About CESA

CESA LogoThe Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA) is an association of educational scholars, throughout Asia and beyond, engaged in the comparative study of educational systems, traditions and practices. It was created in 1995 with the aim of promoting Comparative Education as a scholarly field across Asia, and lending more prominence to Asian voices in educational debate worldwide. With these ends in view, CESA holds biennial conferences in various Asian locations – including, to date, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Whenever possible, CESA attempts to identify venues in countries which seldom have the opportunity to host major international education conferences, and that therefore stand to gain especially from the opportunity to interact with international scholars that CESA’s conferences provide. CESA is a member of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), in which its representatives play an active role. In addition to its biennial conferences, the Society plans soon to extend its activities into new areas – for example, by establishing an e-journal.

For more details and history about CESA, please click on the link below.
CESA chapter by Kengo MOCHIDA, in histories of the WCCES and its member societies. 

Message from President

20160222081153300001Dear colleagues,

It is my great honour to have the opportunity to serve as President of the Comparative Education Society of Asia. Since it was established in 1995, CESA has grown in membership, geographic representation, capacity and academic influence. It has functioned successfully as a platform for promoting exchange and cooperation in research and teaching, as well as mutual understanding, friendship and international dialogue amongst those engaged in researching education in, or about, Asia.

In an age of dramatic social and technical change, education in different countries and regions faces similar challenges, problems and difficulties. CESA as an academic community should operate as a platform for collaborative research into such issues, for promoting the balanced development of education across Asia, and for advancing the frontiers of educational scholarship. In recent decades across Asia, numerous masters and doctoral programs in Comparative Education have been launched or expanded. CESA can and should do more to facilitate and strengthen networks amongst relevant institutions to improve the quality and range of Asian scholarship in the field of Comparative Education. It can do this, for example, through enhancing mechanisms for promoting faculty and student mobility, organizing professional development events (such as the writing workshops held in conjunction with our conferences since 2016), and upgrading its website and enhancing its online presence. Through these and other measures, CESA can make an even more significant contribution to creating an Asian community of educational comparativists – the core aim espoused by its founders almost three decades ago.

The development of Comparative Education across Asia has been uneven. As the president of CESA, I call on established scholars in this field to volunteer their assistance to those institutions, countries or regions where the tradition of Comparative Education is relatively weak, in order to help build new programs and draw those who have been isolated or overlooked into closer engagement with their international colleagues.

In this age of globalization, the development of CESA as well as its individual and institutional members is closely intertwined with the development of the broader Comparative Education community globally. CESA will continue to play an active role and amplify its voice within the WCCES, strengthen its ties with other comparative education societies throughout the world, and, crucially, assist its members in enhancing the international visibility and influence of Asian educational scholarship. It is partly with this end in view that, as of 2017, we have entered into a formal partnership with the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education – which is now officially the CESA journal.

CESA’s 11th biennial conference will be held in 10–12 May, 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia – location of the World Culture Heritage Site, Angkor Wat. The theme of the conference is Education and Social Progress: Insights from Comparative Perspectives. The conference will offer the opportunity for presentations of cutting-edge research addressing theoretical, empirical, and practical problems in education. All educational researchers, policymakers, scholars, students and other stakeholders are sincerely invited to attend the conference and make their contributions to the field.

Now in its third decade, CESA faces new opportunities, and new challenges from a position of unprecedented strength. But CESA‘s future depends on the joint efforts and contributions of academics from around Asia and beyond. We sincerely welcome questions, suggestions, and new ideas for collaboration from colleagues throughout the world. Let us join hands and try to make a difference in education.

Sincerely yours,

Professor  Liu Baocun

Institute of International and Comparative Education

Beijing Normal University, China


Board Members and Secretariat



Liu Baocun (Beijing Normal University, China)

Past President

Chanita Rukspollmuang (Siam University, Thailand)

Yoshio Gondo (Nakamura Gakuen University, Japan)

Lee, Byung-Jin (Korea National University of Education, South Korea)

Muhammad Fakry Gaffer (Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia)

Kengo Mochida (Kyushu University, Japan)

Secretary General

Edward Vickers (Kyushu University, Japan)

Assistant Secretary General

Sicong Chen (Kyushu University, Japan)

Liu Qiang (Beijing Normal University, China)

Suwithida Charungkaittikul (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

Teng Jun (Beijing Normal University, China)

Wataru Hanai (University of Fukui, Japan)

Assistant Secretary

Mervin Low Ze Han (Graduate Student at Kyushu University, Japan)

Fukuda Sayaka  (Graduate Student at Kyushu University, Japan)

Kim Miyeon (Graduate Student at Kyushu University, Japan)

Web Manager

Mervin Low Ze Han (Graduate Student at Kyushu University, Japan)

Board Members

Abdul Hameed (University of Management and Technology, Pakistan)

Chanita Rukspollmuang (Vice President, Siam University)

Dorothy I-ru Chen (National Chi Nan University, Taiwan, China)

Furqon (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia) (alternate)*

Gian Tu Trung (Institute for Research on Educational Development, Vietnam)

H. E. Aminudin Aziz (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia) (alternate)*

Hjh Sallimah binti Hj Mohd Salleh (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam)   (alternate)*

Hjh Rosmawijah Hj Jawawi (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam) (alternate)*

Il Hwan Chung (Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea) (alternate)*

Jandhyala B G Tilak (Council for Social Development, New Delhi)

Kwon Dong-Taik (Korea National University of Education, South Korea) (alternate)*

Leang Un (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Liu Baocun (Beijing Normal University, China)

Mahesh Parajuli (Dean, School of Education, Kathmandu University, Nepal)

Manzoor Ahmed (BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Maria Manzon (The Education University of Hong Kong)

Mark Bray (University of Hong Kong, China)

Minoru Morishita (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan)

Palaniappan Ananda Kumar (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

Tatsuya Kusakabe (Hiroshima University, Japan)

Virgilio Manzano (University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines)

* The CESA constitution stipulates that there can only be one voting Board member for each country or region.

Biennial Conference


The 11th Biennial Conference: Cambodia.

10th – 12th May 2018

Theme: Education and Social Progress: Insights from Comparative Perspectives.

Host:  Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC)

The 10th Biennial Conference: Manila, Philippines.

28th-30th January 2016

Theme: Diversity in Educational Policy and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities

Host: Henry Sy Bldg., De La Salle University.

The 9th Biennial Conference: Hangzhou, China.

16th-18th May 2014

Theme:  Education, Equality and Social Harmony: Asian Experiences in Comparative Perspective

Host: School of Education, Hangzhou Normal University

The 8th Biennial Conference: Bangkok, Thailand.

8th-11th July 2012

Theme: Education of the Dawn of the New Decade: When the Quality and Sustainability Movement Converge.

Host: Chulalongkorn University

The 7th Biennial Conference:  South Korea.  

11th-13th November 2010

Theme: Diversity, Co-existence and Challenge of Multicultural Education in Asian Countries

Host: Gwangju National University of Education(GNUE)

The 6th Biennial Conference:  Hong Kong, China.  

8th-10th January 2007

Theme: Learning from Each Other in an Asian Century

Host: The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

The 5th Biennial Conference:  Selangor, Malaysia.

30th-31th May 2005

Theme: Education for World Peace: The Asian Context

Host: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, MALAYSIA

The 4th Biennial Conference: Bandung, Indonesia.

21st-22nd July 2003

Theme: Global Changes and the Role of Education in Asia

Host: Indonesia University of Education, Bandung, Indonesia

The 3rd Biennial Conference: Taipei, Taiwan.


Theme: The Prospects of Asian Education for the New Century

Host: National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei, Taiwan)

The 2nd Biennial Conference:  Beijing, China.


Theme: Modernization of Education vs. Cultural Traditions: Prospect of Asian Education in the 21st Century.

Host: Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China)

The 1st Biennial Conference: Tokyo, Japan.

10th-11th December 1996

Theme:  “Asian Perspectives in Education for the 21st Century”

Host: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

What’s New

5 June 2018 – We have launched CESA Review and Publication.

11 May 2018 – The 11th Biennial Comparative Education Society of Asia, CESA 2018 was held at Sokhalay Angkor Villa Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia from 11-12 May 2018. For further information, please follow the link.

06 September 2017 – CESA and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Education have agreed on a formal association, whereby the APJE becomes the official journal of CESA. A focus issue of the APJE, inaugurating its new relationship with CESA, was published which can be accessed here.

30 May 2017 – We have launched the website for CESA.

07 Jul 2015 – The 10th Biennial Conference was held at Henry Sy Bldg., De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines from 28th-30th January 2016.
For further information, please visit the website for the 10th biennial conference, CESA 2016 from the link below. http://www.cesph.org/

22 Dec 2014 – Report of the 9th Biennial Conference is now available from here.

13 Apr 2014 – We have relaunched our website. We apologize for any inconvenience occurred to you.

10 Apr 2014 – We are pleased to announce 9th CESA Conference in Hangzhou, China. Please see here.

30 Jun 2011 – We have built a new website for CESA. All new information will be updated here.