Simon McGrath is Professor in International Education and Development in the Centre for International Education Research, University OF Nottingham, and the Academic Lead for the University’s Sustainable Development Research Priority Area. Previously he was Director of the Human Resources Development Research Programme of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and remains a research associate of the HSRC. He has published on a number of aspects of education – development links, especially at the post-school level. He is researching theories of vocational education and training for development; policies on the internationalisation of higher education in small states; and the development of new approaches to institutional development and evaluation in vocational education and training. He has engaged in policy advice and evaluation research for a range of national and international organisations and is currently most active in work for the South African Department of Higher Education and Training, UNESCO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Skills for development has been a neglected part of many bilateral and multilateral agencies’ work for the past quarter-century. In the late 1980s, the momentum for a renewed priority for primary education drew heavily on research from the World Bank that showed that rates of return to vocational education and training were comparatively low (e.g.,… Read more