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IAU Horizons, World Higher Education News

IAU Horizons, the Association's news and information magazine is addressed primarily to IAU Member Institutions and Organizations, but is also sent to a selected audience beyond the IAU Membership such as Ministries of Higher Education, international organizations, national and regional associations of universities and others.

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

Each issue also 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.

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

IAU Horizons vol 20.3

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

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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 1&2

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


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

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