Team members present papers at the 2014 Annual CIES Conference

cies2014logo In March, five of our team members presented at the 58th annual Comparative and International Education Society Conference that took place in Toronto. Andrew Kretz, Kristjan Sigurdson and Creso Sá presented findings on a study that explores how technology transfer indicators have informed science policy-making in Canada and the European Union. In another session, Darren Deering and Cynthia Field presented a paper entitled University Rankings: Encouraging Academic Drift through Isomorphic Processes, which discusses the impact of the pressures of rankings and the quest for prestige on higher education institutions.

The annual CIES conference is organized by the Comparative and International Education Society in order to promote scholarly research and academic discussions to explore issues in education in a comparative perspective.

Higher Education and Innovation in the BRICS

Creso’s recent writing includes a number of papers on the link between higher education and innovation in the BRICS. This includes two invited chapters in an edited volume, Higher Education in the BRICS countries: Investigating the pact between higher education and society, edited by Simon Schwartzman and colleagues, to be published by Springer.

A review essay on a recent book on the topic, University Expansion in a Changing Global Economy: Triumph of the BRICs?, is due to appear in the February issue of Comparative Education Review.

Finally, an invited paper is currently being written on the Brazilian policies to induce international collaboration in higher education, for a special issue on the BRICS in Frontiers of Education in China.

Congrats to Merli Tamtik on Successfully Defending her PhD Dissertation!

Merli_GradLast week, Merli successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: Expertise and Policy Learning – The Case of EU’s Research Policy, supervised by Creso Sá. The group wishes her the best of luck in the coming year and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Merli on innovative research projects in the future as she moves on from her time at OISE. (From left to right in the photo: Glen Jones, Ruth Hayhoe, Merli Tamtik, and Creso)

Congratulations to Patricia Gaviria on the Successful Defence of her PhD Dissertation!

PGav_DefLast month, Patricia successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: Inuit self-determination and postsecondary education: The case of Nunavut and Greenland, which was supervised by Creso Sá. The entire team, many of which attended Patricia’s mock thesis on September 19th, is very proud of Dr. Gaviria’s accomplishment and wishes her the best in the coming year.

New Project on Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario Announced

1621_HEQCO_logo_1Creso will lead a new Policy Research Project funded by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) entitled The State of Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario Postsecondary Education. With the support of graduate students Andrew Kretz and Kristjan Sigurdson, the project will provide a detailed assessment of educational programs in Ontario universities and colleges that purport to teach or support entrepreneurs. The results of this research will be published by HEQCO in the first half of 2014. For more information visit the Projects page.