Higher Education Special Interest Group

A special interest group within the Comparative and International Education Society and a networking hub for promoting scholarship opportunities, critical dialogue, and linking professionals and academics to the international aspects of higher education


Welcome to the HESIG website!

Thanks to all our members who attended HESIG presentations, panels, and events during the March 2018 CIES conference!
We look forward to seeing you again soon.

For more information about our SIG and the benefits of membership, please see the Membership Benefits page.


CIES invites proposals that respond to the conference theme and build on the expansion of the parameters of knowledge production and educational practice within the field of comparative and international education. The full Call for Contributions and guidelines for proposal submissions has been published. For more information, visit the conference website.


During its “Development Decade” of the 1960s, the UN advocated education as a driver of economic growth. But, over the past fifty years, questions have been asked with increasing urgency about what kind of development is promulgated through literacy, skills training, and formal schooling. What is the longer term cost of an education that promises – and sometimes delivers – productivity, industrialization, modernity and consumption? Who pays this price? What are the larger costs? And with what ultimate consequence for the planet?

Congratulations to this year's HESIG award recipients!

Best dissertation, winners:
Yeukai Angela Mlambo - Why not academia?–The streamlined career choice process of Black African women engineers: A grounded theory study
Jonathan Z. Friedman - Global Distinction: Social Status, Organizational Change and the Internationalization of American and British Universities

Best dissertation, honorable mention:
Asabe W. Poloma - Academic Capitalism and the Public Good in Public and Private US Higher Education: A Grounded Theory Study of Internationalization

Best article:
Riyad A. Shahjahan and Clara Morgan - Global competition, coloniality, and the geopolitics of knowledge in higher education

Best book:
Krishna Bista and Charlotte Foster- Campus support services, programs, and policies for international students

Graduate student travel grant awardees:
Vanessa Sperduti, University of Western Ontario
Kelsey Sherbondy, The George Washington University

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