School of Education and Social Work

Centre for International Education (CIE)

Education and development in the Global South and the diaspora is the main focus of CIE. Our aim is to undertake research and provide a knowledge hub, insights and findings related to the concerns of lower income countries in different parts of the world seeking to enhance their development. Over the last 20 years, CIE has grown to become one of the largest and most highly rated academic groups of its kind in the UK, with a reputation as a leader in its fields of study and as a centre of excellence.

CIE offers a friendly, supportive and challenging environment in which to debate development issues, theoretical perspectives and methodological positions related to education and development. Its staff support the  MA in International Education and Development and approximately 30 doctoral candidates on the PhD in Education course.

New for 2014 are two International Education and Development 'elective' modules which can be taken by students across the university as specialist options to complement your main degree. From 2015, the addition of two further modules will form a 'pathway' worth 60 credits and reflected in your final degree ward title as 'with International Education and Development'. See Frequently asked questions for details about electives and pathways and when and how to register for them.

See this short film in which two doctoral candidates describe their experiences of studying international education within CIE:

CIE @ Summer Graduation 2015Summer Graduation 2015

Dr Naureen Durrani was one of a number of researchers who collected an award at this year's Summer Graduation. Naureen is in this photograph surrounded by faculty colleagues and doctoral researchers - several of the latter collecting their PhD awards following completion of their doctoral studies. 

Congratulations to all.

Development Studies at Sussex ranked first in the world

The Centre for International Education (CIE) is one of the providers of development studies courses at Sussex which have, collectively, been ranked first in the world by the QS University World Rankings, published Wednesday 29 April.

The ranking – placing Sussex above Harvard, Manchester, Oxford and the LSE – reflects the academic reputation, quality, impact and range of international development research undertaken and courses offered across the Sussex campus including by the School of Global Studies, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), Centre for International Education (CIE) and Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

The Director of IDS, Professor Melissa Leach, said: "We are delighted that development studies at Sussex has been ranked first in the world.

“Sussex has a long and rich tradition in this area, and of cross-campus collaboration in producing innovative and cutting-edge research and attracting first-class students from across the globe.

“We must continue to seek to build on this success, particularly as we move into a post 2015 era in which development studies has a critical role to play in reframing global development as transformational change for everyone, everywhere."

Regular Events

CIE hosts regular events during term time.

These include the CIE Research Cafe which meets every Thursday between 1 and 2pm in the ground floor meeting room behind reception in Essex House. Each week's meeting is hosted by a different speaker - internal or from another department, school, university or country. Research Cafes are informal affairs for the discussion of current issues and the exchange of news and views in a relaxed atmosphere. Often ex-students, faculty and associates return to talk about their ongoing work in education and development. These events are open to all postgraduate taught and doctoral researchers across the university.

CIE's Doctoral Roundtable events take place on the first Monday of every month in term time from 1-2pm in the CIE Room (Essex House 148). These sessions are led by a CIE doctoral researcher and their supervisor and are open to faculty and all doctoral researchers within the School of Education and Social Work.

CIE hosts seminars as part of the School of Education and Social Work's 'Open Seminar Series'. Dates and details of upcoming CIE-hosted open research seminars can be found on the Seminars web page. All seminars take place in Room 104, Fulton. CIE events run from 4.30-6pm (presentation lasting approx 45 mins followed by Q&A).

CIE doctoral researchers also present Research-in-Progress Seminars (scroll to bottom of page for details of upcoming events). These events take place on the first Wednesday of the month during term time and provide a space for doctoral candidates - as well as faculty -  to present and discuss their research with others.

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Education and development in the Global South is the main focus of the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex.

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For information about CIE contact
Projects Coordinator
Julie Farlie

CIE Director
Professor Máiréad Dunne
T +44 (0)1273 877266
F +44 (0)1273 877534

Centre for International Education
Department of Education
School of Education and Social Work
Essex House
University of Sussex