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Global Festival of Learning

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.

The global Festival of Learning is now in its fourth year. To date, we have brought together thought leaders across 16 cities in six different countries, reaching over 4000 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.

In 2019, the Global Festival of Learning will be travelling to Vietnam and the theme for this year’s GFOL is ‘Global Talent for the World of Work’

The Festival will once again include a series of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, industry visits, and networking events to share good practice and enhance academic, industry and student engagement in talent development between UK and Vietnamese institutions.

Global Festival of Learning 2018

In 2018, the theme for the Festival of Learning was, Global Education 2050: Inspiring Learning, Delivering Impact. Bringing together partners from education, industry and policy in ASEANChinaIndia and Europe, the Festival of Learning provided a unique platform to take education and learning in imaginative new directions. Participants, panellists and the public engaged in a programme filled with interactive sessions including papers, posters and presentations.

For more information about the 2018 global Festival of Learning check out the 2018 festival page.

How to get involved:

If you are a member of BU staff and interested in getting involved, please find more details on the staff intranet.

If you are a BU student and would like to participate, please complete the application form.

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: