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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