French Embassy in Malta), to Institut National de Recherche Pedagogique, Paris (1992)
- Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award to School of Education, Stanford University, California (1990)
- Caltex Industries' Award for article entitled ‘Schooling tomorrow's worker' (1988)