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Call for Papers Deadline: Eighth Biannual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium

We are pleased to announce that the Eighth Biannual Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Symposium, Public, Private, and Philanthropic: Exploring the Impact of New Actors on Education in the GCC, will take place from April 7th to April 9th, 2018 in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The 2018 GCES Symposium calls for papers that explore the following areas in the GCC context:

  •     New approaches, actors and impact in the public and private education sectors
  •     Philanthropy and education
  •     International Organizations (IOs) and education
  •     Evolving or new regulatory frameworks in education
  •     Education partnerships

We welcome papers and abstracts from policymakers, NGOs, academics, and educators who wish to participate in the debate and explore policies and practices across the Gulf. We especially encourage individuals working in ministries of education – or other education-related government entities – to submit papers that focus on the needs and challenges of the regulatory and policymaking bodies.

Both quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research is welcome. All abstracts should include the following:

  •     Background: Explains the purpose of the work and provides a brief description of the problem/research question addressed
  •     Methods: Indicates the theoretical-methodological approach used
  •     Results: Clearly presents primary findings of the study
  •     Conclusion: Briefly discusses the main outcome of the study in relation to the research question
  •     Relevance to the GCC

Please note that all abstract text should be restricted to 250 words. After the submission deadline, the GCES Committee will undergo a blind review process to recommend a list of abstracts to be presented at GCES 2018 Symposium.

Abstract Submission Details

  • Abstracts proposals should be submitted online at:
  • Deadline: December 14th, 2017
  • Notification Date: Late January 2018

Doctoral Student & Faculty Travel Grants

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research will offer one (1) travel grant to a doctoral student and one (1) travel grant to a faculty presenting results from their research at the 2018 GCES Symposium. The grants will each be up to $1,000 and will be awarded on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract. It can be used for travel, accommodation, or other related expenses.

To apply, please visit here: The deadline is December 14th, 2017.

Registration Fees

  • Conference registration and annual membership fee: 400 AED (USD$108)*
  • Conference registration and annual membership fee (student): 250 AED (USD$68)*

*Presenters at the conference will receive a 50% discount.

Registration fee includes light refreshments, lunches, and access to all speaker presentations and workshops during the symposium.

For more information about Call for Abstracts, please click here, or email us at

Start Date End Date Time
December 14, 2017December 14, 20175:00 PM