The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Inc., was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices. The Society's members include nearly 2500 academics, practitioners, and students from around the world.
Their professional work is built on cross-disciplinary interests and expertise as historians, sociologists, economists, psychologists, anthropologists, and educators. The Society also includes approximately 1000 institutional members, primarily academic libraries and international organizations. The official website is sponsored by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).
Over the last five decades, the activities of the Society's members have strengthened the theoretical basis of comparative studies and increasingly applied those understandings to policy and implementation issues in developing countries and cross-cultural settings. The membership has increased global understanding and public awareness of education issues, and has informed both domestic and international education policy debate. The Society works in collaboration with other international and comparative education organizations to advance the field and its objectives.
The principal Society vehicles for member activities are:
- Comparative Education Review—a professional, refereed journal published quarterly (February, May, August and November) by the University of Chicago Press
- CIES Newsletter—an information document produced three times a year (January, May and September) by the CIES Secretariat containing news updates, announcements, committee reports and editorials
- CIES Website—an online source for everything CIES including news, information of events and member activities, and history of the society
- CIES Annual Conference—a gathering of Society members and interested public usually held in March of each year and which is devoted to scholarly and practical exchange, debate and networking. Also, the CIES Annual Regional Conferences usually held in November of each year.
- Standing and Ad Hoc Committees—appointed and voluntary groups focused on promoting specific professional interests of the Society, strengthening its voice in policy and intellectual debate, liaising with counterpart organizations, and ensuring full and equal representation to its diverse membership.
As a registered non-profit [501(c)3] organization in the United States, the Comparative and International Education Society supports the activities of its members to:
- promote understanding of the many roles that education plays in the shaping and perpetuation of cultures, the development of nations, and in influencing the lives of individuals
- improve opportunities for the citizens of the world by fostering an understanding of how education policies and programs enhance social and economic development
- increase cross-cultural and cross-national understanding through educational processes and by the study and critique of educational theories, policies and practices that affect individual and social well being