Master of Comparative and International Education at the University of New England (UNE)

Last year during the OCIES AGM, OCIES member Associate Professor Brian D. Denman shared about a new Master’s degree of Comparative and International Education at the University of New England, which includes twinning protocols and flagged potential for OCIES members to be involved as casual contributors to this. Please see details about the programme below.

The Master of Comparative and International Education at the University of New England (UNE) applies the general theories, pedagogies, policies, and practices of comparative and international education with specific emphasis on regional, rural and remote education communities.

The course requires successful completion of 72 credit points typical of a regular master’s degree and is to be offered online to both domestic (Australian) and international students. The admission requirements ensure that students have the appropriate qualification or overseas equivalent prior to entry. The course also has an additional entry pathway for students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Comparative and International Education, which has a specific Program of Study and 24 credit points of advanced standing.

As a major selling point, what sets UNE’s program apart from other institutional (university) programs is how it benchmarks and scaffolds higher order skills through each unit in the course. Each unit requires completion of six assessments to allow instructors to properly assess higher order skills in addition to core competency requirements. The higher order skills that represent the personalised assessment tool (PAT) are as follows: creativity, communication, analytical thinking, problem solving, and reflective thinking.  The PAT provides enrolled students with ongoing assessment as they progress through each unit of the degree and a cumulative summary of the results upon completion of the degree will include a PATsig and PATe-port, which will help in finding prospective employment.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in comparative and international education include working as educational policy analysts, educators in international settings, international development analysts, international education administrators, and international research scholars. Employment prospects are for those who are interested in international education at universities, international development at government agencies, comparative education research at think tanks and multilateral agencies, and comparative education research for further exploration (PhD/EdD).

[NERF] Workshop: “Writing for Publications”, Mon, 12 April, 3-5pm NZT / 2-4pm FJT / 1-3pm AEDT

Hello OCIES members

The NERF Community has an upcoming programme that you or your doctoral student might be interested in attending.

“Writing for Publication”

This interactive workshop, led by the renowned Professor Carol Mutch (University of Auckland), will provide activities to gain insights and strategies for more success in writing for the purposes of publication.

The event details are as follows:

Monday, 12 April

3-5pm NZT / 2-4pm FJT / 1-3pm AEDT


Should you have any questions, please contact the NERF Leadership team.

New & Emerging Researchers Fono (NERF) of the
Oceania Comparative & International Education Society (OCIES)

Events for New & Emerging Researchers

The New & Emerging Researchers Fono (NERF) of OCIES has launched a NERF Event webpage.

Our first event of 2021 will be as follows:

“Talanoa: What is Oceania Comparative & International Education”
16 February 2021, 12 – 1:30pm NZT

Featured Speakers: Eve Coxon, Kabini Sanga, Robin Burns, and Juliana McLaughlin

Description: This Talanoa will explore the history of OCIES (Oceanic Comparative and International Education Society) from its early years to the present, as well as situate it within the global field of Comparative and International Education (CIE). The speakers will also provide some insights and guidance to new and emerging researchers on how to position yourself and your research interests into this larger context of CIE.

What is a Talanoa?
A talanoa is a conversation that explores themes or matters of importance, and one in which all participants are free to speak openly in a safe, accepting, and non-confrontational space. The conversation is characterised by the core values of respectful relationality, reciprocity and empathy. Talanoa is respectful of different viewpoints and advances knowledge while it simultaneously builds relationships and invites collaboration. 

The latest issue of OCIES newsletter is published!

Kia ora koutou,

The latest issue of the OCIES newsletter is now ready! Get to know new OCIES members in this issue and to hear what members have to say about the Festival of OCIES Conference that was held last year!

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming NERF Talanoa, where you will explore the history of our society from our elders and learn how to position yourself and your research interests into this larger context of CIE. To learn more. about the Talanoa, check out Page 6 of the newsletter!


Wendy Choo