International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB):

HEDBIB is a database on higher education systems, administration, planning, policy, and evaluation. It has been maintained by the IAU since 1988, and was redeveloped and upgraded in 2010.

HEDBIB - and the specialised collection of the IAU-UNESCO information Centre

Bringing together over 35,000 references on higher education from around the world, HEDBIB is constantly updated. HEDBIB contains bibliographic references to all publications held in the specialised collection of the IAU-UNESCO Information Centre as well as new higher education publications and documents identified by the IAU Information Centre monitoring team.

Partner organisations

References are also contributed by our partner organisations: UNESCO Headquarters; the European Centre for Higher Education (CEPES); UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP); UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America (IESALC); the American Council on Education (ACE).

Using HEDBIB to create a bibliography

HEDBIB offers basic and advanced searches, using title, author(s), key word(s), country/ies, region(s), publication year and document type. Search results are available in different formats (short, detailed and ISBD) and can be saved, combined, and printed to form a bibliography which responds to your search criteria.

Access to electronic documents

Where freely available, a link to the electronic document is provided.


Launched in January 2011, New in HEDBIB is a resource produced five times a year containing full references of newly entered publications into HEDBIB, and references are structured according to IAU thematic area. It is sent directly to IAU Members and higher education institutes and is also posted on the HEDBIB web page.

In addition, HEDBIB contains a "Latest Additions" button which contains a real-time update of the newest entries to HEDBIB.

HEDBIB and IAU Member services

Most of the features of HEDBIB are available to all, however IAU Member institutions and organisations benefit from additional services in HEDBIB such as access to abstracts and the possibility to receive bibliographies by e-mail. To access these additional services, IAU Members are provided with a Member login to HEDBIB.

Full details and instructions on how to use HEDBIB are contained in the HEDBIB Guide.

Contact: Amanda Sudic, IAU Librarian / Documentalist



HEP cover Higher Education Policy (HEP), published quarterly, is an international journal for advancing scholarly understanding of the policy process applied to higher education through the publication of original analyses, both theoretical and practice-based, the focus of which may range from case studies of developments in individual institutions to policy making at systems and at national level.

Through this journal the International Association of Universities wishes to strengthen the exchange between scholarship and issues of practical administrative concern within the perspective of the disciplines that contribute to the study of this field - anthropology, history, economics, public administration, political science, government, law, sociology, philosophy, psychology, policy analysis and the sociology of organisations.
The editorial board will give every encouragement to original contributions, whether theoretical, conceptual or empirical in nature, which involves explicit inter-system and cross-national comparisons. Articles devoted to less reported systems of higher education and their evolution, are particularly welcome. The major criteria retained in the process of review and selection are the significance of the submission to decision-making and policy development in higher education as well as its intrinsic quality. Since the study of policy in higher education draws upon a broad range of disciplines, a cross-disciplinary methodology will have equal consideration.
The aim of Higher Education Policy is to provide a peer-reviewed vehicle of the highest quality for institutional leadership, scholars, practitioners and administrators at all levels of higher education to have access to, keep abreast of, and contribute to, the most advanced analyses available in this domain.

Editor: Professor Jeroen Huisman, Department of Sociology, University of Ghent, Belgium
Founding Editor: Professor Guy Neave

Current Editorial Board Members

Latest Issue

HEP 30/2, June 2017: The latest edition of HEP brings together seven papers looking at differng themes.


  • Success and Impact in Widening Participation Policy: What Works and How Do We Know? - Neil Harrison and Richard Walker, University of the West of England, UK;

  • Financing Universities Through Vouchers: Lessones from the Rupblic of Georgia - Adrian Zimmerman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel;

  • Space and Academic Identity Construction in Higher Education: An Open and Distance Learning Perspective - Nomanesi Madikizela-Madiya and Cheryl Sheila Le Roux, University of South Africa, South Africa;

  • “It Would be Great to See an Example…” Collaboration Between International NGOs and National Knowledge Institutes in Six African Countries - Gerard Prinsen, Massey University, New Zealand, and Ilse Hartog and Martijn Vink, Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation, The Netherlands;

  • Same Governance Template but Different Agencies - Giliberto Capano, Scuola Normale Superiore, and Matteo Turri,University of Milan, both Italy;

  • Towards a Common Transnational Education Framework: Peculiarities in China Matter - Mingyan Hu, Griffith University, and Linda-Dianne Willis, University of Queensland, both Australia;

  • Mental Health Issues and Counseling Services in US Higher Education: An Overview of Recent Research and Recommended Practices - Perry C. Francis, Eastern Michigan University, and Aaron S. Horn, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, both USA;

If you are not a Member of IAU, and you wish to receive Higher Education Policy, you can subscribe on the website of the Journal’s publishers, Palgrave Macmillan.

Instructions for Authors

Articles should be typed double-spaced in Word format if possible. They should not normally exceed 7,000 words. Diagrams and tables should be presented on separate pages, clearly labelled with the author's name, and numbered; their respective positions should be included in the text.
Articles must be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 100-150 words and up to 6 key words.

The publishers of HEP, Springer, now operate an online submission system. Authors wishing to submit a paper for publication in HEP should do so on the on the HEP Editorial Manager page.

Full instructions on referencing are to be found on the journal’s website.

For futher questions, please contact the Editorial Assistant, Nicholas Poulton (

Past Issues

HEP has in the past published thematic issues (Africa and Internationalization, Gender in Higher Education, Comparing Humboldt and Bologna) or issues based around papers presented at conferences, symposiums etc (Institutional Autonomy, Higher Education in the 21st Century - Diversity of Missions, Sustaining Diversity: Differentiating Higher Education Systems in a Knowledge Society).

Both the editorial team and the publishers of the journal, Palgrave Macmillan, welcome submissions on thematic areas that tie in to the mission of HEP, and should you have any proposals for thematic issues, or papers already written but not yet published please contact us.

The complete set of archives going back to 1988 is available on Palgrave Macmillan’s website.

IAU Horizons

Latest Issues

IAU Horizons, World Higher Education News

Each issue of the magazine features the following sections: IAU Activities, upcoming events and specific projects the IAU has undertaken; IAU Collaboration and Networking; Membership News; New Publications; and a global Calendar of Events.

Published two times a year, each issue is also devoted to a special 'In Focus' topic of interest and debate for the higher education community worldwide.

IAU Horizons is available in English, in paper format and electronically.

Image Volume 22, issue 1 of IAU Horizons, presenting IAU projects and initiatives, focuses on: the preparations for the IAU 2017 International Conference and the Global Meeting of Association VII to take place in Accra, Ghana, in October. It provides a report on the 15th General Conference; details results and opportunities linked to the IAU key thematic priorities of work; presents the new Members and the various projects IAU is involved in. The In Focus Section offers a series of papers on « Corruption in Higher Education ».


  • IAU calls
  • IAU 2017 International Conference and Global Meeting of Associations VII
  • Report on IAU 15th General Conference, Bangkok
  • IAU projects and initiatives
  • IAU collaboration and networking
  • IAU Membership news


  • IAU-MCO Guidelines for an Institutional Code of Ethics in Higher Education, Abridged and annotated version of the Guidelines adopted in 2012, by Eva Egron-Polak, IAU
  • Corruption in Higher Education: an Overview, by Goolam Mohamedbhai, Mauritius
  • Keeping the promises of cross-border higher education by fighting corruption risks, by Jacques Hallak and Muriel Poisson, IIEP
  • Combatting Corruption and Enhancing Integrity in Higher Education: An Advisory Statement for effective International Practice, by Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, UNESCO – CHEA initiative
  • Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education: a Council of Europe project, by Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe
  • Higher Education Should Help to Provide “Ethical Competence”, by Bo Rothstein, UK and Lennart Levi, Sweden
  • The Global Challenge of Corruption in Higher Education, by Elena Denisova-Schmidt, Switzerland, and Hans de Wit, United States of America
  • Fighting Corruption in Tertiary Education through Good Governance, by Jamil Salmi, Expert and Robin Matross Helms, American Council on Education
  • Towards enhancing Integrity in Higher Education: how developing purposeful toolkits may help reverse negative trends at institutional level, by Stefan Delplace, EURASHE
  • Higher Education and Corruption: what have we learned?, by Stephen P. Heyneman, United States of America
  • Fighting against Academic Corruption in China: the War Must Go on, by Kai Ren, People’s Republic of China

Additional suggested reading on Higher Education and Corruption – An online bibliography

New IAU publications and publications received at IAU

Global calendar of events

IAU horizons V21 n3 IAU Horizons, vol.21, no.4

This issue is devoted to the presentation of IAU projects and initiatives. It focuses on the preparations for the IAU 15th General Conference; details results and opportunities linked to the IAU key thematic priorities of work ; presents the new Members and the various projects IAU is involved in.


  • IAU calls
  • IAU 15th General Conference
  • IAU projects and initiatives
  • IAU membership news
  • IAU collaboration and networking

In Focus

The In Focus section is on Leadership for a changing public private higher education funding landscape, the theme retained for the IAU 2017 International Confference and Global Meeting of Associtaions to take place in Ghana in October 2017.

  • Working more inclusively at the public/private divide, by Simon Marginson, UK
  • Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape – the role of university leadership in income diversification, by Tatyana Koryakina and Pedro Teixeira, Portugal
  • Contemporary challenges in higher education – three e’s for education: enhance, embrace, expand, by Andreas Kaplan and Francesca Pucciarelli, Italy
  • A changing public-private higher education dynamics. The polish case, by Marek Kwiek, Poland
  • Privatization, private sector and institutional leadership in higher education in Asia, by* N.V. Varghese*, India
  • University leadership and the journey towards the entrepreneurial university, by Paul Coyle, UK
  • Developing a multilevel framework for university entrepreneurship in Africa, by Pascal Doh, Finland
  • New IAU publications and publications received at IAU
  • Global calendar of events

Past Issues

The magazine IAU Horizons is published three times a year.

Each issue features the following sections : IAU Activities, upcoming events and specific projects the IAU has undertaken; IAU Collaboration and Networking; Membership News; New Publications; and a global Calendar of Events.

Each issue is as well devoted to a special 'In Focus' topic of interest to the global higher education community. The papers published as listed below are available (and printable) by clicking on the pdf links presented below.


IAU Horizons, vol.21, no.3

This issue is fully devoted to the presentation of IAU projects and initiatives. It focuses specifically on the preparations for the IAU 15th General Conference; provides a full report of the outcomes of the IAU 2015 International Conference and details results and opportunities linked to the IAU key thematic priorities of work. As well please read about the new Members welcomed since October ; read the papers selected for two dossiers, one on The blurring divide between public and private higher education: where does it lead?, with papers from Pakistan, France, Saudi Arabia and the US and the second on the initiatives developed to assist Refugees wishing to integrate higher education. The magazine also lists a series of books from around the world focusing on a variety of higher education issues. Contact:


IN FOCUS : IAU Activities

IAU in Bangkok in 2016 !

Thematic Conference and IAU Business Sessions

IAU Election – IAU Administrative Board (2016-2020)

IAU 2015 International Conference

General Report

IAU Administrative Board Meeting

Round the World with the Board

IAU Reports on thematic priorities

  • Internationalisation of higher education

  • Role of higher education in 2030 Development Agenda

  • Doctoral Education in Africa initiaves

  • IAU ICTs Project

News from the Secretariat

Membership News

IAU Collaboration and Networking

New IAU Publications

SPECIAL FOCUS : The blurring divide between public and private higher education: where does it lead?

Papers from Pakistan, UK/France , Saudi Arabia, USA

Bibliography from HEDBIB

FOCUS ON the refugees and higher education

Publications received at IAU

Global Calendar of Events


IAU Horizons, vol.21, no.2

In preparation for the IAU 2015 International Conference and discussions on the IAU 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, this issue presents the outcomes of the IAU GMA6 which took place in Montreal in May, introduces to the IAU 2015 International Conference which was hosted by the University of Siena end October , presents a selection of actions and initiatives developed by the IAU Members and related to Internationalisation and HESD and offers a series of tought-provoking papers on the theme: Leadership challenges and Strategic Management. We hope you ‘ll enjoy this issue. Please circulate to colleagues as you see fit.

Call for papers

The next issue of the magazine will focus on The blurring divide between public and private higher education: where does it lead? Please submit a proposal or your brief articles on this topic to the editor of the magazine, Dr. Hilligje van’t Land:

- for submission of paper proposals: 29 January 2016;
- for submission of papers (700 words max.): 15 February 2016.


IAU Calls

Important dates: Mark your Calendars!

IAU 2015 International Conference, Siena, October 2015

Report on IAU Board Meeting and IAU 2015 Montreal GMA 6

IAU 2016 General Conference

IAU Projects and activities; special focus on

  • Internationalization
  • HESD and the Post 2015 agenda

IAU Collaboration and Networking

IAU Membership news and news from Members

Become involved with IAU!

IN FOCUS section

Leadership challenges and strategic management

  • Leadership and strategic management, by Pam Fredman, Vice Chancellor, University of Gothenburg, and Marianne Granfelt, Secretary General, Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) - Sweden
  • “From strategy definition to execution. Why and how”, by Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, and Francesca Trovarelli, Research Fellow, University of Siena, Siena - Italy
  • Governance and strategies leading towards a transborder higher education system, by Yutaka Tsujinaka, Executive Advisor to the President , University of Tsukuba, and IAU Administrative Board with Chiho Kabeya, Administrative Assistant, Office of Global Initiatives, University of Tsukuba and Luisa Gomez-Calanag, Coordinator for International Promotions (US), Office of Global Initiatives, University of Tsukuba - Japan
  • Put simply, we are in the wrong organizational vehicle for the 21st century, by Leith Sharp, lead faculty and program director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, The Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - USA
  • Governance and institutional leadership in higher education in India, by N.V. Varghese, Director, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) - India
  • Leading Globally Engaged Universities, by Robin Middlehurst and Tom Kennie - UK
  • Leadership and Management of a Complex University, by E. Nigel Harris, Vice- Chancellor, Emeritus, University of the West Indies, Chancellor, University of Guyana - Jamaica

New IAU publications and Publications received

Global Calendar of Events

l/files/IAU_Horizons_Vol_21_1_EN_LIGHT.pdf)*, vol.21, no.1

In preparation for the IAU Global Meeting of Associations 6, the In Focus section of this volume presents a variety of views on Social Innovation: Challenges and perspectives for higher education.

It includes papers from the IAU President, Canada, Sweden, Jamaica, Thailand, Spain, Malaysia, USA, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, OUI-IOHE, UDUAL, Ashoka. We hope they will trigger stimulating discussions on this topic in your institutions, organisations and networks.


IAU Calls

Important dates: Mark your Calendars!

IAU GMA 6 (for full programme and to register, see IAU home page)

IAU 2015 International Conference (for full programme and to register, see IAU home page)

IAU Projects and activities

  • Internationalization
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development, HEEFA and the post 2015 agenda
  • LEADHER Programme and selected projects for 2015
  • Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education, in particular in Africa
  • IAU Collaboration and Networking
  • IAU Membership News and news from Members
  • Become involved with IAU!


The Role of Higher Education in developing and fostering Social Innovation

  • Introduction, by Hilligje van ‘t Land, IAU Director Membership and Programme Development, Editor IAU Horizons
  • University and the dire need for social innovation, by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, IAU President
  • Social innovation at the University of Gothenburg, by Pam Fredman, Sweden
  • Contribuer au développement conceptuel et méthodologique de l'innovation sociale: un rôle pour les universités, par Fernando Daniels, OUI-IOHE
  • Innovation in higher education: A Modality Or An End?, by Guy Breton, Canada
  • A Regional University’s journey from Social Engagement to Social Innovation, by E. Nigel Harris, Jamaica
  • Social innovation, Roles, Challenges and Perspectives for Higher Education, by Pornchai Mongkhonvanit and. Yhing Sawheny, Thailand
  • Social Innovation and University Curricula, by Francesc Xavier Grau, GUNi, and Maria Marques, Spain
  • Social Innovation, Power and Transformation: A Disquieting Conversation, by Budd L Hall, Canada
  • Science, technology and innovation. Universities and the social appropriation of science. The example of Mexico, by Roberto Escalante Semerena, UDUAL, Mexico
  • Driving Social Innovation in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), by Norzaini Azman & Fauziah Abu Hasan, Malaysia
  • Realizing STEM Equity and Social Innovation through Higher Education-Community Engagement, by Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor, and Myra Burnett, USA
  • Social Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education - Lessons from a Québécois Spring, by Michel Venne, Canada
  • For a perspective of social innovation focused on transformation: towards knowledge that changes the world, by Juan-Luis Klein, Montréal, Canada
  • For social and corporate excellence, by Bernard Hugonnier, Network for Excellence in Higher Education (NEHE)
  • Rethinking Social Innovations in Practice- the Case of the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Development Education, by Catherine A. Odora Hoppers, South Africa

New IAU publications and Publications received

Global Calendar of Events


IAU Horizons, vol. 20, no.3


IAU Calls

Important dates: Mark your Calendars!

IAU GMA 6 in Montreal, Canada

IAU 2015 International Conference, in Siena, Italy

IAU Projects and activities

  • Internationalization
  • IAU work on Ethics
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development
  • LEADHER Programme and selected projects
  • Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education, in particular in Africa

IAU Collaboration and Networking

  • IAU involved in project on “Changes to HE funding is biggest effect of crisis”
  • IAU on Council of Europe international and interdisciplinary expert group to develop Guidelines on Competences for Democracy and Intercultural Dialogue
  • IAU involved in global study on the state of higher education for sustainable development
  • IAU Membership News and news from Members

Become involved with IAU!



This section includes the following papers:

  • Introduction, by Hilligje van ‘t Land, IAU
  • IAU work on HESD, by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, President IAU
  • International Conference on Higher Education: Higher Education Beyond 2014, UNU, Japan
  • The Future of Education for Sustainable Development and the Role of Higher Education Institutions, UNESCO, Paris
  • Let’s Make Some Noise! Higher Education and the Post 2015 Development Agenda, by Budd L Hall, Canada
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and the Post-2015 Agenda - Searching for a World-embracing Vision, by Victoria W. Thoresen, Norway
  • The world beyond 2015 – Is higher education ready?, by Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe, ACU, UK
  • Critical to include HE in the post-2015 development agenda, by Damtew Teferra, South Africa
  • Setting the Stage: Post – 2015 Development Agenda: Challenges and the Role of Higher Education and Research, by Berhanu Abegaz, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya
  • HE in pursuit of development goals, by Ad Boeren, Nuffic
  • ProSPER.Net and Networking in Higher Education: Advancing ESD and Developing Leaders for Sustainable Development, by Aurea Christine Tanaka and Mario Tabucanon, Japan
  • Towards a Sustainability-Oriented University: Tongji Practice, by WANG Xin, WU Jiang, and SUN Jie, China
  • The role of Higher Education in Latin America in the Post 2015 Agenda, by Roberto Escalante and Orlando Delgado, UDUAL
  • Higher Education and Global Changes: a reflection on the role of technologies, by Nadia Paola Mireles Torres, México
  • The Role of Higher Education in the Latin American and Caribbean Development Agenda, by Raúl Arias Lovillo, and Segundo Benítez Hurtado, Ecuador
  • The Role of Higher Education and the post 2015 dialogues, by Daniella Tilbury, UK and Clemens Mader, Germany/Switzerland
  • Environmental Education and Training at UNEP through GUPES, by UNEP, Nairobi
  • HE, EFA and post 2015 development agenda, by Isabelle Turmaine, IAU
  • The Sustainability Literacy Test, by J.C. Carteron, Kedge / HESI

New IAU publications and Publications received

Global Calendar of Events

IAU Horizons, vol. 20, no.1&2


Message from the Secretary General

Important IAU dates: Mark your Calendars!

IAU in Peru

  • Report on the IAU 2014 International Conference, Iquitos, and next steps
  • Report on IAU Board Meeting
  • Around the World with the Board

IAU Projects and activities

IAU Collaboration and Networking

IAU Membership News and news from Members

In Focus : ICTs in education : evolution or revolution?

  • Introduction, by Hilligje van‘t Land, IAU Director Membership and Programme Development
  • Can MOOCs change the world?, by Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University, South Africa

Perspectives from Africa:

  • Open, Distance and eLearning in Africa, by Griff Richards, African Virtual University
  • MOOCs and OERs at the University of South Africa – Perils and Promise, by MS Makhanya, N. Baijnath and R. Mare, University of South Africa (Unisa)

Perspectives from the Americas:

  • MOOCs and Mobile Learning in an African context, by Sandi Boga & Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Technology in Education: Why, what for, and how?, by Eugenio Severin, Chili

Perspectives from Europe

  • What's the diagnosis Doctor? Is it a MOOC?, by Tim Gore, University of London, UK

Perspectives from Asia:

  • MOOCs and higher education in developing countries, by N.V. Varghese,CPRHE/NUEPA,New Delhi, India
  • MOOCs: Opportunities,Impacts and Recommendation for Asia and ASEAN,by Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, Wichian Premchaiswadi, Yhing Sawheny, Siam University, Thailand
  • OER, Open and Distance Learning and MOOCs - Charting Higher Education’s Digital Future, by Anuwar Ali, Open University Malaysia
  • Chinese MOOCs projects : An introduction,by Qiong Wang, Peking University,China

Global perspectives

  • A MOOC on Globalising Higher Education and Research,by Kris Olds, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and Susan Robertson, Bristol University, UK
  • MOOCs, MOOCs everywhere… What are we to think?, by Raisa Belyavina, Institute of International Education (IIE), Paris, France

Perspective from IAU:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) rather than Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at IAU, by Isabelle Turmaine,IAU

International Bibliography on ODL, OER, MOOCS

New IAU publications and Publications received

Global Calendar of Events

IAU Horizons Vol.19 No.3


Message from the Secretary General

IAU 2014 International Conférences

Important IAU Dates

Reports on IAU Projects

  • Internationalization

  • IAU work on Equitable Access and Success

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Higher Education and Education for All (HEEFA)

  • Ethics

  • Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa (IDEA-PhD)

  • Higher Education and Sustainable Development (HESD)

IAU Collaboration and Networking

IAU Membership News

In Focus: Student Tuition Fees – perspectives from around the world

Introduction by Hilligje van’t Land, IAU

International Examples

  • HE tuition Fees – ‘to be or not to be’. A Comparative Approach between OECD Countries, by Eric Charbonnier, OECD
  • International Student Tuition Fees from a Global Perspective, by Daniel J. Guhr, and Nelson Furtado, Illuminate Consulting Group, USA
  • Tuition Dependant Institutions Without Subsidies Face Financial Challenges, by William Patrick Leonard, Republic of Korea

European Examples

  • Tuition Fees in England, Impacts and Implications, by Howard Newby, UK
  • The Introduction of Tuition Fees in Sweden, by Marianna Granfelt, SUHF, Sweden
  • Lessons from Lund: What Tuition Fees Taught One Swedish University, by Richard Stenelo, Sweden

African Examples

  • Through the University of South Africa Lens of Tuition Fees, by Philip Bester et al., South Africa
  • Is Higher Education a Luxury Item in Africa?, by Chris Gordon, Ghana

Asia Pacific Examples

  • Perspectives on Tuition Fees, Student Loans and Financing of Higher Education in Thailand, by Pornchai Mongkhongvanit and Yhing Sawheny, Thailand
  • How We Did Our First Global Tuition Fee Benchmarking Study at Griffith University, by Nicole Brigg, Australia

Rising tuition fees, impacts around the world - A random set of References from the international press

UNESCO project on bio-ethics - call for participation

New IAU Publications and publications received at IAU

Calendar of Events


IAU Horizons – Vol 19. No.2


Important IAU Dates

IAU met in Salford, UK

  • Report on IAU Administrative Meeting

  • Around the world with the Board

  • Report on the IAU Global Meeting of Associations (GMA-V)

Reports on IAU Projects IAU Collaboration and Networking IAU Membership News

In Focus: Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa

  • Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa – an introduction, by Hilligje Van’t Land, IAU

Capacity building

  • Restructuring PhD Programmes at the University of Ghana, by Ernest Aryeetey, Ghana

  • The Direction of Doctoral Research in Nigeria, by Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, Nigeria

  • Research and Doctoral Programmes in Africa : the need for Genuine Approach, by Paulino Lima Fortes, Cape Verde

Institutional Reform and innovation / Mission and Vision

  • Meeting the Challenges of Changing needs in Postgraduate Education and Research Training: The Case of Kenyatta University, by Michael Wainaina Mwaura, Kenya

  • Innovative Doctoral Education: The Foundation for Revitalisation of Higher Educaton in Zimbabawe, by Gospell Matondi and Handsen Tibugari, Zimbabwe

  • Innovative Reforms for PhD Programs and Mobility at the UGB, by Mamadou Sy, Senegal


  • Enhancing Doctoral Supervision in a Diverse Higher Education System, by Chrissie Boughey and Sioux McKenna, South Africa

  • Programme approaches to doctoral education in Humanities and Social Sciences, by Chrissie Boughey and Sioux McKenna, South Africa

The Role and contributions of Funding Agencies and Associations

  • Support to Research Training within Swedish Development Cooperation – a System Approach, by Inger Lundgren, Sida, Sweden

  • Research Management in African Universities, by Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe, ACU, UK

Studies and projects

  • Innovative approaches to doctoral education - Sharing as an Instrument for Developing Institutions, by Thomas Jörgensen, EUA, Belgium

  • Fostering knowledge and exchange on doctoral education in Africa - the work of ACUP , by Josep M Vilalta and Nadja Gmelch, ACUP, Spain

  • Evaluating Models of Doctoral Education in Africa; Context, Practices and Tools, by Michael Cross , University of Johannesburg and Judy Backhouse, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

New Publications Selection of Publications received at IAU Calendar of Events

IAU Horizons - Vol. 18, no.3 & Vol.19, no.1


In Focus: IAU 14th General Conference on: Higher Education and the Global Agenda – Alternative Paths to the Future

IAU Administrative Board meets in Puerto Rico in November 2012

  • Conference Report General Conference Business Sessions
  • Looking into the future – IAU 2012-2016 work plan
  • Opening Speech – Outgoing IAU President - Juan Ramon de la Fuente
  • Elections
  • Inaugural Speech – Incoming IAU President - Dzulkifli Abdul Razak

A selection of papers

  • Future paths of international higher education, by Simon Marginson, Australia
  • Higher Education and Globalisation a technical and ethical combination of concepts, by Monique Castillo, France
  • Tomorrow’s Universities and the Seven Pillars of the Knowledge Revolution, by Ismail Serageldin, Egypt
  • It Takes Two to Tango: Higher Education Institutions and the Employers, by Pam Fredman, Sweden

Report on IAU Projects

  • Internationalization
  • Doctoral Education and Training
  • Higher Education promoting sustainable Development
  • Education for All
  • Ethics
  • Collaboration and Networking

Calls /Announcements

IAU membership news

  • IAU is pleased to welcome 27 new Member Institutions and 4 Member Organisations, 1 Observer and 7 Associates

Changes at the IAU Secretariat

IAU Publications and other publications

Calendar of Events


Volume 18, No.2

In FOCUS: The Contribution of Higher Education to Sustainable Development

Introduction, by H. van’t Land, IAU Director Membership and Programme Development, and D. Tilbury, University of Gloucestershire, UK

University Networks & Policy Advocacy for Sustainability

  • UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – Less than Three Years to Go, by A. Leicht, UNESCO
  • UNESCO chairs for (higher) education for sustainable development, by G. Michelsen, and M. Rieckmann, UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
  • International Association of Universities’ role in promoting SD, by H. van’t Land, IAU, France
  • COPERNICUS Alliance – Promoting transformative learning and change for sustainability in higher education, by I. Mulà, C. Mader, and D. Tilbury, COPERNICUS Alliance.
  • Advancing research on ESD - The work of the ESD Research Centre (ESDRC), Rikkyo University, by O. Abe, Rikkyo University K. Nomura, Nagoya University, Japan
  • African higher education in the 21st century, by H. Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Engaging Higher Education Institution in Education for Sustainable Development: the Role of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD, by Z. Fadeeva, UNU-IAS

Leadership, Management & Institutional Development

  • Institutional and Leadership Development in Higher Education, by Dzulkifli A. R., IAU Vice President and Albukhary International University, Malaysia
  • Spanish universities’ commitment to sustainability, by A.M. Geli Ciurana. and J. Benayas del Alamo, CADEP-CRUE, Spain
  • The Sustainable Futures Leadership Academy (SFLA), by G. Scott, Australia, L. Sharp, USA, and D. Tilbury, UK

Education, Curriculum & Professional Development

  • Hokkaido University’s Contributions to Create a Sustainable Society, by T. Hondoh, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Czech Multi-media Toolkit for SD Oriented University Learning in Networks, by J. Dlouhá, Charles University Environment Centre, Czech Republic
  • Energy Efficiency as a key theme of Sustainable Development in Central Asia, by T. Shakirova, M. Olar, the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC), Kazakhstan
  • Quality and Education for Sustainability: Dialogue, Strategy and Professional Development, by A. Ryan and D. Tilbury, University of Gloucestershire, UK


  • Research Capacity in the South: A Key to Sustainable Development, by T. Breu, U. Wiesmann, A. Zimmermann, and K. Herweg, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • A Taste of Spice: The Role of Research Higher Degree Students in Contributing to ESD Policy and Practice, by L. Ryan, Griffith University, Australia
  • Business and Community Outreach
  • The Universidad Veracruzana meets the challenges of regional sustainability, by E. J. González-Gaudiano, Universidad Veracruzana , Mexico
  • Engaging Universities in Education for a Sustainable China -- Experience of Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities, by Y. Liu, and A. Constable, Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities, China
  • A Community-Centred Approach to Education for Sustainable Development, by L.Down, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Campus Greening

  • Green Campus Movement in Korean Higher Education, by E.S. Shin, Korean Association for Green Campus Initiative (KAGCI), Korea
  • What is the role of government agencies in changing campuses towards sustainability? A case study of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, by J. Simpson, Higher Education Funding Council for England, U.K.
  • Transforming our universities into sustainable development labs opened to the world, by A. Webster, and V. Bisaillon, University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Student Engagement

  • Students’ Grassroots Sustainability Programs - the work of World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD) and Student for Global Sustainability – University of Nairobi (SfGS-UoN), by O. N. Otieno, World Student Community for Sustainable Development (WSCSD), Kenya
  • Be informed, get involved, make a difference – oikos Student Entrepreneurship for Sustainability, by J. Hamschmidt, oikos foundation for economy and ecology, Switzerland

Indicators for Progressing Sustainable Development across the University Sector

  • STARS – an AASHE Assessment Initiative, by P. Rowland, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), U.S.A
  • A new way of LiFE for sustainability reporting, by J. Brannigan, ESD Consulting Ltd, U.K.

Volume 17, no.3 and 18, no.1

IN FOCUS: Re-thinking internationalization

  • Internationalization of Higher Education, by Eva Egron Polak, IAU

  • Internationalizing Internationalization: The Global Context, by Susan Buck Sutton, and Darla K. Deardorff, AIEA, USA

  • Getting internationalization back on track, by Uwe Brandenburg, Germany and Hans de Wit, the Netherlands

  • Re-envisioning Internationalization: International Education for What?, by Rajika Bhandari, IIE, USA

  • Internationalization in African Higher Education: A Different Approach?’, by Goolam Mohamedbhai, Mauritius

  • Alexander’s Sword?, by Dennis Murray, IEAA, Australia

  • Re-thinking Internationalization – Knights perspectives, by Ross Hudson, IAU

  • Re-thinking Internationalization: Testing the Appetite for Debate, by Karen McBride, CBIE, Canada

  • Internationalization and Values, by Georges Nahas, Lebanon

  • Do we need to define Internationalisation?, by Gudrun Paulsdottir, EAIE, Sweden and Hans-Georg van Liempd, EAIE, The Netherlands

  • Changes in Internationalization of Japanese Higher Education, by Hiroshi Ota, Japan

  • What is Global Citizenship and Why Does it Matter? by Madeleine Green, Senior Fellow, IAU

  • •‘Re-thinking internationalization and what it portends for Africa’, by James Otieno Jowi, ANIE, Kenya

  • Re-thinking internationalisation: toward ‘coopetition’ or new forms of cooperation?, by Patricia Pol, France

  • Living with globalisation, by Richard Yelland, OECD , France

  • Student Mobility: establishing a new playing field?, by José Celso Freire Junior, Brazil

  • Selected Bibliography on Re-thinking Internationalisation


Volume 17, No.2, October 2011

IN FOCUS: Strategies for Securing Equity in Access and Success in Higher Education – Perspectives from around the world

  • An introduction to the IAU 2011 International Conference, by Eva Egron-Polak and Elodie Boisfer, IAU

  • Widening Access and Promoting Success in Higher Education, by Manuel J. Fernós, Puerto Rico, USA

  • Access and Success in Higher Education: Their Contemporary Significance, by Olive Mugenda, Kenya

  • Opportunities for All? The Equity Challenge in Tertiary Education, by Jamil Salmi and Roberta Malee Bassett, The World Bank

  • Challenges of Higher Education in South Africa: Implications for Equitable Access and Success, by John C Mubangizi, South Africa

  • Advances or Drawbacks? Issues of Access to Education in Arab Countries, by Kamal Abouchedid, Lebanon

  • SiS Catalyst: Children As Change Agents for Science and Society, by Tricia Jenkins, United Kingdom

  • Access and Success in Japanese Higher Education, by Masayuki Kobayashi, Japan

  • Access and Equity in Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education, by Francisco Lopez-Segrera, Spain

  • Miami Dade College: Charting a new pathway to student success, by Eduardo J. Padrón, USA

  • The future of individual citizens: Lumina invests heavily in postsecondary education, by Jamie Merisotis, USA

  • Selected Bibliography on Access and Success

Volume 17, no.1, June 2011


  • IAU and Higher Education for Education for All (EFA)

  • Achieving EFA through Transformative Research, by Norzaini Azman, Malaysia

  • Higher Education Structure and Education for All, by Loise P.W. Gichuhi, Kenya

  • A call to action: How Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can take the lead in achieving Education for All, by Valtencir Maldonado Mendes, Spain

  • Role of higher education institutions in financing basic education : challenges and perspectives, by Moussa Mbegnouga, Senegal

  • Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Disability at the University of Delhi, by Neerja Sharma, India

  • Rationale for higher education engagement for EFA, by Leandro R. Tessler, Brazil

  • Read at school and at the university, by Jocelyne Trouillot-Lévy, Haiti

  • IAU Project on higher education/research for EFA and related MDGs, by Isabelle Turmaine and Nadja Kymlicka, IAU

Volume 16, no.3, January 2011

In Focus: Higher Education Partnerships and Collaboration

  • The Matariki Network of Universities, by Sarah Todd, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International), University of Otago, New Zealand

  • Structured network to network cooperation and university wide bilateral strategic alliances as new tools in internationalization, by Ulla Gjørling, Head of Stratergy and Partenrships, International Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Artur Schmitt, Director for Networks, Associations and International Projects, University of Granada, Spain

  • Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes), by Joseph Obua, Regional Coordinator – VicRes, Uganda

  • Long-term intercontinental university collaboration to meet global challenges: the example of Makerere University and the University of Bergen, by Edward K. Kirumira, Makere University, Uganda, and Thorkild Tylleskär,University of Bergen, Norway

  • Institution/ industry partnerships, by Lydia G. Tansinsin, Professorial Lecturer II, Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

  • The University of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine – a partnership of a different kind, by Tamara Smovzhenk, Rector of the Banking University of the National Bank of Ukraine

  • University of Sao Paulo and the T.I.M.E Association, by Adnei Melges de Andrade, Vice Rector for International Relations, Antonio Carlos Vieira Coelho, International Cooperation Advisor, and Henrique Lindenberg Neto, Interantional Relations Committee, Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Higher Education Collaboration and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Sub-Saharan, Africa, by Clifford Tagoe, University of Ghana, Ghana

  • Interview with Qian Tang, Assistant Director General, UNESCO Education Sector


Volume 16, no. 2, September 2010

In Focus: European Higher Education in the World
The 10th anniversary of the Bologna Process and launch of the EHEA

  • Building the Global Knowledge Society: Systemic and Institutional Change, by Juan Ramon de la Fuente & Eva Egron-Polak, IAU, France

  • Bologna revisited: where and what next? an interview with Pavel Zgaga, Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Bologna and Beyond: the European Higher Education Area faces New Challenges, by Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe, France

  • The Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area – Achievements and Challenges, by Barbara Weitgruber, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, Austria

  • Bologna 10 years on: The students' view, by Christian Hemmestad Bjerke, Academic Affairs Committee, European Students Union, Belgium

  • The Bologna Process in the Maghreb States, by Ahmed Ghouati, Associate Professor, University of Auvergne, France

  • Impact of the Bologna Process in Africa, by Isaac N. Obasi , Department of Public Administration, University of Abuja, and Akinpelu O. Olutayo, Senior Lecturer, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

  • Bologna in brief and Bologna Timeline

Volume 16, no. 1, April 2010

In Focus: Higher education and the global economic crisis

  • Higher education and the global economic crisis, by N.V. Varghese, Head of Governanance And Management in Education, International Institute of Education Planning, (IIEP/UNESCO), France

  • How the global crisis affected higher education in Brazil, by Naomar Almeida-Filho, Rector, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

  • UK universities: Responding to the global economic crisis, by William Lawton, UK Higher Eduucation International Unit, UK

  • The financial crisis as an opportunity for tertiary education innovation and reform, by Roberta Malee Bassett, Human Development Network, Education, The World Bank

  • Higher Education and the Global Financial Crisis: The Case of University of Ghana, by Clifford Nii Boi Tagoe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

  • The Impact of the Global Economic Recession on Diversity in the United States, by Gailda Davis, Asociate Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, American Council of Education (ACE), USA

  • The Global Economic Crisis : Education International speaks out, by Monique Fouilloux, Deputy Secretary General, Education International, Belgium


Volume 15, no. 3, December 2009

In Focus: Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  • SLO at Adelphi University, by Robert A Scott, President, Adelphi University, USA

  • SLO and Accreditation, by Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, USA

  • SLO in South Africa by Chrissie Boughey, Dean: Teaching and Learning, Rhodes University, South Africa

  • AHELO – A new OECD Project

  • The Debate in Australia, by Antony Stella, Audit Director (Member of the Advisory Group), Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), Australia

  • The Debate in Japan, by Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Associate Professor, Center for the Advancement of Higher Education (CAHE), Tohoku University, Japan

  • SLO – a European students perspective, by Robert Santa, Academic Affairs Committee, European Students Union, Europe

  • The CoRe projects, by Jenneke Lokhoff, Policy Officer, Knowledge and Information Directorate, The Netherlands

  • SLO and Prior Learning, by Wolfgang Müskens, Qualifikationsverbund Nord-West, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany

  • A Latin American Perspective, by Mirta Barreiro, Director of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina

  • SLO at the University of Qatar, by Shaikha Bint Jabor Al-Thani, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Qatar University Qatar

Volume 15, no.2, July 2009

In Focus: IAU Members Shaping the New Dynamics of Higher Education

This issue of IAU Horizons presents concrete examples of the role IAU Member Institutions of Higher Education play in fostering societal changed and development in the context of UNESCO’s 2009 World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) themes, as listed below

  • Sustainable Development

  • Poverty Eradication

  • Social Responsibility

  • Internationalization

  • Access and Equity

  • Research and Innovation

  • Education for All

  • Special Focus: Africa

Volume 15, no.1, February 2009

In Focus - Mergers in Higher Education

  • ‘Merger of universities – A Swedish bottom-up initiative’ by Agneta Ch. Bladh, Rector, University of Kalmar, Sweden, IAU Board Member

  • Institutional Mergers in Chinese Higher Education: An Arranged Marriage?, by Rui Yang, Director and Associate Professor, Comparative Education Research Center, University of Hong Kong, China

  • M&A: Markets and Academy, by Julio Durand, Full Professor and Director, School of Education, Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • ‘Three's a crowd - an Australian university merger’ by Rhonda Hawkins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Corporate Strategy and Services, University of Western Sydney, Australia

  • Institutional Mergers in South Africa, by Martin Hall, Centre for Leadership and Public Values, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, Vice-Chancellor Designate, University of Salford, South Africa

  • ‘Educational mergers in Flanders’, by Ann Verreth Secretary-General VLHORA, Rosette S’Jegers, General Director VLIR; and Robert Hoogewijs, General Director VLIR, Belgium

  • Merging finances to enhance research capacity: French and German initiatives

IAU Global Surveys

In April 2014 the IAU published the 4th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education. To view the report's Executive Summary, order the 4th Global Survey report, or read about previous Reports, see the following link.

WHED Portal/ IHU

WHED Portal

The Portal.

The IAU WHED Portal ( is the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) latest reference tool on higher education systems, degrees and institutions around the world. Basic access allows all users to access the information contained in the portal, while an enhanced access (MyWHED) is offered to IAU Members. Enhanced access provides advanced search options, printing and extraction facilities.


The portal contains information on the education systems and credentials in over 180 countries, as well as information on some 18,000 institutions around the world.

Data on Systems and Credentials Using information made available by the national competent bodies in each country, the portal presents data on the education system of each country as follows:

• the overall structure of pre-higher and higher education system;

• the different stages of study;

• the national bodies responsible for higher education;

• the admission requirements (including for foreign students);

• the quality assurance/recognition system;

• student life;

• education level and entrance requirements;

• the main credentials offered.

Data on Institutions

Entries are selected on the basis of the information made available by the national competent bodies in each country. Information is then collected from those degree-granting institutions offering at least a post-graduate degree and/or a professional diploma in four years or more.
Institutional data comprises the following:

• general information;

• names of officers;

• list of academic divisions and study areas;

• degrees offered;

• student services and facilities;

• student and academic staff numbers.

World Higher Education Database (WHED) CD-ROM

The WHED CD-ROM has been replaced by the WHED Portal. The last CD-ROM was published in 2013.

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International Handbook of Universities

International Handbook of Universities (IHU)

IHU_Cover The International Handbook of Universities was first published in 1959 in response to the growing demand for authoritative information about higher education institutions. It has grown considerably over the years in both the quantity and quality of entries, and includes higher education institutions that offer at least post-graduate degrees and/or four-year professional diplomas.

The Handbook:

• includes higher education institutions that offer at least post-graduate degrees and/or four-year professional diplomas;

• briefly describes the higher education system in each country;

• includes an index to fields of study;

• provides a list of regional and international higher education organizations.

The Handbook also offers enhanced access to the new WHED Portal, which provides for advanced search options, extraction and printing tools; access is valid for one year following publication of the Handbook.

A 50% discount is offered to all IAU Members – any Member of IAU wishing to benefit from this discount should mention this when ordering.

The 28th edition of the Handbook, published by Palgrave Macmillan, has just been released and can be purchased on the publisher's website here.

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Guide to Higher Education in Africa

African Guide 6 coverThe Guide to Higher Education in Africa contains details on the education system of 52 African countries as well as information on some 1,200 institutions of higher education. This publication is the result of a partnership established between the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU) to jointly collect and disseminate information on higher education in the continent. A copy of the Guide is sent to all IAU Members in Africa.

The 6th edition of the Guide was released in 2013, and is available from the publishers of IAU reference works, Palgrave Macmillan.

Higher Education in ASEAN

ASEAN_Cover On the occasion of the IAU 15th General Conference (Bangkok, November 2016), a booklet entitled Higher Education in ASEAN was published. It showcases the higher education systems and institutions in the 10 ASEAN countries and provides a quick and comparable overview of the Higher Education landscape in the region. It is available online here.

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ISAS (2.0) - Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service

The IAU offers the new Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service - ISAS (2.0) to IAU Members, other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), individuals at HEIs, national governments and organizations. See the following link.

Information Centre

The Information Centre

The Information Centre is a resource for information and knowledge on all aspects of higher education worldwide

  • Established in 1989 and located at the IAU in Paris, France;
  • Monitored and managed by a team of information and data managers;
  • Constantly updated with new higher education publications and documents;
  • With proactive searches of information and documents from all regions of the world;
  • Forms part of the network of UNESCO Information Services and Documentation Centres.

Themes covered

  • Policies, systems of higher education, higher education institutions, programmes of study, qualifications, educational development and comparative education.
  • Issues related to the IAU priority themes: Ethics; Equitable access and success in higher education; Higher education and Education For All; Intercultural dialogue; Internationalization; Research and doctoral education; and sustainable development.


  • 40,000 documents on higher education worldwide
  • specialised journals, newspapers and magazines (see the list)
  • Reference works, guides to higher education
  • Multimedia resources
  • Vast stock of unpublished literature (conference and congress proceedings, reports, working papers and occasional papers, etc)
  • All current and past publications of the International Association of Universities
  • A complete archive of documents concerning the IAU from its foundation in 1950 to the present
  • The collection includes publications in one or other of IAU’s official languages, English and French, as well as in other languages when a summary in one of these two languages is available.

Electronic Publications

IAU Information Centre produces and updates on a continuous basis:

  • IAU Highlights from the Press, a monthly service providing a selection of articles on higher education topics which have appeared in the press worldwide. It is sent to IAU Members and is also available online.

  • February 2017

  • January 2017
  • November 2016

  • HEDBIB, the International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education, contains over 40,000 references, with access to a growing number of electronic publications

  • IAU Lynx - a monthly electronic newsletter covering news and developments in higher education and news from IAU
  • News from Members on the IAU website (Have information to share? Send it anytime to Saholi Andriambololo-Nivo) .
  • World Higher Education Database (WHED) contains information on over 18,000 higher education institutions and education systems of 184 countries.


  • Consultation of the library collection at the IAU by appointment
  • Selected bibliographies on a specific subject or theme
  • Information on national higher education systems and institutions, statistics, etc.
  • Information on the evaluation/recognition of degrees and other credentials
  • Data extraction from WHED
  • Partnerships with other libraries and research centres
  • Part of the French higher education bibliographic agency, ABES, interlibrary loans network

IAU Member Institutions receive information services either free of charge or at a substantial discount.

For more information, please contact

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Visiting the IAU/UNESCO Information Centre

The Information Centre is open from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 pm to educational professionals, researchers and students.

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