The Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center Ms. Sophia Gorgodze attended the CIES 2019
Annual Conference “Education for Sustainability” held in San-Francisco, USA from April 14th to April 18th.
CIES, the Comparative and International Education Society, is an academic association dedicated to increasing understanding of educational issues, trends, and policies through comparative, intercultural, and international perspectives.
CIES is the largest and oldest of 47 comparative and international education societies around the world. Its more than 3,000 individual members — researchers, analysts, practitioners, and students — represent over 1,000 universities, research institutes, government departments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies across the globe.
CIES members explore educational issues related to schools, students, teachers, and administrators — from early childhood and primary school to secondary and higher education, as well as non-formal education and lifelong learning. Some compare achievement inequalities across socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, and language.
Others examine the relationship between education and cultural processes, democratization, globalization, economic development, and political conflict.
Established in 1956, CIES has attracted a diverse audience in working towards its mission to foster cross-cultural understanding and scholarship. Within the last decade alone, CIES membership has doubled — reflecting the global expansion of academic and professional positions as well as a commitment to international education and cooperation.
During the conference the head of Georgian delegation the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Ms. Irina Abuladze gave a presentation on Georgia’s “PARTNERSHIP FOR EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE IN-SERVICE TRAINING PRACTICE AT-SCALE” implemented by MCA-Georgia and Georgian Government with support from U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. The members of the delegation including Ms. Sophia Gorgodze also discussed current reforms in Georgia and further international partnership opportunities.