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  • IAU Lynx - May 2018

    KEEPING AN EYE ON HIGHER EDUCATION DEVELOPMENTS WORLDWIDE

    May 2018



    offers a monthly overview of higher education developments around the world. It covers new policies, initiatives and projects on various higher education topics. The information is classified by international, regional, bilateral and national initiatives.

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    INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES



    - UNESCO

    International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
    IIEP and the Council of Europe organised a study visit on Integrity in higher education to Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 15 March 2018, allowing officials and academics from Montenegro to learn from the Swiss experience in addressing the challenge of ensuring integrity in higher education.

    Institute for Lifelong Learning (ULL)
    The International Review of Education Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE), edited by ULL, has released a special issue on massive open online courses (MOOCs). The publication addresses both the potential of MOOCs and the challenges which have emerged from their development.

    Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
    UIS has published the Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education. Inspired by the SDGs and Education 2030, but not limited to it, the handbook is designed to be suitable for national analysis of policy and monitoring of equity in education and progress towards national goals. It covers all level levels of education including higher education.

    UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)
    UNESCO IITE, as an enabler and facilitator to promoting the innovative use of ICT for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), has released its Medium-Term Strategy for 2018-2021.

    UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
    Claudia Uribe has been appointed as the new director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    http://www.unesco.org/new/es/santiago/press-room/single-new/news/claudia_uribe_nueva_directora_de_la_oficina_regional_de_edu/

    UNESCO Bangkok - Mongolia
    UNESCO Bangkok’s Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD) has agreed to provide technicalsupport to the Ministry of Education of Mongolia to strengthen the country’s quality assurance and accreditation systems in order to improve the quality of higher education and solve the skills mismatch in the job market.




    - Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF)
    On 13 April, the new Francophone university campus (Campus du Nouvel Espace Universitaire Francophone - CNEUF) in Brazzaville, Congo, was jointly launched by the AUF with the Fondation MTN. The new campus is modeled on an academic, voluntary and business partnership.




    - Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL Education Specialist, gave a keynote address emphasising the role of library professionals in Indian Higher education at the Indian National Seminar on Recent Trends and Practices in Librarianship on 24 March 2018 held at Sambalpur University, Burla.




    - International Labour Organization (ILO)
    Launched by the ILO and a group of academic partners, the GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) programme will allow users from 115 developing countries to access legal information for their work and studies and promote research and training in low- and middle income countries.




    - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
    The OECD has published Education for a Bright Future in Greece. The report examines the Greek education system since the economic crisis and provides recommendations which include raising standards in higher education to help address mismatches between graduate skills and the skills employers need.




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    REGIONAL INITIATIVES



    Africa - Americas - ArabStates - Asia & Pacific - Europe




    - Africa

    The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative - Call for Applications
    The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI), a postdoctoral training fellowship program. Training will be at the NIH.
    Closing date for applications: 11 May 2018

    Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) - Call for papers
    The 4th Southern African Regional Conference On Quality Assurance In Higher Education entitled Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Theories, Perspectives and Practices Geared towards Attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Southern African Region and beyond extended the deadline for paper proposals to 15 May 2018. The conference will take place in Maseru, Lesotho on 8 - 10 October 2018.

    - Asia & Pacific
    Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
    APRU has initiated a project to explore how artificial intelligence and the 4th industrial revolution will affect the future of work in the Asia Pacific region. A joint report is planned for October-November 2018.

    Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
    APQN has just released the proceedings of 2017 Annual International Conference themed New Horizons: Dissolving Boundaries for a Quality Region held in Moscow. The papers include new research in quality assurance and quality recognition in higher education, strategies and methods of cross-cultural education development, development of internal quality assurance systems, quality assurance of transnational qualifications, accreditation of joint educational programmes.

    - Europe
    European University Association (EUA)
    The EUA 2018 Annual Conference entitled ‘Engaged and Responsible Universities Shaping Europe’ was held 5 - 6 April at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, an IAU Member. The presentations from the conference are now available

    EUA has released theoutcomes of its first Big Deals Survey which provides a mapping of major scientific publishing contracts from the perspective of universities (‘Big Deals’).

    European University Continuing Education Network (eucen)
    Eucen has released updates on the VINCE project. The project is coordinated by eucen and dedicated to validation of prior learning of newcomers and refugees in Europe. The objective is to provide university staff with tools to be better equipped when working with migrants and refugees who want to access Higher Education.

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    BILATERAL INITIATIVES


    - Morocco - European Union
    Morocco and the EU recently signed an agreement within the framework of the PRIMA initiative (Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area). The agreement aims to shore up cooperation in research and innovation in order to find new solutions for more sustainable water and food management in the region.

    - Costa Rica – United States
    The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education and the U.S Embassy in Costa Rica concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 April 2018 on cooperation for teaching English. The MoU includes the promotion of exchange between academics, students and administrative staff of higher education institutions.

    - China - Mongolia
    The Ministers of Education of China and Mongolia have signed the 2018-2021 Implementation Plan for Educational Exchange and Cooperation.


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    NATIONAL INITIATIVES


    Australia Canada Estonia Finland
    France Ghana Kazakhstan India
    The Netherlands New Zealand Switzerland Tunisia
    United Kingdom United States Vietnam

    - Australia

    Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education
    The Department of Education and Training (DET) has released the final report of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education commissioned in March 2017. It addresses key issues, challenges and barriers that impact on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote (RRR) students.

    Student Accommodation Analysis
    The Department of Education and Training (DET) has released a Regional Student Accommodation Analysis, a report commissioned to assess university investment in on-campus student accommodation to support an adequate supply of affordable accommodation for RRR students.

    - Canada
    Research and development
    The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: the Current State of R&D in Canada. The expert panel report contains the latest data on research, development and innovation and finds while Canada’s research performance remains strong globally, R&D investment as a share of GDP has declined steadily since 2001.

    Inuit research
    The National Inuit Strategy on Research has been published by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), representing the the 65,000 Inuit in Canada. The report proposes a new approach that prioritises local governance in the setting of research goals and managing scientific projects, in particular for Research Centres in Inuit regions of the Arctic.

    Sustainability of HE - Ontario
    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released The Sustainability of the Ontario Public Postsecondary System: Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle. The report examines the tension in the relationship between financial and academic sustainability and argues that academic quality is at the core of sustainability.

    - Estonia
    The Estonian government is to allocate annual support of three million euros to finance research and development activities in information and communications technology in Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu.

    The Ministry of Education and Research has warned about a website featuring inaccurate information on the provision of higher education, national accreditation and collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research.

    - Finland
    The Ministry of Education and Culture is establishing Team Finland Knowledge Network to enhance the visibility of Finnish knowledge and expertise. It aims to further improve the quality and impact of higher education and research and to promote cooperation worldwide. The first stage of the Network, experts will be posted to Beijing, Singapore, Washington and Buenos Aires.

    - France
    Campaign against sexism
    The French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, has launched an awareness-raising campaign against sexism and sexual violence in higher education. Support and listening services will also be opened in every university by September 2018.

    National AI Strategy
    The French President unveiled France’s artificial intelligence strategy on 29 March. €1.5 billion will be invested into artificial intelligence research and development up to 2022. The objective is to drive innovation and help France catch up with the United States and China.

    Education reform - campus protests
    Several universities across France have been occupied to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’splan for education reform, specifically selection at university admission.

    - Ghana
    The University of Cape Coast, an IAU Member, has partnered with the University of Hildesheim in Germany and the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria on graduate studies to help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

    - India
    New government programmes
    The Ministry of Human Resource Development has:
    - approved the ‘Study in India’ programme which aims to attract foreign students boost the number of International students in India.

    - presented a 10 step action plan aimed at improving the quality of technical higher education and enhancing the employability of engineering students. The plan has been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

    - Kazakhstan
    The government is considering introducing online education at all levels of education, including at higher educational institutions. A multi-level information system for higher education management will also be introduced.

    - The Netherlands
    The Dutch government has announced fees reduction for several residence permit types (including those covering study, internships and the orientation year). It will also be cheaper for companies to employ knowledge migrants.

    - New Zealand
    Education Counts has released New Zealand’s Tertiary Education System, the sixth and final report of the 2016 Profile & Trends series. It describes the New Zealand higher education system, provides an overview of trends and an update on changes to the system during 2017.

    - Switzerland
    The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation has released its monthly information paper. It includes an article on constructive exchange of knowledge and good practices on the recognition of architectural qualifications in Europe.

    - Tunisia
    The Ministry of Higher Education and Research signed an agreement with the Tunisian General Trade Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail - UGTT) on 12 March implementing several measures of university reform, which includes bonuses to be paid to researchers, thesis supervisors and examiners, and promoting career development for early career researchers.

    - United Kingdom
    Universities’ responses to sexual misconduct
    Universities UK has published a report on universities’ responses to sexual misconduct within their institutions.​ Changing the culture: One Year On, based on research carried out by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE), finds an increase in students’ disclosures of sexual misconduct since 2016. It details the progress made by universities in addressing the issue. UUK have also issued a briefing for HEIs with practical guidance on how to deal with cases of alleged student misconduct.

    Benchmarking equity
    HEPI has released a policy briefing on benchmarking equity of participation in higher education. The briefing reveals large differences in participation rates in the UK, both across and within regional communities.

    Innovation - Wales
    The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has released the final report of the Growing Value Wales Task Force. It proposes a new high-profile national innovation compact for Wales and calls for an alliance of universities, industry and government to counter the challenges in post-Brexit Wales. The report also highlights eight successful university-business partnerships in Wales.

    - United States
    International students - travel restrictions
    33 higher education associations, including IAU Members the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and NAFSA, submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a new presidential proclamation on entry restrictions for citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. The brief emphasises that the proclamation puts at risk the considerable benefits the country gains from international students, scholars, lecturers and researchers.

    Confucius Institutes
    New legislation introduced to Congress and Senate in March, the Foreign Influence Transparency Act 2018, would require organisations, such as Confucius Institutes - centres of Chinese language and culture - present at over 100 higher education institutions in the United States - to register with the government as foreign agents. It also amends the Higher Education Act to require universities to disclose foreign donations and contracts of US$50,000 or more.

    Freedom of expression - university Presidents’ survey
    The American Council on Education (ACE) has released the main findings from its second national Pulse Point Survey of College and University Presidents on campus inclusion and freedom of expression. 471 college and university presidents responded to the survey.

    - Vietnam
    The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the World Bank met on 29 March in Hanoi for the Higher Education Strategy Stakeholder Consultation to collect opinions from experts and researchers in order to develop an overall strategy for higher education in Vietnam.


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  • IAU Lynx - April 2018

    KEEPING AN EYE ON HIGHER EDUCATION DEVELOPMENTS WORLDWIDE

    April 2018



    IAU Lynx offers a monthly overview of higher education developments around the world. It covers new policies, initiatives and projects on various higher education topics. The information is classified by international, regional, bilateral and national initiatives.

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    INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES



    UNESCO / APQN-INQAAHE / GWI / Commonwealth / Commonwealth Academies




    - UNESCO

    Gender Review
    UNESCO has released the Global Education Monitoring Report Gender Review 2018: Meeting our Commitments to Gender Equality in Education. The report examines disparities in participation and skills, infrastructure and curricula. It also analyses institutions, laws and policies to advance gender equality in education.

    UNESCO Prizes

    UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education - Call for nominations
    The Call for nominations is now open for the annual UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education that honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. Deadline: 11 May 2018.

    ICTs in Education - 2017 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize
    The 2017 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for outstanding projects that make innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education was awarded to two projects in India and Morocco. The awards ceremony took place on 7 March 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

    UNESCO Bangkok
    A new report Positioning ICT in Education to Achieve the Education 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific features comprehensive data on the current situation of ICT in education in countries in the Asia-Pacific and provides recommendations for a regional strategy on integrating ICTs into education systems to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4).

    UNESCO Beirut
    On 7 - 9 March, UNESCO Beirut, in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), held a second meeting in Rabat, Morocco, to follow-up on the revision process of the Regional Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Diplomas and Certificates in the Arab Region.

    UNESCO Dakar
    The UNESCO project Strengthening Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa was officially launched at country level in Gambia on 16 February. The project aims to strengthen higher education systems at the institutional, national and regional levels in African countries by developing quality assurance mechanisms.

    UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa
    On February 25 - 26, UNESCO and the Ministry of Education in Rwanda held a consultative workshop on the development of a National Framework for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER). The workshop identified a strategy for the use of MOOCs and OER locally, technical requirements, and staff required.

    UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
    The Strategic Debate: Higher Education as a Common Good held in Paris on 12 March presented international trends and discussed whether higher education is a common good in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Video and Presentations of the event have been released.

    -  Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) - International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
    APQN and INQAAHE have launched two surveys as part of a partnership project on Quality Assurance: Internal and External Quality Assurance Landscape. The project aims to improve the establishment of quality culture in the Asia-Pacific Region and other regions. One survey is for higher education institutions (HEIs) and the second should be completed by quality assurance agencies (QAAs).

    - The Commonwealth
    Delegations from 34 Member States gathered at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers themed Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver in Nadi, Fiji, on 19 - 23 February. Member States adopted the Nadi Declaration which recognises the importance of investing in higher education and strengthening educational partnerships.

    - The Commonwealth Academies of Science
    A Statement on Climate Change was launched in March by 22 national academies and societies of science from around the Commonwealth, ahead of next month’s Commonwealth summit in the United Kingdom. It calls on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

    - Graduate Women International (GWI)
    On International Women’s Day, 8 March, GWI released a Statement about the persistence of gender stereotypes and gender disparities in the media.


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    REGIONAL INITIATIVES



    Africa - Americas - Arab States - Asia & Pacific - Europe




    - Africa

    African Academy of Sciences
    Africa Beyond 2030
    Africa Beyond 2030 : Leveraging Knowledge and Innovation to Secure Sustainable Development Goals has been released by the African Academy of Sciences. The report finds that progress regarding investment in research and development in the past decade has been mixed across the continent. It recommends that African countries improve the quality and relevance of their national STI policy frameworks to sharpen focus on social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

    Mobility funding
    The African Academy of Sciences has announced two mobility funds, the Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa and the Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), aimed at increasing scientific collaboration among African and Indian researchers. The funding, of almost US$500,000, will provide travel grants for short term visits to about 100 researchers from African and Indian universities and research institutes.

    Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES)
    CAMES has opened the recruitment process for the post of Director for Administrative and Financial Affairs which is to be filled from 19 February 2019. Closing date for applications: 15 May 2018

    - Americas

    Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL)
    Academic integration and cooperation
    UDUAL organised its first meeting on Integration and Cooperation (Primer Encuentro de Integración y Cooperación) on 15 - 16 March at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). This event gathered 75 representatives from higher education institutions across Latin America to establish new strategies to strengthen academic partnerships between universities.

    Revistas Universidades
    The latest issue of UDUAL’s quarterly journal, Revistas Universidades, has been released. It deals with multifaceted inequalities in higher education.

    Regional Conference on Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 (CRES 2018)
    Specialists of the CRES 2018 axe on the Strategic Role of Higher Education in Sustainable Development met in Bogota, Colombia on 21 - 22 February. Participants presented outcomes of their research and discussed public policies, autonomy and governance; virtual higher education; and opportunities for employment.

    - Arab States

    Partnership Framework Agreement ISESCO and UNDP
    A Partnership Framework Agreement was signed between the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), an IAU Member, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the 7th General Conference of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) held in Rabat, Morocco in February. The Agreement provides for cooperation in promoting cultural heritage, achievement of sustainable development, extended regionalism, democratic governance and South-South cooperation.

    - Asia & Pacific

    Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Regional Training Center in Vietnam (SEAMEO RETRAC)
    SEAMEO RETRAC has released a call for submissions for the 2018 International Conference entitled Leadership and Management in Higher Education in a Globalized World: Innovations and Best Practices, to be held July 5 - 6 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Deadline for abstract submissions is April 20 2018.

    Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED)
    The 1st SEAMEO Centre’s Policy Research Network Task Force (SEA-CPRN) Meeting was held on 20 - 21 February in Bangkok, Thailand. The Policy Research Network was established to enhance the relevance and the responsiveness of SEAMEO to the needs of education leaders for policy research to address human resource development issues in Southeast Asia.

    - Europe

    Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
    The five ministers in charge of higher education in the Benelux have signed an agreement on the automatic mutual recognition of associate degree and PhD qualifications.. Since 2015 this agreement has existed for Bachelor and Master degrees. The Benelux is the only region in Europe where automatic recognition has entered into force.

    European University Association (EUA)
    Women in academia
    In the context of International Women’s Day, EUA has released infographics on the situation of women in academia. It shows that just 12% of rectors among the 47 EUA member countries are female.

    Open access survey report
    The Open Access Survey Report 2016-2017 is now available online. The results show the increasing commitment from European universities in implementing Open Access policies for research publications. EUA has also launched its 2017-2018 Open Access Survey.

    Funding forum - Call for Papers
    A call for papers has been launched for the 4th EUA Funding Forum. The conference will be hosted by Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain, on 18 - 19 October 2018. Contributions should be related to university funding and management. Deadline to submit online proposals: 30 April 2018.

    Enhancing Quality Through Innovative Policy and Practice (EQUIP)
    An outcome report and a webinar are now available for the Enhancing Quality Through Innovative Policy and Practice (EQUIP) project. The final event for the project, attended by 100 education stakeholders across Europe, took place on 27 February in Brussels. It focused on the presentation of effective and innovative ways to use the revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area.

    Nordic Council of Ministers
    The Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers has released its main priorities in the area of education and research.

    European Research Council
    The Spring edition of Idea, the newsletter of the European Research Council, themed Climate Change, is now available online.

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    BILATERAL INITIATIVES


    - Hungary-Kazakhstan
    The first Kazakh-Hungarian Rectors’ Forum took place on the 28 February at Corvinus University of Budapest, an IAU Member. More than 20 treaties and agreements on cooperation and exchange programmes for students and faculty between universities were signed.

    - Morocco-Spain
    The Conference of Moroccan University Presidents and Crue Universidades Españolas met in Spain on 9 January to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between both countries. Moroccan representatives also requested the assistance of Crue in establishing relationships with Latin America.

    - Japan-Switzerland
    Representatives from higher education institutions and funding agencies in Switzerland met with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and research institutions in Japan on 28 February in Tokyo to further strengthen scientific and technological cooperation and gauge additional possibilities for cooperation.

    - France-Argentina
    The French Embassy in Argentina and the Argentine Ministry of Education through Secretaría de Políticas Universitarias (SPU) held a training seminar on France’s official Massive Open Online Courses platform ‘FUN MOOC’. This platform offers innovative teaching and learning methods using digital and online tools that could be applied in Argentina.

    - Germany-Mexico
    The Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES) and the Rectors Conference of Baden-Württemberg region (HAW BW) concluded a cooperation agreement on education and research in the field of applied sciences.

    - India-France
    The first high-level India-France Knowledge Summit 2018 concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Mutual Recognition of Educational Qualifications between the two countries. In addition, 15 MoUs were signed between various Indian and French institutions in research, innovation, faculty exchange and scientific cooperation.

    - Indonesia-Australia
    During the 3rd Australia-Indonesia Joint Working Group on Research and Education, held in Jakarta on 7 March, both countries agreed to further collaborate in higher education to support institutional mobility, quality assurance, research linkages, mobility and institutional partnerships.

    - Sweden-Rwanda
    Sida, the Swedish development agency, has announced a call for proposals for five-year partnerships between the University of Rwanda and Swedish universities to strengthen institutional research capacity at the University of Rwanda.

    - Tajikistan- Uzbekistan
    In a joint statement, the Presidents of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan both committed to enhance cooperation in the area of education and science, including through strengthening cooperation between higher education institutions and academies of sciences of both countries.


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    NATIONAL INITIATIVES


    Algeria Australia Brunei Darussalam Canada
    China Denmark Egypt Estonia
    France Iran Israel Jordan
    Lebanon Mexico The Netherlands New Zealand
    Nigeria Phlilippines Poland Russian Federation
    South Africa South Korea United Arab Emirates United Kingdon
    United States Zimbabwe

    - Algeria

    National conference on universities
    At the national conference on universities on 17 March in Algiers, the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Tahar Hadjar, affirmed the support of the government to public universities to increase their visibility and place in international rankings.

    - Australia

    Recruitment guidelines
    Universities Australia has released the Best Practice Recruitment Guidelines that have been developed by the Universities Australia Executive Women’s Group to fast forward the advancement of women in Australian university executive appointments.

    Business collaboration
    Universities Australia has also released Clever Collaborations: The Strong Business Case for Partnering with Universities, a publication aimed at enticing more firms to collaborate with universities.

    Professional accreditation
    The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has welcomed proposed changes to professional accreditation practices made by the Higher Education Standards Panel, which aim to reduce duplication and burden for higher education providers.

    Admissions transparency
    TEQSA has also released a new resource entitled Advice on Admissions Transparency. The practical guide aims to help higher education providers increase the transparency of admissions practices by making information accessible, consistent and comparable and increasing the accuracy of data.

    -  Brunei Darussalam

    Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022
    The Ministry of Education released the MOE Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022 presenting the Ministry’s strategic objectives, the plan’s structure and its three focus areas - leadership and governance, system-wide support, teaching and learning.

    - Canada

    Budget 2018
    Universities Canada have welcomed the 2018 Budget recently announced by the Government which increases research funding. The budget provides CAN$925 million (EUR 575 million) over five years to the three Canadian Research Councils. An additional CAN$231 million (EUR 143.5 million) is targeted for the Research Support Fund that assists universities with the institutional costs of research and CAN$210 million (EUR 130.5 million) is allocated to the Canada Research Chairs Program.

    - China

    Supporting and improving higher education in central and western provinces
    In early March, the Ministry of Education (MOE) organised an informal round-table session on supporting and improving higher education in central and western provinces. A joint support mechanism was announced between the MOE and the 13 provinces that have no universities under the direct supervision of the MOE. The Minister of Education promised to contribute substantially to addressing imbalances in China’s higher education system by further empowering universities in central and western provinces.

    - Denmark

    Recovering student debt
    The government has presented a new proposal called Stronger Measures to Recover SU Debt Abroad, which contains concrete initiatives on a national and international level that will improve efforts to collect student loan debt from foreign citizens who have left Demark.

    Labour market and study places
    In a report drawn up by rectors, government officials, academics and business representatives, one of the key recommendations is that the number of study places available in each discipline should be linked to labour market need.

    - Egypt

    Draft law to reduce the costs of research and promote innovation
    The Egyptian parliament has approved a draft law to reduce the costs of research and promote innovation. The bill, passed on 5 March, exempts higher education and scientific research bodies from taxes and customs fees.

    - Estonia

    Survey on Students
    According to a survey commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, the student population is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of age as well as other background characteristics. A fifth of students are aged over 30, one in five students is a parent, and two out of three work and study at the same time.

    - France

    Gender equity in higher education and research
    On 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation published an infographic brochure which provides an update on gender equity in higher education, research and innovation in France and the European Union.

    Orientation and Student Success bill
    The French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, delivered a speech on 15 February on the occasion of the joint committee conclusion reading of the Orientation and Student Success bill.

    - Iran

    Comprehensive teaching at Iranian universities
    The Ministry for Science, Research and Technology announced in March that that Iranians residing abroad who are interested in teaching in Iran, can carry out comprehensive teaching at Iranian universities and return to their country of stay.

    - Israel

    Ethics code
    In March, the Council for Higher Education adopted an ethics code promulgated by Education Minister Naftali Bennett. The code prohibits universities from discriminating against students based on their ethnicity, gender, race, or political opinions. It also bans lecturers from supporting boycotts against Israel, a provision which the Association of University Heads has stated infringes on academic freedom. The code is to take effect in 2019.

    - Jordan

    Recognition of degrees earned at universities overseas
    The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced that Jordan will now recognise degrees earned at universities overseas if they are recognised by accreditation agencies in the country concerned.

    - Lebanon

    Quality Standards and Guidelines
    The Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Universities Association of Lebanon launched the Quality Standards and Guidelines at a ceremony in Beirut on 1 March.

    -  Mexico

    New evaluation and accreditation standards for higher education programmes
    The Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública) and accreditation bodies agreed on setting up new evaluation and accreditation standards for higher education programmes.

    - The Netherlands

    Automatic recognition of qualifications
    In 2015, the ministers of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) committed themselves in the Yerevan Communiqué to make automatic recognition a reality by 2020. To achieve this goal Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, has released its recommendations to support ENIC-NARIC centres and national governments to develop policies on the implementation of automatic recognition.

    International students
    Nuffic has released its findings on the international student population in the Netherlands which show that there are 122,000 international students in the Netherlands this academic year. Approximately one in four international students come from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

    - New Zealand

    Recognition of micro-credentials
    The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has developed proposals to recognise micro-credentials, alongside qualifications, within New Zealand’s education and training system from July 2018. A consultation paper has been released to collect feedback on the proposals. Contributions can be sent until 13 April 2018.

    - Nigeria

    Technology hubs
    The federal government has revealed plans to create technology hubs in Nigerian universities across the country as a means of promoting science and technology development.

    - Philippines

    Free higher education under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
    In February, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) authorised - after conducting institutional and programme evaluation - 78 Local Universities and Colleges to offer free higher education under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017 as of academic year 2018 - 2019.

    - Poland

    The Polish government has adopted plans to reform the country’s higher education system. Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education, said that the reforms would increase university autonomy. Under the planned changes accepted in March, funding for higher education next year will be increased by PLN 700 million (EUR 165m).

    - Russian Federation

    Simplified visa application and immigration policy for international students
    Russia has introduced a simplified visa application and immigration policy for international students. Since January 2018, students of Russian language and university preparation courses do not have to leave the country to apply for a visa. This policy change is a part of the federal priority project entitled Development of the Export Potential of Russian Higher Education. Launched in 2017, the project aims to develop international study programmes and improve the existing legislative regulations for international students.

    - South Africa

    Higher Education and Young South Africans
    Going to University: The Influence of Higher Education on the Lives of Young South Africans has been published by African Minds. The online book reports on a study based on in-depth interviews with 73 young people who started university studies in South Africa six years before.

    - South Korea

    4th University Policy Forum
    The 4th University Policy Forum took place at the Seoul Office of Education on 23 February in order to structure a fair and simple university admission policy. All presentations and discussions will be uploaded on the Ministry of Education’s website and ‘On Education’, the new e-platform for communicating about education-related matters.

    - United Arab Emirates

    List of accredited higher education institutions and programmes
    The Ministry of Education has published a list of higher education institutions and programmes in the country which are accredited by the Ministry.

    - United Kingdom

    New universities regulator and framework
    The new Regulatory Framework for Higher Education in England was launched by Sam Gyimah, Minister for Higher Education on 28 February at the inaugural conference of the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS).

    Freedom of speech in Universities
    On 27 March, the House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Select Committee on Human Rights released a report on Freedom of speech in Universities. It is based on an official enquiry into students’ experience of freedom of speech in universities in the UK, particularly in England. It focuses on the ability of students, student societies and student unions to invite external speakers and organise events at universities.

    Higher education demand and fees
    The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published two reports:
    - Demand for Higher Education to 2030 which estimates that an additional 300,000 higher education places in England will be needed over the next decade, representing a 25% increase in demand.
    - Differential Tuition Fees: Horses for Courses? addresses the debate about differential tuition fees in UK higher education. It includes the results of a survey among students.

    Widening access Scotland - Ministerial Statement
    In a Ministerial Statement on Widening Access to Higher Education in the Scottish Parliament on 6 March, Higher Education Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said that although progress had been made, universities need to act to ensure that, by 2021, 10 per cent of university entrants are from deprived areas. In response, Universities Scotland reiterated that universities in Scotland are committed to widening access targets for 2030 without reducing opportunities for other well-qualified learners.

    Student mental health
    Student Mental Health: The Role and Experiences of Academics, a research report by Student Minds, a UK charity, discusses academics’ frontline role in student wellbeing and finds an increase in the prevalence of students with mental health difficulties.

    - United States

    Government rule on Student loans
    On 12 March, Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education, released a new rule on Student Loan Programs and Federal Student Loan Servicers which asserts that federal laws regarding student loan repayments pre-empt state laws. Currently, legislation in many US states require student loan servicers to be licensed and regulated.

    Student activism - university response
    Subsequent to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a number of universities across the United States have released statements assuring prospective students that peaceful protesting for gun control will not affect their admission status to the universities.

    English as a second language in higher education
    The American Institutes for Research have released a White Paper on Serving English Language Learners in Higher Education. The paper offers considerations at both the institutional level and classroom level, with an emphasis on how technology can be used to leverage research based practices.

    - Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s policy on ICT in higher education
    The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development hosted the second consultative meeting on the formulation of Zimbabwe’s policy on ICT in higher education in Harare from 7-9 March. Stakeholders, including representatives from higher education institutions and the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in Harare, agreed the key elements to be included and a roadmap for the policy making process.


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    KEEPING AN EYE ON HIGHER EDUCATION DEVELOPMENTS WORLDWIDE

    March 2018



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    INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES



    UNESCO / ACU-COL / AIEA / CREAD-CALED / GWI / INQAAHE / ISCN - GULF




    -  UNESCO

    Education for Sustainable Development
    UNESCO has released the report Issues and Trends in Education for Sustainable Development, the fifth in UNESCO’s Education on the Move series. It presents an overview of ESD and highlights key issues related to ESD policy and practice.

    International Day for Women and Girls in Science
    In a joint Statement issued for International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, reaffirmed their commitment to continue working with public, private and civil society partners to ensure that girls and women are represented more equitably, and granted full opportunities to succeed in science-related disciplines.

    Call for nominations for UNESCO - Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development
    UNESCO has launched the 2018 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize awards three outstanding ESD projects and programmes with US$50,000 each. Governments of all Member States as well as NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO are invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations engaged in ESD. Deadline for submissions: 3 May 2018.

    UNESCO Bangkok
    Policy Briefs on Internal Migration in Southeast Asia, produced jointly by UNESCO Bangkok, UNDP, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN-Habitat, summarise currently available research on internal migration across 9 Southeast Asian states: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.

    UNESCO Dakar
    The UNESCO project Strengthening Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa was officially launched at country level in Senegal on 14 February 2018. The project aims is to strengthen higher education systems at the institutional, national and regional levels in African countries by developing quality assurance mechanisms.

    UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
    UNESCO IIEP has released Internal Quality Assurance: Enhancing Higher Education Quality and Graduate Employability that presents international trends in IQA, including innovative practices and principles. Its aim is to serve as a guide for higher education institutions planning to design and develop their own quality assurance systems.

    - Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

    Commonwealth Education Partnership for Sustainable Development
    The Commonwealth Education Partnership for Sustainable Development was signed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Commonwealth of Learning and the Commonwealth Secretariat at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) on 23 February in Nadi, Fiji. The partnership will see all three organisations work together to support member states to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

    Commonwealth Education Policy Framework
    The Commonwealth Education Policy Framework (CEPF) was also agreed by Education Ministers at the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers. Drawing on both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Incheon Declaration, the Framework plans to substantially increase scholarships for students from developing countries, and to work towards achieving equal gender access to high-quality higher education.

    - Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

    Lessons from Leaders in Internationalization
    A series of interviews entitled They were at the Beginning: Lessons from Leaders in Internationalization are available online. These interviews focus on leaders who laid the foundation for internationalization in higher education in the United States and other countries.

    -  Distance Education Network Consortium (CREAD)/Virtual Educa (VE), the Latin American and Caribbean Institute of Distance Higher Education Quality (CALED)

    Call for presentations for the The VI Cread Andes Convention
    A call for presentations has been announced for The VI Cread Andes Convention and VI Virtual Educa Ecuador Encounter themed Evaluation, Certification and Accreditation of Higher Distance and Online Education in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The conference will take place at the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL), Ecuador, an IAU Member, on 29 May - 1 June 2018. Deadline for sending papers: 2 April.

    - Graduate Women International (GWI)

    International Day of Women and Girls Scientists
    The third International Day of Women and Girls Scientists was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 February. GWI reiterated its support for global cooperation and stressed that removing the barriers girls and women face in science studies and careers is vital for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    - International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)

    Guidelines of Good Practice
    The Guidelines of Good Practice: the INQAAHE Approach to Evaluating the Evaluator is now available online. This presentation was given at the International Conference on Diversity, Quality and Improvement held in Santiago, Chile organised by INQAAHE in cooperation with CINDA (Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo), RIACES (La Red Iberoamericana para el Aseguramiento de la Calidad en la Educación Superior), Ministry of Education in Chile and UNESCO-IESALC.

    - International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF)

    Sustainable Campus Best Practices
    A new report by the ISCN in collaboration with GULF was launched at the 2018 World Economic Forum. Sustainable Development: Educating with Purpose : 2018 Sustainable Campus Best Practices from ISCN and Gulf Universities details sustainability case studies at 42 universities.


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    REGIONAL INITIATIVES



    Africa - Americas - Arab States - Asia & Pacific - Europe




    - Africa

    African Union
    The African Union has released a ten-year plan, The Revised Migration Policy Framework for Africa and Plan of Action (2018-2027), proposing that African countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, counter the flow of skilled nationals, including doctors, nurses and engineers, by providing educational and employment opportunities and professional development to qualified nationals in their home countries.

    Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET)
    CHET’s Higher Education Research and Advocacy Network in Africa (Herana) project has published An Empirical Overview of Emerging Research Universities in Africa which reports on data and indicators for a group of eight emerging research universities in Africa. It concludes with an assessment of performance which focuses on high-level knowledge inputs and outputs that are taken to be characteristic of a research-oriented university in Africa.

    International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
    ICDE has launched a call inviting interested institutions, project/networks, experts and relevant stakeholders to submit an expression of interest for participating in a network for Massive Scale Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG4, Education 2030 and will address high-quality, large-scale, programmes with a focus on PhD education. Deadline: 23 March 2018.

    - Americas

    University Climate Change Coalition (UC3)
    13 Universities in the United States, Canada and Mexico have launched the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) to leverage their research and resources for university-led climate action. The coalition was announced at the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit in February by Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.

    Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI)
    OEI has published the latest issue of the Iberoamerican Journal of Education. This special issue of the journal deals with pedagogy and university social responsibility.

    Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe (IESALC)
    A video conference from the XII Mercosur Anthropology Meeting, held in Posadas, Argentina, on 6 December 2017 is now available online. It deals with higher education and indigenous peoples worldwide, one of the thematic axes of the Regional Conference on Higher Education (CRES) to be held in Córdoba, Argentina, in June 2018.

    - Asia & Pacific

    Regional conference and policy dialogue
    A regional conference and policy dialogue organised by Chulalongkorn University, an IAU Member, in collaboration with Thailand’s Higher Education Commission, took place on 23 - 25 January. Participants from over 18 countries took part in the conference which was organised in partnership with UNESCO Bangkok.

    Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)
    A call for papers has been launched for the Asian Association of Open Universities annual conference, to be held 24 - 26 October 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference theme is Open Education in Human Resource Development in Asia’s Period of Integration. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2018.

    - Europe

    Erasmus +
    The European Commission published the Erasmus+ programme external midterm evaluation report on 31 January. The report is accompanied by the Commission’s own report and a working paper which includes the development of the post-2020 programme. The report confirms that the programme is highly valued, not only by beneficiaries and stakeholders, but also by European citizens as “one of the pillars of European identity”.

    Public consultation
    The European Commission has launched a series of public consultations to ask stakeholders and citizens in which areas Europe should invest in the future. The EUA calls on universities and national rectors conferences in Europe to respond to the consultations to underline the importance of investing in education and research. Deadline: 8 March 2018.

    European University Association (EUA)
    The EUA has released a position paper advocating for the enhancement of teaching and learning in universities.

    Baltic University Programme (BUP)
    Conference presentations from the BUP Rectors’ Conference held in Turku, Finland on 24 - 26 January 2018 are now available.

    European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN)
    Eucen has released a call for presentations for its 50th conference themed Times of Transition - the Role of University Lifelong Learning. The conference will take place in Bergen, Norway on 6 - 8 June 2018. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 March 2018.

    Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)
    The presentations from the 27th UNICA General Assembly and seminar entitled The Social Dimension of Higher Education and Social Responsibility of Universities hosted by Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary, in November 2017 are now available.

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    BILATERAL INITIATIVES



    Afghanistan - Thailand / Egypt - United Kingdom / Mexico - Poland


    - Afghanistan - Thailand
    The Deputy Minister of Academic Affairs of Afghanistan, Mr. Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, discussed the Afghan higher education system on an official visit to the UNESCO Office in Bangkok on 13 February. Their visit was part of a week-long mission in Thailand that also included meetings with Thailand’s Ministry of Education, including the Higher Education Commission and several universities to discuss student mobility and collaboration.

    - Egypt - United Kingdom
    A workshop by the UK Higher Education Authority (HEA) for university leaders in Egypt at the British Embassy in Cairo discussed best practices for improving higher education in Egypt. Prof Dr Mohamed Salheen, Adviser to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt, and the British Ambassador to Egypt, John Casson also attended the workshop.

    - Mexico - Poland
    The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Asociación Nacional de Universidades Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES) signed in February a Memorandum of Understanding which promotes cooperation between its member institutions.


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    NATIONAL INITIATIVES


    Australia Austria Belgium Brazil
    Canada Chile China France
    Germany Ireland Israel Hong Kong
    Japan Morocco New Zealand South Africa
    Sweden United Kingdon United States Zimbabwe

    - Australia

    Australia 2030 - Innovation plan
    Innovation and Science Australia has released Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation: A plan for Australia to Thrive in the Global Innovation Race, a strategic plan for the Australian innovation, science and research system up to 2030.

    Doctoral mobility
    The Group of Eight (Go8) - India PhD Advisory Taskforce has published Two-way Mobility of PhD Students Between India and Australia. The report provides data on international doctoral mobility, identifies existing barriers and provides recommendations to address the current imbalance in mobility between the two countries .

    - Austria

    Austrian Conference of Universities
    The Austrian Conference of Universities (uniko) together with the Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences and the Austrian Conference of Private Universities has produced a Facts sheet on the Austrian national qualifications framework. In total, there are eight levels of qualifications, which are based on the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

    - Belgium

    Collaboration between ARES and AUF
    The Academy of Research and Higher Education (ARES) and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) concluded a memorandum of understanding on 15 January 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. It aims to further structure and facilitate joint work in higher education between the two organisations.

    - Brazil

    International Academic Mobility
    Expanding Vistas: International Academic Mobility in Brazil reports on a survey of 158 public and private institutions of higher education in Brazil. The report, by the Institute of International Education (IIE), assisted by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI), finds that Brazilian outward international mobility is relatively low: 0.6 per cent (15,492) of Brazilian students studied abroad during the 2016 academic year and 20,523 international students studied in Brazil in 2016.

    - Canada

    Indigenous students
    Universities Canada has released a statement reaffirming their commitment to supporting Indigenous students, faculty, staff and local communities. This comes further to an open letter from Indigenous academic staff in Canada calling on university presidents to address the impact of the Colten Boushie case on indigenous students and higher education communities.

    Green campuses
    Going Greener 2017: The Road to Low-Carbon University Campuses, released by the Council of Ontario Universities, reports on the growing number of universities in the Province who have low carbon targets and sustainability strategies. It also presents case studies of partnerships between higher education institutions, municipalities, businesses and industry.

    Higher education employment conditions - Ontario
    A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that 53% of post-secondary education workers in Ontario are precariously employed, holding multiple jobs, more temporary work and unpaid overtime. Specifically, the report identifies a rise in work categories that are more precarious (e.g., research assistants and teaching assistants) alongside a decline in others that have traditionally been less precarious (e.g., librarians).

    - Chile

    Free higher education extended
    Chile’s Congress has approved the higher education reform project which further extends free higher education beneficiaries. Accreditation will also be compulsory for higher education and technical institutions starting 2020.

    Student retention
    The Ministry of Education has released the figures of first year student retention rates. It shows that 92% of the first generation of students who benefit from free higher education continue their studies in a higher education institution.

    - China

    The Ministry of Education has published the National Standard for Assessing the Quality of Teaching in Undergraduate Programs Offered by Regular Higher Education Institutions (“the Standard”), the first standard in China aimed at improving the quality of teaching and training in China’s higher education institutions.

    - France

    Masters completion rates
    The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation figures of students enrolled in a Masters degree in French universities in 2016-2017 show that 50% of students graduate in two years.

    Work-based learning in higher education
    The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has published a guidebook on work-based learning within higher education.

    Erasmus +
    The French Erasmus + Agency has published a report summarising the activities carried out by the agency from 2014 to 2016. It also provides an overview of opportunities provided by the Erasmus+ programme for higher education institutions.

    - Germany

    Coalition agreement of the German Government
    The German Rector’s Conference (HRK) president, Horst Hippler, issued a statement on the coalition agreement of the German Government in February, stressing the importance of progressive higher education policies and for the new Federal Government to be more involved in higher education, in particular funding.

    -  Hong Kong

    Consultation on Draft Revisions to Accreditation Standards
    The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) has released the findings from the consultation on the Draft Revisions to Accreditation Standards under the Four-stage Quality Assurance Process. It includes the implementation plan for the revised accreditation standards.

    - Ireland

    Intellectual property
    The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) have published the Review of Intellectual Property Management and Conflicts of Interest, which provides a framework for strengthening IP policies and procedures in higher education institutions.

    Graduate employment
    The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Central Statistics Office have published Higher Education Outcomes which analyses the employment outcomes and earnings of 2010 - 2014 graduates. It shows that 76% of 2014 graduates were in substantial employment in the first year after graduation, up from 66% for 2010 graduates.

    - Israel

    ’Ariel bill’
    The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has passed the ‘Ariel bill’ which extends the authority of the Israeli Council for Higher Education over higher education institutions in the West Bank.

    - Japan

    Increase of investment in science and technology
    Investment in science and technology will increase by 7% to 3.84 trillion yen (EUR 29 billion) in 2018 compared with 2017, the government’s science advisory body, the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) announced on 30 January.

    - Morocco

    Improvement of material resources and educational conditions for university students
    The Prime Minister, Saad Eddine El Othmani, announced on 5 February that more than MAD 70 billion (6.1 billion EUR) has been allocated to improve material resources and educational conditions for university students. He presented several measures that have been adopted for upgrading public university infrastructure and renovating facilities and also stated that 700 vacant positions in institutions will be filled in 2018. There is a planned increase of 20% of students accepted into institutions that have historically limited access or enrollment.

    - New Zealand
    The Ministry of Education of New Zealand has published three reports profiling students and graduates:

    - South Africa
    Fee-free higher education
    The Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced in his budget speech on 21 February additional funding of 4 billion eurosover the next three years for the implementation of fee-free higher education in South Africa.

    - Sweden
    National strategy for internationalisation
    The Swedish Government has released its proposals for a national strategy for internationalisation of higher education and research.

    - United Kingdom

    Funding review
    The Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced an independent review of post-18 education tuition fees and university funding in England, on 19 February. The review will consider cutting interest rates on student loans, reintroducing maintenance grants, as well as examining the level of fees.

    Research and Innovation roadmap
    Sam Gyimah, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, has announced the launch of the UKRI Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap programme. The Roadmap will survey the state of the UK’s research and innovation infrastructure.

    Students’ financial support - Wales
    The Welsh Government announced a new student financial support package on 5 February. First time undergraduates from Wales will, from this September, benefit from the equivalent to the National Living Wage through a mix of non-repayable grants and loans.

    - United States

    Education budget
    The US Government’s 2019 budget proposal contains a major reduction in higher education funding. It proposes cutting over $200 billion in student aid funding over the next decade by eliminating some types of federal student loans; changing the loan repayment safety net; and ending forgiveness for borrowers who work in the public sector.

    Student health - California
    The California senate passed bill SB320 which would require, from January 2022, public university student health centers to offer abortion by medication.

    Digital credentials
    The Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of Berkeley has released a research paper on Alternative Digital Credentials (ADCs). The paper details how digital records of students’ skills and competencies are replacing traditional university transcripts. It provides a proposed criteria, standards and implementation guidelines for ADCs within universities.

    Public mission of higher education
    A call for papers has been launched for the 15th International Workshop on Higher Education Reform organised by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education on 24 - 26 September 2018 that will address the theme Reinventing the Public Mission of Higher Education: Policies and Practice. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 March 2018.

    - Zimbabwe

    Skills audit
    Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira has announced that the government is conducting a national skills audit of public higher education institutions and private firms to be used as the basis of national curriculum development.

    Graduate database
    The Zimbabwe Information and Communication Technologies (ZICT) is developing a national database of degree holders. This initiative came after a surge of fraudulent or questionable degrees appeared on the market.


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    INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES



    UNESCO - AUF - African Minds - GCPEA - IAP - OBHE - OECD




    -  UNESCO

    UNESCO - ASEAN Tokyo Convention comes into force
    In December, Takio Yamada, Ambassador of Japan to UNESCO, together with Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General, took part in a ceremony marking Japan’s official accession to the revised Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo Convention), which comes into force in February 2018. Five countries have ratified the Tokyo Convention: Australia, South Korea, China, Japan and New Zealand.

    Quality assurance in Africa
    The UNESCO project Strengthening Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa was officially launched at country level in Togo on 21 November 2017. The objective of this project, funded by the Municipal Government of Shenzhen in China, is to strengthen higher education systems at the institutional, national and regional levels in African countries by developing quality assurance mechanisms.

    STEM and gender equality toolkit
    UNESCO has published a series of tools to integrate, monitor and evaluate gender equality in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The publication was developed as part of the STEM and Gender Advancement (SAGA) project which aims to contribute to reducing the gender gap in STEM fields internationally at all levels of education and research

    UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) - Bahrain
    IBE and the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) strengthening their long-term collaboration. IBE is supporting the country in developing a ‘Smart, Green and Future-oriented’ higher education system.

    UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
    UIS has released ‘The Quality Factor: Strengthening National Data to Monitor Sustainable Development Goal 4’. It provides a conceptual framework and a concrete set of tools to help countries improve the quality of their data and fulfil their reporting requirements.

    L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science awards
    UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation have selected five outstanding women scientists from Argentina, Canada, China, South Africa, and the United Kingdom who will receive the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in Life Sciences on 22 March 2018 in Paris.



    -  Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

    MOOCs
    REAMOOC, the African Network for the Development of MOOCs for Educational Innovation in Higher Education, was launched on 15 January in Brussels at a conference entitled Educational Innovation in Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: from the Strategy to the Field. REAMOOC is coordinated by AUF and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, an IAU Member, and 10 other partners. Co-financed by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union, REAMOOC will promote the adoption of innovative digital pedagogical practices within the project’s partner institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Student entrepreneurship in the Maghreb
    The SALEEM project (Structuring and support for student entrepreneurship in the Maghreb) was officially launched on 11 December in Rabat, Morocco. Co-funded by the European Union and all partners for a period of three years, the project, coordinated by AUF, will promote student entrepreneurship in Morocco and Tunisia.



    - African Minds

    Adoption and Impact of OER in the Global South
    ‘Adoption and Impact of Open Educational Ressources (OER) in the Global South’ has been published by African Minds. It examines the take up of OER and engagement in Open Educational Practices (OEP) in secondary and higher education as well as teacher professional development in 21 countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.



    - Conference of Education Ministers of Francophone countries (CONFEMEN)

    Rabat Declaration
    The Rabat Declaration (Appel de Rabat) was issued as a conclusion to the CONFEMEN seminar on education financing that brought together 200 decision makers in Rabat, Morocco on 5 - 7 December 2017. It includes 17 recommendations aimed at further mobilising the financial resources required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and invites all governments of CONFEMEN countries to implement these recommendations.



    - Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)

    Protection of schools and universities from armed conflict
    Representatives of the Ministries of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Public Security and the National Armed Forces of 10 Latin American states met in Panama City on 5 - 6 December 2017 to discuss the protection of schools and universities from armed conflict. All 10 countries endorsed the Declaration on Safety in Schools.



    - Interacademy Partnership (IAP) for Science

    Statement on Climate Change and Education
    The member academies of the IAP for Science released a Statement on Climate Change and Education at the One Planet Summit which took place in December in Paris, France. The Statement lays out a series of recommendations on how effective climate change education can be promoted in schools and universities. The statement is also available in French.


    - Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE)

    Online and Mixed Learning in Higher Education
    The OBHE organised its Global Forum in December in London, UK. Its theme was Ready or Not -The Role of Online and Mixed Learning in Higher Education. Conference presentations are now available online.



    - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    Education Indicators
    The latest OECD Education Indicators in Focus ‘Is Labour Market Demand Keeping Pace with the Rising Educational Attainment of the Population?’ finds that even though there are more tertiary-educated individuals than ever before, they still achieve good labour market outcomes.

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    Africa - Americas - Arab States - Asia & Pacific - Europe




    - Africa

    State of Education in Africa
    The outcomes report of the State of Education in Africa conference, held in May 2017 in Kenya, has just been released.

    Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
    RUFORUM has received US$ 1.5 million funding from the Carnegie Cooperation of New York to support post-doctoral research fellowships, and to increase retention rates for recent PhD holders.

    - Americas

    Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC)
    CONAHEC has opened a call for proposals for a short-term faculty exchange program for the fall in 2018. The program will match faculty members from CONAHEC member institutions who will collaborate in the partial design and teaching of a course at a partner institution. The closing date is 2 March 2018.

    Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL)
    UDUAL university affiliates concluded an agreement on 27 November 2017 in Havana, Cuba covering different thematic areas of work in preparation for the Regional Conference on Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 (CRES) which will take place at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina in June 2018.

    - Asia & Pacific

    Southeast Asian Ministers of Education - Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED)
    The ASEAN-China Forum for Private Higher Education Development and Cooperation, co-organised by SEAMEO RIHED, was held at the University of Sanya in China, on 29 November to 1 December 2017. It concluded with the signing of the Strategic Cooperation Framework for ASEAN-China Private Higher Education Institutions, known as the Sanya Declaration.

    Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
    The APRU has released a report entitled ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ which looks at the big challenges facing education with the introduction of disruptive technologies - such as digitisation, robotics and artificial intelligence - and provides context to build partnerships for policy development and capacity-building in the region.

    Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    The ADB report Innovations in Knowledge and Learning: Postsecondary Education Reform to Support Employment and Inclusive Growth” examines the need to explore new options and opportunities for modernising public higher education in the context of increased demand for higher education and the proliferation of private providers.

    Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines
    The Presentations from the Conference on Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education in ASEAN held in Pasay, the Philippines on 27 - 29 Novembre 2017, are now available. The conference, organised by CHED, gathered higher education officials from the ten ASEAN countries.

    - Europe

    European University Association (EUA)
    Public funding observatory
    EUA has released the findings of the 2017 Public Funding Observatory. The report and the online tool show the latest funding trends in Europe and offers up-to-date information on 34 different higher education systems.

    Academic freedom
    The President of EUA, Rolf Tarrach, has addressed a second letter to call on Iranian authorities to reverse the death sentence imposed by Iran in December against Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, a lecturer based at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, who is currently imprisoned in Iran.

    European University Information Systems (EUNIS)
    Deadline for submitting the papers for the EUNIS 2018 Congress has been extended until 19 February 2018. The congress, themed ‘Coming of Age in the Digital World’, will take place on 6-8 of June 2018 in Paris.

    League of European Research Universities (LERU)
    LERU has published its latest advice paper ‘Implicit bias in academia: A challenge to the meritocratic principle and to women’s careers - and what to do about it’. It focuses on the impact of gender bias in working conditions for women at universities, in recruitment and career advancement processes, and in research funding situations.

    Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)
    The presentations from the EduLAB meeting 2017 on ‘Innovation in Teaching and Employability’ hosted by the University of Lausanne, on 30 November-1 December 2017 are now available.

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    BILATERAL INITIATIVES



    Asia - Europe/ Benin - France / Estonia - Vietnam / Pakistan - Turkey / Qatar - El Salvador



    - Asia - Europe
    Member states of the Asia-Europe Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM) adopted the Seoul Declaration in Seoul, Korea, on 21-22 November. This Declaration outlines efforts to promote mobility between Asia and Europe.



    - Benin - France
    The French Embassy in Benin is offering PhD study grants for the academic year 2018-2019. The closing date for applications is 9 March 2018.



    - Estonia - Vietnam
    Estonia and Vietnam concluded a cooperation agreement on education and research on 22 November 2017. The agreement also addresses exchange of students, experts and researchers.



    - Pakistan - Turkey
    In January, the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan and the Council of Higher Education in Turkey approved 11 joint research projects under the Pak-Turk Researchers Mobility Grant Programme.



    - Qatar - El Salvador
    The Minister of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and the Foreign Minister of El Salvador signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in January which covered educational cooperation, including the exchange of expertise and best practices.


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    NATIONAL INITIATIVES


    Canada France Germany Hong Kong
    India Ireland Japan Kenya
    Morocco Pakistan Senegal Spain
    Taiwan Timor-Leste Tunisia Turkey
    United Kingdon United States

    - Canada

    Technology funding - British Columbia
    The Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, Melanie Mark, has announced CAN$4.4 million in new funding for 2,900 undergraduate and postgraduate places in engineering, computer science and information technology related programmes.

    New Minister - Ontario
    The Government of Ontario has appointed Mitzie Hunter, previously Education Minister, as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Her appointment has been welcomed by the Council of Ontario Universities.

    Campus food report card
    The first campus food report card based on a survey of 2,668 Ontario university students as well as university administrators has been released. Published by Meal Exchange, a student charity, the results show a wide gap between administrators and students ratings of campus food for healthiness, affordability, and accessibility to local and sustainable foods.

    - France

    Student enrolment
    Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation figures of students enrolled in French universities in 2016-2017 show a 2.8 % increase in undergraduate enrolment but a decrease in doctoral enrolment (- 2.3 %).

    Combating sexual violence in higher education
    The French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, underlined the French Government’s steps in 2018 to combat sexism and sexual violence in higher education in a speech at a conference held in December 2017 at the University Paris Diderot (Paris VII).

    Make our Planet Great Again - research grants
    18 researchers from 6 different countries have been awarded grants from the research programme ‘Make our Planet Great Again’ launched by the French President following the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The 18 laureates will conduct research projects on climate change.

    European higher education challenges
    Documents and presentations from the seminar on European Higher Education ‘Challenges for students and institutions’ which took place at the CIEP in Sèvres, France in December 2017 are now available online. This event was organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in the context of the forthcoming Ministerial conference for the European Higher Education Area to be held in Paris in May 2018.

    - Germany

    Refugees in German Universities
    Integration of Refugees in German Universities, a report from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), shows that 6,806 refugees participated in university preparation programmes in 2016.

    - Hong Kong

    Electronic application platform for online qualifications assessment
    In January, the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) launched an electronic application platform (QA i-Portal) for online qualifications assessment.

    - India

    Survey on Higher Education
    The All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), was released by the Government in January. The results reveal that the number of students enrolling for higher education in 2016-17 increased by 0.7 per cent over the previous year to reach 25.2 percent gross enrolment ratio (GER). The survey also showed that the number of universities in the country rose to 864 from 799 in 2015-16.

    Call for applications
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) is seeking applications for the post of Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Karnataka. The deadline is 12 February for online applications and 19 February for postal applications.

    - Ireland

    Employability of graduates
    The Higher Education Authority has published What Do Graduates Do? a survey of over 18,000 graduates of Irish universities in 2016. The study shows that 54% of 2016 graduates are now employed in Ireland, 8% are employed overseas, and 31% are in further studies.

    - Japan

    International students
    In 2017 there were 267,000 international students in Japan, an increase of 11.6% since 2016, according to a survey carried out by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

    - Kenya

    ANIE - Annual Conference Report
    The African Network for the Internationalisation of Education has just released the report from its 8th Annual Conference, which took place at the University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies, Kigali, Rwanda, in October 2017.

    - Morocco

    Introducing student registration fees in public higher education
    A draft framework law introducing student registration fees in public higher education institutions was adopted by the Moroccan governing council on 4 January. It is in line with the recommendations of the 2015-30 vision of the the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research (HCETSR) and will come into effect in 2018-2019 if adopted by the parliament.

    - Pakistan

    Call for papers
    The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has issued a call for papers for the International Conference on Professional Development in Higher Education to be held in Islamabad on 19 - 20 March 2018. Deadline for abstracts: 10 February 2018.

    Higher Education TV channel
    The HEC has also launched a Higher Education TV channel to uplift the standard of higher education culture and also offer education advice services.

    - Senegal

    CODESRIA 2017 Gender Institute - call for applicants
    The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) has launched a call for applications from academics and researchers in African universities and research centers to participate in the 2017 session of the Gender Institute, which will take place on 14 - 25 May, in Dakar, Senegal. Deadline: 15 March 2018

    - Spain

    Higher education news in Spanish
    Crue Universidades Españolas (CRUE) and the Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, concluded an agreement to launch a Spanish edition.

    - Taiwan

    Quality and competitiveness of universities
    The Ministry of Education has launched a 5-year project equivalent to $2.9 billion investment called Higher Education Sprout Project: Sustained progress and Rise of universities in Taiwan. It aims to enhance the quality of universities, promote the diversification of higher education and to reinforce international competitiveness

    - Timor-Leste

    Employability of Graduates
    The Prime Minister, Marí Alkatiri, stressed the importance of higher education as fundamental to the country’s Strategic Development Plan in a Keynote speech given during the international seminar ‘Raising the Quality of Higher Education as a Key Factor to Increase the Employability of Graduates’ held on 22 November, at the Ministry of Planning and Finance in Dili.

    - Tunisia

    Modernisation of the higher education system
    On 9 January in Tunis, the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), opened the kick-off meeting of the SAGESSE Project which aims to modernise the higher education system in Tunisia by strengthening its quality assurance system, governance mechanisms and results based funding and promoting university autonomy.

    - Turkey

    Critical situation for academics
    Scholars at Risk, an international network that works for academic freedom, has written to the Turkish President, Recep Erdogan, in the context of continuing attacks on Turkey’s higher education community. Since July 2017, 438 academics in Turkey have faced criminal detentions, investigations and prosecutions and 698 have been dismissed or expelled from their institutions and subjected to restrictions on their ability to travel.

    - United Kingdom

    New universities Minister
    On 9 January, Sam Gyimah MP was appointed Minister for Higher Education for England, replacing Jo Johnson.

    Commonwealth scholarships - call for applications
    The Association of Commonwealth Universities is seeking applications for 2018 Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countries. Closing date: 11 March 2018

    International students
    The Higher Education Policy Institute have published a research paper detailing the costs and benefits of international students by region. It shows that international students contribute a net impact of £20.3 billion to the UK economy.

    Mayors’ letter on the positive impact of international students
    The six metro mayors in England, and the Mayor of London, have signed a joint letter highlighting the positive impact international students have on cities and regions. They also call for a ’more open and welcoming message to international students’ and for improved work opportunities in the UK for international graduates.

    International Branch Campuses (IBCs)
    The second of a two-part report released by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) in December 2017 offers updated statistics on IBC development and further explores why some IBCs succeed while others struggle.

    - United States

    Migrants: Dreamers
    The American Council on Education (ACE), an IAU Member, has urged the US Government to reach a resolution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy which protects the status of ‘Dreamers’, young people brought to the United States as children. Their status is due to end on 5 March 2018. An estimated 241,000 students with DACA status are enrolled in higher education.

    State policy issues 2018
    The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has published Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2018. Underlining a policy landscape marked by political uncertainty, the paper details effects on higher education of federal policy changes, budgets and affordability, performance funding, employment, immigration and free speech.

    Higher education data
    The National Center for Education Statistics has released the provisional data on 2017 enrollment, finance, employees in higher education and academic libraries.

    Science and engineering indicators
    The National Science Foundation 2018 Report on Science and Engineering contains comparative data on national and global science and engineering. Statistics on research in higher education, STEM education, doctoral employment and international students are also provided.


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    World Higher Education Database (WHED)

    The World Higher Education Database WHED is the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) unique online reference portal that provides comprehensive and detailed information on Higher Education Systems, Credentials and Institutions around the world. It provides authoritative information on higher education worldwide. In partnership with UNESCO, the IAU secretariat receives and updates information in the WHED on an ongoing basis focusing each year on one specific region.

    IAU Global Portal on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD)

    The IAU Global Portal on HESD is a collaborative platform gathering sustainable development initiatives undertaken by higher education institutions around the world. Its objective is to allow IAU members to share their successes and inspire the whole higher education community.

    International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB)

    HEDBIB is a bibliographical database referencing publications related to 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 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.

    Portal on innovative approaches to doctoral education in Africa (IDEA)

    The IDEA - PhD Portal offers institutional and organisational profiles and announces calls and offers of interest to IAU Members in particular. The portal is developed in partnership with IAU Members and in particular with the partner Universities in Africa.





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  • World Higher Education Database (WHED)

    The World Higher Education Database WHED is the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) unique online reference portal that provides comprehensive and detailed information on Higher Education Systems, Credentials and Institutions around the world. It provides authoritative information on higher education worldwide. In partnership with UNESCO, the IAU secretariat receives and updates information in the WHED on an ongoing basis focusing each year on one specific region.

    This Portal offers data on higher education systems and credentials in 186 countries using information made available by the national competent bodies in each country:

    • Description of the pre-higher and higher education system
    • National bodies responsible for higher education and their contact details
    • Type of higher education institutions
    • Admission criteria, including information for foreign students
    • Description of main credentials awarded

    The WHED contains information on more than 18,500 higher education institutions offering at least a 4-year professional diploma or a post-graduate degree. Institutional data comprises:

    • Contact details for every institution
    • Historical background
    • List of academic divisions and study areas
    • Degrees and diplomas offered at each level of study
    • Key personnel, including principal academic and administrative officers

    The IAU offers customized data extractions from the WHED database through Palgrave Macmillan. For more information contact centre@iau-aiu.net.

    The International Handbook of Universities
    The information from the WHED serve as the basis of the annual three-volume International Handbook of Universities (IHU). It is published and sell by Palgrave Macmillan. This publication will be also transformed into an e-publication as of 2018 and more information will soon be available.

    Higher Education in ASEAN
    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.

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