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Vol. 13, No 7, September 2016

Ce e-Bulletin est publié en anglais.
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IAU Activities

Secretariat News
  IAU is pleased to welcome Frédérique Herzog who joined the Secretariat in mid-August as Programme Officer. Frédérique will collaborate on the HESD portal and contribute to other initiatives at IAU.
In addition to saying farewell to Isabelle Turmaine (as noted in the July/August edition of the E-bulletin), IAU also bid goodbye to Stefanie Mallow whose internship came to an end in July. Stefanie returns to her studies at Uppsala University, Sweden and, thanking her for her excellent contributions to the work of the IAU, we wish her much success.

  Partnership with L’Etudiant
IAU, in partnership with L’Etudiant, the leading French education media group is pleased to offer to all Member institutions a highly reduced price to attend to l’Etudiant’s annual Study abroad Fair in Paris on 28 & 29 January 2017. This Fair attracts more than 11,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors from 30 countries. The Study abroad Fair offers a great opportunity to present your university to French students intending to study abroad and to meet new French institutional partners. 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of this event. In addition, EducPros (for education professionals) also proposes to all exhibitors a preparatory workshop to help all gain a better understanding of the French higher education sector. For more information and to register, please send your expression of interest by 30 September to Carine Sébast.

  Plan to participate in the IAU 15th General Conference on Higher Education: A catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies. From 13 to 16 November, 2016, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, together with a Consortium of Thai universities, led by Siam University, will host this conference and the programme designed for reflection, knowledge sharing and discovery of good practices. The role of universities as actors in innovation and sustainable development is incontestable, but needs to be demonstrated and improved continuously, so register now and join us in Bangkok.

  Elections of the IAU Administrative Board Members
Each quadrennial General Conference is the occasion for elections: IAU President and Board Members are elected for the next four years.  Leaders of all IAU Members in good standing are eligible for Board elections, so why not be a candidate? Please read more information on the process. Deadline for written nominations is 30 September; on site nominations are also possible.

  Be a Sponsor
IAU welcomes sponsors who wish to connect with higher education leaders and be visible to a large international audience. For more information, contact Hilligje van't Land or Giorgio Marinoni.

  ISAS (2.0) - Advancing Internationalization in Higher Education
IAU is pleased to announce the new programme for advancing internationalization! ISAS (2.0) consists of several distinct but complementary services offered to IAU Members, other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), individuals, organizations and national governments.
Building on the foundation of the initial Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service, ISAS (2.0) goes beyond the original initiative to offer a greater variety of tailored services to a more diversified audience.  Participating institutions can now earn Learning Badges for each service to demonstrate and acknowledge the learning journey they have undertaken. For more information, please visit the ISAS (2.0) web pages and contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU-3)
Higher Education representatives in senior leadership positions can now register to secure their place among the 20 participants in LGEU-3!
Hosted by EAFIT University, in Medellín, Colombia from 4 to 9 December, 2016, the 3rd session of LGEU will combine engaged debate about leadership challenges in HE and peer-to-peer learning exercises that underline unique aspects of leadership in an inter-cultural and globalized context. Learning about Colombia’s HE system through visits and meetings with representatives of local universities and other organizations will also be part of the programme. Apply to attend to discuss your challenges with colleagues from all over the globe and possibly find new solutions to old problems.  Take part in this networking opportunity and come to discover Medellín, the city of Eternal Spring A limited number of partial scholarships are available to participants from LICs.
Read the brochure in English or Spanish and contact: Juliette Becker.

  Take part in IAU Global Survey on HESD
The survey is open and the final results will be presented at the IAU 15th General Conference in Bangkok in November. Initial results are made available online on the IAU Global portal on HESD.
To view preliminary results, follow this link.
To take part in the Survey, follow this link.

  Higher Education Internationalization: A Handbook
IAU Members can now benefit from a substantial discount on subscription to the hard copy and online versions of this Handbook, as IAU takes up the chair of the Handbook’s Editorial Board.
Published three times per year and including articles from all over the world, the Handbook offers practical articles of interest to anyone engaged in the internationalization of higher education. A separate subscription offer was sent to all IAU Member institutions in June. For more information, please visit the IAU website or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Call for papers IAU Horizons, vol. 22, no.1 & 2
The next issue of IAU Horizons will appear in November 2016, disseminated globally and distributed at the IAU 15th General Conference. The In Focus section will examine the topic Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape, a theme envisaged for the IAU 2017 International Conference. Proposals for contributions (title and a three-line résumé of proposed article) are to be sent to the editor: Hilligje van't Land, no later than 5 October.

  TED talk on Sustainable Development
Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, IAU President and former Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) gave a TED talk on Sejahtera: the context of balancing in July. Based on his experience in mainstreaming Sustainable Development at HEIs, he shared his vision of Sejahtera, an indigenous concept expressing “balance” as a holistic way of life, having spiritual, physical, intellectual, cognitive, cultural, emotional, ethical and societal dimensions.

  2016 meeting of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development Partner Networks, Paris, France
As GAP Partner Network, Action Area 2 (Whole of Institution Approach to ESD) of the UNESCO GAP, IAU took an active part in this meeting which served to present and review progress achieved and challenges encountered in implementing GAP commitments. Participants also shared successful approaches to scaling-up ESD; discussed challenges encountered in reaching the target group of each Partner network; and planned common activities for the year ahead, with a particular focus on flagship projects. IAU is now one of the Chairs of Action Area 2. In preparation for the GAP meeting, IAU conducted a Global Survey on the Role of Higher Education in Fostering Sustainable Development and shared the initial results with the participants of the GAP Meeting.

New in the E-Bulletin
Readers will now be able to learn about upcoming international conferences on higher education and most particularly be alerted to Calls for Papers from various IAU Member and Partner organizations. This information, a complement to the IAU Global Calendar of Events, will be added at the end of each edition of the E-Bulletin.

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Reminder of Important IAU Dates

  • Conferences
    • 13-16 November 2016: 15th IAU General Conference on Higher Education: a catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Professional development/training programme
    • 4-9 December 2016: 3rd session of the Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU) Programme hosted by EAFIT University, Medellin, Colombia
    • 21-26 May 2017: 4th session of the LGEU programme, hosted by University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Study Abroad Fair in Paris
    • 28-29 January 2017: 20th edition of the Study Abroad Fair organized by L’Etudiant in Paris, France.

News/Opportunities from around the World


UNESCO: Access to Education; Equal Opportunity; Sustainable Development
UNESCO has published a background paper prepared for the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report, Monitoring Cross-Country Performance in Equality of Access and Affordability of Tertiary Education – a Review of Options. This document reviews the main challenges in cross-country monitoring of the new sustainable development goal 4.3 in the tertiary education sector. It focuses on equality and affordability of access.

UNESCO: Educational Reform; Saudi Arabia
Cooperation has been reinforced to drive the education reform with the setting up of 13 UNESCO Chairs in 6 Saudi universities and the establishment of a Junior Professional Officer programme at UNESCO in August 2016.

UNESCO/ Education Sector of UNESCO: Information Services; Refugees
A new monthly education podcast containing news, updates and highlights on the Organization’s key education activities and projects has been launched. The first podcast draws attention to World Refugee Day (refugee children in primary and secondary school) and preventing violent extremism through education.

UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning (IIEP)/ Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA): Educational Quality; Ethics
UNESCO’s IIEP and CHEA have published an Advisory Statement for Effective International Practice. Combatting Corruption and Enhancing Integrity: A Contemporary Challenge for the Quality and Credibility of Higher Education. This statement calls for greater awareness and action against corruption in higher education and provides guidelines in the form of examples of corruption and their prevention. It emphasises the role that should be played by quality assurance processes. (in English) (in French)

UNESCO/ Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE): Educational Policy; ICTs; Kenya
UNESCO and IITE have released Current state of advancement of OER in Kenya. This publication contains a brief outline of Kenya’s national policies and strategies in ICT; ICT in education; international OER initiatives in Kenya and at Kenyan universities; OER integration in Kenya: challenges and recommendations.

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS): Educational Quality; Equal Opportunity; Sustainable Development
UIS has launched two new tools for monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education:
- a Digest that sets out a practical roadmap to develop the key indicators needed to monitor progress towards SDG 4 - Education 2030 and to improve the measuring of education quality and equity.
- an eAtlas mapping out the currently available global education indicators (access to education, educational quality and educational outcomes) – including tertiary level enrolment.!/tellmap/-1210327701 (UIS announcement)

Other international initiatives

Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): Educational Cooperation; Research; Innovation
AUF has signed a partnership agreement with the Conférence des présidents d’université, the Conférence des directeurs des écoles françaises d’ingénieurs (CDEFI) and the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE) to strengthen cooperation and exchange of expertise and information and support training and research, innovation and the enhancement of the universities and grandes écoles in the French-speaking world. (in French)

Commonwealth of Learning (COL): E-Learning; OER
COL has released a ready-to-use template for drafting an Open Educational Resources (OER) policy for open and distance learning (ODL), e-Learning or face-to-face institutions.
Commonwealth of Learning (COL): MOOCs; Quality Assurance; Accreditation
COL has published a report and guidelines on MOOCs. The report, entitled Quality in MOOCs: Surveying the Terrain, draws on the literature on both MOOCs and quality in education in order to provide a framework to think about quality and the different variables and questions that must be considered when conceptualising quality in MOOCs.
Guidelines for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of MOOCs is based on wide consultations and surveys and aims to assist the four key stakeholders (governments, MOOC providers, learners and accreditation agencies) with guidelines on how to ensure the quality of MOOCs.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP): Call for Participation; Research
INASP and Research4Life Advocacy have launched a competition that is open to all researchers, practitioners, librarians and policymakers whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life programmes (HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI) or has access to research through an agreement mediated by INASP. The competition is designed to highlight examples of successful advocacy in support of improving research capacity in an institution or a country or the dissemination of research results to achieve evidence-based policy development at either local or national level. Deadline: 15 September  2016.

INSPIRELI International Network of Architecture: Architecture Education; Call for Participation
The INSPIRELI Awards 2016, the second annual global competition for students of Architecture and Design, is open for applications. This project is supported by the President of Slovakia, the Czech Republic Minister of Education, and the Slovak Association of Architects. Deadline 30 November 2016.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Educational Evaluation; Educational Quality; Education Systems
OECD has launched two new areas of work in higher education: benchmarking system performance and in-depth analysis of higher education topics.
Concerning benchmarking, OECD will collect data and information across different performance dimensions in higher education to compare performance across higher education systems and identify which higher education systems are performing well, in which areas, and why. It will also identify strengths and weaknesses in national higher education systems.
Concerning the analysis of higher education topics, OECD will provide countries with an analytical framework; a self-assessment tool; policy advice tailored to specific countries (country reviews); peer-learning opportunities and new evidence and insights to feed back into and strengthen the benchmarking performance framework.

United Nations: International Agenda; Sustainable Development
The first progress report on the new global development agenda has been published. It provides up-to-date statistics on poverty, hunger, education and sanitation.

Word Bank: Educational indicators; STEM education; Africa
The World Bank Education team for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), under the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), and in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and Nigeria’s National Universities Commission (NUC) held a regional benchmarking capacity building workshop from June 14-16, 2016 in Abuja (Nigeria). This workshop disseminated the results of the pilot exercise, which used data provided by 28 universities, together with selected indicators, ranging from learning achievement and teaching quality to inclusion, labour market outcomes, and research. The aim of this benchmark initiative is to help universities to measure the effectiveness of their applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) programmes by using performance indicators and best practices at comparable African and global institutions.
Word Bank: Access to Education; Malawi
The report entitled Improving Higher Education in Malawi for Competitiveness in the Global Economy has been released in response to a request from the Government of Malawi to the World Bank. It summarizes the key findings of an in-depth study of factors affecting access and equity in the Malawian higher education sub-sector, the quality and relevance of educational outputs, the financing of the sector, and the frameworks that structure the governance of the sector and its management.

Regional initiatives

African Virtual University: ICTs; E-Learning; Mobile Technologies
The 3rd annual conference of the African Virtual University, entitled Integrating Mobile Learning to Open Up Access to Quality Education and Training Opportunities in Africa was held in Nairobi, Kenya, 6-8 July 2016. Presentations are now available on

ARUA: Research Universities; Educational Cooperation
Professor Ernest Aryeetey, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, and IAU Board member has been appointed as the first Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA): Educational Quality; Teaching
CINDA has published Quality of University Training: Information for Taking Decisions. It identifies good practices related to information analysis in view of the quality of the management of university teaching.
Universitaria,%20Informaci%C3%B3n%20para%20la%20toma%20de%20decisiones.pdf (in Spanish)

Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL): Internationalization; Distance Education; Educational Evaluation; Educational Autonomy; Regional Development
The Andine Regional Conference of UDUAL took place in July in Cusco, Peru. It discussed topics such as the challenges of internationalization for the Andine university; distance education; evaluation and accreditation; university autonomy; and local development and health. (in Spanish)

Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL): Researchers; Innovation; University-Business Partnerships
UDUAL and la Red Universidad-Empresa ALCUE (América Latina, El Caribe, Unión Europea) have released a digital book entitled Encuentro de Saberes: Universidad-Empresa para la Innovación. This digital book presents the reflections and proposals of researchers who participated in the 2nd International Congress of the ALCUE University-Business network. Topics include: technological transfer; regional innovation systems; and business. (in Spanish)

ASEAN University Network (AUN): Quality Assurance
AUN has released Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Institutional Level. This Guide presents an overview of the AUN-Quality Assurance (QA) Framework; describes the AUN-QA Framework and associated criteria for assessment; and provides a step-by-step guide for conducting the AUN-QA assessment at institutional level.

Asian Development Bank (ADB): Education Systems; Educational Strategies; Sri Lanka
ADB has published Innovative Strategies in Higher Education for Accelerated Human Resource Development in South Asia: Sri Lanka.This report highlights issues and constraints faced in the Sri Lankan Higher education system, identifies innovations and good practices, and summarizes major challenges and recommended Interventions to be taken to enhance the sector’s overall efficiency and improve the country’s international competitiveness.

Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN): Strategic Planning; Quality Assurance; Asia-Pacific
APQN has published Dissolving Boundaries for a Quality Region: APQN Strategic Plan (2016-2019). This Strategic Plan defines the vision and mission, strategic objectives, and the seven goals and actions along with ten targets to be achieved by the Asia-Pacific Quality Network within the next three years.,_2016).pdf

Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU): Research; Educational Statistics; Asia-Pacific
APRU has published APRU Impact Report 2016. This report includes case studies, contextual data and extensive research metrics that demonstrate the role and impact of APRU universities in the Asia-Pacific region; the contribution of APRU to disaster risk reduction; strengths within and complementarities/synergies between APRU leading institutions; and the value of collaboration in the APRU network.

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Training Center (SEAMEO RETRAC): Leadership; Teacher Education; ICTs; Quality Assurance
The proceedings and papers of the SEAMEO RETRAC annual international conference entitled Towards Excellence in Leadership and Management in Higher Education, which was jointly organized with the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) in Ho Chi Minh City from 28 to 29 July 2016 have been published. Sub-themes include: redefining the roles of higher education leaders; governance reforms in higher education; teacher education; integration of 21st century skills in curriculum (curriculum innovation); ICT integration to achieve effectiveness in teaching and management; quality assurance and accreditation in higher education.

Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education (EnRRICH): Research and Innovation; Teaching; Community Participation
The 7th Living Knowledge Conference 2016, Inspire – Integrating Community Based Partnership into Learning and Teaching for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), took place in June 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Topics discussed included: challenges and opportunities in building RRI into HEIs; building capacity for collaborative research and practice; breaking down stereotypes about scientists; and seven generations to RR with indigenous peoples.

European Commission: Policy; Regional Cooperation; Refugees; Southern Mediterranean Countries
The Third Policy dialogue on Higher Education with Southern Mediterranean Countries took place in Brussels in July. Topics discussed included: developments in EU-Southern Mediterranean cooperation in the field of HE; HE in times of crisis – integration of refugees in universities; and integration of digital technologies in HE.

European Commission/ Western Balkans Platform: Teacher Education; Western Balkans
The 5th Meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Developments in Teacher Training took place in Sarajevo at the end of June. Topics included teacher training reforms; criteria for evaluating teacher performance; past and future EU support for education; and relevance of higher education. The Commission also presented the platform’s latest study From University to Employment: Mapping Higher Education Provision and Labour Market Needs in the Western Balkans

European Disability Forum: Students with Disabilities; Scholarships
The European Disability Forum and the company Oracle have announced a scholarship of 8,000 EUR to a student with disability for a higher education programme studying in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the academic year of 2016-2017.It will be awarded based on a project or thesis that will be conducted during the academic year. The project or thesis should take into account the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of accessibility to ICT, and/or an innovative solution to enhance their access.

European Students’ Union (ESU): Sustainable Development; Educational Planning
Education International (EI), the Organizing Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), and the European Students’ Union (ESU) are targeting their members and partners through a joint action programme, A Joint Vision for Secondary and Higher Education for All in Europe, which is aimed at advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted last year by the United Nations.

European Union: Researchers; Slovakia
The Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers was presented at the Competitiveness Council in July.

European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN): Social Responsibility
One of the latest UNIBILITY project outcomes is the publication of a Toolkit of Practice that collects many examples of how university social responsibility can be implemented.

Magna Charta Universitatum: Educational Autonomy; Social Responsibility
The President of the Magna Charta Observatory gave a video-speech on The Role of Values in Higher Education Institutions at the Conference of the International Association of Pedagogy.

Inter-regional initiatives
International Network for Higher Education in Africa: Educational Cooperation
The International Network for Higher Education in Africa is gearing up to launch the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA) to promote trans-continental and global dialogue in higher education. The Forum is intended to foster discussion, research, policy formulation and analysis, publication and communication in recognition of the enormous common challenges as well as emerging opportunities particularly in the three regions in the increasingly globalized higher education domain.

UK/ USA/ Australia/ New Zealand: Internationalization; Student Mobility
The New Diversity Index allows for a comparison of levels of international diversity on the campuses of universities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Bilateral initiatives
China/ Russia: Educational Cooperation
The heads of a number of Chinese and Russian universities met in July at the Lomonosov Moscow State University as a part of the XVII session of the Russian-Chinese Commission for Humanitarian Cooperation. The forum resulted in the Declaration to establish the Association of Universities of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China. In addition, agreements were signed between the specialized educational institutions of China and Russia in medical and technical sciences, linguistics, public administration, and education.

Italy/ Iran: Mobility; Researchers; Science; Innovation
An agreement was signed in August between the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. The Pietra della Valle Mobility Programme will finance the mobility of academics and researchers for scientific research programmes in such fields as humanities; engineering; ICT; medicine; and the natural sciences. (in Italian)

Namibia/ Malaysia: Qualifications Authorities; Educational Cooperation
The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) has renewed its longstanding cooperation agreement with the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA).

National and institutional initiatives

Argentina: Education Systems; Educational Quality
The “Compromiso por la Educación”(Engagement for Education) project was launched in July to open a multisectorial dialogue and improve the quality and inclusion of the educational system. (in Spanish)

Australia: Educational Statistics; Educational Outcomes; Education and Employment
The 4th edition of the Grattan Institute think-tank’s annual report Mapping Australian Higher Education comprises chapters on higher education provider types, student enrolment, higher education workforce, research, finance, scope of the Commonwealth Government, social outcomes, outcomes for students, and benefits for students, employers and the public, science, IT and engineering enrolment trends and employment outcomes.
Australia: Graduates; Education and Employment
Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) has published its Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) 2015 Reports. This report examines destinations, salaries and course experience of Australian university graduates.

Bangladesh: Student Welfare; Campus Safety; Private Universities
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has required that all private universities form a monitoring cell to undertake awareness activities against terrorism, extremism and militancy and report every month on their activities.

Canada: Access to Education; Educational Grants
The Government of Canada announced in July that student grants would increase by 50 percent for the 2016–17 academic year, helping over 350,000 students, mainly from low-income families. (in French)
Canada: Education and Employment; Educational Statistics
The Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI), in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, has released a report entitled Barista or Better? New Evidence on the Earnings of Post-Secondary Education Graduates: A Tax Linkage Approach. It uses administrative data on students provided by 14 PSE institutions from four Canadian provinces linked to tax records held by Statistics Canada to track the labour market outcomes of Canadian college (diploma) and university (bachelors) graduates from 2005 to 2013.
Canada: Educational Quality; Education Systems; Educational Planning
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has published Understanding the Sustainability of the Ontario Postsecondary System and its Institutions: A Framework. This document offers a conceptual framework to examine the sustainability of Ontario’s public postsecondary institutions. It discusses the definition of the term “sustainability,” how it can be measured, and the various tools and strategies that are available to both institutions and government to meet sustainability risks when they are identified.
d%e2%80%99%c3%a9ducation-postsecondaire.pdf (in French)

France: Educational Cooperation; Educational Publishing
The Conférence des présidents d’université (CPU) and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme have signed an agreement to cooperate in developing the Humanities Observatory and the FUNDIT portal; reinforcing cooperation in publishing and in the dissemination of pedagogical and scientific audiovisual tools. (in French)
France: Science; Research; Ethics
The Report on the Charter for Scientific Integrity was presented to the Minister for Higher Education in June. (in French) 
France: Innovation; Science Indicators
The report L'innovation en France - Indicateurs de Positionnement International analyses the international position of France in the field of innovation.
france-indicateurs-de-positionnement-international.html (in French)

Germany: Doctoral Education; Research; Academic Staff
With a view to support early career researchers at universities of applied sciences, the senate of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) has released a resolution requesting targeted funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Specifically, the HRK recommends the following measures:  expansion of cooperative doctoral training groups with 50 adequately financed positions each for a period of six years and the introduction of part-time positions.
Germany: Education and Employment; Graduates
In a joint declaration, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), and the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) reaffirm their commitment to dialogue with all partners concerned in order to guarantee the employability of graduates in a rapidly changing economic and societal environment.
Germany: Teaching; ICTs; E-Learning
According to a study by the HIS-Institut für Hochschulentwicklung (HIS Institute for Development in Higher Education), almost three-quarters (73 percent) of the universities surveyed are pursuing a policy of enriching their teaching with digital technologies. Over one-third (36 percent) name a blended learning approach as their guiding vision. Forty-two percent see digital teaching as a tool for improving their programmes to increase student success, the quality of teaching or the ability to balance family life and study. In contrast, only two percent of the universities in the survey have no digital component in their teaching.

India: Digital Libraries; Academic Libraries; ICTs
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has entrusted IIT Kharagpur to host, coordinate and set-up a National Digital Library (NDL). The objective is to integrate all the existing digitized and digital contents available in different institutions. More specifically,
it is to provide a single-window access with e-leaming facility to different groups of users, ranging from primary to higher education.
India: Educational Reform; Educational Policy
The Indian government is in the process of undertaking a major review and development of its higher education policy, and other levels of education. To this end, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is conducting a highly consultative exercise and has released various papers, including a discussion paper entitled Themes and Questions for Policy Consultation on Higher Education and Some Inputs for Draft National Education Policy 2016.

Indonesia: Educational Technologies; Educational Quality; Access to Education
Presentation slides and proceedings from the Educational Technology World Conference (ETWC) 2016 - the first world conference on educational technology in Indonesia (31 July – 3 August 2016) themed Educational Technology to Improve Quality and Access of Education to Prosperous Society are available online. Sub-themes addressed were: Innovation and creativity; networking and collaboration; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and badges; ITCs; Integration; distance education; policy and cultural considerations; open educational resources; quality assurance, certification, and accreditation; design and development.

Ireland: Gender; Academic staff; Educational Personnel
This review by the Higher Education Authority contains an in-depth analysis of the gender balance of higher education staff across all grades of employment, as well as management teams, academic councils and governing boards. It includes recommendations and key performance indicators for all relevant stakeholders in the higher education sector.

Morocco: Educational Cooperation; Regional Development
The Ministry of Higher Education, along with the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Regional Council and three local universities have signed a partnership agreement aiming to reinforce collaboration for local development using the skills and expertise of university researchers and professors.

New Zealand: Educational Statistics; Students; Enrolment; Educational Outcomes
Education Counts has released the following three publications:
- What Are They Doing? The Field of Study of Domestic Students/Learners 2008-2015, a report that analyses enrolment of domestic students/learners in the NZ tertiary education system between 2008 and 2015 by field of study and qualification level and their distribution according to characteristics including sub-sector, gender, ethnic group and age group.
- Monitoring the Youth Guarantee Policy 2014, a report that monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the policy aimed at supporting retention in secondary and tertiary education and progression from secondary to tertiary education. It investigates educational and employment outcomes achieved over the 2010-2014 period.
- New Zealand Tertiary Education Demand Forecast 2016, a factsheet describing the methodology used by the Ministry in forecasting the demand for tertiary education at Levels 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
New Zealand: University-Business Cooperation; Researchers
The Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment has announced a substantial four-year investment in the new ‘Entrepreneurial Universities’ initiative which is meant to attract world-leading entrepreneurial researchers to New Zealand to further strengthen universities and innovation ecosystem.
New Zealand: E-Learning; Open Education; ICTs
Ako Aotearoa, The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, has published E-Learning in Tertiary Education: Highlights from Ako Aotearoa-Supported Research.
This Report provides a synthesis of the outcomes from thirty eight Ako Aotearoa projects, funded from 2008, and analyses the implications of technology for New Zealand tertiary education. Major themes that run through the projects include: organisational implications of e-learning; open education; learner support, engagement and retention; e-learning and Ako Màori; selecting from the range of e-learning technologies; the examples and case studies explore e-learning in a range of courses.

Norway: Researchers; Academic Staff Mobility
The Research Council of Norway has drawn up a new policy for recruitment to the research sector. It is designed to increase interaction between academia and working life and make it easier for young researchers to gain international experience.

Sri Lanka: Educational Statistics; Enrolment; Educational Outcomes; Educational Finance
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has published Sri Lanka University Statistics 2015 which include university admissions, student enrolment, graduate output, staff, and finance.

Syria: Educational Institutions; Academic Staff
The recently inaugurated University of Rojava in Syria’s north-eastern Qamishli city has called on qualified academics to join its staff to help accomplish its ambitions as the first university in Syria’s Kurdish region. The university will include a faculty of Medicine, college of Education and Science, and a college of Engineering. It is expected to open registration for students in the academic year 2016-2017.

Thailand: Educational Policy; Educational Autonomy; Governance
The Prime Minister has invoked the powers of Section 44 of the interim Constitution to tackle problems in a number of universities and colleges (tertiary education sector).

United Kingdom: Education Systems; Educational Finance; Governance
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published Higher Education in New Zealand: What might the UK Learn? This comparative study of UK and NZ higher education sectors draws lessons in the following areas: cost of student loans; private providers and the demand-led system; increasing repayments from borrowers overseas; international recruitment; and governance.
United Kingdom: Research; Open Data; Open Access
The Concordat on Open Research Data has been developed by HEFCE, Research Councils UK (RCUK), Universities UK and the Wellcome Trust. It will help to ensure that research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research community are made openly available for use wherever possible in a manner that is consistent with relevant legal, ethical, disciplinary and regulatory frameworks and norms; and with due regard to the costs involved.,109264,en.html
United Kingdom: Educational Finance
Audit Scotland has published a broad audit of higher education funding and student support which warns of a number of ‘underlying risks’ to Scotland’s university sector as a result of mounting funding pressures. Risks include: teaching funding; availability of places; research funding; capital funding; and overall sustainability. It recommends that the Council develop strategic plans for its’ funding in key areas such as research, innovation and capital investment and that a new SFC performance framework be completed to deliver a fuller set of performance measures and better alignment between the framework and the strategic plan.
United Kingdom: Research; Research Evaluation; Educational Finance
Building on Success and Learning from Experience: An Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework makes recommendations on the future operation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). It examines how university research funding can be allocated more efficiently so that universities can focus on carrying out world-leading research.
United Kingdom: Research; Research Publications
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has published Publication Patterns in Research Underpinning Impact in REF 2014 which is the first report to analyze all research publications submitted for assessment between 1988 and 2014. It found that at least 42 per cent of the research cited in impact case studies in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) had been submitted as research outputs to the various prior research assessments. This suggests that research of scholarly significance leads to societal impact, but also emphasizes the broad base of research from which impact stems.,2014/Content/Pubs/Independentresearch/2016/Publication,patterns,in,

United States of America: STEM Education; Civic Engagement
The Association of Public Land-grant University (APLU) has published two reports:
- Collaborating at the Centres, which presents recommendations on STEM education centres at universities.
- The New Engagement: Exploring the Issues Across a Spectrum. A Framework for Thought and Action by the Task Force on the New Engagement. This consultative report summarises the current state of university engagement and contains recommendations for establishing a Task Force on the “new engagement” for public higher education which embeds engagement as a force for transformational change in communities and institutions.
United States of America: Competency Based Education
The American Council on Education (ACE), Ellucian and Eduventure have partnered to conduct a three-year study to help higher education leaders better understand competency-based education (CBE), including the diversity of institutional practices and paths forward. Through the survey entitled Deconstructing CBE: An Assessment of Institutional Activity, Goals, and Challenges in Higher Education a purpose-built scoring model was developed which will be used to provide each responding institution with a benchmark report. This scoring model compares institutions across five dimensions of CBE development, leading to a comprehensive score.
United States of America: Access to Education
The College for Every Student (CFES) in Essex (New York) hosted a summit in May 2016 on New Dimensions in College and Career Readiness: Implications for Low-Income Students. This event, sponsored by the GE Foundation and Trinity College Dublin, focused on ways to ensure that students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, had the necessary skills and training to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment. The report is now available online.
United States of America: Refugees; MOOCs; E-learning
The U.S. Department of State and Coursera, the open online education provider, are partnering in the launch of Coursera for Refugees, a new initiative to help refugees around the world to access educational opportunities and to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships in host communities. This partnership builds upon the State Department’s MOOC Camps, which are run by U.S. Embassies and Consulates and are part of Coursera’s Learning Hubs network. Refugees will be able to obtain fee waivers for over 1,000 Coursera courses and join local students in course discussions.
United States of America: Access to Education; Educational Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2016. This report covers all levels of education, including higher education.
United States of America: Student Welfare; Educational Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in association with US Department of Education and US Department of Justice has published Indicators of School Crime and Safety report 2015 which also includes higher education.
United States of America -US Government (White House): Educational Finance; Student Loans
The US Government has published a report entitled Investing in higher education: Benefits, challenges, and the State of Student Debt. The report details recent government policy on student loans and grants, trends in student borrowing and repayment outcomes.

Venezuela: Educational Personnel; Indigenous Peoples
The first indigenous rector of the country has been appointed at the Universidad Experimental Indígena del Tauca. He has participated in the elaboration of several laws.

IAU Member Organizations’ and Partners’ Events - the list of IAU Member Organizqtions

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
Global Learning and the College Curriculum: Nurturing Student Efficacy in a Global World, Denver, USA, 6-8 October 2016.

ACE - American Council on Education
Regional Women’s Leadership Forum. Clemson, USA, 24 October 2016.

Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE)
Canada – Sub-Saharan Africa Partners Roundtable at CBIE 50th annual conference, Ottawa, Canada, 13-16 November 2016.

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2016
Sustainability Transformation of Science Systems at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, 14-15 September 2016.

Institute of International Education (IIE) Summit
Generation Study Abroad - Washington, DC., USA, 23-25 October 2016.

Magna Charta Observatory
Annual international conference and 28th Anniversary - Reducing Social Inequalities: The Role of Universities, Sao Paulo University, Brazil, 21-22 October 2016.

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