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 International Education and Development MA and approximately 30 doctoral candidates on the Education PhD course.

Undergraduates may want to consider complementing their studies with additional 'elective' modules (15 credits each) or 'pathways' (60 credits) in International Education and Development. Details can be found under Customise your course.

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Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 1.30-2.30pm
Venue: Room 317, Silverstone Building
Speaker: Dr Tristan McCowan, Reader in Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education, London
Title: Community-based Higher Education: Experiences in Latin America

In response to the increasing pressures on public finances, higher education systems globally have sought alternatives to state provision. The private and hybrid public-private models that have emerged in response have ensured rapid expansion of the systems, but in most cases have failed to guarantee equitable access, consistently high quality of provision, responsiveness to local communities, and the ability to address global challenges. This presentation assesses an alternative model of higher education that can be termed non-state public. While not created, controlled or in some cases even funded by the state, it displays three key characteristics of the public: openness, shared construction and public benefit. These movements to the local also resonate with calls for localisation in the context of the climate crisis. Examples of community-based universities in Brazil and Mexico are analysed to explore the possibilities and challenges of this model. Finally, implications are drawn out for higher education in the international sphere, and its ability to address global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals.



Date: Thursday 5 December 2019
Time: 1.30-2.30pm
Venue: Room 317, Silverstone
Speaker: Dr Tony Somerset 
Title: Tackling disparities in teacher provision: A fifteen-year follow-up of a Philippines action-research project


Details of more events can be viewed on our Seminars web page.

20th anniversary conference: nov2019CIE members invited to present on Muslim youth identities at 20th anniversary conference

Following an invitation by Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship's (University of Bristol) Director, Professor Tariq Modood, CIE members Dr Barbara Crossouard and Professor Máiréad Dunne presented the paper 'Secularism Undone: Muslim youths' national identities in Northern Nigeria' at the Centre's 20th anniversary conference (8-10 Nov) as part of the panel 'Politics and Secularity in Muslim Identities'.

The conference included many key researchers in the field, including Lord Professor Bhikhu Parekh (Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Westminster & Emeritus Professor, University of Hull), Professor Anna Triandafyllidou (Canada Excellence Research Chair on Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada), Professor Therese O’Toole (University of Bristol) and Professor Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University).

CIE Annual Report 2019 coverWondering what on earth CIE has been doing over the last 12 months? It's all here in the new CIE Annual Report 2019.

Key Issues in Teacher Education – A sourcebook for Teacher Educators

There is a dearth of evidence-based scholarly resources for training teacher educators in developing countries. This book is a response to this gap.  Written by Janet Stuart, Kwame Akyeampong and Alison Croft, it grew out of the experience and insights they gained while working on the Centre for International Education (CIE) Multi-Site Teacher Education Research (MUSTER) project between 1997 and 2001. As a sourcebook, it is designed to be a resource for people involved in teacher education, especially in the global south, and can be downloaded for personal use or as training material for teacher educators.

I had never thought that I would work in Albania before I started my Master's at Sussex

Read about Ryoko Endo's journey from Sussex Masters to Albania and how the International Education and Development MA course "changed my life completely".

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CIE Director
Professor Mario Novelli
T +44 (0)1273 678639

CIE Deputy Director
Professor Kwame Akyeampong
T +44 (0)1273 877051

CIE Research Fellow
Farzana Bardai

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