IIEP book on tertiary education in small states wins “best book” award

The volume won the 2013 Best Book Award from the Higher Education Special Interest Group

IIEP is delighted that its book Tertiary Education in Small States: Planning in the context of globalization, edited by Michaela Martin and Mark Bray, has been awarded first place in the 2013 Best Book Award from the Higher Education Special Interest Group of the US-based Comparative & International Education Society (CIES).  The CIES, founded in 1956, is the oldest and largest body of its kind, and IIEP considers the award a great honour.

The Award Committee in its letter indicates that “This was a highly competitive selection process. Of the two books awarded this year, your edited volume received the First Place Award”.

The book originated from an IIEP research project on tertiary education in small states directed by Michaela Martin, the results of which were then disseminated at a Policy Forum on the theme in 2009. It undertakes an analysis of the present challenges that have emerged in the tertiary education sector within the context of a now widely globalized world, impacting more than elsewhere on small states. The book also outlines some of the strategies, such as regional and international partnerships and the use of information technology, which can be pursued by the sector to respond to the challenges.

The authors of the 13 chapters include researchers, administrators, and policy-makers, among whom the Governor General of Saint Lucia, Dame Pearlette Louisy.

Michaela Martin is a programme specialist at IIEP in Paris, and has widely published on the planning and management of international tertiary education.  At the time of the Policy Forum, Mark Bray was Director of IIEP. He subsequently returned to the University of Hong Kong, where he is UNESCO Professor in Comparative Education and has remained in collaboration with IIEP.