Education professor Shafiq to head prestigious international society

School of Education faculty member M. Najeeb Shafiq has been named executive director for the Comparative and International Education Society, which will now make its home at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shafiq, who is a professor of education, economics and international affairs, has been at the School of Education since 2010. He also has appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Economics in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.

“The University of Pittsburgh is one of the world’s premier institutions supporting our field, having produced numerous CIES presidents and leaders since the late 1950s,” said David Post, president of CIES and a faculty member at Penn State University, in the official announcement.

CIES is a global association for educators and practitioners whose professional work is built on cross-disciplinary ideas, systems and practices in international education. The society has more than 3,000 members around the world.

The School of Education is expected to host events with leaders in the field, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Economic Policy Institute, the RAND Corporation, and the American Institutes for Research.

“We will be at the forefront of where education policy around the world is headed. It really is an exciting time to be a Pitt Education student, alumnus, or faculty member,” Shafiq said in a news release.

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