CIES IS THE LARGEST AND OLDEST OF 47 COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SOCIETIES AROUND THE WORLD.
Its more than 4,000 individual members — researchers, analysts, practitioners, and students — represent over 1,000 universities, research institutes, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies across the globe.
From cross-disciplinary perspectives, CIES members explore educational issues related to schools, students, teachers, and administrators — from early childhood and primary school to secondary and higher education, as well as non-formal education and lifelong learning. Some compare achievement inequalities across socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, and language. Others examine the relationship between education and cultural processes, democratization, globalization, economic development, and political conflict.
Established as an academic association in 1956, CIES has attracted a diverse audience in working towards its mission to foster cross-cultural understanding and scholarship. Within the last decade alone, CIES membership has doubled — reflecting the global expansion of academic and professional positions as well as a commitment to international education and cooperation.