SESSIONS | Third Session

Third Session: Education & Sustaining Peace

Prof. Abdeljalil Akkari (Moderator)

Abdeljalil Akkari is professor, and director of a research group on international education, at the University of Geneva. At the same time, he is a regular consultant for UNESCO and other international organizations. Previously, he was the dean for research at the Higher Pedagogical Institute HEP-BEJUNE in Bienne, Switzerland. His major publications include studies on educational planning, multicultural education, teacher training and educational inequalities. His main research interests focuses on teacher education and reforms of educational systems in a comparative and international perspective.


Prof. Radhi Al-Mabuk

Prof. Radhi Al-Mabuk is a professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, a position he has held since 1990.  Al-Mabuk received his Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.S.  from Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota.  His areas of expertise include child and adolescent development, human motivation, moral development, and instructional psychology.  His research interests focus on moral development of forgiveness, particularly the psychotherapeutic applications of forgiveness in contexts of deep and interpersonal hurt, psychology of revenge, conflict resolution, peer mentoring and student and teacher motivation.

Daniel Hyslop

Daniel Hyslop heads the Institute for Economics and Peaces (IEP) research efforts. IEPs raison dêtre is to promote a better understanding of the relationship between peace, business and prosperity. In short, it quantitatively tries to prove the economic value of peacefulness. To publicize its efforts, IEP annually publishes the Global Peace Index (GPI), which uses 23 indicators to rank order the relative peacefulness of the worlds nations. Mr. Hyslop worked as a research associate to an Australian government relations and political consultancy, advising and researching on a broad range of political and public policy issues. Prior, he lived in Beijing where he worked and studied at Peking University under scholarship from the University of Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Economics (Social Sciences) (First Class Honours) from Sydney University.


Prof. Toh Swee-Hin

Toh Swee-Hin is Distinguished Professor and long-term Consultant, Office of the Vice-Rector, University for Peace. He graduated with a Ph.D. in International/Intercultural Education & Sociology of Education, and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta, Canada after undergraduate studies in Chemistry & Education, La Trobe University, Australia. Prior to his UPEACE appointment, Prof. Toh was the founding Director of the Multi-Faith Centre, Griffith University, Australia, a centre that promotes inter-faith dialogue towards a culture of peace. He was also Director of the Centre for International Education and Development at the University of Alberta before moving to Australia. Born in Malaysia, he has taught in universities in Canada, Australia and the Philippines. He has contributed to several international networks and organizations including UNESCO, the Peace Education Commission of the International Peace Research Association, International Institute on Peace Education, World Council for Curriculum & Instruction, Asia- Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding, Parliament of the Worlds Religions and Religions for Peace. In 2000, he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

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