The UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (UNESCO INRULED) was established by UNESCO and the Chinese government in 1994 with a mandate to promote sustainable socio-economic development in rural areas. As a Category II center under the auspices of UNESCO, INRULED’s research and training activities concentrate on education for rural transformation. The Center has moved to Beijing Normal University in 2008 for better coordination and connectivity.


Through research and publicity, education and training, knowledge management and distribution, INRULED works in the area of rural education, aiming to bring about positive changes in the thinking and behaviour of rural people, and to achieve the social, economic and ecological development of the rural areas that contribute to the realization of the SDG4 and the 2030 Agenda. INRULED’s mission statement is “Education for Rural Transformation”.


 To promote international research and development of methods and techniques of rural education;

 To promote consultation and cooperation among member states by devising policies and strategies in the areas of human resource development for rural areas;

 To create a wide network for exchange of academic and technical information in the field of rural education among experts in various countries;

 To coordinate cooperative research activities and provide expertise, advice, and facilities for laboratory research and field work to international experts;

 To organize international training workshops and seminars on special subjects and provide fellowships for international research;

 To produce and disseminate publications and materials for the various projects undertaken by the Centre.

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