Dates: 14 – 17 November 2023

Location: National University of Samoa, Apia, Samoa

Theme: Quality Education for Sustainable Futures

Quality education for a sustainable future is an important global goal due to rapid global educational, economic, social and cultural changes affecting all nations today. Education in developing and Third World countries is vulnerable due to limited human and physical resources.

As present and future educators, we acknowledge that education is a powerful avenue to overcome economic, political, social, cultural and educational hardship. To be educated is to be empowered with the skills, knowledge and wisdom to make choices so that individuals, families, nations and the world can sustainably experience happiness and enrichment and develop solutions to today’s societal issues.

Collaboration and sharing knowledge for sustainable solutions helps educators learn from each other, and work towards solutions to common problems. The 51st Annual Conference of the Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES), to be hosted by the National University of Samoa (NUS) in November 2023, will bring together keynote speakers, participants, and collaborators from all over the world to dialogue on current and future educational research and perspectives to guide quality and sustainable education for the future.

The dream for many individuals is for children to acquire global knowledge as security for their future. The question that many of us ask, is why is education an important factor in our lives? If we tend to respond from a Samoan perspective based on missionary educational influence, then we will have to say that we have seen education as a productive and effective invention towards creating a world for sustainable lives. When missionaries arrived in Samoa in 1830, they introduced Samoans to basic formal types of education, such as basic English speaking and writing, and simple mathematical applications (Tuia, 2013Tuia, 2019Esera, Fa’avae & Tuia, 2021).

Education today in Oceania is vulnerable and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that we provide quality education for all. Ongoing challenges with the quality of education represents issues with which many countries grapple regardless of their level of national income or development status. One of the biggest questions that academics are asking today is how to plan for and implement quality education for future generations. Comparative dialogue between nations advances the dialogue on this question.

The 51st Annual Conference of OCIES, in collaboration with the National University of Samoa, is our platform for bringing together researchers and educators from all over the globe to share, collaborate and propose solutions to drive quality education for a sustainable future.

View or download the programme here: OCIES Final Programme (*.pdf)

The Conference Convener was Dr. Tavu’i Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati, Dean, Faculty of
Education, National University of Samoa,