Sociedad Uruguaya de Educación Comparada e Internacional
The Uruguayan Society of Comparative and International Education (SUECI) is a Non-profit Civil Association created in 2011. Its main objective is to promote comparative studies in education at national and international level.
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The first university course in Uruguay, officially and formally devoted to Comparative Education, was thought in May 2008 by the Argentinian Professor Dr. Jason Beech (graduate from Oxford University, under the academic supervision of Prof. Robert Cowen) at the Doctoral Program in Education coordinated by Dr. Enrique Martínez Larrechea, at the UDE Faculty of Education.
Dr. Jason Beech was, at that time, member of the academic staff of UDESA (Universidad de San Andrés) one of the most recognized private universities in Argentine. Then, he became the Dean of the Faculty of Education. The attendants to the mentioned above course were doctoral students, (about 12 people) members of the teaching staff.
I Uruguayan Meeting on Comparative Educatio: Adriana and Enrique Martinez, Javier Pablo Hermo and Cecília Pitelli, Norberto Fernandes Lamarra and Marta Sisson de Castro, Montevideo, July 15th, 2008
Dr. Beach though his course one more time before. Since 2009, Enrique Martinez Larrechea, took his course of Comparative Education.
The next significant landmark in the Uruguayan process was the relevant presence of Dr. Giovanni Pampanini, former president of the Mediterranean Society of Comparative and International Education and former Vice-President of WCCES. He offered a conference to a limited audience (about 20 people) in Montevideo.
Both events were hold in Montevideo promoted as preparatory activities by the members of the future Society.
These events were extremely successful in terms of put Comparative Education under the focus –may be by the first time in the country, at least under that specific name (linked with the willing of share the global tradition of educational comparative and international studies).
The scientific significance of the participants (within the field of South American Sciences of Education) deserves to be underlined.
Very prestigious scholars attended the Meetings: One of them was the current WCCES Vice-President, Norberto Fernández Lamarra, one of the pioneers of the field in Argentine and in Latin America as well.
The President of the Brazilian Society of Comparative Education, Dr. Martha Luz Sisson de Castro, from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre) was other remarkable presence in the Meeting.
Other very prestigious participants were the Argentineans professors: Edith Litwin (former Teaching Secretary of the University of Buenos Aires -UBA) and one of the scientific leaders in Education research in Latin America; Marcela Mollis, as well a teacher of Comparative Education in UBA, Argentine; Claudio Suasnábar, from the University of La Plata; Felicitas Acosta, from National University of “Tres de Febrero” –UNTREF; Dr. Beatriz Checchia (UNTREF), Mabel Dávila, researcher in the field of Higher Education; Mónica Marquina (from the National University of General Sarmiento); Augusto Pérez Lindo, philosopher of Education, former professor in several Argentinean universities, and Martin Aiello, University of Palermo and UNTREF, Javier Pablo Hermo (University of Buenos Aires - UBA) and Cecilia Pittelli (University of Palermo –UP.
The two meeting were attended by Uruguayan and Brazilian graduate students -in both cases in a number close to 100 people).
All these events left a considerable amount of experience, streghtening the next steps of the Uruguayan Society.
We may remember that during the constitution process several work sessions were hold in all the Uruguayan Universities (while the constitutional act was celebrated at the main University in the Country, the Universidad de la República (University of the Republic, School of Social Sciences,
The support and advice from all the mentioned above colleagues, specially Mark Bray, Norberto Fernandez Lamarra, Martha Luz Sisson de Castro and Giovanni Pampanini) were key fot the success of the process.
The formal birth of the Society (under the legal form of a civil society while the official declaration is still in process) took place in 2011 at the Social Sciences School of the public University. The wide range of Higher Education Institutions represented by the individual members is shown in the composition of the Provisional Directive Commission integrated by researchers –deans, former deans and relevant members- from the five universities of the country and from the National Administration of Education (an autonomous, decentralized boy in charge of Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education as well as for Teacher Education).
Institutional affiliations of the members of SUECI
National System of Researchers: http://www.sni.org.uy/
From legal statutes
“Article 2.- (Purpose).
This institution will have the following purposes: bring together specialists in comparative and international education as well as professionals, teachers and institutions that have an interest in that area of study, with the aim of promoting the development of the field of comparative and international education in the Uruguay in Latin America and globally, along with sister companies, national and regional and WCCES.
To that end shall have the following specific objectives:
Develop studies and research in the area of comparative and international education.
Promote the development of university education in comparative and international education.
Contribute to a closer relationship of teachers and researchers within that area.
Facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of educational problems in a comparative and international perspective.
Dissemination of comparative studies in education, publications in print and electronic formats and perform activities of divulgation and contact with the social and educational context.
Foster academic exchange and scientific cooperation in this area of study.
Designing and implementing, biennialy, the Uruguayan Congress of Comparative Education and international and other meetings, courses, seminars, symposia and conferences, academic and scientific
Promote the establishment of research centers and, according to that purpose, generate prizes, calls for papers, and projects in the area.
Contribute to specialized centers and public policies in order to promote the development of quality education for all, throughout life, as part of a democratic, just and creative global society”.
“Article 28.- (First Directive and Fiscal Commission).
The first Board of Directors and the first Fiscal Commission, who shall act until 1 July 2010, shall be composed as follows:
COMMISSION DIRECTIVE: Enrique Martinez Larrechea, Rama Claudio Vitale, María Esther Mancebo, Adriana Aristimuño, Denise Vaillant, Fernando Aguerre and Laura Motta and Tabaré Fernández Aguerre, Lidia Barboza, Karina Nossar, Patricia Viera, Adriana Chiancone, Ana Buti and Rosita Angelo.
Fiscal Commission: Virginia Pacheco, Esther Gamio, Jorge Acea, and Amelia Vazquez, Verónica Sanz Bonino and Fernando Martinez Sandres.
Electoral Commission: Graciela Fabeyro, Cristina Alegre, Fabiana Moreira, Luis Sanguinetti and Silvana Herou”