Dr. Francesc Pedro

Director of the UNESCO Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean


Dr. Francesc Pedró joined UNESCO’s Education Sector in Paris (France) in 2010, where he leads the work on policy advice, including national policy reviews and comparative research, the monitoring of the right to education and the policy work on technology in education. Prior to that, he worked at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). In his capacity as Senior Policy Analyst, he was responsible for a number of projects including the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the New Millennium Learners Project. He was also in charge of the reviews of educational R&D in OECD countries and of a project on Systemic Innovation in Education. 

Francesc (born in Barcelona in 1960) got his M.Ed. degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Comparative Education from UNED (Madrid). Later he did a Postdoc in Comparative Public Policy at the University of London Institute of Education. Francesc was formerly Professor of Comparative Education and Public Policy at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and Academic Director of its Program for Educational Quality. He also acted as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Educational Research and Innovation at the Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona), the first Internet-based European public university.

His most recent publications are: Are the New Millennium Learners Making the Grade? Technology Use and Educational Performance in PISA (2010), Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy (2010), and Connected Minds (forthcoming).