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• AECSE: Association of Lecturers and Researchers in Education Sciences


AECSE was founded in 1971. With more than 400 members, it mainly assembles professors and lecturers who teach at French universities and institutes of higher education, belonging to Section 70 of the National Board of Universities (CNU). Its members also include collaborators from the CNRS and the INRP who work in the field of education.

The association’s goal is to foster dialogue and reflection on Education Sciences. It also proposes subjects and aims to clarify educational debates through a scientific lens. The AECSE has carried out several long-term studies on teacher training and research in education, among other subjects. It also carries out regular studies on the contents of Education Sciences, the status of these sciences, their potential orientations and their challenges. The association also organises scientific meetings.

• AFDECE: French Association of Comparative Education and Exchanges


The AFDECE was founded in 1998. It aims to play an active part in the ongoing development of comparative education by focusing on all the benefits that may accrue to educational systems in the context of exchanges between primary schools, secondary schools, and universities.

The internationalisation of educational problems, the importance of worldwide reflections on intercultural relationships and on all the issues of identity must now be the responsibility of as many people as possible, regardless of their position in the system. Thus, AFDECE seeks to be a meeting place for theories and practices, academics and teachers, administrators and educators, all actors of comparative education in the world. AFDECE aims to provide them with an international forum.

A newsletter, Le Courrier de l’AFDECE, liaises between the members of the association, and seminars provide updates on different subjects of AFDECE’s studies. A scientific journal, the Revue Française d'Education Comparée, recognised by the AERES (Research in Higher Education Evaluation Agency) and the CNU (National Board of Universities), facilitates discussion at the university level on comparative education and its many challenges and practices. It is published by Harmattan as part of the “Comparative education” collection.


• AFEC: Francophone Association for Comparative Education


AFEC has existed since 1973. The association was responsible for founding the Global Council of Comparative Education Associations (CMAEC), which it represents at UNESCO in Paris. AFEC is an international NGO (OING) accredited by the International Francophone Organisation (OIF).

AFEC is an international association with both scientific and educational concerns, and works to foster the development of comparative, international research in education by:

- stimulating research and encouraging international scientific collaboration in education,

- helping publish and share comparative studies in education,

- raising awareness among lecturers and researchers across multiple disciplines of the comparative elements of their work, and

- collaborating with individuals in other disciplines who aspire to expand their fields of interest and research to other cultural contexts.

Starting in 2008, the scientific journal Education Comparée has adopted the format of an international scientific journal, enabling it to produce themed issues delivered twice a year. Created by Michel Debeauvais in 1973, Education Comparée first appeared as a newsletter, then changed into a space where the association could publish papers presented at its annual conferences. The journal has an international identification number (ISSN) and is now printed by a university publisher and recognised by the AERES (Research in Higher Education Evaluation Agency) and the CNU (National Board of Universities).

AFEC organises an annual international conference, represents the French-speaking world at international conferences (such as the CESE and the CMAEC) and manages international networks related to comparative education.

• ADMEE: Association for the Development of Educational Evaluation Methodologies in Europe


ADMEE-Europe was founded in 1986, and functions alongside the parallel association ADMEE-Canada. It is an international francophone association that brings together researchers, lecturers, teachers, executives and all individuals interested by questions related to evaluation in education and training. It studies the evaluation of student learning, training, learning environments, tools, programmes and educational systems.

Every year, ADMEE-Europe organises an international conference in one of the countries with a national delegation (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Morocco, Portugal or Switzerland). Papers presented at conferences are then published.

The international francophone journal Mesure et évaluation en éducation, created in 1978 by ADMEE-Canada, publishes the results of work done in the field of educational evaluation.

The Bulletin de l’ADMEE-Europe newsletter provides updates on the association’s activities (national scientific activity days, working groups, etc.). It also provides bibliographical listings, articles on new concepts and methodological reflections.


• EERA: European Educational Research Association


EERA membership is made up of more than 20 national and regional Educational Research Associations from all parts of Europe. It was founded in June 1994 as a result of discussions among many national educational research associations and several major research institutes throughout Europe which identified the need for a European association to foster the exchange of ideas amongst European researchers, promote collaboration in research, improve research quality and offer independent advice on educational research to European policy-makers, administrators and practitioners.

EERA was therefore founded as a learned society specifically for the purposes of:

  • encouraging collaboration amongst educational researchers in Europe
  • promoting communication between educational researchers and international governmental organisations such as the EU, Council of Europe, OECD and UNESCO
  • improving communication amongst educational research associations and institutes within Europe
  • disseminating the findings of educational research and highlighting their contribution to policy and practice


• AIPU: International University Teaching Association


Founded in 1980, the AIPU’s goal is to develop teaching in higher education through the perspective of international collaboration. Its activities are supported by international and national organisations.

The AIPU has three local sections, divided between 3 geographic zones (Africa, the Americas and Europe) which make up the global association. Representatives from each section make up the International Administrative Board (CAI). The Secretary General communicates with Board members, who then pass on the information they deem relevant to their zones. The President is responsible for representing members within international organisations. Each section is administratively and financially independent from the others, but shares AIPU’s goals and supports the other sections in carrying out their global activities, such as publishing the journal RIPES, previously titled Res academica, or holding international conferences.