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OCIES NEWSLETTER

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Co-Presidents' Report

47th OCIES Conference 26-28 November 2019, Samoa Introducing our distingushed Keynote Speakers

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Updates on Membership Matters PAGEÂ 3

30-Year Review of IEJ: CP PAGE 4

New Executive Members PAGE 5

2019 OCIES Conference Scholarship PAGE 9

Introducing our Keynote Speakers PAGE 10

Accommodation and Transport Tips for Apia PAGE 17

OCIES at CIES PAGE 20

OCIES at WCCES PAGE 22

OCEANIC News PAGE 25 (left) Le Afioga a le Tama-a-Aiga, His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta`isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi (top right) Professor Gary Thomas (bottom right) Associate Professor Carol Mutch


Co-Presidents' Report BY ZANE DIAMOND & KABINI SANGA OCIES CO-PRESIDENTS

Welcome to one and all. In December 2017, as the newly elected co-Presidents of OCIES, we announced our shared leadership vision of working from a platform of Oceanic relationalities. In our joint statement then, we expressed our wish to nurture our Oceanic connections; stated our support for the re-naming of our society as OCIES; affirmed our wish to deepen our engagements with each other and with sister comparative and international societies; asserted our hope to grow our community in ways which are authentic and affirmed our desire to flourish our members and community as relational peoples of Oceania. During the first year of our co-presidency, other necessary and important agendas (such as conference convening, journal editing, leadership transition matters and WCCES congress bid and participation) required our attention. Now that we’re into our second year as coPresidents, we are revisiting our leadership vision. By the time of the 2019 OCIES Annual General Meeting in Samoa, we hope to present for adoption by the membership, several initiatives that are aimed to operationalize our leadership vision. Since our last newsletter write-up, the OCIES Executive Committee has been busy in undertaking its tasks towards meeting our constitutional objectives. During 2019, the EC has had to farewell some of our members and welcome new ones. As co-Presidents, we thank sincerely Donella Cobb, Rebecca Spratt and Robin Burns for their wonderful service to OCIES; and welcome Wendy Choo, Miriam Ham, Martyn Reynolds and Tagataese Tupu Tuia as new EC members. We thank Wendy for her hard work in preparing this newsletter. As well, we join with our members and readers in looking forward with anticipation, a wonderful 47th Annual OCIES Conference in Samoa.

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Updates on Membership Matters As a valued member of OCIES, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. As the result of your commitment and that of all our members, OCIES has continued to grow in size and in breadth of activity. We now have over 130 members, from 21 countries.    In the last three years, through the support of our members, OCIES has: held three highly successful conferences in venues around the region attracting participants from across the region and internationally provided scholarships to 17 new and emerging scholars for participation in OCIES and WCCES conferences awarded 10 grants for a total of over $22,000 to OCIES members for their networking and fellowship initiatives published 12 issues of the International Education Journal established the New and Emerging Researchers Fono to provide on-going mentoring and professional development opportunities for OCIES emerging researchers strengthened linkages with sister societies such as the Japan, Indian Ocean and Indian Comparative and International Education Societies established a strong presence and positive influence within the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Over the coming year, we will be further strengthening the New and Emerging Researchers Fono, establishing an online platform for networking and information sharing

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engagement across the region. Plans are also underway for the 2020 conference and for a review of the Journal to ensure it continues to meet the needs of OCIES members. We would love to have your involvement in these exciting activities as we continue to progress the vision of OCIES, as a world-leading comparative and international education scholarly community bringing the Oceanic educational worldview to an international audience in support of a globally just education for all.   You can renew for 1, 2 or 3 years and reduced rates are available for those who are students, unwaged, or from a low-income country. We have also now established an

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30-Year Review of IEJ:CP W i t h t h e c h a n g e s o v e r t h e p a s t 2 y e a r s a s o u r s o c iety h a s m a d e th e t r a n s i t i o n f r o m A N Z C I E S t o O C I E S , w e f e e l th a t i t i s t im el y to u n d erta ke a r e v i e w t o e n s u r e t h a t t h e J o u r n a l c o n ti n u e s to r e f l e c t th e a im s a n d p u rp o se o f O C I E S . T w o o f t h e c u r r e n t E d i to r i a l T e a m , D r V i vien n e A n d erso n a n d P r o f e s s o r Z a n e D i a m o n d , h a v e i n d i c a te d th a t th e y w i l l b e step p in g d o wn a t t h e e n d o f 2 0 1 9 s o t h i s a l s o p r o v i d e s a n o p p o r tu n i t y f o r a n y o f y o u wh o m i g h t b e i n t e r e s t e d i n n o m i n a ti n g to b e th e E d i t o r, o r to p ro p o se a n E d i t o r i a l T e a m , o r t o b e c o m e i n v o l v e d i n th e r e v i e w p ro c ess. W e a r e c o m i n g u p t o 3 0 y e a r s o f th e I E J : C P b e i n g p u b l ish ed in so m e f o rm o r a n o t h e r . I E J : C P w a s e s t a b l is h e d a t F l i n d e r s U n i v e r s i ty in th e ea rl y 19 9 0 s b y J o h n K e e v e s a n d B o b T e a s d a l e . T h e y s ta r te d th e J o u r n a l with in th e Fl in d ers U n i v e r s i t y I n s t i t u t e o f I n t e r n a ti o n a l E d u c a ti o n ( F U I I E ) in o rd er to p ro vid e p u b l i s h i n g o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r p o s t- g r a d u a te s tu d e n ts . Over th e y ea rs it h a s c o n t i n u e d t o p l a y a s i g n i f ic a n t r o l e a s a "tr a i n i n g s p a c e" f o r stu d en ts a n d e a r l y c a r e e r r e s e a r c h e r s a n d s ti l l d o e s . T h e y a l s o s ta rted it so we c o u l d p u b l i s h m a n y o f t h e p a p e r s f r o m th e a n n u a l F U I I E C o n f eren c es. T h ese p a p e r s a r e s t i l l h e l d i n th e A r c h i v e a n d a r e a c c essib l e o n l in e via I E J : C P .   F r o m i t s b e g i n n i n g s , th e J o u r n a l h a s b e e n v e ry stro n g l y c o m m itted t o a n o p e n - a c c e s s , " f r e e - t o - a i r " p u b l i c a ti o n . I t r e m a in s a n o p en - a c c ess, o n l i n e j o u r n a l , i s n o l o n g e r p r o d u c i n g h a r d c o p y , a n d is c u rren tl y h o sted b y t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f S y d n e y .   T h e J o u r n a l h a s b e e n p r o du c ed b y a vo l u n teer E d i t o r / E d i t o r i a l T e a m o v e r th e y e a r s a n d th e E d i to r i s a n E x- Of f ic io m em b er o f t h e O C I E S E x e c u t i v e . A f t e r n e a r l y 3 0 y e a r s , i t i s ti m e to c o n sid er a l l th e o p e r a t i o n a l a s p e c t s o f t h e j o u r n a l a s w e l l a s i ts b r o a d er ro l e a n d f u n c tio n a s a g u i d e f o r a n e w E d i t o r i a l te a m .   S o w h a t d o w e n e e d y o u t o d o ? T h i n k a b o u t b e c o m i n g th e E d ito r o r p u ttin g t o g e t h e r a n E d i t o r i a l T e a m f o r I E J : C P b e y o n d 2 0 2 0 . T h in k a b o u t OC I E S a n d t h e r o l e y o u t h i n k t h e J o u r n a l n e e d s to p l a y . T h i n k a b o u t h o w y o u m ig h t b e w i l l i n g t o v o l u n t e e r f o r r o l e s b e y o n d e d i ti n g , s u c h a s reviewin g , m en to rin g , r u n n i n g w o r k s h o p s a b o u t p u b l i s h i n g f o r e x a m p l e . W e h a ve so m u c h ta l en t i n o u r o r g a n i z a t i o n a n d i t i s o n l y a s s tr o n g a s o u r c o m m itm en t to it.   W e l o o k f o r w a r d t o s e e i n g y o u i n S a m o a i n N o v e m b e r t o d isc u ss th ese id ea s together.

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New Executive Members Rebecca Spratt, our beloved Treasurer and Donella Cobb, our lovely Communications Officer for the last 2 years have stepped down from their roles. In the last few months, they have also covered the role of Secretary and took the time to induct Miriam, Wendy and Martyn into the committee. We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for their commitment and dedication to OCIES. In this issue, we would like to introduce you to our new Treasurer, Miriam Ham, our new Communications Officer, Wendy Choo, our new Secretary, Martyn Reynolds and our 2019 Conference Convenor Fuaiali’i Dr. Tagataese Tupu Tuia.

Miriam is a lecturer of Education on the Cairns campus, CQUniversity. Her passion is working with teachers to improve their practice to solve identified problems specific to their context. Her PhD investigated Nepali teachers’ beliefs about education and their classroom practice, particularly in response to implementing national educational reform. She holds a Masters of Education and Masters of Community Development and International Relations which she completed during her 16 years of teaching in Queensland secondary schools. Her training projects have included teachers in Australia, Zambia, Thailand and of course, Nepal. Examples of research projects she has been involved with include working with the grassroots NGO ‘Seven Women’ in Nepal to investigate how they can assist marginalized women to develop their skills and qualifications, and talking with Indigenous staff at Indigenous Knowledge Centres in Far North Queensland about their work gathering and storing of Indigenous knowledge. Her current project explores how teachers define and teach skills of global competence in their teaching. Miriam joined OCIES three years ago and is excited to be part of the international Exec team. She hopes to learn from the wide experiences of OCIES family and working in position of treasurer will ensure that she gets to meet as many people from a wide range of backgrounds as she can.

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New Executive Members Wendy Choo is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland. She holds a Master of Education (Curriculum and Teaching) and a Master of International Studies, both of which proved to be fundamental to her current PhD work on citizenship in Myanmar. Her PhD seeks to understand young Myanmar citizens’ citizenship and investigates how Myanmar citizenship is produced. It takes a broad view of education and examines the educative process of citizens beyond formal schooling. Wendy was a history teacher in Singapore for 8 years and spent two years in the Singapore Ministry of Education focusing on in-service teacher professional development. She also worked as an English teacher to government officials in Lao PDR for six months prior to her studies in New Zealand and really enjoyed the experience of working in Southeast Asia, a region that she studied and taught as part of history education in Singapore. She has been working with a Yangon-based NGO Teach for ASEAN since 2017 to develop training programmes for the youth volunteers and the English curriculum for their beneficiaries.   OCIES 2018 in Wellington was her first OCIES conference. Attending the 2019 CIES Conference with other OCIES members really opened her eyes as to how different we are as a community and she’s proud to be a member of this unique group!   She looks forward to bringing news from Oceania to you! Ka kite anō au i a koutou!

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New Executive Members Martyn Reynolds has been an educator for over 35 years, mainly in secondary education. He is from the UK and is of Anglo-Welsh descent. Martyn has lived and worked in England, PNG, Tonga and Aotearoa New Zealand. He is currently a freelance researcher, writer, editor and provider of professional learning and development as well as a Research Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington. Martyn’s interests include cross-cultural educational contexts, the value of Pacific wisdom in formal education, methodologies such as tok stori, and relationality in research and education. His PhD sought the views of Pacific origin students in Aotearoa New Zealand about success, and was an exploration of the vā as a way of understanding relationships in education.    His learning has become the basis of some of the work he is doing now. Martyn’s publication record shows how much he enjoys collaborating with others.   With a family of Sylvia, David – studying at Monash, Florence and her Nepali partner Ashim, Martyn has plenty to keep himself happy and busy. He attended OCIES Noumea and was responsible with others for the academic programme of OCIES Wellington. He is looking forward to the Apia conference and to serving the society as secretary.

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New Executive Members Fuaiali’i Dr. Tagataese Tupu Tuia is a Senior Education lecturer and the Head of Education Department at the Faculty of Education as well as a Senate member of the National University of Samoa. He is currently teaching in the Bachelor and Postgraduate programmes at the Faculty of Education as well as to other faculties in the National University of Samoa. He is also the coordinator of the Faculty of Education Postgraduate programme at the National University of Samoa. In addition, Fuaiali’i Dr. Tagataese Tupu Tuia is also the Academic Advisor for FOE programmes.  The Faculty of Education at the National University Samoa also just started its Open Distance Learning programme about 3 years ago and he is the coordinator of the programme. Fuaiali’i Dr. Tagataese Tupu Tuia graduated from the University of Auckland with his Bachelor of Arts degree. He obtained his Master of Education degree from the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia. He completed his PhD at Queensland University of Technology Brisbane Australia. He is involved with local and international research and also assisted the Faculty of Education junior staff members with research. Recently he just completed a collaborative research with Waikato University on Open Distance Learning at the National University of Samoa. This followed with another collaborative research with the University of the South Pacific on the impact of teacher upgrade on quality education in Samoa.  Currently he is involved with another collaborative research with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mie University, Japan on a Study of Localization and Globalization of Secondary Education in Samoa.

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2019 OCIES Conference Scholarship The Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES) has as part of its mandate the goal of furthering and promoting comparative and international education scholarship within the region. A core component of this is supporting new and emerging scholars to share and disseminate their work. To this end, every year OCIES provides scholarship awards for emerging educational scholars in the region to attend the annual OCIES conference. We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the  2019 Emerging Scholar Awards  for postgraduate students (research masters or PhD) and emerging scholars (up to three years following completion of postgraduate degree) to assist towards attendance at the 2019 OCIES conference in Apia, Samoa (25-28 Nov). Up to five awards are available. In addition to being a postgraduate or emerging scholar, applicants must be a current member of OCIES at the time of application and must have an abstract accepted by the Conference organising committee for presentation. Successful applicants receive free conference registration and AUD$500 towards the costs of transport to, and accommodation at, the 2019 OCIES Conference. In partnership with the National University of Samoa, we are excited to also offer this year  Samoa Education Leadership Awards,  for educationalists based in Samoa to attend the 2019 OCIES conference in Apia, Samoa (2528 Nov). Up to three awards are available. In addition to being based in Samoa and active in education, applicants must have an abstract accepted by the Conference organising committee for presentation.  Successful applicants receive free conference registration and a free three-year membership to OCIES.

Selection Criteria 1) The current and future potential of the applicant to contribute to comparative and international education scholarship and to the broader aims of OCIES 2) Level of need of applicant to attend the conference based on other available resources that may be available to the applicant from his/her home institution or employer 3) Gender balance and representativeness of OCIES membership in terms of geographic location etc. will also be considered

Deadline for applications for both Award categories is 1 September 2019. Visit https://ocies.org/2019-conference-scholarships/ for more details.

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2019 Keynote Speakers 47th OCIES CONFERENCE SAMOA Quality Education for Sustainable Future : North-South, South -South Comparative Dialogues 26th – 28th November 2019 25th November 2019 (Emerging Researchers Workshop) The National University of Samoa with the Faculty of Education is hosting the OCIES 47th annual conference from the 26th to 28th of November 2019. Samoa became the first Pacific Island country to gain independence in 1962. The early 1830s heralded an era of civilization, enlightenment and transformation from traditional to modern life. Germany took over Samoa in 1900-1914 and New Zealand from 1914 to 1962. Samoa is located in the heart of Polynesia with a population of 200,000. It is rich in culture and heritage. The mother tongue is Samoan but the population is bilingual as English is one of the official languages.  Samoa hosts 2 Universities, the National University of Samoa established in 1984, and the University of the South Pacific founded in 1967.   OCIES conference in Samoa November 2019 will invite keynote speakers and presenters from the globe to share new theories, philosophy, and future educational perspectives to guide and promote quality and sustainable education for the future.  Education today in Oceania is vulnerable and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that we provide the best quality education for all. Many may question the sustainability of such plan, but it depends on nations in Oceania to ensure they become academically and productively to serve its people. The Pacific educational infrastructure tends to be bombarded with numerous problems relating to quality education.   Through comparative dialogue between the North-South, and South-South the conference will generate mind provoking discussions from academics all over the world to share, collaborate and strategize what is best for the future of our growing nations.

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2019 Keynote Speakers 47th OCIES CONFERENCE SAMOA Le Afioga a le Tama-a-Aiga, His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta`isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi

Our first keynote speaker is an indigenous Samoan scholar, former politician and is recognized internationally as a statesman, philosopher and cultural historian. Le Afioga a le Tama-a-Aiga, His Highness, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi continues to model dynamic leadership after decades of service to Samoa and the Pacific region. He was Samoa’s Head of State from 2007 to 2017, and also served as Prime Minister (1976-1982), as leader of the Samoa Democratic United Party, and as Member of Parliament (1966-2004). In 1990, he was a Commissioner of the South Commission chaired by President Julius Nyerere, and in 2005 he was the Oceanic representative for the Pontifical Inter-religious Dialogue on Traditional Religions of Asia, America and Oceania Colloquium Proceedings: Resources for Peace in Traditional Religions (Vatican, 2005). He is a Fellow of Laudato Si International, an international group that discusses ideas about the papal encyclical and its application within the contemporary climate exchange. He is the current titleholder of one of Samoa’s Pāpā titles -- Tui Atua, the Tama-a-Aiga title -- Tupua Tamasese, and the Aloalii title -- Ta’isi. He also holds the Tufuga and Tupuola titles from Asau and Leulumoega respectively. He is widely acknowledged in Samoa and the Pacific to be one of our leading cultural custodians. Tui Atua’s ongoing influence as a thought-leader in the Pacific is exemplified by his advocacy for the preservation and celebration of Samoan and/or Pacific Indigenous knowledges. Exploring what he calls Samoa’s “indigenous reference”, his addresses and scholarly writing are published widely, and collected in several books such as Su’esu’e Manogi: In Search of Fragrance (Huia, 2018); Whispers and Vanities: Samoan Indigenous Knowledge and Religion (Huia, 2014), Ia Faagaganaina oe e le Atua Fetalai (Pacific Printers and Publishers,1989), and Le Talanoaga na loma ma Ga’opo’a (Pacific Printers and Publishers, 2000). Tui Atua served as Adjunct Professor for Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Aotearoa New Zealand, and was an Associate Member of the Matahauariki Institute, Waikato University. He had also served as a PhD examiner in Pacific and Samoan history at the Australian National University, Canberra. In June 2019, Tui Atua was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom.

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2019 Keynote Speakers 47th OCIES CONFERENCE SAMOA Professor Gary Thomas Our second keynote speaker is Professor Gary Thomas. He is a Yui (Aboriginal) and Australian South Sea Islander from North Queensland. He is the Inaugural Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Professor Thomas has worked at 6 Australian universities in professional, academic and senior executive roles over the past twenty plus years.  He is a former Chair of the National Indigenous Higher Education Network, now the incorporated National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium.  Professor Thomas has been an auditor and expert for the Australian Universities Quality Agency and now Tertiary Education Quality Standards Authority. He is the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded the status of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK for his contribution to learning and teaching.

Associate Professor Carol Mutch Our third keynote speaker is Dr Carol Mutch who is an Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland. Carol has held key educational roles across the spectrum from teacher to leader, to teacher educator and policy advisor and currently a university academic. She has lived and worked in the UK, Canada and Japan and has been a frequent visitor to Samoa, working with the Faculty of Education on research, writing and poetry projects. She is a prolific writer with six books and over 100 articles and book chapters to her name. Her most well-known publications are her research methods text, Doing educational research: A practitioner’s guide to getting started (NZCER, 2005/2013) and Optimising your academic career: Advice for early career scholars (NZCER, 2017). She continues to teach, research and write about educational policy, curriculum, social studies and citizenship education, and research and evaluation methods. Most recently Carol has conducted research and published on the role of schools in disaster response and recovery in five Asia-Pacific countries. She has won various awards for her research, service and teaching.

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New Conference Category: Exhibitions OCIES FOE NUS Samoa 25th to 28th November Conference is proud to introduce a new category into our conference. We are happy to announce the inclusion of innovators, artists, musicians, poets, dancers and performers to share aspirations and hopes for our children and our future. We welcome demonstrations of ideas and concept papers through art (different forms), poetry, oratory, music, performance, as well as the use of technology and traditional media for expression of ideas. Exhibitions are presentation format designed for innovators, artists, musicians, poets, dancers and performers to share their aspirations and hopes for our children and our future.  We welcome demonstrations of ideas and concept papers through art (different forms), poetry, oratory, music, performance, as well as the use of technology and traditional media for expression of ideas. Your audio and/or visual presentation should be brought to the conference in a way that you can present it (please bring everything you need). You are welcome to bring copies of materials or web links if you wish to give these to interested colleagues. Exhibition proposals should include the following information: Summary of up to 500 words including: the title of your presentation, a brief summary of type of presentation, the literature and/or methodological approaches underpinning your work, any initial findings (if appropriate), and a summary of work in progress A list of the names and institutional affiliations of the workshop facilitators. Details of any technical support, other than a standard computer and data projector, if needed. Space set up requirements.

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The National University of Samoa The National University of Samoa (Le Iunivesite Aoao o Samoa) is the only national university in Samoa. We're very privileged to have them host our 47th OCIES Conference.  

(Top) NUS Fale, the largest Fale Samoa in the world. (Bottom) Inside NUS Fale

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The National University of Samoa Join us on a photo-tour of NUS!

(Top left) How do you know you've reached NUS? Front view of NUS Main Foyer. (Central left) Care for a walk? Back view from NUS Fale. (Bottom left) Where can you meet for academic networking? Conference room for a small gathering. (Middle top) Need a break? Sports field. (Middle central) Presentation time? Tutorial room at NUS. (Middle bottom) Want to explore the campus? Mountainside campus of NUS. (Top right) Interested in Samoan studies? Niulea building. (Centre right) Thinking of a game with your mates? NUS Sports field. (Bottom right) Presenting to a big group? Lecture room at NUS.

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Join us in Apia, Samoa now! We have gathered some pictures to give you a sneak preview of what you might find in Samoa...

(Top left) Le Lagoto Report and Spa (Top right) Saletoga Sands Resort (Bottom) Aga Reef Resort

(Top left) A bus in Samoa (Top right) Fugalei market (Bottom right) Apia City Centre Cathedral (Bottom left) Taga Blowholes Savaii Island

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Accommodation and Transportation tips for Apia, Samoa The table below lists accommodation options in and around Apia, that are close to the NUS conference venue. You can also search on the Samoa Hotels website. NUS does not have boarding facilities available; those looking for cheaper accommodation are recommended to try the Budget options provided below. Taxi is the easiest form of transport to/from your hotel to the conference venue, and all taxi drivers will know where NUS is. Approximate taxi fares are provided below. Cheaper fares indicate the distance from hotel to NUS.

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Packing tips and things to do in Apia, Samoa Samoa is a tropical place which is very warm at day and night time, but rarely goes above 30 degrees. An umbrella might be handy though, as there are frequent tropical rains.Â

Sandals are the best, and most common,

footwear due to the heat. Pants, skirts, mini, sleeveless, shirts, t-shirts etc, are all acceptable clothing. It is very safe to walk around Apia at night time or catch a movie or stroll around town along the sea wall and enjoy the moonlight and cool night sea breeze. Supermarkets open at 6am in the morning and close at 9pm at night time - Frankie and Farmer Joe at Fugalei and Matautu. Restaurants open from 12pm to 10pm at night time. We have all sorts of restaurants, Indian, Chinese, Italian, French and so forth. We also have vegetarian restaurants although these are less common. There is no malaria in Samoa, but have been occasional dengue and zika outbreaks.

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Packing tips and things to do in Apia, Samoa Samoa is a tropical place which is very warm at day and night time, but rarely goes above 30 degrees. An umbrella might be handy though, as there are frequent tropical rains.Â

Sandals are the best, and most common,

footwear due to the heat. Pants, skirts, mini, sleeveless, shirts, t-shirts etc, are all acceptable clothing. It is very safe to walk around Apia at night time or catch a movie or stroll around town along the sea wall and enjoy the moonlight and cool night sea breeze. Supermarkets open at 6am in the morning and close at 9pm at night time - Frankie and Farmer Joe at Fugalei and Matautu. Restaurants open from 12pm to 10pm at night time. We have all sorts of restaurants, Indian, Chinese, Italian, French and so forth. We also have vegetarian restaurants although these are less common. There is no malaria in Samoa, but have been occasional dengue and zika outbreaks.

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OCIES at CIES OCIES members attended the 63rd Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference held in San Francisco this year. Let's check out what they did and hear what they have to say about their experiences.

OCIES get-together at CIES, San Francisco.

CIES conference is one of the academic meetings that I value and look forward to most every year. One reason for this is of course the range of urgent issues discussed and the quality of studies and projects presented by the participants coming from all across the world and all backgrounds. This year, especially, the theme of sustainability resonated extremely well with my research and teaching. The only sad thing was that I couldn’t attend most of the presentations I found fascinating because there were so many of them but so little time! Another reason is an opportunity to meet and catch up with colleagues and friends from all across the world. This year I was particularly lucky: apart from getting to see a lot of OCIES friends, three of my very close friends joined the conference for the very first time to share their research and inspire me and others with their work. After a week of significant lessons, fruitful discussions, and memorable meetings with colleagues and friends, I got back home to Hong Kong energized and motivated to successfully finalize my PhD and work on my projects and papers. Yulia Nesterova University of Hong Kong

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OCIES Member Dr Alexandra McCormick, Senior Lecturer at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work did us proud and received the Innovative Curriculum Development Award from the Teaching Comparative Education SIG at CIES. 2019 Congratulations Alex!

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OCIES at WCCES OCIES members Billy Fitoo and Gayleen Tarosa received a WCCES Travel Scholarship to attend the XVII World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Conference held at Cancun. From the islands which are surrounded by the sea and the ocean as the boundary/boarder to other neighbouring island nation to a continent which has a massive mass land and has a land boundary/boarder is a huge leap for this island scholar. I count it a great blessing in my PhD journey.   Having been the first time to attend OCIES in November 2018 and then to attend WCCES a few months later in 2019, I count myself very privileged. OCIES was the first international conference that I attended. Being the first, OCIES opened up a new chapter in my academic life. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and the people that I come to know there. The part that I enjoyed the most was the Fono part. Well for the WCCES, it was another flavour added onto the chapter that I began at OCIES. Just the thought of having to travel to that part of the world was already something. The part that I enjoyed the most was that I visited NASA on my way to Mexico and also got to meet and make connections with people from other parts of the world who represented other societies across the globe. Consequently, I have begun to develop strong professional networks and come to know a number of academics and professionals from the OCIES team and from different countries, who have similar research interests such as teacher training and development, and the future of education. The experience gained from this 17th WCCES conference will continue to help me as I grow academically, and also for my country as a whole. The WCCES conference was an ideal platform for me to share my work because being an emerging researcher, this was my first exposure to a world conference of this magnitude. I was inspired by various academics, researchers, and experts who presented and delivered keynote speeches about the future of education.   In conclusion, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude and thank you to: the WCCES for the invitation to share my research about my country, Vanuatu, in an international conference; the WCCES through the OCIES for the WCCES Travel Fund Scholarship Award; and the University of Waikato through the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific and the Division of Education for the accommodation funding. Without them, this memorable, rewarding, and inspiring experience would not have eventuated. This conference has added another flavour to my academic journey and enriches my experience with more information, knowledge and confidence. I also extend my sincere thanks to my two supervisors- Dr. Julie Barbour and Associate Professor Dr. Rachel McNae for their professional support. Furthermore, thank you to Dr. Donella Cobb who supported me during this trip, from its inception to its completion and made it extra special with all the USA fun, especially the NASA tour.   Soleplep wele mo Tankio tumas evriwan!!! Gayleen Harrison Tarosa (Republic of Vanuatu) PhD Candidate at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

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OCIES at WCCES My goal for attending the conference is to connect with prominent scholars and editors, learn more of comparative education, share in the discussion with established scholars, know what is like to be among prominent academics around the world and present to audiences about who I am among them and learn from them. I achieved all my goals and returned a happy man with lots of experiences and memories. My first experiences was the formalities of travels and pre-bookings of accommodations in the journey. It was not easy for someone from a developing country who does not have travelling exposer to do it.  I learn to use the internet to fix all my travelling and accommodation. I have learnt a great deal in this exposer and had develop competence in a lot of areas. Second, the exposer to different people in different parts of the world.  Just by meeting people in my first transit in Los Angeles and the behaviors seen change my world view. All that I show were people of diverse races and ethnicity working together in LA International Airport providing support and aiding people of difference background. This were the first instances that I associate with  comparative education. I reflected on these moments in a comparative eye to make sense of what is comparative education and who I am among others globally. In the conference, and in all the activities attended, it became clear that the world issues are very different across  contexts and situations. Some can be clearly understood and  others are too complicated to comprehend. My take on this was, the understanding that what I used to see as a challenge in my context was not a challenge at all in other situations. In other parts of the globe, Education dealt with war, crime on humanity, murder, abuse, displacement of people and on and so forth. The challenges experienced in  small island states in the pacific were nowhere near to those mention and limited only to lack of  resources and isolation. The third learning curve was the connections I immediately had during the conference. I met people who have the same research  interest that I have. We became connected and now we have shared in the discussion on research and other comparative links. This is wonderful as some are prominent and established scholars and editors whom names are familiar only from books and other works.  The opportunity to attend the WCCES Conference is seen as once in a lifetime chance and has taken in  as treasure to  my role as an academic and  leader. It has challenge my world view to see beyond my little world to appreciate who I am and what I should do in support of the goals in education and the importance of collaboration and comparative initiatives and innovations.   In this juncture, I which to render my acknowledgment to World Congress of Comparative Education for the opportunity to present in the conference and the partial financial   support that facilitate the manifestation of the trip. I also wish to thank the Oceania Comparative Education Society for direction, information and mentoring provided to members. I am looking forward to working with people and academics globally on issues that are affecting people and how we can stand together in education to address ills in societies. Billy Fitoo (Fiji) Lecturer at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

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OCIES at WCCES OCIES members Billy Fitoo and Gayleen Tarosa at the XVII World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Conference held at Cancun, Mexico.

(top right) OCIES President Associate Professor Kabini Sanga with OCIES members, Gayleen Tarosa and Billy Fitoo. (top left) Gayleen giving her presentation at WCCES. (bottom) Gayleen with other participants at the Design Thinking workshop.

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OCEANIC News OCEANIC Artists receives Australia Council funding In May this year Dr Sarah Jane Moore was awarded the inaugural ANAT On Country Artistic Residency for 2019. ANAT is Australia's leading organisation working at the intersection of art, science and technology and Sarah Jane has been funded to  initiate creative arts-based research conversations about the Baludarri, or Sydney Rock Oyster.  Hosted in the school of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) at UNSW Sydney, Sarah Jane will connect with Dr Laura Parker, an Indigenous scientist who has focused her career on the impacts of climate change on marine molluscs, particularly the Baludarri. Sarah Jane will use Laura’s research in providing solutions to prevent the loss of the Baludarri as provocation for her work. The research questions for Sarah Jane's work include: How has the Baludarri come to be? What are the stories of the Baludarri? What do we know about the Baludarri? What don’t we know? How are we connected to the Baludarri? How significant are the Baludarri? How can we explore our connection to the Baludarri and how can we care for them? What threatens the Baludarri? Can we connect to the family line of the Buladarri through Indigenous ways of knowing, seeing and being? While most people think of the Baludarri as a sedentary animal which sits on a rock and does not change, during its early life the Baludarri swims around in the water column changing its shape multiple times before selecting an appropriate spot to settle on and stay for the rest of its life. During this “early-life history”, they are visually beautiful, extremely fragile and can only be seen with the aid of a microscope. These views through the microscope will provide rich themes for dance and encounter. Sarah Jane’s research dialogues will explore the relationships and connections between the words, shapes, music, sounds, patterns and science. She is currently song writing and will share her songs about oysters, the blue economy and sea Country in Samoa at the OCIES Conference.  Please follow Sarah Jane's residency blog to learn more about her work.  http://moore2019.blog.anat.org.au

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OCEANIC News The University of Sydney CoInEd holds its Annual Research Forum BY LIBERTY PASCUA

The Comparative and International Education (CoInEd) Research Network at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work (University of Sydney) convened its annual research forum on 28 June 2019. Dr. Seu’ula Johannson-Fua (University of South Pacific) and Prof. Michele Schweisfurth (University of Glasgow) were this year’s keynote speakers. Dr. Johannson-Fua opened the forum by critically discussing the architecture of Pacific regionalism, which has yet to transcend its (post-) colonial beginnings, and Prof. Schweisfurth closed the forum by illustrating tensions inherent in adopting a ‘best practice’ pedagogy, drawing on comparative perspectives of theory and practice. In between these remarkable keynote addresses, Ph.D. students and early-career academics from various institutions within and outside Australia presented papers on their research. The papers presented reflected the breadth of research experience represented in the room, from early conceptualizations of a research proposal to analysis of freshly collected data to outlining social theories emanating from recently completed PhD projects. Moreover, the research presented in this one-day meeting drew on data from diverse contexts in Australia, China, Indonesia, Kenya, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda, the UAE, and the USA, to name a few. In sum, it was a wonderful day for disseminating, discussing, and digesting cutting-edge research in comparative and international education. CoinEd aims to bring together academics and students to explore issues relating to globalization, internationalization, citizenship, identities, aid, and international development as related to education. This year’s CoInEd Research Forum was led by co-convenors, Dr. Alex McCormick and Dr. Matthew A.M. Thomas, with support from fellow co-convenor Dr. Yeow-Tong Chia. For updates on future events, follow the research network @SydneyCoInEd.

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OCIES Newsletter, August 2019, Issue 2  

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