The School of Education is an Associated School of UNESCO. Members of the Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) engage in projects to promote the UNESCO ideals of peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development. Our post-graduate initial teacher trainees are working in schools on UNESCO-related projects with the students.
The School of Education has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Asia-Pacific Centre for International Understanding (APCIEU). This Centre is supported by UNESCO and is based in Seoul, South Korea. The MOU enables joint research and exchanges around the theme of international understanding and peace. APCIEU has a magazine Sangsaeng (mutual life, or living together) and the journal Education for International Understanding.
CIER also works with a number of different organisations in the international field:
The British Association for International & Comparative Education (BAICE)
The Centre has played a leading role in the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), providing both Chairs and Secretaries. BAICE promotes teaching, research, policy and development in all aspects of international and comparative education. It is the British affiliate of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies but membership is open to all interested in international and comparative education, regardless of nationality or institutional affiliation.
The British Council connects people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries. With the British Council, core staff collaborate on management training and act in an advisory capacity on issues such as citizenship education and human rights education.
British University in Dubai
The British University in Dubai (BUiD) was established in 2004 in partnership with leading UK universities. It is the Middle East region’s first research based, postgraduate university. The School of Education and the Centre for English Language Studies at Birmingham were selected to help develop BUiD’s Institute of Education, and have provided support in establishing the framework for its postgraduate degrees and its curriculum. Our formal association enables staff exchanges as well as quality assurance, and we are developing joint research in a number of education areas.
CfBT provides education for the public good and to promote a pro education culture. The needs of learners are our central concern. The work of teachers and how they relate to learners has been at the heart of CfBT's work for almost thirty five years. CIER collaborate with CfBT, who have funded some of the Centre's research on democracy and post-conflict.
College for International Citizenship
This College, based in Birmingham, provides short courses in citizenship for future young leaders from all over the world. It aims to promote the fundamental values of human rights, peace, justice and responsible freedom, so that all people within a given society feel safe, secure, valued and equal. When the College first opened, a team from the School of Education wrote the curriculum for their modules, and we are still involved in being on their Board and providing inputs to courses.
Department for International Development (DFID)
DFID is a UK Government department, working to promote sustainable development and eliminate world poverty. With Department for International Development (DFID), CIER staff engage in research and in consultancy work (for example on global citizenship, decentralisation, on gender planning and on development awareness).
Development Education Centre
With the Development Education Centre, Birmingham, we are collaborating on global citizenship education, and have been part of the West Midlands Commission on Global Citizenship - which seeks to raise awareness in the region of global responsibilities and rights, and to stimulate debate about the role of education. Their Teachers in Development Education (TIDE) network arranges study visits to developing countries and produces a range of school resources for development
Staff working in the field of visual impairment work closely with Sightsavers, who have funded a number of projects in developing countries. The International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) also act as partners in some of this research.
World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)
This umbrella organization brings together all the international and comparative education societies globally, and hosts a major Congress every three years. Lynn Davies is Chair of the Congress Standing committee for the next Congress, which will be held in Buenos Aires in 2013.