March 14, 2016

CIES Looking Forward

Written by Mark Bray, CIES President, The University of Hong Kong

The theme of our conference was “Taking Stock and Looking Forward”. We have come a long way, from a small society operating in conjunction with other bodies, to a medium-sized society convening in university settings, to a large society taking over a whole hotel. We have also seen evolution in the field, incorporating “International” alongside “Comparative”, and embracing technological and geopolitical changes.

Among CIES strengths is that the society attracts partnerships between practitioners and researchers. These partnerships permit theory and practice to be synergized in meaningful ways. And although we are US-based, we were welcomed to Canada for our 2016 conference and attracted participants from all continents across the globe.

I encourage you to stay in touch through our website and other means. And again would like to highlight:

• Our Fall Symposium: The Possibility and Desirability of Global Learning Metrics: Comparative Perspectives on Education Research, Policy and Practice. Arizona State University, 10-11 November 2016

• Our 2017 Conference: Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education. Atlanta, Georgia, 5-9 March 2017.

Informal feedback from the Vancouver conference indicates that a great many people found it stimulating and invigorating. As conference organizers, we are delighted by this. We encourage more complete responses from all segments of our Society. Please add your voice to the mix and share your feedback in the evaluation form.

Looking forward to the year(s) ahead!

Mark Bray
CIES President
The University of Hong Kong