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Prof R.Sultana Ronald G. Sultana is Professor of Educational Sociology and Comparative Education, and Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research at the University of Malta. He is the founding editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, and represents the Mediterranean region on the editorial board of several international journals of education. He is the author or editor of twenty volumes, and has published over ninety articles and chapters in journals and books. Most of his recent publications focus on education in the Mediterranean and in the European Union, and he has carried out ethnographic work in Albania, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine.

Prof Mark Ginsburg Mark Ginsburg is currently an international education quality specialist at the Academy for Educational Development (USA) and is a coeditor of the Comparative Education Review. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Dartmouth College (1972) and his M.A. in Sociology (1974) and his Ph.D. in Education (1976) from UCLA. He served on the faculty at the University of Aston in Birmingham (England, 1976-78) and the University of Houston (Texas, USA, 1978-87). From 1987-2004 he was the Director of the Institute for International Studies in Education and Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA, 1987-2004). He has also worked with Egyptian school and university educators since the late-1980s and directed the Faculties of Education Reform project (Mashrua Tatwir Colleat el Tarbaya) of the USAID-funded Educational Reform Program (Bernamik Tatwir Iltalim) in Egypt between 2004 and 2006. He has published extensively on topics of teachers and teacher education, teachers' work and lives, policy/institution reform, and policy/practice-oriented research and evaluation.

Prof Zelia Gregoriou ZELIA GREGORIOU is Assistant Professor in Theory and Philosophy of Education, Department of Education University of Cyprus. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In the past she tought at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at Georgia Southern University and at Intercollege, Nicosia (Director of the Educational Studies Program). She is currently teaching at the University of Cyprus. The focus of her research and writing has been on poststructuralist philosophers of ethics and subjectivity (Derrida, Levinas, Foucault, Irigaray) and their relevance to postcolonial theory and multiculturalism. In particular, she intertwines the reading of these philosophers with multiculturalism’s questions on identity, recognition, cultural narratives, memory and otherness, trying to expand the philosophical range of these questions. Her latest work focuses on trauma, displacement and educational processes of memorialisation. She has published articles in the Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook, Comparative Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory and Educational Theory.

Prof A.Mazawi Andre Elias Mazawi is associate professor, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is associate member in the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (CHET) at UBC and serves as associate editor of the /Canadian Journal of Higher Education/. He is a sociologist of education, interested particularly in higher education and educational policy in the Middle East in a comparative and international perspective. Recently, he authored: "'Knowledge society' or work as 'spectacle'? Education for work and the prospects of social transformation in Arab societies", in /Educating the Global Workforce: Knowledge, Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers/, edited by L. Farrell & T. Fenwick, pp. 251-267 (London: Routledge, 2007); "Globalization' development, and policies of knowledge and learning in the Arab states", in /New Society Models for a New Millennium - The Learning Society in Europe and Beyond/, edited by M. Kuhn, pp. 335-384 (New York, NY: Peter Lang, 2007); " Besieging the king's tower? En/gendering academic opportunities in the Gulf Arab states", /Apsects of Education in the Middle East and North Africa/, edited by C. Brock & L.Z. Levers, pp.77-97. /Oxford Studies in Comparative Education/ (Oxford: Symposium Books).

Mehdi Lahlou Mehdi Lahlou, PHD Economics, Paris I - Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France, 1982 Professor of Economics at the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA-Ministry of Planning), Rabat, since January 1983. Teaching financial economics, history facts and economic ideas and Moroccan economy. Animation of a post-graduate seminar on the economics of knowledge. Animation seminars at the University Mohammed V in Rabat on the themes of education and employment, employment / unemployment and wage policy and income. Supervision of research.

Paolo Landri Paolo Landri is Researcher of the Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies at National Research Council in Italy (CNR-IRPPS). He is Contract Professor at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Naples “ Federico II” (Italia) where he teaches Qualitative Methodologies. His main research interests concern educational organizations and policies also in a comparative perspective. Currently, he is studying the relationship between knowledge, learning and practice in organizations. He has published in a range of journals and edited books, including Il Ministero Virtuale. La pubblica istruzione on line (with Roberto Serpieri, Liguori, 2004), Building the European Research Area (eds. Kuhn and Remoe, Peter Lang, 2005), University and Corporate Innovations in Lifetime Learning (eds. Wankel and DeFillippi, Information Age Publishing, 2008).

blank Isabelle Calleja is presently a lecturer in The Department of International Relations, within the Faculty of Arts, at the University of Malta. She completed her doctoral dissertation on “The Role of External Players in Democratization in Southern Europe: The Cases of Malta and Cyprus,” under the supervision of Dr Robert Leonardi, from the European Unit, at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include the study of; democratization, Southern Europe and North African studies, EU Policy and Small state studies