Creso speaks at the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences

Creso Sá deliveRIO-BASred an invited lecture at the International Seminar “Higher Education Policies in Developing Countries”, held at the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in Rio de Janeiro.

The event took place in September 21-22, and brought together an international group of scholars, policy makers, and government representatives. Professor Sá’s presentation was entitled, “Science, Technology, Globalization & Universities: Brazil in Global Perspective”.

Julieta Grieco awarded Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge by MTCU

MTCUJulieta Grieco has been awarded the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge (OGPRC) by the MTCU for her policy brief “Fostering Ontario’s growth in international student mobility: targeting government sponsored international students”. Julieta’s brief draws from her study on Brazil’s Science Without Borders program at the University of Toronto. Julieta provided recommendations for the Ontario government on how to be successful in recruiting International students through targeting participants of Government-sponsored international scholarship programs.

The OGPRC targets high-quality graduate student research that is relevant to areas of post-secondary education, training and labour markets of Ontario.

Creso awarded research grant by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities


Earlier last week, Creso Sá was awarded a research grant under the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF) program of Ontario’s Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. This project will investigate the current policy environment shaping international student recruitment in Ontario, including an assessment of competing jurisdictions inside and outside Canada.

The OHCRIF is intended to support research projects that advance knowledge in higher education, labour and employment policy.

Helen Lasthiotakis named Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships at University of Toronto VP Research Office.

u of t logoResearch team member Helen Lasthiotakis has accepted the position of Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) at the University of Toronto, effective September 8, 2015.

As Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Helen has a leadership role in the oversight of strategic partnerships with external funding and advocacy organizations, coordination of activities with academic divisions and other central portfolios, provide oversight for strategic initiatives, awards and honors, global research partnerships, research information and analysis, preparation of major reports, and the management of the Office. She is a member of the Research Advisory Board.

Helen has held previous senior roles at U of T, including Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of the Dean in the Faculty of Arts & Science; Director, Academic Programs & Policy in the Office of the Vice-President and Provost; Science Coordinator for the Canada Ocean Drilling; and Program Manager for the Nortel Institute for Telecommunications in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. She also supported the University’s inaugural Senior Advisor to the President on Science Engagement. A double graduate of the University with a BSc and MSc from the Department of Geology at U of T, she is currently a PhD candidate with the Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education at OISE.

Creso appointed as founding Director of new research centre

Creso Sá will serve as Director of the newly established Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education at OISE-University of Toronto. Standing on the shoulder’s of Canada’s premier graduate program in higher education, the Centre will be one of the largest academic research units in the field. Through its research and knowledge mobilization activities, the Centre will inform, inspire and influence policy debate and public discourse on the various aspects of higher education in Canada and internationally.

Creso speaks at the 2015 CSSHE Conference

CSSHEOn June 1, 2015, Creso Sá presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE). After being awarded the Research & Scholarship Award Professor Sá was invited to present on his recent work. The presentation focused on his latest book The Entrepreneurship Movement and The University.

The CSSHE is Canada’s forum for the promotion of research in the field of higher education. This year’s conference took place May 31 – June 2 in Ottawa, ON.

Daniel Hamlin presents research at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting

eraTeam member Daniel Hamlin presented research done in collaboration with Creso Sá at this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference that took place April 16-20 in Chicago, Illinois. The presentation entitled “Research Use in Government: The Role of Capacity, Relationships, and Leadership.” examines the use of research in the policymaking process.

The AERA Annual Meeting seeks to connect scholars of education, including all levels from early childhood to higher education. With over 2,600 sessions, this year’s meeting welcomed more than 14,000 people.

Congratulations to Andrew Kretz on successfully defending his PhD dissertation!

On Wednesday April 15, 2015  team member Andrew Kretz successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Exploring the effects of postsecondary experiences on STEM majors’ attitude towards entrepreneurship.” This thesis was supervised by Creso Sá. The team is very proud of Andrew’s achievement and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours!


Creso announced as recipient of the 2015 CSSHE Research & Scholarship Award

cssheThe Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) has announced that Creso Sá will be this year’s recipient of the Research & Scholarship Award.

This award recognizes a practicing scholar on achievements and contributions to the scholarship on Canadian postsecondary education. The award will be officially conferred at the 2015 CSSHE Annual Conference taking place May 31 – June 2, in Ottawa.

New Book Out: The Entrepreneurship Movement and the University, by Creso Sá and Andrew Kretz

In their newly released book, “The Entrepreneurship Movement and the University,” Creso Sá and Andrew Kretz examine how efforts to support entrepreneurial thinking and practice are impacting higher education in Canada and the United States. The book is the culmination of research undertaken by the research team since 2013, and has been published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Team members present at the 2015 CIES Conference in Washington, D.C.

cies2015 imageFrom March 8-13 the Comparative and International Education Society is hosting its annual conference in Washington, D.C. Together with other members of the OISE community, members of Creso Sá’s research team will be attending and presenting at the conference. Julieta Grieco will be presenting her findings on a study of the Science without Borders program, Brazil’s major study abroad scholarship program. The project is entitled “Fostering international collaboration through study abroad scholarships: Lessons from Brazil’s Science without Borders program.” Daniel Hamlin is presenting on a paper entitled “Parental involvement policy in Canada: An analysis of 12,000 parental involvement programs.”

Andrew Kretz presents at the RESUP Conference in Lyon, France

AnRESUPdrew presented a paper on entrepreneurship education in Ontario at the 4th RESUP International Conference “University Missions: Reconfiguration, Interplay, and Contradictions.” The conference was held at the Institut Français de l’Éducation in Lyon, France, from December 11-13, 2014. The paper presented was based on the project on entrepreneurship education opportunities in the province of Ontario, supported by HEQCO:

Kretz, A. & Sá, C. Economic relevance in practice: An investigation of the scope and structure of entrepreneurship education.

Research Team Alumn Dr. Merli Tamtik winner of an Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge award

On Monday December 8th, 2014 Dr. Merli Tamtik received an Ontario Graduate Research Challenge Award from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. She has received the award for her research on policy learning in the European Union during her graduate work at OISE under the supervision of Creso Sá.

Congratulations Dr. Tamtik on this outstanding accomplishment!

In the picture: Deputy Minister of MTCU Deborah Newman and Minister of MTCU/MRI The Hononorable Reza Moridi.

Team members present at the 39th ASHE Annual Conference

logo 2014Darren Deering and Dan Hamlin presented their papers at the 2014 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference that took place in Washington, D.C., from November 20th to 22nd. Darren presented a paper entitled “Public Policy as a Moderator of Institutional Forces: Developing a Theoretical Model for Academic Drift”, while Dan presented a paper he co-authored with Creso Sá entitled “Research Use and Higher Education Policymaking in Canada.”