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University of Toronto to host international educational conference from March 11 to 15

March 6, 2014

TORONTO, ON –  Over 1,900 delegates and educators from around the world have registered to attend the 58th annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), hosted by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

The focus of the CIES Conference is to encourage dialogue and discussion as well as promote and disseminate high quality research in the comparative education field. It will also provide an opportunity for participants to share and analyze “best” practices and models in applied educational settings. This year’s theme is Revisioning Education for All.

What: Comparative and International Education Conference (CIES) 2014

Where: Toronto Sheraton Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada (Map:

When: March 11 to 15 from 8am – 5pm except Saturday, March 15, 8am – 12 noon.
The conference will open on Tuesday, March 15, at 5:15 pm, in the Dominion Ballroom of the Toronto Sheraton Hotel and feature welcoming remarks from University of Toronto President Meric Gertler and Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals.

Who: Over 1,900 delegates from around the world including representatives from:
• Major universities – U of T, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Stanford
• NGOs – Aga Khan Foundation, World Bank, Unicef, UNESCO, etc.
• Foundations – The MasterCard Foundation, Hewlett, Open Society, Save the Children
• Governments – Canada, Ethiopia (state minister for education)
• Regions and countries represented – China, U.S., Korea, England, Australia, Africa

Conference website:

Conference program:

About CIES: The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is a scholarly association dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives. Its nearly 2,500 individual members–researchers, analysts, practitioners and students–use different conceptual frameworks to explore topics related to education. These include a focus on schools, students, teachers and administrators, and on issues spanning early childhood and basic education to secondary and higher education, as well as non-formal education and life-long learning. Many CIES researchers compare learning and other educational disparities related to wealth, gender, ethnicity, language and socio-demographic status. Others examine the relationships between education and cultural processes, democratization, globalization, economic development and political conflict. The discourses, practices and programs of international actors—both governmental and non-governmental—are also an important topic of interest.


For more information, contact:

Steve Robinson
OISE Communications
Tel: 416-978-0008

Terry Lavender
U of T Strategic Communications
Tel: 416-978-8009