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Vol. 9, No 3, April 2012

IAU Activities

  IAU 14th General Conference: Higher Education and the Global Agenda – Alternative Paths to the Future. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Hosted and co-organized by the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico USA, from 27 to 30 November 2012, the 14th General Conference will elect the IAU President and Administrative Board members for 2012-2016 and take stock of the Association’s work, while helping to design its future activities. In plenary and concurrent sessions, the Conference will focus on ways that higher education addresses the most important problems facing humanity; debate and analyse how new funding models are steering higher education; and consider the extent to which globalization has changed the agenda for higher education internationalization. Contact: Elodie Boisfer
Call for Abstracts for Presentations. Deadline: 31 May

  Ad hoc international Expert Group on Rethinking Internationalization of Higher Education
Almost thirty experts have come together to reflect and re-examine the process of internationalization and how it has and continues to evolve over time and in different regions/countries of the world. An initial draft Call for Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education has been circulated and is now waiting for comments and approval by the IAU Executive Committee before being given wide dissemination. Look out for this document on our website pages devoted to internationalization and come to hear the experts in Puerto Rico!  
  IAU-British Council debate: Rethinking Internationalization Who Benefits, Who is at Risk?, Going Global 2012, London, UK
Together with Ross Hudson, IAU Programme Officer, Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Secretary-General, coordinated a series of discussions and plenary sessions during the British Council’s Going Global Conference, held from 13 to 15 March.  First, an international panel which included IAU Immediate Past President, Goolam Mohamedbhai, IAU Senior Fellow, Madeleine Green and other experts outlined six broad questions about internationalization that framed the debate. Issues included the clarity of the concept, its drivers, the place of student mobility and the global responsibility of higher education. IAU, together with the British Council, convened six small working groups which focused on finding possible responses.  The working group chairs from Kenya, Brazil, the USA, Hong Kong, Germany and Israel formed the closing international panel reporting to GG2012 participants and stimulating further discussion.

  Education For All and UNESCO Liaison Committee
IAU is involved in the organization of the 2012 UNESCO-NGO Seminar on Early Childhood: Seeds for the Future which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France on 23 April 2012. The Seminar is organized by the Working Group on EFA of the UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee in the framework of the Action Week of the Global Campaign for Education.

  LEADHER: Additional Grants
Two LEADHER grants are still to be awarded. Guidelines and the application form are available online. Deadline: 15 May 2012. Contact:

  2012 IAU-Palgrave Essay Prize: Call for Papers
Theme: Higher Education and the Global Agenda – Alternative Paths to the Future
Deadline for full paper: 15 September 2012. Contact: Nicholas Poulton
Those who submit Abstracts for Presentations (see Call above) may also be encouraged to submit their papers for the Essay Prize of IAU 14th General Conference.

  Annual Report 2011
The latest edition of the IAU Annual Report (for the year 1st October 2010 to 30th September 2011) has been released. It provides a summary of the Association’s work and activities over the past year under each of the IAU Priority Themes and Special Projects, in addition to reports on major IAU Events in the year under review, IAU publications released, a financial report, and a message from the IAU President and Secretary General, amongst several other sections.

  Latest HEEFA Newsletter online!
Read the latest Higher Education for Education For All (HEEFA) Newsletter, an IAU quarterly online publication on higher education (HE) involvement in Education For All (EFA), reaching over 800 subscribers worldwide. The higher education community can read about selected recent international, regional and national HE-related trends in EFA; how to become directly involved through a list of selected calls of participation, upcoming conferences and publications; and keep abreast of developments on the IAU project on HE for EFA and EFA activities undertaken by IAU Reference Group members. All issues are available on the IAU HEEFA Portal free of charge. If you want to be published, contact: Nadja Kymlicka

  New in HEDBIB
The April 2012 edition of New in Hedbib has been released. Containing references and abstracts of the latest higher education (HE) research articles and publications worldwide and links to online publications, this resource is produced from HEDBIB, the International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education. It aims at representing all world regions with a focus on IAU’s priority themes - Equitable Access and Success in Higher Education; Higher education and Social Responsibility / Education for All; Intercultural Dialogue; Sustainable Development; Research and Doctoral Education; and Internationalization. Each edition highlights recommended publications in the section We Recommend. Contact: Amanda Sudic.

  Internationalization Audits - ACA European Policy Seminar
On 23 March, 2012, IAU was given the opportunity to present the Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service (ISAS) to a largely European audience during the ACA European Policy Seminar, held in Brussels, Belgium.  Helping institutions to develop, review and refine their internationalization strategies is the goal of this IAU service which has now been used by universities in Asia, Europe and Africa.  IAU is also pleased to announce the signature of an agreement for its first ISAS in Latin America!

IAU Representation
  AHELO Stakeholders Consultative Group (SCG), Paris, France
Isabelle Turmaine, IAU Director, Information Centre and Communication Services, attended the 4th AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) Feasibility Study SCG Meeting at OECD on 20 March with 8 other national, regional or international organizations. The meeting discussed the interim feasibility study report and longer terms plans. Questions focused on the value-added of the results of the surveys; the content of the survey on generic skills, and the delivery of a critical analysis of potential impact(s). The feasibility study final conference should take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in March 2013.

  Doctoral Education, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dr van‘t Land, IAU Director Membership and Programme Development, participated in the SARUA Vice-Chancellors Dialogue: Growing the Academy: Forging Strategies for Quality Teaching and Scholarship in Southern African Universities on 14 March and in the CODOC International Workshop on Doctoral Education, Leadership and Knowledge Societies: Redefining Global Relationships from 14 to 16 March. Both took place at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. The Vice-Chancellors Dialogue led by Piyushi Kotecha, CEO, Southern African Regional Universities Association and IAU Board Member, brought together representatives from universities from the different countries of the Southern African Region for a debate on how to develop the academy in the different universities. The Dialogue was linked to the international workshop organised in the context of the CODOC project managed by the European University Association (EUA) which brought together leaders in doctoral education from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. They discussed the strategic value of global collaborations in doctoral education and their role in capacity building. Specific attention was paid to the doctoral education agenda in Southern Africa and to how to produce and retain the new generation of academics.  Dr van’t Land led a workshop on doctoral supervision. (SARUA) (EUA)

  The Future of Higher Education Summit, the Guardian, London, UK
Invited to take part in the opening panel of this one-day event held on 20 March, IAU’s Secretary-General was asked to comment on the UK’s positioning in the global competition and the extent to which the UK brand was maximizing the value of UK higher education. She was cautious with regard to an over-emphasis on a developmental model based strictly on competition and the race for the best and the brightest. Demographic and investment trends worldwide do not bode well for countries such as the UK if competition outweighs collaboration and if economic rationales overtake those of academic quality in reform and institutions’ development strategies. The Summit included sessions on university-industry collaboration and widening participation.
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Reminder of Important IAU Dates

  • November 27-30: IAU General Conference on Higher Education and the Global Agenda, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
  • April: IAU Global Meeting of Association (GMA V)

News/Opportunities from around the World


UNESCO: ICTs; Call for Participation
Educating Youth for Responsible Global Digital Citizenship is the theme of the 2011 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize that annually awards US$50,000 equally divided between two winners for demonstrating best practice in the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in education. Deadline: 16 April.

UNESCO: Social Responsibility; Community Engagement; Research
UNESCO has created a Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. The University of Victoria in Canada is teamed with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia in India. It is the first North-South partnership between a university and an NGO under this programme.

UNESCO: Sustainable Development
With only a few month to go before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20),   UNESCO – together with other UN agencies - is inviting leaders of the international academic community to sign a Declaration that would commit them to developing sustainable practices for higher education institutions. Areas of action are: Encouraging teaching and research on sustainable development issues; Greening campuses; Supporting sustainability efforts; and Engaging with and sharing results through international frameworks.

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE): OER; China
IITE has released Open Educational Resources in the People’s Republic of China: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Development, the third publication of a series on best practices of Open Educational Resources (OER) development in non-English-speaking countries. After providing a general background and a definition of the concept and categories of OER content, it discusses the legal and technological issues concerning implementation, and then describes 15 successful OER projects. Finally, it addresses future challenges and measures to be taken regarding financing, technology and infrastructure, quality assurance and sustainability, public awareness and promotion, and pedagogy.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS): Equal Opportunity; Universal Education; Cartography
UIS has released the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education, which features maps, data and short analyses of enrolment and gender trends for all education levels worldwide, including tertiary education. Topics addressed are: evolution and characteristics of gross enrolment ratios, women’s participation, factors for gender gaps, differences between men and women in pursuing education at the various degree levels and in the various fields of study, participation in research, and on reasons for over-representation of women in post-secondary education.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS): Student Mobility; Southern African Region
UIS has released New patterns in student mobility in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), an information bulletin that examines the evolution of enrolment in time and studies and compares the specific growth of local enrolment and outbound mobility, the distribution of enrolment by countries, connections between mobility and region of origin, intra-regional mobility of SACD and non-SACD students, student concentration/dispersion by country, fields of study and types of programmes preferred.

UNESCO Bangkok: Educational Quality
UNESCO Bangkok – in conjunction with the World Bank – issued the report Strengthening Education Quality in East Asia, a study on the outcomes of the first pilot application in 14 East Asian countries of the System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER) project, a tool that assesses and compares education systems in order to improve education quality. It includes the framework to evaluate policies in eight selected domains – including ICT in education and tertiary education – as well as indicators for systems performance and health assessment.

UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning (COL): OER
The final report, presentations and supporting documents of the Regional Policy Forum for Africa - that took place from 21 to 22 February in Pretoria, South Africa - are now available for consultation online. This was the second in a series of preparatory regional policy forums on OER for the June 2012 World OER Congress to be held in Paris, France. It aimed at intensifying dialogue with governments on OER and showcasing local OER policies.
Another goal was to contribute to the drafting of the Paris Declaration that will be submitted to governments and authorities at the June 2012 Congress so that they commit to: Contributing to raising awareness of key OER benefit; Creating enabling environments for the use of ICTs; Promoting and adopting open licensing frameworks and open standards; Supporting the sustainable development, quality and sharing of learning materials; Encouraging development of OER in a variety of languages; Fostering the emergence of new business models for OER; Encouraging research on the use of OER; and Requiring open licenses for educational materials produced with public funds.

Other international initiatives

International Conference on Sustainability Science (ICSS)/United Nations University (UNU): Science; Sustainable Development; Learned Societies
The 3rd ICSS on Sustainability Science in Action took place in Tempe, USA from 21 to 23 February. It officially launched the International Society for Sustainability Science (ISSS), a platform for international knowledge-sharing and promoting integration and cooperation among academic fields within sustainability science.

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO): Industry and Higher Education; Scientific Research
ISESCO and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Mali held a national seminar on Partnership between University Scientific Research Institutions and the Industrial Sector. It brought together 30 experts in Bamako, Mali, from 12 to 16 March.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Access to Higher Education; Lifelong Education; Sweden
The OECD Education Working Paper on Access to Education over the Working Life in Sweden: Priorities, Institutions and Efficiency offers an overview of the assessment of the Swedish policy to improve adult education at the compulsory, upper secondary and tertiary levels and the economic impact of adult education.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Student Financial Aid
The February 2012 issue of Education Indicators in Focus on How are Countries around the World Supporting Students in Higher Education? provides a comparative analysis of the current student financial support systems in OECD countries.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Educational Quality; International Education; Student Mobility
The OECD Education Working Paper on Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education: Where do we Stand? gives the results of a survey on the level of compliance with the Guidelines’ recommendations in 22 OECD Member and 9 non-Members countries.

Pascal International Observatory: Community Engagement
Community-University Engagement in 2030: A Scenario is a communiqué resulting from the second Global Dialogue on Community-University Research and Engagement on measures to sustain university engagement with community which took place on 17 October 2011.

Universia: Postgraduates; Postgraduate Courses; Educational Opportunities
Universia has launched the first Ibero-American Virtual Postgraduate Studies Campus (Campus Iberoamericano Virtual de Estudios de Postgrado – CIVEP) which will provide information on higher education programmes.
apuesta-conocimiento.html (in Spanish)

Universidad 2012: Sustainable Development
The Universidad 2012 international congress on higher education was held in La Habana, Cuba, from 13 to 17 February 2012. The theme was on The University for Sustainable Development. It brought together Ministers, Rectors and other representatives of other higher education organizations and focused on the responsibility and role of higher education to improve the contribution of higher education contribution in the field of sustainable development.
cita-universitaria-en-cuba-&catid=1:ultimas-noticias&Itemid=25 (in Spanish)

University World News: Educational Administrators; Universities; Sub-Saharan Africa
University World News has launched a new series entitled Thoughts and experiences of African University Leaders in February 2012. It will last until April 2013 and will publish interviews with and responses to Vice-Chancellors and other higher education leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa.

World Bank: Access to Higher Education; Educational Quality; Educational Management; Costa Rica
The World Bank has released a report on Costa Rica - Higher Education Project: Environmental and Social Management Framework. The aim of the project is to increase equitable access and improve the quality and relevance of the public higher education system.
MenuPK=64187283&theSitePK=523679 (Report in Spanish)

Regional initiatives

Association of African Universities (AAU): Vacancies
AAU is looking for a head of finance; an IT specialist; an IT assistant; and an Assistant project officer, publications. Deadlines vary between 15 and 30 April.

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA): Research Grants; Theses
CODESRIA has launched a call for applications for small grants for theses writing which is open to graduate students and professionals currently registered in African universities and preparing their these/dissertation in all social science fields. The grant can be awarded at PhD and Master levels. Deadline: 15 June.

Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA):  Educational Forecasting; Educational Trends
SARUA has released Leadership Dialogue Series Vol 3, No 2: Building Higher Education Scenarios 2025: A Strategic Agenda for Development in SADC. This publication is an outcome of a strategic conversation about the future of higher education in the region that took place at a Leadership Dialogue hosted by The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), in partnership with the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University, on 13 and 14 October 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim was to identify the change drivers in the regional higher education sector, explore the implications of these drivers and prioritise strategic interventions for building the capacity of the sector to meet the ever-increasing demand for higher education in the region.

Peru/Mexico: Migration Law
Peru and Mexico have announced plans to create a visa-free agreement for students, academics and entrepreneurs moving between both countries. The main purpose of this initiative is to facilitate contacts and economic agreements between Peru and Mexico.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Access to Higher Education
IDB will provide the Salesian Polytechnic University, Ecuador, with a $15 million loan to finance its expansion and develop access to higher education opportunities to an additional 5,000 students over the next three years.,9895.html

Sistema de Indicadores de Instituciones de Educación Superior en América Latina  (INFOACES) : Educational Indicators
The seminar on Indicators in Higher Education Institutions, organized in the framework of the INFOACES programme, took place at the Library Services Unit (USBI), campus of the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico, from 15 to 16 March. It focused on the themes of information systems, indicators, university rankings and transparency in the current context of higher education. A new Basic System of Indicators for Higher Education Institutions in Latin America was presented during the meeting.
instituciones-de-educacion-superior%E2%80%9D/ (in Spanish)

Compostela Group of Universities (CGU): Educational Programmes; Regional Development; Call for Participation
CGU and the regional government of Galicia have opened the call for the 2012 Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia Prize awarded for the promotion of the European dimension in education (teaching and research as well as cultural, social or political activities). Nominations are welcome from all member institutions of the CGU (69 universities from 26 countries), the Xunta de Galicia, all official European Institutions and the members of the Jury. Deadline: 14 April.

Copernicus Alliance: Sustainable Development; Educational Projects; Databases
The Database on Learning for Sustainable Development has been developed in the context of 3-LENSUS (Lifelong Learning Network for Sustainable Development), a project within the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. Its aim is to collect, share and exchange knowledge and experiences among academic and non-academic stakeholders working in the field of sustainability.

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA): Quality Assurance; Joint Programmes
The report, Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes, is based on the ENQA seminar on Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes that was held on 19 September 2011 in Vienna, Austria. It comprises chapters on the Transnational European Evaluation Project (TEEPII); the Nordic challenge of joint evaluations; and joint programmes and mutual recognition of accreditation decisions.
European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA): Qualifications Frameworks; Quality Assurance
ENQA held a workshop on Quality Assurance and Qualifications Frameworks: Exchanging good practice from 9 to 10 February 2012. It addressed qualifications frameworks from the perspective of quality assurance agencies; employers; and for external quality assurance.

European Platform Higher Education Modernisation (MODERN): Regional Organizations; Educational Policy
MODERN has published its Thematic Report VI: Engaging in the Modernisation Agenda for European Higher Education, MODERN Conference, Brussels, 30 January 2012. Part one reflects on the modernisation agenda from five angles (governance; funding; internationalisation; knowledge exchange; regional innovation). Part two contains the executive summaries of the five MODERN thematic reports.

European University Association (EUA): Educational Quality
The Final Project Workshop on Examining Quality Culture: From Processes to Culture was held from 15 to17 February 2012 at the University of Edinburgh, UK. It provided an opportunity for quality managers to study the practical applicability of the conclusions that have come out of the project, as well as to discuss challenges and good practices in developing quality cultures in various institutions.

Eurydice: Educational Statistics
The Eurydice Network has published its Key Data on Education in Europe 2012 report which provides a comprehensive picture of the organisation, functioning and management of 37 education systems in Europe and traces the main development over the last decade. It reveals longer participation in education and a rise in the number of tertiary education graduates. In terms of future challenges, it points to teacher shortages and overqualified graduates for their posts.

Inter-Regional Cooperation
Europe/Malaysia: Transnational Education
MyEUlink, a 3-year project funded by the European Union with support from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and coordinated by the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus to contribute to make Malaysia a tertiary education hub for the region, organised a conference on Transnational Education – Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century: Malaysian and European Perspectives in March 2012.

European Commission/World: Researchers; Research Grants; Call for Participation
On 13 March, the Marie Curie Actions opened their call for the individual fellowships (IOF, IIF, IEF) which are open to experienced researchers (with a PhD degree or 4 years of research experience) who want to pursue their research projects in another country (be it within Europe, outside Europe or coming to Europe). Researchers from any field of research, nationality or gender are invited to submit their application. The Marie Curie Actions are European grants supporting the career development and mobility of researchers. Deadline: 16 August 2012.

India/Africa: Technology
The First India-Africa Science and Technology Ministers’ Conference and Tech Expo - held in New Delhi from 1 to 2 March ended with the release of a Joint Declaration which covers: cooperating in science, technology and innovation: fostering capacity building; promoting development-oriented initiatives and collaboration with the private sector and the industry; assisting knowledge transfer and adoption; and identifying common research priority areas.

Latin America/Europe: Student Mobility; Educational Quality
The Association of Colombian Universities, together with other national and regional organizations from Latin American and European countries and with support of the European Union, organized the second seminar on Regional integration, Mobility and Quality in Santiago de Chile, from 4 to 6 March 2012. Presentations focused on the theme of mobility in and between Latin America and Europe.

South Africa/Cuba: Inter-Regional Cooperation; Higher Education
The South African and Cuban Ministers in charge of Higher Education signed an agreement to strengthen academic cooperation between the two countries. It includes visits by academics, students and experts, mutual learning and research programmes in the areas of teacher education, models of university delivery and agricultural studies.

United States of America/Africa: Educational Cooperation
Higher Education for Development (HED), together with representatives from many other participating national, regional and international organizations, organized an Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative Partners’ Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 15 February. It included presentations by and discussions of each of the 11 Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative partnerships.

United States of America/Indonesia: Study Abroad
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has published the report Expanding U.S. Study Abroad to Indonesia: U.S. and Indonesian Perspectives and Strategies for Expansion. Summing up the outcomes of surveys conducted at 12 already engaged institutions and the conclusions of a workshop held in Bandung a year ago, it identifies challenges to be faced, issues recommendations and considers further steps for extending the programme.

United States of America/Iraq: Educational Cooperation
The Embassy of Iraq and the Institute of International Education, with support from the U.S. Department of Education, organized an Iraqi-American University Conference in Washington from 22 to 23 February. It brought together leaders of more than 50 higher education institutions from both countries with the aim of expanding US-Iraq educational relationships.

National and institutional initiatives

Albania: Research Network; ICTs
The Project on the Creation of an Inter-University Service Center and a Telematic Network aims at strengthening the Albanian University System and promoting scientific research. The Inter-University Center will offer software services to public universities and research institutes and will manage the Albanian Academic Network.

Angola: Educational Grants; Educational Policy
The Vice-President of Angola announced the approval of 6000 local higher education scholarships to support academic performance and the on-going reconstruction process.

Australia: Academic Standards; Vocational Education; Higher Education
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national regulator for vocational education and training sector, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that sets out the principles for a coordinated regulatory approach for providers offering both vocational and higher education. (joint communiqué)
Australia: Educational Qualifications
Macquarie University will offer the first degree aligned on the Bologna model in Australia - a 2-year integrated advanced coursework and research training degree with transition to Ph.D. Meanwhile, the additional year of Honours Bachelor’s degrees will be phased out, except in the fields where a four-year qualification is required for professional accreditation.
Australia: International Education; Governance
Universities Australia has posted online the following documents:
- its contribution to the Australia in the Asian Century white paper that was commissioned by the Government to set out a strategic framework to guide Australia’s positioning for the Asian Century and define actions to be taken and further policy initiatives to be developed over the next decade. Topics addressed are the benefits of international education to Australia, Australian international education engagement, and Australian current and future education engagement with Asia.
- A Voluntary Code of Best Practice for the Governance of Australian Universities, co-endorsed by the University Chancellors Council (UGC) to replace the National Government Protocols for Higher Education Providers. It defines governance principles that should apply to the governing body of a university as regards: functions, (statement of) responsibilities, duties of its members, approval/removal and nominations procedures, performance assessment, size and composition of the body, function and content of the annual report, supervision of controlled entities and, finally, assessment of risk related to involvement in ownership of entities, partnership and joint venture.
Australia: Industry and Education; Admission Requirements
The Group of Eight (Go8) has released the following publications:
- The university-business nexus in Australia, which discusses the types of business-university links, the purposes and impediments for developing such links, what university, business and government can do to promote them, what are joint initiatives and the reason for the scarcity of data on the subject.
- A Policy Notes on University Admissions examines trends in applications and offers, entry and exit standards in a “universal” education system, and the definition of a minimum threshold or quality standards for assessing teaching and learning outcomes before discussing the broader implications of the introduction of a demand-driven system for university admissions.

Austria: Sustainable Development
The 2nd Annual European Postgraduate Symposium - Sustainable Development Symposium took place from 15 to17 February 2012 at Graz University of Technology. It was organized to give postgraduate researchers from European universities an opportunity to present their work at an early stage of research.

Canada: Education and Employment
The Canadian Education Statistics Council has released a Fact Sheet on Educational Attainment and Employment: Canada in an International Context. It provides a comparative statistical analysis at national – provinces and territories – and international levels of employment of highly and less educated individuals.

China, Macau: Textbooks
Up to 33,000 students are eligible to apply for the new textbook subsidy available from the Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES). Reserved to Macau permanent residents whether they are studying inland or abroad, this subsidy is an extension of subsidies already granted at lower education levels.

Colombia: Educational Legislation
The Ministry of National Education, the Association of Colombian Universities and Academic staff organisations have contributed to the debate on the Draft Amendment to the Law 30 on higher education. (in Spanish)
Colombia: Educational Management
The Sistema Universitario Estatal (SUE), which is made up of 32 public universities, organized the first Colombian Meeting on University Management (Primer Encuentro Colombiano de Gestión Universitaria) from 16 to 17 March. Its theme was the management of the structure and space of campuses (Espacialidad y Modelos de Gestión de los Campus). (in Spanish)
Colombia: Educational Trends
The National University of Colombia has launched the 2012 session of the Manuel Ancízar Chair on Higher Education: Debates and Challenges (Educación Superior: Debates y Desafíos). Twelve sessions will be organized from March to June 2012 at the Bogotá Branch of the National University of Colombia. (in Spanish)

Denmark: Global Agenda; Research
The Copenhagen Research Forum organised by the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and the Capital Region of Denmark invited researchers from across Europe to contribute their comments and expand on ideas concerning six societal challenges (health, food security, efficient energy, green transport, climate action, and secure societies). The final recommendations have been published in the report Visions for Horizon 2020 – from Copenhagen Research Forum.

France: Scientific Culture
The proceedings of the workshop on scientific culture (Peut-on parler de culture scientifique?) that took place in Lille in November have been published.

Gabon: Research Network
The Gabonese national research and education network (GabonREN) was established following a workshop organized by the Ministry in charge of Higher Education of Gabon and the Association of African Universities (AAU) at the University Omar Bongo, Libreville, from 20 to 21 February. (in French)

Germany: Sustainable Development; Awards
The interdisciplinary distance learning environmental science (infernum) programme of the University of Hagen, which has been offered in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology for over ten years, was selected by an expert jury of the German Commission for UNESCO as a project of the UN decade "Education for sustainable development" for the period 2012/2013.

India: Colleges
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released the Report of the UGC Expert Committee to Formulate Action Plan on Reforms of Affiliating System that issues recommendations and sets out a work plan to amend the College Affiliation Reform. The recommendations are based on the examination of: other countries’ models; the genesis, development and present status of the affiliating system; previous reform initiatives; issues and present needs; the response of universities and colleges concerned to a survey; the views and suggestions of higher authorities and experts; the idea of clusters of colleges to lessen the burden of Affiliating universities.
India: Educational Reform
The Expert Committee on Higher Education has proposed changes to the government on teachers’ evaluation and training, entrance and admission exams, programmes offered, and the functioning of institutions.

Indonesia: Journal Publication Policy
In January, the Directorate General of Higher Education Ministry of Education (DIKTI) released the circular Journal Publication Policy to make publications in academic journals a prerequisite for graduation not only for postgraduate students, but also for undergraduate and graduate students. (in Indonesian)

Ireland: Educational Demand; Educational Forecasting
The Higher Education Authority has launched a call for tender for data review report on future demand for higher education.

Israel: Government Educational Bodies
The Cabinet has decided to unanimously approve the proposal of the Minister of Education to expand the composition of the Council for Higher Education (CHE). The new list of candidates includes representatives from universities, public colleges, and private colleges. Half the candidates are female and there is also Arab and Ethiopian representation.

Japan: Degree Recognition; Information Services
The National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE) will establish a national recognition information centre as required for the implementation of the recently revised Asia-Pacific Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees (2011). The Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) was consulted to ensure that the centre is modelled after that of those of the Bologna Process.

Kazakhstan: Educational Cooperation; Call for Participation
The Kazakh-Russian International University is seeking collaboration with universities in Europe, and particularly those with research centres focusing on central Asia/Russia to adapt its programmes to European standards and implement the basic requirements of the Bologna Process.

Malaysia: Public-Private Networking; Research Network
In order to boost national capability in research, the Higher Education Minister has advocated for greater participation of private universities in the Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN) project - a high-speed broadband research and education network. Only five out of the 68 current academic research institutions engaged are private universities.

Mali: University Autonomy
The Ministry in charge of Higher Education is discussing new forms of autonomy to be granted to higher education institutions to improve their efficiency and promote a results-based culture.,53174.html (in French)

Mauritius: Education and Development; Call for Participation
The Tertiary Education Commission has launched a call for papers for its second International Conference on Higher Education and Economic Development which will take place from 3 to 5 September. Deadline: 15 May.

Mexico: Educational Finance; Educational Quality; Access to Higher Education
The Secretaría de Educación Pública will start using part of the 2012 extra funds to help higher education institutions improve the quality of their education and develop access to new programmes in public universities and technological universities and institutes. (in Spanish)

Namibia: OER
The Ministry of Education and Development and the Namibian College of Open Learning have launched open educational resources in five JSC subjects, namely English, Life Sciences, Geography, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, in order to enhance teaching.

Netherlands: Alumni
The final report of the Holland Alumni network project to reinforce the Holland Alumni networks and support education institutions in pursuing their international alumni policy has been released. The Network will now focus on strengthening ties between alumni and the Dutch knowledge economy.
Netherlands: Joint Degrees
The Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) and several other European accreditation agencies met to discuss guidelines for higher education institutions on what information should be included on the joint degrees they issue.

New Zealand: Educational Trends
Education Counts has released the report Profile & Trends 2010: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector, which presents the findings of the 13th annual survey of the tertiary education system published by the Ministry of Education. Data and statistics deal with trends and changes in the tertiary education system, learners' participation and outcomes, tertiary providers, financial support for students, research capability and funding, sector and institutional performance and funding, emerging key issues, workforce, and main events that were planned in 2011.

Norway: Access to Higher Education
New Possibilities is a national project to increase successful completion in upper secondary education and training from 70 to 75 per cent.

Oman: Entrepreneurship Education
The Ministry of Higher Education, the Research Council (TRC) and the Central University of Finance and Economics, China, organized a three-day workshop on Moving Mountains - Entrepreneurship through Higher Education in Muscat, Oman, in March 2012. It discussed the role of higher education in the development of entrepreneurship.

Pakistan: Ranking
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has released a Quality and Research Based Ranking of Pakistani Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) that features 9 ranking tables of institutions regrouped by speciality or enrolment capacity. Within each group, institutions are ranked according to a total score made up of the individual scores from the assessment of teaching quality, quality assurance criteria implementation, and research output.

Saudi Arabia: Education and Development
The Minister of Higher Education made a speech during the seminar on Toward World-Leading Higher Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in February 2012.  He emphasized the role of general and higher education in national development and progress and stressed the importance of continuing to improve access to, financing and accreditation of systems and institutions.

South Africa: Doctoral Education
The Centre for Higher Education Transformation has released papers presented at a Seminar on doctoral production that give a detailed analysis of South Africa’s PhD ambitions (Goolam Mohamedbhai, former IAU President) and an overview of the PhD in South Africa.
South Africa: Educational Reform
Parliament has passed legislation that brings further education training colleges under the responsibility of the Higher Education and Training Department.
South Africa: Research Chairs
In a press release, Higher Education South Africa (HESA) welcomed the award of 60 new Research Chairs in various higher education institutions as part of an expansion of the South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

South Sudan: Educational Legislation
The National Legislative Assembly passed the Higher Education Bill on 27 February.

Spain: Sustainable Development
The Spanish Rectors’ Conference (CRUE)’s 18th Conference on Environmental Quality, Sustainable Development and Prevention took place at the University of Valencia in March. The theme was New Challenges for University Sustainability. (in Spanish)

Tunisia: Educational Reform
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research has presented the measures his Department is undertaking to prepare the ground for major reforms to be set up by next government.

United Arab Emirates: Public Education; Private Education
A study based on responses from 200 students released by Informa Exhibitions in March 2012 reveals that UAE nationals aged between 18 and 30 are split down the middle when choosing to pursue higher education in public or private higher education institutions.

United Kingdom: Access to Higher Education
Universities UK hosted a one-day workshop with partners on Access with Impact: Evaluation and impact of access and outreach activities, which analysed how practitioners can approach these issues. It considered how measurements and data could be shared between institutions; looked at how to use UCAS data to support contextual admissions; presented perspectives from OFFA and HEFCE; considered how best to use performance indicators; and looked at how institutions and students’ unions could work together to devise access agreements.
United Kingdom: Education and Development; Universities
Universities UK has published Beyond bricks and mortar boards: universities and the future of regional economic development. Attention is drawn to the diversity of the sector and the roles that institutions can play within their region. The role of Local Enterprise Partnerships and how universities can participate in the new regional structure are also addressed, as are regional funding flows and the opportunities for universities in terms of civic leadership. The report also considers issues relating to business engagement, student enterprise and entrepreneurship, Regional Growth and ERDF funding, and workforce development.
United Kingdom: Educational Associations
Four more universities are joining the Russell Group of leading universities - Durham, Exeter, Queen Mary, University of London, and York.
United Kingdom: Educational Cooperation; Mergers
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has published a consultation report, Collaborations, Alliances and Mergers in Higher Education. The consultation is on lessons learned and guidance and invites comments. Deadline: 6 June.
United Kingdom: Educational Organizations; Educational Finance; Strategic Planning
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has launched its new strategic plan, which will take the organisation through to 2016. Its priorities aim to inspire and support effective practice in learning and teaching; recognise, reward and accredit excellent teaching; influence policy, future thinking and change; and develop an effective, sustainable organisation that is relevant to, and valued by, higher education.
United Kingdom: Experts; Finance; Databases
The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) with the support of the City of London Corporation has launched an online directory for academics and experts. It provides an easy-to-use website on which academics and other experts can offer their services to the financial services sector – banks, insurers, etc. – and on which City practitioners can find expert advice on a range of services.
United Kingdom: Foreign Students; Migration Law
Universities UK organized a meeting on Competing Globally: the impact of government immigration policy on UK universities on 29 February. The debate covered: The impact of Government immigration policy to date on the UK higher education sector; The ways we can secure an immigration system that targets abuse of the student visa system, without adversely affecting a market that is now worth in excess of £5bn to the UK economy, and is a key driver for future growth;  and How we can ensure that our universities continue to attract world-class academics to conduct research at our universities and teach.
United Kingdom: Globalization
The third wave of globalization, published by the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the culmination of an international programme of research into the drivers and consequences of globalization. It calls for a rethink in international governance and a more 'personcentric' view of globalization and presents evidence from China, Brazil, India and other key nations.
United Kingdom: Postgraduate Education
The 1994 Group of research intensive universities is calling on the Government to take action to avoid lasting damage being done to postgraduate education. The call comes in a report, The Postgraduate Crisis, which argues that successive Governments have neglected postgraduate education and that the current Government’s higher education reforms risk causing damage to postgraduate education.
United Kingdom: Refugee Education
In 2010, Refugee Support Network began a pilot programme providing advice, support and individual case work for young people who had the academic potential to access higher education but were facing significant barriers due to their immigrant status. In 2011, this pilot was extended into a three-year programme. The report "I just want to study": Access to higher education for young refugees and asylum seekers, Refugee Support Network (UK) is based on the experiences of the young people who took part in the pilot and initial stages of the programme.
United Kingdom; Science Policy
The Science for Wales Strategy was developed after consultation with internal and external science stakeholders. It offers a way ahead for what can be done to help science thrive and what is expected of partners in higher education and business to make this strategy a reality.
United Kingdom: Student Unrest
Thousands of students took part in walkouts to demonstrate against hidden costs of university education. The National Union of Students (NUS) called for a Week of Action which was held at a number of campuses, including King's College and Goldsmiths in London and universities in Sussex, Liverpool, Manchester, Kingston, Brighton, Birmingham, East Anglia, Bournemouth, York and Edinburgh.

United States of America: Distance Education
The Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board have released the ninth annual survey report on Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011. Based on responses from over 2,500 academic leaders, key findings include statistics on the part played by online education in U.S. higher education.
United States of America: Distance Education
Stanford University launched five free online courses this month, after the success of last year’s pilot programme. More than 300,000 students across the world have already registered for one of the new offerings.
United States of America: Educational Forecasting; ICTs
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) published the NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition which identifies and describes six emerging technologies that may have a substantial impact on higher education globally over the next five years.
United States of America: Educational Legislation
The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) launched the Higher Education Compliance Alliance on 1st March 2012. Now composed of 22 participating national associations, this online resource aims to provide the higher education community with information on federal law and regulation that affects colleges and universities. Many of the resources will be freely available.
United States of America: Educational Outcomes; For-Profit Education; Education and Society
The Center for Studies in Higher Education has released three reports in the Research and Occasional Papers Series
- Searching for the Holy Grail of Learning Outcomes evaluates the validity of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) test in the context of OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO), an on-going feasibility study to determine whether an international assessment is “scientifically and practically possible”. It also proposes an alternative to the CLA.
- Money, Politics and the Rise of For-Profit Higher Education in the US: A Story of Supply, Demand and the Brazilian Effect analyses the reasons for the rapid growth of the For-Profit (FP) sector, and discusses the current experience as a version of what the author calls the “Brazilian Effect” (when governments allow FP institutions to help fill the gap when faced with growing public demand for access and programmes).
- First Clark Kerr Lecture: Dynamics of American Universities reflects the first of three Clark Kerr lectures on the Role of Higher Education in Society given in January 2012 on the theme of Higher Education: The Play of Continuity and Crisis. It discusses a special form of structural change associated with growth in the history of higher education.
United States of America: International Education; Educational Administrators
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has released a white paper on International Education as an Institutional Priority: What Every College and University Trustee Should Know. Based on guidelines of ten points on international education, it helps trustees to formulate their institutions’ foreign policies.
United States of America: Mobility; Research Centre
The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently launched the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research. The activities of this new IIE Center of Excellence will fall within three key areas: driving policy and programme decisions through applied research and analysis; fostering and disseminating knowledge; and training the next generation of mobility researchers.
United States of America: Refugee Education
Education leaders and innovators from 30 countries participated in the first international conference on Higher Education at the Margins at Regis University, Denver, in March. Participants in the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) Think Tank discussed the future of a programme providing online higher education to refugees in Kenya, Malawi and Syria.
United States of America: Student Mobility; International Education
World Education Services has published a research report on Trends in International Student Mobility. It analyses the trends and issues in the field of international student recruitment and provides information on current trends in student mobility.
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