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Comparative and International Research Initiative (CIERC) 

Focusing on the reform of educational policy and practices in different world regions, the Comparative and International Education Research Initiative (CIERC) seeks to provide a global reference point for educators in Egypt and abroad. CIERC will produce scholarly publications and disseminate research findings, in a comparative perspective, which would be useful for policymakers, practitioners, scholars and citizens. With this initiative, education reformers will have access to a wide array of information to assist them in their diverse efforts to improve access, equity and excellence at all levels and sectors of education. CIERC aims to fill a major knowledge gap in the availability of bilingual (Arabic-English) contemporary literature in comparative education. It also works to provide the needed capacity and expert services in research, planning, monitoring and evaluation for national and international educ​ation development projects. CIERC seeks to develop a community of national and international scholars of comparative education through the organization of conferences and other academic activities, in partnership with different comparative education associations and academic centers. 
Aligned with the Master of Arts program in international and comparative education, offered by AUC’s Graduate School of Education, the initiative focuses on four areas of research: teaching and learning; educational leadership; higher education; and international policy, planning and development. 

CIERC accomplishes its mission by relying on the GSE faculty, graduate students and fellow researchers plus a network of affiliated scholars and institutions. ​

CIERC complements the work of the Middle East Institute fo
r Higher Education and the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics plus Arts) Development Initiative at the Graduate School of Education, with professionalized knowledge for education policy planning and implementation that integrate national and international discourses and reforms.

CIERC devotes special attention to new scholars in the field of comparative education by creating opportunities that build their capacities and promote their contributions in research and education development projects. ​

Vision 

CIERC serves as a premier network and essential clearinghouse in Egyptian academia, focusing on international education development and the diffusion of contemporary knowledge in comparative education to support educational reform and development initiatives in national, regional and cross-cultural contexts. ​

Mission 
CIERC is an international hub for disseminating knowledge pertaining to the field of comparative and global education. It conducts rese​arch and produces publications for scholars, practitioners and policymakers. It offers capacity-building and expertise services in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, and seeks to establish partnerships with national and international comparative education organizations and research institutions.

For more information, email cierc@aucegypt.edu. 
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