Mexico City: March 25–29, 2018
The LUMS School of Education (SOE) Dean, Dr. Tahir Andrabi, and Associate Dean, Dr. Mariam Chughtai, participated in the 62nd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), marking it as the first international engagement of the SOE leadership since the launch of the SOE MPhil Education Leadership and Management (ELM) programme in December 2017.
Founded in 1956, CIES provides a forum for scholars, practitioners and students to engage in intellectually stimulating discourses on topics pertaining to education through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives. Along many other initiatives under its title such as an outstanding peer-reviewed journal in the field, the Comparative Education Review, and regional conferences, CIES holds a yearly conference which is geared towards an overarching theme. The 2018 conference underscored a pertinent and much needed discussion on “Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue.”
The four-day conference in Mexico City was a great opportunity for SOE to engage with the international community of academics, scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of education. The conference also served as a platform for the SOE leadership to meet collectively with international members of the SOE Advisory Board, who were attending the conference. The valuable interaction with the Board centered on strategy conceptualization for SOE, in general, and the MPhil programme, in particular, given SOE was reaching two major milestones of Year 2 (October 2017 – June 2018); faculty recruitment and admissions for the first cohort of the MPhil ELM programme.
The CIES 2018 Annual Conference was the first international engagement carried out by Dr. Tahir Andrabi and Dr. Mariam Chughtai since the launch of the SOE MPhil ELM programme in December 2017.
The encouraging feedback from the SOE Advisory Board and the audience at the session speaks to the fast growth of SOE in a year’s time. In almost a year since its transition from a project to a school, SOE has managed to seed linkages with 6 public and private sector organizations across Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; thoroughly executed a four-step appointment process to hire 7 faculty members for SOE; and launched and developed the MPhil ELM programme.
The advice and recommendations put forward by the SOE Advisory Board will facilitate the SOE leadership to craft the inaugural class of the MPhil ELM programme, work out the development of the future centers at SOE and launch an Undergraduate Minor in Education in Fall 2019.