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Vol. 13, No 8, October 2016

IAU Activities

Secretariat News
  Effective 1 October 2016, Dr. Hilligje van’t Land will take up the position as Deputy Secretary General of IAU.  The creation of this new position, and Hilligje’s nomination reflects the excellent contribution that she has made to the work of the Association, not least in the areas of membership development, as editor of the magazine IAU Horizons and as the lead expert in the Secretariat on the thematic priority promoting higher education and research for sustainable development.

  On 14 September, the IAU Secretariat was pleased to host a delegation from Swedish Universities which included the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) Board Chair Helen Dannetun and Secretary-General, Marianne Granfelt, as well as several rectors, both Members and non-Members of IAU. The meeting served to introduce the work of the IAU to the Swedish rectors and discuss possible new ways to collaborate and attract more Swedish members to the Association.

  Belinda Robinson, CEO of Universities Australia (UA) and Meghan Butler, International Projects Officer, visited the IAU Secretariat to learn more about the IAU and present some of the current priorities of UA. The meeting was too short to discover all the potential for cooperation, but served to convince both organizations’ leadership that collaboration would be of mutual benefit. IAU is pleased to count among its members a relatively large number of UA members, but would be pleased to develop more initiatives with UA, beyond the current practice of disseminating reports and advocacy positions taken by the Australian peak body.

  The IAU Secretariat was also pleased to welcome representatives of the new International Centre for Higher Education Innovation, established under the auspices of UNESCO in Shenzen, China.  Hosted by the Southern University of Science and Technology, this Centre’s mission is ‘to help higher education institutions in Asia and Africa fulfill their social responsibility and serving their Member States.’  The meeting explored ways in which IAU may collaborate with the centre especially in upcoming projects in a number of African nations.  For more information see

  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. 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
The General Conference is the occasion for electing a new IAU President and Board Members Leaders of all IAU Members in good standing are eligible to vote and to stand for Board elections, so why not be a candidate? Please read more information on the process and note that  on site nominations are 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.

  Hokkaido University: first institution undertaking the new ISAS (2.0) programme
Hokkaido University in Japan is the first university to undertake a service of the new ISAS (2.0) programme. Started initially as a follow-up to a previous ISAS project at Hokkaido University, which was the first university to benefit from the IAU service in 2010, the project evolved into the first “Assessing Strategy and Monitoring Achievements” strand of the new ISAS (2.0) programme for advancing internationalization. The university undertook a self-review during the first months of 2016 and the site visit will take place from 5 to 7 October 2016.
The expert panel is chaired by Madeleine Green, IAU Senior Fellow, and includes Dr. Akira Ninomiya, President of Hijiyama University Hiroshima, Japan, Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Engagement), the University of Western Australia and Eva Egron-Polak, IAU Secretary-General.
Contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Cardiff Metropolitan University: first institution to apply for the Achieving Comprehensive Internationalization strand of ISAS (2.0)
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Cardiff Metropolitan University and IAU. The IAU will evaluate documentation submitted by the University before determining whether or not the University is eligible for and can proceed towards the full-assessment of its internationalization strategy and activities in view of earning the Comprehensive Internationalization Learning Badge. The process will begin this fall.
Contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  ISAS (2.0)
For a full description of this new IAU programme for advancing the internationalization of higher education, please see here or contact Giorgio Marinoni.

  IAU and COPERNICUS Alliance join forces to foster Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD)
During the 2016 COPERNICUS Alliance Conference that took place in Vienna on 14 and 15 September, a MoU was signed between IAU and COPERNICUS Alliance by the presidents of both Associations. This signing builds on a long history of cooperation and officialised the determination to foster HESD collaboratively. The initiatives listed in the MoU aim to support the work of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) and the 2030 Development Agenda and will address related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The action plan includes, among others, a joint Call for Research Papers and Prize, as well as a professional training programme on HESD leadership. Presentations made at the CA Conference, including by Dzulkifli Adbdul Razak, are available on the event website.
For more information:

  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 and 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 for participants from LICs.
Read the brochure in English or Spanish and contact: Juliette Becker.

Partnership with L’Etudiant
  IAU, in partnership with L’Etudiant, the leading French education media group, is pleased to offer all Member institutions a highly reduced rate to take part in l’Etudiant’s annual Study Abroad Fair in Paris on 28 & 29 January 2017. The fair attracts more than 11,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors from 30 countries and 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) proposes a preparatory workshop for all exhibitors to help to gain a better understanding of the French higher education sector. For more information and to register, please send your expression of interest by 31 October to Carine Sébast.

  Take part in the IAU Global Survey on Higher Education and Sustainable Development
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.

  The 28th edition of the International Handbook of Universities (2017) has just been released
The Handbook includes information on nearly 18,000 university-level institutions as well as information on the education systems of over 180 countries. Enhanced access to the World Higher Education Database (WHED) Portal (MyWHED) is offered with each purchase of the Handbook. Orders should be placed directly with the publishers, Springer. IAU Members benefit from a 50% discount on all orders placed.

  Higher Education Internationalization: A Handbook
IAU Members can now benefit from a substantial discount when subscribing to the hard copy and/or online version of this Handbook, as IAU now chairs its Editorial Board.
Published three times per year and including contributions from all over the world, the Handbook offers practical articles of interest to anyone engaged in the internationalization of higher education. The first issue of the IAU-edited set of articles (issue 2/2016) was published in July and the next one (3/2016) will be published in November. For more information, please visit the IAU website or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  New benefit for IAU members: discount on the subscription to the "Journal of the European Higher Education Area"
IAU members can also benefit from a substantial discount on the subscription to the "Journal of the European Higher Education Area", a user-friendly tool to support the work of higher education leaders, faculty, decision-makers and students in translating the major reforms of the Bologna Process into meaningful institutional strategies and practices. For details, please read the special subscription offer on the IAU website or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Higher Education Policy (HEP) vol. 29, no. 3 – September 2016
The latest edition of HEP, featuring six original articles as well as a book review, has just been released. Articles look at, amongst others, welfare regimes and academic research in OECD countries, merit-pay in Argentina, learning outcomes in Norway and England, and the impact of international graduate students on the enrolment of US students in advanced degree programmes. For more information and/or to view abstracts, please visit the HEP homepage. Contact: Nicholas Poulton

  Call for papers IAU Horizons, vol. 22, no.1 & 2
The next issue of IAU Horizons will appear in November 2016 and will be 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 and 7th edition of the Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VII). 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 7 October.

  On 22 September 2016, the IAU Secretary-General, as a Council member of the Magna Charta Observatory, took part in the first ever MCO workshop held in Amman, Jordan, in collaboration with the Arab Association of Universities. The goal was to introduce the MCO values and learn about the challenges of their implementation in the region. Approximately 25 participants took part in the workshop, which was organised to immediately follow a 2-day event organized by the AArU and Cardiff Metropolitan University to mark the end of a number of ERASMUS+ projects. This mission also provided Eva Egron-Polak with the opportunity to meet with representatives of Jordanian universities in order to encourage their participation in IAU.

  In 2015 the IAU Secretary-General accepted to join the Advisory Board of the Centre for Global Higher Education (University College London, Institute of Education). On 20 September 2016 she attended the second board meeting where both the achievements and the future plans of the CGHE were discussed. The Working papers produced by researchers at the Centre are available online at

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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 organised by L’Etudiant, a French media group and magazine.

News/Opportunities from around the World


UNESCO: Education for Sustainable Development; Educational Indicators
The new Global Education Monitoring Report (2016 GEM Report) entitled Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All was launched in London on 6 September 2016. It is the first official monitoring report for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) to cover tertiary education. It provides valuable insight for governments and policy makers to monitor and accelerate progress towards SDG 4. (GEM 2016 Website) (UNESCO news)
Three of the papers commissioned for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report have been released:
- The Implications of Greening Industries on Education Systems and Training Policies in Developing and Advanced Economies
- Integrated Financial Planning and SDG Readiness in the Education Sector
- SDG Target 4b: A Global Measure of Scholarships
UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Educational Qualifications; Educational Quality
Documents from the 14th Session of the Regional Committee on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific have been published. The event, which was held in Sydney, Australia from 17 to 18 August 2016, was held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Education 2030: Connecting Qualification Frameworks, Quality assurance and Recognition for Mobility and Employability.
- Sydney Statement outlines key actions for the recognition of qualifications and mobility facilitation regionally.
- Presentations: including Country Reports; Links Between Qualifications Frameworks, Quality Assurance and Recognition; and Building Capacity for Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific.
UNESCO Office in Bangkok: STEM Education; Womens Education
Closing the Gender Gap in STEM: Drawing More Girls and Women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has been published by UNESCO Asia-Pacific. The report highlights the importance of stimulating, encouraging and supporting fair and equal opportunities for girls to engage in STEM-related subjects at school and to draw more girls and women into STEM fields of study and professions. It includes participation of girls and women in STEM fields; enrolment in STEM-related programmes at tertiary level; actions taken by UNESCO and policy recommendations.

UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office in Kazakhstan: Sustainable Development; Curriculum
Training in the university course ‘Climate risks management’, organised by the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office and Public Fund and the Cooperation for Sustainable Development Centre in collaboration with the Water Partnership of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Research Institute of Rice, took place from 22 to 24 August 2016 in Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan. Its main objective was to present the new course developed with the support of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office in 2015.
UNESCO/OECD: Educational Policy
Education in Thailand: An OECD-UNESCO Perspective has been published. It reviews policy on curriculum; student assessment; teachers and school leaders; and information and communication technology in education. The publication identifies key policy issues and challenges facing the Thai education system and provides recommendations for the government to consider in its reforms.

UNESCO: Educational Policy; Innovation; Vocational and Technical Education; Namibia
UNESCO has published TVET, Higher Education and Innovation Policy Review: Namibia. It contains findings of the assessment which the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation of Namibia requested UNESCO to conduct to assist the ministry, established in 2015, in developing policies and related programmes. The publication reviews Namibia’s education system, and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of higher education and innovation systems in the country. The findings present six strategic priorities which could guide public policies to contribute to reducing inequality, generating youth employment, and making development sustainable.
UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC): ICTs
An agreement between the UNESCO Office in Santiago and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali (Colombia) has been reached to promote and implement regionally the
“Marco de Competencias y Estándares TIC desde la Dimensión Pedagógica” (Framework of ICT Skills and Standards from the Pedagogical Dimension perspective) developed by the University to evaluate and improve ICT use in teaching in order to enhance education quality at all levels.
estandares_tic/#.V9pNujU8rri (in Spanish)
Framework: (in Spanish)

Other international initiatives

Commonwealth of Learning (COL): Open Educational Resources (OER)
COL has published two publications on OER and Technology-Enabled Learning (TEL).
•    The Guide to Developing Open Textbooks was developed to assist teachers, teaching support personnel and educational technology administrators to understand the value of open education, OER and open textbooks platform for teaching and learning.
•    The Technology-Enabled Learning Implementation Handbook has been developed to assist educational institutions in adopting appropriate policies, strengthening technology infrastructure, building the capacities of teachers, helping learners to take advantage of the available technology and OER for learning, and undertaking an approach to the assessment and evaluation of TEL.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP): Research Publications
Knowledge into policy: Going beyond “Context Matters” originally published in May by INASP was published online in August. The report explores the main contextual factors that affect the promotion and use of knowledge in policy-making.
•    INASP Strategy 2016-2020
INASP has published its Strategy for the years 2016-2020.

InterAcademy Partnership: Science Policy
The InterAcademy Partnership has begun a three-year project on scientific advice for global policy making to support the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Conducted in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA, it will study how to strengthen the scientific input to the United Nations, governments and other stakeholders to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This project is also sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The InterAcademy Partnership is a global network of national science, medical and engineering academies.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Educational Indicators; Migration
OECD has published two reports on the following topics: OECD indicators 2016 (including  tertiary education) and a review of the Netherlands’ labour migration policy.
•    Education at a Glance. OECD Indicators 2016 (September 2016).The report covers all 35 OECD countries and a number of partner countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). It introduces a new indicator on the completion rate of tertiary students.
•    Recruiting Immigrant Workers: The Netherlands 2016
As a follow-up to the 2009 High Level Policy Forum on International Migration, the OECD Secretariat has published this review of the Netherlands’ labour migration policy which is the seventh of this series. Based on analysis of labour migration to the Netherlands and of the Dutch labour migration policy, this review examines whether labour migrants match the demand in the Netherlands and explores how the Netherlands can attract and retain highly skilled migrants.

Science International: Science; Open Data
Science International has launched a new website to support its global campaign to promote open access to ‘big data’. Science International is an initiative of the International Council for Science; the InterAcademy Partnership; the International Social Science Council; and the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries . In 2015, the partners developed an agreement Open Data in a Big Data World. They are conducting a global campaign seeking endorsements from science organisations, universities, publishers, research funders and other stakeholders which can now be registered on their website.

World Conference of University Rectors: Education and Development; Sustainable Development
The World Conference of University Rectors, organised by the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome as part of its Jubilee, took place in September. Its theme was For a New Global Development: the Third Mission of the University. Topics discussed included: global inequality and migration; international responses; and ethical models for sustainable development. At the end of the meeting, the Rectors launched the Rome Letter. (in Italian)

Regional initiatives

Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA): Call for Participation; Education and Development
The Online Consultation on the matters proposed for the Agenda Discussions of the ADEA 2017 Triennial ‘Revitalizing Education towards the 2030 Global Agenda’ is open for submissions. The consultation targets Ministers and ministry staff, development partners, teachers, experts, academia, students, parents, civil society and the private sector. The aim is to better appreciate the knowledge, experiences and innovations of the diversity of education stakeholders that can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 and the education goals relating to Africa’s Agenda 2063; to identify relevant contributions for preparation towards the Triennale; and solicit strong participation and commitment to Africa’s education transformation. The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2016.

South African Development Community: Higher Education Institutions; Regional Cooperation
The first South African Development Community (SADC) University of Transformation was launched in Swaziland by His Majesty King Mswati during the SADC Heads of State Summit held in Lozitha, Swaziland. The intention is to have the first intake of students prior to the 37th SADC summit in 2017. The Swaziland government is offering scholarships to 300 students in the initial intake to be drawn from all 15 community members.

Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL): Regional Development; Educational Systems
During the 5th Central American Regional Assembly of UDUAL, which took place at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) in August, Roberto Escalante, Secretary-General of UDUAL, interviewed the Rector of the University about internationalization, quality and the expansion of higher education in Latin America.

Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum: Science; Sustainable Development
The first Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum place in September in Montevideo, Uruguay. Its theme was Transforming our Region: Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics discussed included science policies; universities for development; science and citizenship; and science for the 2030 Agenda. (in Spanish)

Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL): ICTs; Innovation
The second meeting on Science, Innovation and Information and Communication Technologies of CEPAL and the World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR 2016) took place in San José, Costa Rica in September. Topics discussed included: Cooperation areas for the development of innovation and the digital ecosystem in Latin America and the Caribbean; Competences and collaboration to lead digital transformations and innovation; Innovation in a digital world; and the digital revolution, innovation and the global context.

Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES): Regional Cooperation
ANUIES, the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions in Mexico, signed a cooperation agreement with the Organisation of American States (OAS) in August to develop higher education in Mexico through strategic partnerships. Member universities of ANUIES will integrate the University Consortium of the OAS. (in Spanish)

Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN): Sustainable Development; Educational Quality
The documents from the APQN Conference and Annual General Meeting 2016 on Sustainable Development of Quality Assurance in Higher Education, held in May in Natadola, Fiji, have been published.

European Commission: Educational Reform; Higher Education Institutions
The EC Directorate-General for Education and Culture has published a report entitled Structural Higher Education Reform - Design and Evaluation which analyses how different types of system-level structural reforms in higher education have been designed and implemented. Case studies from 12 countries analyse system-level structural reforms in higher education, in particular in relation to the policy process through which reforms were designed, implemented and evaluated and factors affecting success or failure.

European Commission: Access to Education; Refugees; Academic Freedom
The European Commission has funded two new projects to support refugee students and academics.
•    The inHERE project (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe) was launched in September at UNIMED Mediterranean Universities Union in Rome. It is funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership programme. It is led by UNIMED, The European University Association, Campus France, Sapienza University (Italy), University of Barcelona (Spain), the European Association of Universities (Belgium), and Campus France (France). The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is an associate partner. The overall objective is to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe by strengthening knowledge sharing, peer-support and academic partnerships among higher education institutions in initiatives and resources aimed at facilitating the integration and access of refugees to European universities.
•    ACADEMIC REFUGE (Strategic Partnership to Promote Core Academic Values and Welcome Refugees and Threatened Academics to European Campuses) has been granted financial support from the European Commission under the 2016 Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships Key Action 2 funding scheme. It is managed by the Norwegian National Agency. Its major outputs will include: A staff training curriculum and courses, a MOOC on academic freedom and higher education values and an electronic handbook on putting higher education values into practice. The project ACADEMIC REFUGE will run from September 2016 to August 2019.

European Commission: Regional Development; Innovation
The European research project, the Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development (RUNIN), led by the University of Stavanger, Norway, aims to equip young researchers to contribute to innovation in regional business and industry. RUNIN is funded under the European Commission Innovative Training Networks (ITN) scheme in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie research programme, linked to Horizon 2020. The project partners include the University of Stavanger, Norway; Aalborg University, Denmark; University of Lincoln, United Kingdom; University of Twente, Netherlands; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; Linköping University, Sweden; and University of Aveiro, Portugal.!/2016/9/229616/3.7m-for-european-innovation-research

European Disability Forum: Students with Disabilities; Scholarships
European Disability Forum and the company Oracle are offering a scholarship of 8000 EUR to a disabled student of a higher education programme in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the academic year 2016-2017. To be eligible, applicants must be: a European Union (EU) citizen and resident within the EU; enrolled at a university in the EU for the academic year 2016-2017;studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience or related fields; and have a disability. Applications should be sent by email to: with subject line: ‘EDF-Oracle Scholarship’. The deadline is 31 October 2016.

European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN): Educational Evaluation
The Validation for Inclusion of New Citizens of Europe (VINCE) project, coordinated by EUCEN, will start work in January 2017. It will develop university staff training in Validation of Prior Learning (VPL), to meet the specific needs of newcomers and refugees so that they can access HE and more easily integrate European society. The process will include the design of a set of guidelines for designing training courses for HE teachers, validators, advisers and administrators.

League of European Research Universities (LERU): Research
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) has published The Strength of Collaborative Research for Discovery in Horizon 2020 which calls for more links between university research laboratories, as well as with business.

European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU): E-Learning; Educational Quality
EADTU has published Quality Assessment for E-learning: a Benchmarking Approach

EuroScience Open Forum: Science
The presentations of the EuroScience Open Forum, held in Manchester in July, have been published.

European University Association (EUA): Educational Policy; Academic Teaching Personnel
The EUA met with the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK) in September to discuss developments in the Turkish higher education sector following the attempted coup in July 2016.
European University Association (EUA): Regional Cooperation
EUA has published a fact sheet entitled After the Brexit Referendum: Possible Outcomes for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, on the possible future status of UK universities, particularly regarding participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

Inter-regional initiatives
Africa/ Europe
The Africa-EU Harmonisation, Quality Assurance and Accreditation Initiative (HAQAA) was launched in September 2016 in Windhoek, Namibia. It supports the implementation of the Pan-African Quality Assurance and Accreditation Framework (PAQAF), which aims for the capacity development of the national and regional quality assurance (QA) and accreditation bodies in Africa and helps African higher education institutions in developing their own QA processes. Activities will address regional collaboration in quality assurance and regional networks; capacity building for both internal and external quality assurance at the institutional, national and regional level and promote good practices/sharing experiences between Europe, Africa and other world regions.

Bilateral initiatives
Africa/ Sweden: Research Collaboration; Researchers
The International Council for Science (ICSU) has signed a 5-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to strengthen research capacity for sustainability in Africa. The programme will be delivered by ICSU in conjunction with its Regional Office for Africa based in Pretoria, South Africa, the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) in Nairobi, Kenya and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) based in Paris, France. It will provide two-year research grants to foster collaboration among early-career scientists in Africa, with an emphasis on researchers based in low income countries.

Africa/ Canada: Mathematics Education; Sustainable Development
The Minister of International Development and La Francophonie in Canada has announced that Canada will contribute CA$22.6 million over five years to the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) to train African mathematical scientists to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions.

Argentina/ France: Student Mobility; Research
The results of the 11th Convocation of the Academic Mobility Programme which took place in Paris are now available. Its purpose was to collaborate in the improvement of teaching at undergraduate and doctorate levels and strengthen research projects. (in Spanish)

China/ Egypt: Educational Cooperation; Student Mobility
China and Egypt have unveiled a higher education cooperation plan that includes setting up a joint institution, networking among universities, and promoting student and academic mobility programmes.

France/ Spain: Educational Cooperation; Higher Education Institutions
The Conférence des Présidents des Universités (CPU) and Crue Universidades Españolas have developed the protocol to create a Franco-Spanish University. It will be a network of universities and will serve as an observatory of Franco-Spanish cooperation to improve common policies and harmonize practices. (in Spanish)

United Arab Emirates/ University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
A Memorandum of Understanding between the UAE and the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, has been signed. Students sponsored by the Ministry of Education will be granted four undergraduate seats in advanced medical courses. An open number of positions will be available for students who undertake master's degree programmes in medicine, with a similar provision for engineering and scientific students.

United States of America/ Mexico: Research Cooperation; Sustainable Development
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in the USA and the Mexican government Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in September to promote and monitor research, assessment, expertise and information, as well as collaborative activities under the sustainable development 2030 Agenda.

Vietnam/ Japan: Educational Cooperation; Higher Education Institutions
The Vietnam-Japan University under the Vietnam National University-Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi)
held its opening ceremony and the first academic year and programmes have started.

National and institutional initiatives

Australia: Access to Education
Universities Australia has published its submission to the Higher Education Partnerships and Participation Program (HEPPP) which has helped drive an increase in university participation by people from low SES backgrounds and other under-represented groups.
Universities Australia submission:
HEPPP government paper:
Australia: Research
Universities Australia’s submission on the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper was released by the Department of Education and Training in July.
Australia: Student Safety
Universities Australia has published Respect. Now. Always: National University Student Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. The report provides data on the scale and nature of student experiences of sexual assault and harassment. Additionally, confidential online submissions by students provide qualitative data to inform further improvements in university policies and support services.
Australia: Research; Research Evaluation
Australian Research Council (ARC) has published Institutional Insights: Volume 2 of the State of Australian University Research. It reports on the results of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Australia’s higher education institutions, providing an insight into ERA ratings achieved by institutions over the three ERA rounds conducted in 2010, 2012 and 2015; gender balance across research disciplines; and open access research outputs.
Australia: Access to Education
Not Here Yet: An Investigation into the Access and Participation of Students from Humanitarian Refugee Backgrounds in the Australian Higher Education System published by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) reviews the literature and analyses government and census enrolment data with a view to contributing to discussions about the future policy and action, including the development of targeted outreach and engagement programmes for refugee students.

Brazil: Student Mobility; Disadvantaged Groups
The Ministry of Education will launch the Abdias Nascimento Programme of Academic Development in October. Between 2016 and 2019, 32 projects of international student mobility and 23 programmes for entry to postgraduate studies in both public and private institutions will be organised. The initiative will focus on inclusive programmes and is aimed at disadvantaged groups including indigenous students and people with disabilities.

Cameroon: Women’s Education; Scholarships
The 2016/2017 edition of the Cameroon Women’s Scholarship has been launched.
Funded by the British High Commission, the scholarship targets women with strong leadership potential who possess the academic excellence to pursue a Master’s degree, but face a significant financial barrier to continuing their studies.

Canada: Educational Administration; Regional Educational Bodies
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has published a consultative report: Projet de création d'un conseil des universités du Québec et de la Commission mixte de l’enseignement supérieur (Project to create a Council of Universities in Quebec and a Commission of Higher Education). (in French)
Canada: Academic Teaching Personnel
The Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education and OISE-University of Toronto have published A Survey of Sessional Faculty in Ontario Publicly-Funded Universities which reports on findings from a survey of academic staff at 12 universities. It identifies and discusses current pressures and challenges sessional faculty experience, and puts forward several recommendations to improve the learning environment.
Canada: Educational Finance
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is calling on the federal government to boost investments in postsecondary education and research in the next budget.

China: Educational Policy
The Chinese government has released Education blueprint Guidelines on Works in Opening Up the Education Sector in the New Era. Aligned closely with the 13th Five Year Plan covering the period from 2016 to 2020, the blueprint lays out the government’s intentions to strengthen China’s image as an attractive study destination, boost the quality of international education provision, and encourage partnerships with foreign education institutions and business.

Finland: Student Mobility
A study of international graduates of Finnish higher education institutions carried out by the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) has found that 68% of international graduates remain in Finland 5 years after graduation and that almost 50% are employed. The study, based on data from Statistics Finland, examined foreign nationals who graduated from Finnish universities in 2009 and their main occupations 1, 3 and 5 years after graduation.

France: Education and Employment
The Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the Conférence des Directeurs des Ecoles françaises d'Ingénieurs (CDEFI) signed a partnership agreement with Passeport Avenir in September to enhance social inclusion in the excellence pathways. Its main objectives are to support student employment following graduation; develop innovative projects and actions to encourage the access of disadvantaged students to higher education; and combat the low enrolment of women students in STEM education.
France: Education and Employment
The Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the group L’Etudiant have renewed their cooperation agreement. The aim is to develop joint activities to facilitate student counselling and professional insertion, as well as the exchange of information.
France: Transnational Education
France Stratégie, the policy institute of the French government, has published L'enseignement supérieur français par-delà les frontières: l'urgence d'une stratégie (French transnational higher education: the urgent need for a strategy). The report provides a detailed analysis of the transnational education initiatives undertaken by HEIs in France. It stresses the importance of fostering such activities and developing a proactive strategy to continue to develop the international presence of France’s HEIs. (in English) (in French)

Germany: Transnational Education
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a position paper on transnational education.
Germany: Research Funding
The EU Commission is currently preparing an interim evaluation of Horizon 2020. The Alliance of Science Organisations has published a position statement on this topic.

Ghana: Doctoral Education; Research
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology has released PhD theses abstracts for 2016.

India: Educational Administration; Educational Finance
The government has approved the creation of the Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to give a major push for the creation of high quality infrastructures in premier educational institutions. All the Centrally Funded Higher Educational Institutions will be eligible to join.

Iran: Internationalization 
The Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT) has announced a plan for the admission of more than 75,000 international students to Iranian universities within the next 5 years. There are currently 21,500 international students in Iran.

Israel: Educational Policy; Educational Finance
The Council for Higher Education has unveiled its multi-year plan, allocating an additional NIS 6.8 billion (1.6 billion Euros) to the higher education system over the course of the next six years. It places emphasis on creating a research infrastructure, the internationalization of the higher education system, integrating minority groups into higher education and reinventing the university as a hub of innovation. The plan also focuses on minimising educational gaps and addressing national priorities, promoting a 40% increase in the number of students studying fields that are currently in need in the labour market, particularly computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering.

Morocco: Access to Education; Students with Disabilities
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Training of Professionals and the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development signed an agreement in August promoting the rights of students with disabilities. The convention recommends that universities create dedicated units for implementing measures to facilitate access, enrolment and give priority to student accommodation for students with disabilities. (In French)

Netherlands: ICTs; Knowledge Society
A plan for the new ‘Digital Society’ has been published by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). It details development of human-centered information technology in universities for major social, scientific and economic opportunities.

New Zealand: Educational policy; Educational Administration
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has released the 2016 Education System Performance Improvement Framework, the seven education agencies’ collective response to the government’s Education System Stewardship Blueprint. The Blueprint identified four main areas where education agencies could focus their collective efforts to make a greater impact.
Initial Blueprint for Education System Stewardship:
New Zealand: Leadership; Educational Personnel
The Pacific Professional Development Fund has been launched by Ako Aotearoa – National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence to support emerging Pacific leaders in tertiary education. It offers professional development scholarships to Pacific education staff working in higher education in New Zealand, to support them to move into leadership positions through career development and aims to build Pacific leadership capacity to provide a platform of support for Pacific learners’ success.

Norway: Educational Qualifications; Refugee Education
Norway has tested a new procedure to evaluate the qualifications of those who arrive in the country without proper documentation of their academic degrees or professional certificates. The European Qualifications Passport contains information about the applicant’s highest completed academic or professional qualification, work experience and language proficiency. It also provides advice and guidance about the next steps refugees can take to further their education or training or seek a job. Norway has also begun working with several countries in an EU programme to create a “Toolkit for Recognition for Refugees” in order to adopt common procedures for assessing academic and professional qualifications in Europe.

Pakistan: Governance
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan has won the 3G - Global Good Governance - Excellence in Higher Education Award 2016. The Award, announced by Global Donors Forums (GDF), was presented during a ceremony held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Taiwan: Educational Systems
The Ministry of Education has published Education in Taiwan 2016/2017. It includes a chapter on higher education, higher education institutions, progress made and policy outcomes. The focus on the Characteristics and Key Points for Development of Technological and Vocational Education includes universities of science and technology.

United Kingdom: Access to education
Universities Scotland has published Futures not Backgrounds, its response to the Commission on Widening Access report Blueprint for Fair Access. Work will start on a review of admissions to do more to level the playing field for applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. Universities will also look at bridging programmes and summer schools regionally and nationally. The third stream will look at delivering more articulation routes from college, with more recognition given to credit already achieved.
United Kingdom: Teaching; Educational Evaluation
A new paper by the Higher Education Policy Institute, Tackling Wicked Issues: Prestige and Employment Outcomes in the Teaching Excellence Framework, proposes substantial changes to the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The first part, ‘Why research trumps teaching and what can be done about it’ explains why university research has been regarded as more important than teaching students. The second part, ‘Why employment outcomes are important and how they should be measured in future’, challenges the idea that graduate outcomes are best measured through long-term earnings data.
United Kingdom: Sustainable Development
Friends of the Earth have published their latest report on how universities can respond to climate change. This briefing summarises what some UK universities are doing about climate change and the Paris Climate Agreement. It also includes top ten ways universities can tackle climate change.
United Kingdom: Postgraduate Education; Educational Statistics
Responses from the 2015-16 Intentions After Graduation Survey (IAGS) show that the proportion of graduates who intend to go straight into postgraduate courses has increased for the first time in three years.

United States of America: Refugee Education
Supporting Displaced and Refugee Students in Higher Education: Principles and Best Practices has been published jointly by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the University of California Davis, USA. Drawing from the experience of universities working with displaced and refugee Syrian students in the USA, it addresses how institutions of higher education can help identify and provide access and support for qualified displaced and refugee students in an effective manner.
United States of America: Distance Education; Branch Campuses
The American Council on Education (ACE) and a group of 17 higher education associations in the USA submitted a joint letter in August to the US Department of Education regarding the proposed regulations on requirements for postsecondary distance education offered by out-of-state colleges and universities, as well as programmes offered at foreign branch campuses. The associations’ comments express strong support for meaningful oversight of institutions and suggest options for both clarifying and improving the draft regulation.
United States of America: Student Welfare
The American Council on Education (ACE) and a group of seven higher education associations in the USA sent a letter in September to 3 US federal agencies urging them to find a permanent solution that will allow universities to continue providing subsidised health insurance plans for their graduate students under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
United States of America: Educational Finance: Access to Education
The Center for Studies in Higher Education has published College Affordability and the Emergence of Progressive Tuition Models: Are New Financial Aid Policies at Major Public Universities Working? This report examines results from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Survey of undergraduates and other data sources, to assess the impact that the increase in tuition fees, and changes in student aid have on students in US institutions.
United States of America: Research Evaluation; Postgraduates
The Council of Graduate Schools has published the report of the Workshop Evaluating International Research Experiences For Graduate Students which took place in February, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. The Workshop was jointly organised by the Council of Graduate Schools, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the North American Office of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). A set of recommendations is included in the report.
United States of America: Students; Open Data
Stanford University Center for Advanced Research through Online Learning (CAROL) and Ithaka S+R, a US not-for-profit organisation, launched the Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education project and website in September. The website contains publications, resources and sample policies for higher education institutions. It is an outcome of the joint conference which took place in June in Monterey, California ‘Asilomar II Student Records and Data in the Digital Era’.
United States of America: Call for Participation; Academic Teaching Personnel
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme call for Project Requests will be open from October 1 to December 8, 2016. Faculty of accredited public or private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda should apply to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) by using the online project request.

Venezuela: Teacher Education
During the National Consultation, it appeared that the major problem to be overcome was the training of teachers. Hence, the government will generalise free postgraduate studies for those who work in education since postgraduate studies go hand in hand with production.

Vietnam: Curriculum; Educational Reform
The outcomes of a pilot project aimed at implementing higher education curricular reform principles in 10 universities are available. The curricula reforms focus on providing students with skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by businesses and organisations.
Vietnam: Access to Education; Enrolment
The Head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Higher Education Department has reacted to public concern over many universities’ student admission rates. She encouraged universities to reduce the minimum enrolment quotas to focus on improving training quality.

Zimbabwe: Educational Quality; Educational Qualifications
The Higher and Tertiary Education Minister has said that the government is finalising legislation to make it a criminal offence for individuals and organisations not registered or accredited as a tertiary or a higher education institution to offer degrees.

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

African Network for the Internationalisation of Education
7th Annual Conference Partnerships for Knowledge Creation and Sustainable Development
Accra, Ghana 5 -7 October 2016.

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

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
Conference - Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st Century Society. Boston, USA, 3 - 5 November 2016.

Association of Arab Universities (AARU)
The International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT'2016), Beni-Mellal, Morocco, 6 - 8 December 2016.

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

European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Autumn Academy training in many key areas of international higher education, Tenerife, Spain, 14 - 18 November. Registration closes: 24 October.

European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Spotlight Seminar: International marketing strategy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8 - 9 December. Early bird deadline: 26 October. Registration closes: 16 November.

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

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
2016 ICDE Presidents’ Summit: A New Era of Leadership & Quality - The Business of Open & Distance Learning 2020, Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia, 20 - 23 November 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.

Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL)
The UDUAL General Assembly theme is ‘Constructing a Regional Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Space and the Future of Autonomy”, University of Cordoba, Argentina, 1 - 2 December 2016.

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