Mission and Objective

Mission and Objective

Following the resolution adopted in the 27th Session of UNESCO General Conference in 1993, International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) was jointly founded by UNESCO and the Chinese government in 1994.

In 2008, INRULED was relocated to Beijing from Baoding, Hebei Province, to better serve UNESCO member states. It’s ideally situated on the campus of the current host organization – Beijing Normal University, with whom INRULED enjoys a strong partnership.


Education for Sustainable Rural Development: Our Core Concern

Our mission is to promote socio-economic development in rural areas by bringing about positive changes in the thinking and behavior of rural people, who make up the majority of population in developing countries, contributing to the achievement of SDG 4.


  • 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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