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Welcome to CIDEC!

Welcome to CIDEC, a research centre and graduate collaborative program. CIDEC's mandate is to promote excellence, collaboration, and innovation in comparative and international educational research at OISE. The CIDEC community includes over 50 faculty members, adjunct faculty, and visiting scholars.  More than 120 graduate student researchers with an interest in international issues and comparative methodologies in the field of education are affiliated with the Centre.


The winner of the 2016 CCGSE Mentorship Award is:

Dr. Antoinette Gagné – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

The 2016 CCGSE Mentorship award was presented at the CSSE President’s and ACDE Awards Ceremony & Reception, Sunday May 29th, at 6:00 pm, MacEwan Hall at Congress 2016 in Calgary.

OISE had three doctoral students recognized with CATE dissertation awards this year and two of them had worked under Dr. Gagné’s supervision (https://sites.google.com/site/cssecate/awards). This again shows how exceptional she is!! The committee had more than 20 letters of support from Dr. Gagné’s current and former students and colleagues.


(Photo: Ruth Hayhoe is accompanied (left) by her husband, Walter Linde. Lee Wing On is on the far right, and between him and Professor Hayhoe is Mark Bray (HKU).)

Honorary Doctorate for CIDE Faculty Ruth Hayhoe

The Comparative Education research Centre (CERC) is delighted that on 15 December 2015 one of its distinguished Associate Members, Prof. Ruth Hayhoe, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). Please join CIDE in congratulating Dr. Hayhoe on this accomplishment.






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MARCH 6-10, 2016

Conference Website


How Canada helped China rebuild universities after the Cultural Revolution

How Canada helped China rebuild universities after the Cultural Revolution

OISE/CIDEC's Ruth Hayhoe on a half a century of change
Read the story...
CIDEC Presents

The Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016, SMART ROOM – 7-105 (10:15 to 3:30 pm)

CIDEC’s annual Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium 2016 (SRS) provides an opportunity for students to present their thesis research, a partial requirement of the CIDE program (for MA, PhD, and EdD students).

Nine CIDE students will present and over 40 students, alumni and faculty will likely attend throughout the day.




This symposium is presented annually in honour of the memory of CIDEC Co-Founder Joseph P. Farrell who passed away in December 2012

Watch Ruth Hayhoe's keynote address during the first Ministerial Roundtable at the International Education Forum and Expo in Hong Kong. 

Read Karen Mundy and Francine Menashy's chapter titled "The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and Private Sector Participation in Basic Education: Examining the Education Sector Strategy 2020"

 Picture of Sarfaroz NiyozovWatch Sarfaroz Niyozov, CIDEC Co-Director, and the Central Asia-Afghanistan Research Group talk the challenges to education in Afghanistan. 

Listen to more CIDEC webcasts.




BOOK LAUNCH - Sept. 23, 2016

How Canadian Universities Contributed to China’s Transformation An Untold Story

Presenting the story of universities working together shortly after the devastating Cultural Revolution, Canadian Universities in China’s Transformation is a unique account of partnerships in knowledge production and application and their resulting impacts. Chair and discussant: Bernie Frolic, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York University and Senior Researcher at the Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Friday, September 23 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM OISE/UT Library, 252 Bloor Street West

Please Register here

Chair and discussant: Bernie Frolic, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York University and Senior Researcher at the Munk School for Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Ruth Hayhoe Professor, Higher and Adult Education, OISE, University of Toronto

Jing Chen Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Pingchun Hsiung Associate Professor, Department of Sociology,
University of Toronto

Qiang Zha Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University

Guy Lefebre Vice-Rector, International Relations and à la Francophone, Université de Montréal

CIDEC Fall 2016 Seminar Series

CIDEC Winter 2016 Seminar Schedule


During the 2015/16 academic year, Teachers inCIDE sessions will be held on the last Thursday of the month, from 5:00pm to 6:30 pm.

Our next session will be on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 5:00pm to 6:30 pm, Room 10-148.

Comparative and International Education (formerly known as Canadian and International Education)

Comparative and International Education (formerly known as Canadian and International Education) has just published its latest issue. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cie-eci/  and  visit our web site to read the articles and book reviews. Several CIDE students/faculty/visiting scholars are contributors.

Current Issue: Volume 44, Issue 2 (2015)

NEW - Educational Conversations Around the Globe

A RICE/CIDEC compendium[link to report pdf]


Edited by

Sarfaroz Niyozov, Associate Professor, CIDEC, OISE, University of Toronto  & Paul Tarc, Associate Professor, RICE, University of Western Ontario

What are global best practices? What is the character of these so-called best practices, their conceptual underpinnings and routes of assemblage? Which ‘best practices’ are travelling, how, and to which ‘local’ educational domains? How are they interpreted and engaged in local contexts and what are their effects? And ultimately, how are progressive and critically-minded educators to work with, against and despite global ‘best practices?’

Read the compendium

CIDE FALL 2015 Newsletter

* Director's Message * CIDE Alumni Report * Course Announcements* Reflection Piece on Japanese International Education Policy * UNGEI Update * New CIDEC Projects * Awards & Publications * Spring 2015 CIDE Graduates * Announcements

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Responding to the refugee crisis: U of T, OCAD, York University to partner with Ryerson

President Meric Gertler has announced immediate steps the University of Toronto is taking to help deal with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Gertler said U of T will partner with York University and OCAD University to participate in a Ryerson University initiative to bring Syrian refugees families to Canada. Through the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge, 25 Syrian refugee families or 100 people would be sponsored. (Learn more about the Challenge.)

U of T/CIDE/AECD/LHAE Professor Shahrzad Mojab, internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement and violence on women’s learning and education, said the initiatives were “fantastic. They are really very, very timely.”

Mojab recently received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct a study that is entitled: “Youth in Transition: War, Migration and Regenerative Possibilities.” The four-year study will include a trip to Turkey to liaise with networks involved in conditions for migrants there. There are about 1.7 million Syrian migrants in Turkey, about 20 per cent of them children. 

The U of T initiatives “represent our intellectual, political and ethical response to a colossal human suffering,” Mojab said.


2014-2015 Annual Report

2012-2013 Annual Report

Call for Sumbissions for Winter 2016 CIDE Newsletter Welcome

see this page for details

Prof. Piccardo CIDE Faculty Dr. Enrica Piccardo was awarded a Partnership Development Grant for her project "LINguistic and Cultural DIversity REinvented (LINCDIRE): A digital environment to help learners navigate their trajectories".

Teachers inCIDE SIG calling for new members!!!

Teachers inCIDE is a graduate student interest group (SIG) at OISE that focuses on inquiry related to teachers and teaching from a comparative, international and development perspective. It promotes a peer support environment for graduate students’ research journey. Through reading and discussing research articles as well as conversations with different CIDEC-affiliated professors, we aim to broaden our understandings of teachers' lives and work. If you are interested in joining the group, please send an email to teachers.incide.oise@gmail.com. We thank you for your interest.

CIDE Study Groups

Teachers InCIDE

We are a group of graduate students and professors from different departments at OISE who share an interest in teacher education, teacher development/learning, and comparative, international and development education. We meet twice a month at OISE. During our meetings, we share updates about our research, lives, thesis works/progress; discuss common issues of interest; exchange resources; and learn from each other. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Yishin Khoo yishin.khoo@mail.utoronto.ca or Sardar Anwaruddin s.anwaruddin@mail.utoronto.ca.

More to come...



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