Call for nominations

Kia ora koutou, Greetings from Aotearoa New Zealand

Notice is given of the OCIES AGM 2020 to be held on line at 14.00 NZ time on 1st July 2020.

All financial members are encouraged to attend and participate. A link and password will be sent by email nearer the time.

In order for the AGM to run smoothly within a reasonable time period, a number of administrative matters require prior attention. This notice calls for nominations for post holders on the Executive Committee, and calls for reports and other items for the AGM agenda.

  1. Nominations for Executive Committee Members

The OCIES governance structure has provision for General Committee members and Executive Committee members (post holders). Election of General Committee members will take place at or after the AGM. There are vacancies on the General Committee. Appointment of Executive Committee members for the period 2020-2022 will take place prior to the AGM.

  1. Professor Zane Diamond has indicated that she will step down from the role of Co-President. This creates a vacancy.
  • The following post holders have indicated willingness to continue in post:

Associate Professor Kabini Sanga – Co-president

Dr Miriam Han – Treasurer

Wendy Choo – Communications

Dr Martyn Reynolds – Secretary

             However, members can nominate alternative candidates to contest the posts.

All current financial members of OCIES can nominate and vote for candidates. Candidates must be current financial members of OCIES and can be located anywhere, but must have regular access to the internet. Nominations should state the relevant post(s), a short candidate bio, and the names and emails of two (2) seconders who must be also be OCIES financial members. Nominations must reach the OCIES secretary by 12 Noon NZST on 29 May at: Should a vote be necessary, this will be held shortly after. Post-holder job descriptions can be found here.

  • Reports and other items for the AGM agenda.

Members who wish to submit reports or other items for the OCIES 2020 AGM should do so by 12 Noon NZ Time of Friday June 5th to

Questions regarding the above matters or the AGM in general can be submitted to the same email address.

Ngā mihi, Kind regards

Martyn Reynolds, OCIES Secretary, 15.05.2020

OCIES APIA 2020 Cancellation

It is with great regret that the OCIES executive committee informs you that OCIES Apia 2020 will not take place. In the complex and difficult circumstances of these times, the Samoan Government and NUS have made it clear that it is not possible to host the conference. The committee fully endorse this decision.

In the near future, the OCIES executive committee will re-convene to discuss future plans and matters such as the AGM. In due course, further communications will be issued.

Meanwhile, we think of those who have passed, are sick, have lost loved ones and are suffering in other ways. We wish you all well and thank you for your continued support. Until we meet again, kia ora – be well.

Kind regards
Martyn Reynolds
OCIES Secretary

Call for abstracts: OCIES 2020 Conference at the National University of Samoa

Dear OCIES members,

The OCIES Executive Committee and OCIES 47th Conference Convening Team thank you for your support in maintaining your registration for the OCIES Conference in Apia, postponed from last year because of the measles outbreak.

We are pleased to confirm that the conference will now take place at the National University of Samoa, Apia between June 29 – July 2, 2020.

Accepted abstracts of reconfirmed participants will be programmed in the 2020 conference. Abstracts do not need resubmission. However, minor necessary changes relating to co-presenters etc. can be requested by e-mailing the conference convener at:

Call for new abstracts

If you wish to submit new abstracts for the conference, please go to:

Please circulate this information in your circles and direct them to the OCIES website for information and the Eventbrite site link for registration:

Reconfirmation of attendance

We anticipate that all participants still registered will attend. However, please reconfirm 2020 conference participation by 31 March 2020 via 

Registered participants unable to attend should contact  by 20 March 2020 for a refund less administration charges. After this date, no postponement related refunds will be possible. 

Registration fees

For new registrants, the 2020 conference fees are at 2019 fee levels. Fees are due on registration via the OCIES website. Samoa-based NUS participants can register and pay fees via the conference convener at NUS.

We wish you well in organising flights and accommodation and look forward to seeing you in Apia.

OCIES Executive Committee and Conference Convening Team

A Comparative Education Seminar with Professor Michael Crossley

Venue: Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Date: 13 March 2020


Hosted by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education & Oceania Comparative and International Education Society

We’d like to invite you to a discussion with Michael Crossley, AcSS, Professor of Comparative and International Education and Director of the Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies, as well as the Education in Small States Research Group, at the University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education, UK, and Adjunct Professor of Education at The University of the South Pacific.

Professor Crossley will reflect on his 30+ years of comparative education research, with a focus on what we can learn from education in small island developing states who live at ‘the sharp end’ of environmental sustainability.

Professor Michael Crossley’s address will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with other eminent comparative education researchers and practitioners. A light lunch will be provided, followed by a session on getting published and a discussion about the future directions of our regional society, OCIES. The seminar will end with an opportunity for networking over drinks.

Please register your interest and we’ll be in touch with further details in the new year.