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Philanthropy education in the UK and continental Europe: current provision, perceptions and opportunities

Sep 29th 2014
Continental Europe: what is the state of philanthropy education?
Continental Europe: what is the state of philanthropy education?

A new report from the Centre of Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP) examines the state of philanthropy education in the UK and continental Europe.

Philanthropy education in the UK and continental Europe: current provisions, perceptions and opportunities aims to reveal the scale and scope of philanthropy education in Europe today and highlight some key issues affecting the future development of the field.

The report addresses the following questions:

  • What is the scale and scope of teaching about philanthropy at European universities today?
  • What are some of the perceptions of the needs, barriers and opportunities for the development of philanthropy education?
  • What are some of the implications of the data for a) the future development of philanthropy education in Europe and b) further research in this area?

Its findings, drawn from a combination of mapping educational provision, include information on:

  • The geographic spread - in which regions of Europe is philanthropy education stronger than others
  • The disciplinary spread - in which academic disciplines is philanthropy education taught more than others
  • Educational level - at what stage in education philanthropy is taught
  • Dedicated academic centres - their emergence reflects a small but growing mass of philanthropy education in Europe.

Findings drawn from interviews with 18 philanthropy stakeholders include information on:

  • The importance of philanthropy
  • What should be taught about philanthropy
  • Barriers and opportunities for philanthropy education.

The report, written by Charles Keidan, Dr Tobias Jung and Professor Cathy Pharoah, is funded by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

CGAP is based at Cass Business School, City University, London.

To read the report in full please click here.

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