CEC Regional Conference 2014


International Student Mobility: Global and Commonwealth Perspectives

2 April 2014

School of Education, University of Glasgow.


The Conference, held in Glasgow to celebrate the City’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, explored international student mobility from a number of perspectives: the students; the host universities; the main drivers for mobility; current global patterns; and the inter-relationship between student and programme mobility. It also considered the implications for Commonwealth member states in general and Scotland and the UK in particular.

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The programme can be accessed direct through this link.

The full delegate list can be accessed here. 

The full list of presentations can be accessed here.

Education in Commonwealth Small States

Celebrating 20 Years of Research on Education in Commonwealth Small States

This year, 2014, is the 20th Anniversary for the specialist Education in Small States Research Group at the University of Bristol. Details of our work over these years can be found on our website at www.smallstates.net along with information on the many colleagues, students and friends that we have collaborated with worldwide. Much of this work has been carried out in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the CEC and other Commonwealth groups, and we have been pleased to have been involved in a number of the Conferences of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM). In recent years the book Education in Small States: Policies and Priorities (Crossley, M, Bray, M. and Packer, S. : London, Commonwealth Secretariat, 2011) has reported our work and received considerable international attention. More recently our ongoing research has begun to focus upon sustainable development and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) ( see Crossley and Sprague,2014).

In July 2014 we will, therefore, be hosting a major international conference, and related research workshop, on the theme of Living at the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty in Small States, jointly sponsored by the University of Bristol’s multidisciplinary Cabot Institute, and the Graduate School of Education, Sazani Associates and Comic Relief. The overall aim is to learn from the distinctive experience of small states, and to explore related implications for sustainable development, ESD and future international collaboration. Contributors will be drawn from Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean Commonwealth small states and will include invited Commonwealth scholars and international agency personnel. The Keynote Address will be given by Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of St Lucia. (see http://bristol.ac.uk/education/events/2014/1002.html ).

With 2014 being the United Nations International Year of SIDS, this is a most appropriate time to reinforce our support for the Commonwealth as a leading agency involved in supporting education in small states, and for our own anniversary celebrations.


Professor Michael Crossley, AcSS

Professor of Comparative and International Education

Director: Education in Small States Research Group

Research Centre for International and Comparative Studies

Graduate School of Education

University of Bristol


Crossley, M. and Sprague, T. (2014) Education for Sustainable Development : Implications for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), International Journal of Educational Development 35 (1) 86 – 95.

Commonwealth Theme 2014


The theme for 2014 is #TeamCommonwealth, which expresses the spirit of friendship and motivation towards the shared goals and values that exist between Commonwealth members.

The Commonwealth is an extraordinary team; 53 widely differing countries united in shared values working together to further common aims. As competitors from around the globe gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display not just within nations, but also between them.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: “The Commonwealth, in its unmatched diversity, shows the power and potential in acting together. Team spirit brings the enormous strength of solidarity, unity and of collective striving for greater achievement. We draw inspiration and understanding from one another, and our combined efforts build resilience. Working together, we win.”


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