Professor Glen Jones from CIHE and Professor Gili Drori, Chair of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are co-hosting an academic conference on Internationalization, Globalization and the Governance of Academe at the Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on May 15-17, 2016. Other Canadian participants include Diane Barbaric (Ph.D. student, OISE) and Roopa Desai Trilokekar (OISE Alumni and Associate Professor at York University).

The Toronto Sun recently published an article highlighting Creso Sa’s research into the increased growth of entrepreneurship programs within Ontario postsecondary institutions. Creso Sa’s recently published book, The Entrepreneurship Movement and the University, as well as one of his former HEQCO reports, were both cited in the news article.

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Professor Emerita Cicely Watson passed away last December, but her legacy lives on.

One of the founding members of OISE, she did influential work on education reform and the planning of higher education systems. Professor Watson played a leading role in the creation of Ontario’s system of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. Her outstanding record of research, supervision and leadership extended well beyond her retirement in 1987.

On the occasion of Cicely’s 80th birthday in November 2001, OISE created the Cicely Watson Ontario Graduate Scholarship to honour her career-long contributions. The scholarship is awarded to OISE students whose interests lie in higher education planning and administration, as well as in education for professionals. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made on-line: Select “Ontario Institute for Studies in Education” and then “Cicely Watson Ontario Graduate Scholarship.”

Higher Education graduates from OISE, Julieta Grieco and Christine Arnold, were each awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for their insightful research through the Ontario Graduate Policy Research Challenge (OGPRC).

Julieta Grieco’s policy brief provided recommendations for the Ontario government on how to be successful in recruiting international students through targeting participants of government-sponsored international scholarship programs.

Christine Arnold’s research explores ways of enhancing Ontario’s transfer policies and its impact on student pathways across both the college and university sectors.

Both Julieta and Christine presented their research to the Minister of the MTCU and a ceremony was held to recognize their individual efforts. The OGPRC targets high-quality graduate student research that is relevant to areas of post-secondary education, training and labour markets of Ontario.

Glen Jones will be at Seoul National University from April 21-22 for a research meeting surrounding the ‘Academic Profession in Knowledge Society’. Serving as the Canadian lead in the project, this group will be rolling out the next phase of the current study in ‘Changing Academic Professions’. There are around 33 countries currently planning to participate in this project. A summary of the CAP project can be found here:

He will also be presenting at a related meeting entitled, ‘Doctoral Training Across Higher Education Systems’, which will involve stakeholders from about 10 countries. This presentation is intended to produce a book edited by J.C. Shin, Barbara Kelm, and Glen Jones.

This year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference brought together top scholars across all disciplines and sectors of education research in North America. CIHE was well represented at the event, boasting 3 faculty members and 3 graduate students presenting their innovative and engaging scholarship. We are proud of their accomplishments and their demonstration of the higher education research taking place at OISE.

HEQCO’s 2016 Transitions Conference brought together multiple stakeholders and practitioners from March 23-24 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Three CIHE graduate assistants were sponsored by TD Bank to attend the event and participate in the engaging discourses. We are proud of our TD Scholars and are grateful to TD for their support of our graduate students.

Volker Wedekind’s public seminar on March 16 entitled, Barricades, Barriers, Boundaries and Borders: Reforming the Post-School System, examined some of the key influences on the policy process and explored the current state of the system of universities and colleges in South Africa. The event, hosted by CIHE, generated a great turnout and inspired an engaging conversation. We would like to thank Volker for his presentation and we hope he will return to do another public seminar at OISE. The slides from his presentation are available here:

Ruth Hayhoe will be in China for three weeks from April 15 to May 9. She will be a keynote speaker at a conference on East-West Reciprocal Learning in Education at Southwest University in Chongqing from April 17 to 19. This event celebrates the 110th anniversary of Southwest University and the 3rd teacher education symposium in the SSHRCC supported partnership between University of Windsor, OISE, Southwest University, Beijing Normal University and Northeast Normal University.

From April 21 to 24 she will visit Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, a long-time partner of OISE in joint doctoral education and research on women and minorities in education. Her lecture there will be on “The Idea of a Normal University.” From April 24 to 29, she will give a series of lectures at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming on themes around teacher education, higher education and history, as well as religion and education. From April 29 to May 4 she will be based in Guangzhou, giving lectures and collaborating with scholars at South China Normal University and National Sun Yat Sen University.

Her final stop, from May 4 to 9, is Hong Kong, where she will be doing a seminar at the Comparative Education Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, as well as spending time at the Hong Kong Institute of Education which is about to be re-titled the Education University of Hong Kong.

CIHE Director Creso Sá and Emma Sabzalieva carried out a study funded by the MTCU on public policy and the attraction of international postsecondary students. The final report was released today.

The report examines the policy framework in the Anglophone jurisdictions that are the major destinations for international students, and how and why their policy frameworks evolved over the last fifteen years (2000-2015). Further, the report assesses Ontario’s competitiveness as a destination for international students in relation to other jurisdictions.

The report can be found at the following link: