International Association of Universities

Building a worldwide higher education community

WHED Portal

The Portal.

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


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

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

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

• the different stages of study;

• the national bodies responsible for higher education;

• the admission requirements (including for foreign students);

• the quality assurance/recognition system;

• student life;

• education level and entrance requirements;

• the main credentials offered.

Data on Institutions

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

• general information;

• names of officers;

• list of academic divisions and study areas;

• degrees offered;

• student services and facilities;

• student and academic staff numbers.

World Higher Education Database (WHED) CD-ROM

The WHED CD-ROM has been replaced by the WHED Portal.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

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