CESP started in 2013 as an organization consisting of faculty members from the University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Sto. Tomas and De La Salle University Taft. Dr. Virgilio U. Manzano, a professor at the University of the Philippines is the first and current president of the organization.
CESP aims to achieve the following objectives:
1. Strive for the advancement of the scientific study of comparative education, particularly on education in the Philippine context;
2. Publish and disseminate the results of original scientific studies undertaken and to communicate with organizations within and outside the Philippines that are also engaged in such pursuit;
3. Engage in scholarly activities in comparative education;
4. Encourage the participation of members of the Society at local,regional, national, and international seminars/workshops/meetings/conferences on comparative education to broaden their insights and promote their professional growth.
COMPARATIVE EDUCATION SOCIETY OF ASIA (CESA)
CESA was first established in 1995 after a lengthy preparatory period. Its first President was Professor Yoshio Gondo, PhD, and the Board of Directors included Professor Mark Bray, PhD and Professor Lee Wing On, PhD, from the Comparative Education Research Center (CERC) of the University of Hong Kong.
The first biennial conference was held in December 1996 at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, on the theme, ‘Asian Perspectives in Education for the 21st Century. Over 200 people participated in the conference. The most recent one, CESA 2014, was held on May 16-18, 2014 in Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China, on the theme, ‘Education, Equality and Social Harmony: Asian Experiences in Comparative Perspective.’ At present, CESA is a member of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES).