11th Biennial Conference: Siem Reap

Important dates

Proposal submissions open: August 2017

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT+7)

Announcement of acceptance of abstract: late December, 2017

Registration deadline for presenters: Sunday, 15 April 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT+7)

Registration deadline for participants: Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at 11.59 p.m. (GMT+7)

Conference dates:Friday to Saturday, 11-12 May 2018

Writing workshop for junior scholars of Asia: Sunday to Monday, 13-14 May 2018


11th Biennial Comparative Education Society of Asia, CESA 2018

‘Education and Social Progress: Insights from Comparative Perspectives’

10 – 12 May 2018

Siem Reap, Cambodia

It is generally assumed that education contributes in diverse ways to the achievement of social progress, equipping individuals with skills that enhance their employability, health, family life, civic engagement and overall sense of fulfilment. On this basis, providing quality and inclusive education has been set as one of the United Nations’ sustainable development priorities (SDG4) to be achieved by 2030. However, international understandings not only of what quality and inclusivity entail, but of the social vision to whose achievement education should contribute, remain widely divergent. Meaningful cross-national debate over best practice with respect to pedagogy, educational governance, schooling for girls or minorities and a range of other matters assumes consensus over the fundamental goals of schooling – a consensus that in reality remains elusive.

Scholars in the field of comparative and international education have challenged melioristic approaches to education ever since Marc-Antoine Jullien proposed a science of educational comparison based on supposed facts in 1817. But unreflective meliorism and narrow economism continue to dominate much education policy debate, fuelled in recent years not least by official and media responses to the OECD’s PISA tests. A pressing task for scholars in Asia and beyond is therefore to challenge each other – and the wider public – to reflect on what we mean when we talk of education as an instrument for social progress. Precisely what visions of a better society do we aspire to progress towards? How can education contribute to such progress? And to what extent should we see education not only in instrumental terms – as a tool for achieving progress, however defined – but also as constitutive in itself of the good life for which we aim? With these questions in mind, we have selected as the theme for CESA’s 2018 biennial conference “Education and Social Progress: Insights from Comparative Perspectives.”

Reflecting on such questions should also prompt us to reconsider our own mission as educational comparativists: What is the main purpose of comparative education? What have been the contributions of different traditions – from Asia and beyond – to the development of comparative research and the shaping of the concerns that inform it? What insights or perspectives have been overlooked in this process, and how might the field benefit from their incorporation? What theoretical and methodological approaches should comparativists adopt in order to investigate educational issues not merely from a narrowly utilitarian perspective, but also take account of the ethical and cultural complexity that is inescapably associated with them?

CESA’s 2018 conference will be held on 10–12 May 2018 in Siem Reap, which is home to the world’s renowned Angkor Wat and many other archaeological and cultural sites. We invite abstract proposals for papers, panels, poster sessions and workshops dealing with all aspects of education – formal, non-formal or informal, at all levels from early childhood to college and beyond. Proposals should address one of the following subthemes:

  • Comparative education in contemporary Asia and beyond – theoretical and methodological issues
  • Educational policy making and the pursuit of progress – structures, aims and processes
  • STEM vs the Humanities – defining and addressing social needs through curricular change
  • Pedagogical innovation and new technology – a force for progress or digital disruption?
  • Paying for progress in education – public provision, privatisation and marketisation
  • Measuring educational progress – administering and monitoring education systems
  • Educational progress for all – challenges of gender, diversity and inclusion
  • Citizenship education and political socialisation – nationalism, transnationalism and peace
  • Education and the pursuit of economic and environmental sustainability
  • Globalisation, migration and transnational collaboration in education
  • Civil society’s involvement in education and its implications
  • Lifelong learning and skills discourse – liberating the individual or privatising risk?

Proposals must be in English, which is the language of the conference. They should be between 250 and 300 words for papers and 500 and 750 words for panels. When submitting your proposal, please include the following information:

  1. Title of your paper/panel
  2. Objectives and research questions
  3. Significance of the study
  4. Theoretical/conceptual framework
  5. Methodology
  6. Findings

Proposal submissions, which open in mid-August 2017, can be made through email: cesa2018cambodia@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 15 November 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT+7). All abstracts will go through a review process and submittees will be notified by late December 2017. For further information about the conference, please visit https://cdri.org.kh/cesa/ or contact Mr Keo Borin, conference coordinator, at cesa2018cambodia@gmail.com.

For more information. Please refer to the link below.

CESA writing workshop, May 13-14, 2018
(held in conjunction with CESA’s biennial conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia)
This workshop is aimed at junior scholars based in Asia, or those (of any age) who have only limited experience in publishing in English in international scholarly journals. It will provide participants with individualized guidance and support in submitting a paper to an international, peer-reviewed journal.
Places on the workshop will be limited (maximum 25). Please note that the HEAD Foundation has kindly provided funding to support the attendance of around 6-8 participants from ASEAN countries (excluding Cambodia). At least one of these participants should be based in Indonesia. But applications from scholars in other parts of Asia (planning to attend on a self-funding basis) are warmly welcomed.
The deadline for applications to join the writing workshop is January 15, 2018 (please see the attached forms). But participants in the workshop may well wish also to present a paper in the CESA conference – in which case please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the conference is November 15, 2017.


Important dates

Proposal submissions open: August 2017

Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT+7)

Announcement of acceptance of abstract: late December, 2017

Registration deadline for presenters: Sunday, 15 April 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (GMT+7)

Registration deadline for participants: Tuesday, 1 May 2018 at 11.59 p.m. (GMT+7)

Conference dates:Friday to Saturday, 11-12 May 2018

Writing workshop for junior scholars of Asia: Sunday to Monday, 13-14 May 2018

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 1991, 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

Prof. Chanita Rukspollmuang
(Assistant President, Siam University)

Secretary General

Edward Vickers (Kyushu University, Japan)

Assistant Secretary General

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 (Assistant 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 (Deputy Director of the Higher Education, Department of the Ministry of Education, Cambodia)

Lee Wing On (National Institute of Education, Singapore)

Liu Baocun (Beijing Normal University, China)

Mahesh Parajuli (Head, Department of Educational Leadership and Development Studies, Kathmandu University, Nepal)

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: Combodia.

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

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

07 Jul 2015 – The 10th Biennial Conference will be 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.