World Award of Education



The “José Vasconcelos” World Award of Education has been established as an acknowledgment of those who have the all-important labour of teaching the underlying basis of our present civilization.

It is granted to a renowned educator, an authority in the field of teaching, or to a legislator of education policies who has had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind.

The qualifying jury is formed by several members of the Interdisciplinary Committee and a group of distinguished educators.

The World Award of Education grants a Diploma, a Commemorative medal, and 10,000 U$ dollars.

José Vasconcelos (1882-1959)

Mexican educator, essayist and philosopher. He served as Rector of the University of Mexico, after which he was appointed Minister of Public Education (1920-1924), during this time, he initiated major reforms in the Mexican school system, especially expanding the rural school program.

His philosophy, which he called “Aesthetic Monism”, essentially an attempt to deal with the world as a cosmic unity, is set forth in Todología (1952). His five volume autobiography, Ulises Criollo (1935, “Ulysses Creole”), La Tormenta (1936, “The Storm”), El Desastre (1938, “The Disaster”), El Proconsulado (1939 “The Proconsulship”) La Flama (1959, “The Flame”), is one of the finest sociocultural studies of the 20th Century in México.

Among his other principal works are: La Raza Cósmica (1925, “The Cosmic Race”) and Bolivarismo y Monroísmo (1934, “Bolivarism and Monroism”).