from the President
We here at Stanford are very pleased with the quality
of the papers and discussions at the CIES annual meeting.
About 1000 people attended, probably the most ever in
our 49 year history. The Gender Workshop, which consisted
of three sessions, including the Eggersten Lecture by
Nelly Stromquist, was attended by more than 150 people.
They got an intellectual treat--the morning panel, Nelly's
excellent analysis, and the afternoon discussion of
the Lecture, produced a serious rethinking of gender
dichotomies. The South Africa panel on Thursday morning
featured the first video conference in CIES history,
linking in Jonathan Jansen, education dean at the University
of Pretoria, with the panel. The Kneller lecture, by
Weifang Min, the Vice-President of the University of
Beijing, was an important recounting of China's economic
and higher education policy over the past generation,
and the present challenges facing higher education in
the next decade.
want to thank all the participants for their contributions
to the meeting. It was wonderful to see all of our old
friends, all the international participants, and all
the new students involved in
international and comparative education. The field is
definitely becoming more lively.
we move beyond any dichotomies? Perhaps. I think that
we developed some new ideas about many of the traditional
ways we think about international education, about the
methodologies we use, and about the way we characterize
the educational and social problematic.
that the meeting is over, we are already planning next
year's conference in Hawaii, our 50th anniversary. Everyone
should start saving for the trip--this is going to be
a special opportunity to
enjoy a tropical paradise while engaging in high quality
academic and policy discussions on an increasingly crucial
issue in world development.
the coming year, we are going to strengthen the Society
financially and increase our membership base. It is
important that each one of you get a friend or colleague
to join the Society. Memberships are so inexpensive
($51 for professionals and $26 for students) that we
should be able to bring in at least 200-300 new members
by the end of this calendar year. I would like everyone
who brings in at least two new members to e-mail the
Society's secretariat, so we can publish an honor roll
in the next newsletter.