Dr. Abdel Moneim Osman is currently Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States and Cluster Office for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Palestinian Authority and UNESCO’s representative in Lebanon and Syria.
Dr. Osman’s career in education began as Inspector of Administration and Planning of Higher Education and Research Policies with the Sudanese Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (1972–1978). He went on to become Dean and Professor of the University of Juba, Sudan (1978–1997), in charge of all faculty, academic and administrative affairs, including supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in education. Between 1995 and 1997, he held consultancies with Khartoum International Institute of Arabic Language (1995), Save the Children Fund (UK) in Sudan (1996) and UNDP Sudan (1997), working on issues of curriculum development, education of displaced people of Southern Sudan, and environmental education. In 1997, Dr. Osman took up the position of Professor of Comparative Education with the University of Qatar (1997–2001), followed by the post of Dean of Faculty of Educational Studies at Arab Open University in Kuwait (2001–2006), supervising the University’s central office in Kuwait and its branches in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Osman was also Vice Chair and member of the Scientific Committee for Arab States, UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, in 2003, and was member of the Sudanese delegation to the 25th, 27th and 28th UNESCO General Conferences (1989, 1993, 1995). As a university professor of comparative education and senior university officer while in Qatar, Kuwait, and Sudan, he was also adviser with several national and regional organizations (UNESCO, UNDP, UNHCR, ALECSO, and Arab Bureau for Education for the Gulf States). Dr. Osman has produced more than 97 research reports, conference papers, journal articles, books and book reviews covering comparative education and sociological thought in Arab countries, administration and management of education systems and institutions, evaluation and accreditation of higher education, staff development in higher education, refugees education, educational development in Arab States, open and distance education, peace education, teacher education, research methods in education, and secondary education.
Dr. Osman holds an MA degree and a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Education from the University of London’s Institute of Education, UK.