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Vol. 13, No 8, octobre 2016


Activités de l’AIU


Nouvelles du Secrétariat
  À compter du 1er Octobre 2016, le Dr Hilligje van't Land accédera aux fonctions de Secrétaire générale adjointe de l'AIU. La création de ce nouveau poste, ainsi que la nomination d’Hilligje reflètent l'excellente contribution qu'elle a apportée aux travaux de l'Association, notamment dans les domaines du développement de l’adhésion des membres, en tant que rédactrice en chef du magazine AIU Horizons et comme experte au sein du Secrétariat concernant la priorité thématique « favoriser l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche en faveur du développement durable ».

  Le 14 Septembre, le Secrétariat de l'AIU a eu le plaisir d'accueillir une délégation d’universités suédoises dans laquelle figuraient la présidente du Conseil de l’Association de l'enseignement supérieur suédois (SUHF) Helen Dannetun et la Secrétaire générale, Marianne Granfelt, ainsi que plusieurs recteurs, à la fois Membres et non-Membres de l'AIU. La réunion a servi à présenter le travail de l'AIU aux recteurs suédois, à envisager de nouvelles manières de collaborer et à 'attirer davantage de membres suédois au sein de l'Association.

  Belinda Robinson, la directrice générale d’Universities Australia (UA) et Meghan Butler, qui est en charge des projets internationaux, ont rendu visite au Secrétariat de l'AIU afin de mieux connaitre l’Association et de présenter quelques-unes des priorités actuelles de UA. La réunion a été trop brève pour explorer l’ensemble des possibilités de coopération, mais elle a suffi à convaincre les dirigeants des deux organisations qu’une collaboration serait mutuellement bénéfique. L'AIU est heureuse de compter parmi ses membres un nombre relativement élevé de membres de UA, mais se réjouirait de développer de nouvelles initiatives avec UA, par-delà la pratique actuelle consistant à diffuser les rapports et les prises de positions adoptées par l'organe suprême australien.

  Le Secrétariat de l'AIU s’est également réjoui d'accueillir les représentants du nouveau Centre international pour l'Innovation dans l'Enseignement supérieur, créé sous les auspices de l'UNESCO à Shenzen, en Chine. Hébergé par la Southern University of Science and Technology, la mission de ce Centre est «d'aider les établissements d'enseignement supérieur asiatiques et africains à s’acquitter de leur responsabilité sociale et à servir leurs États membres ». La réunion a permis à d’étudier la manière dont l’AIU peut collaborer avec le centre en particulier au sein des projets à venir dans un certain nombre de pays africains. Pour plus d'information, voir: www.ichei.org.

Conférences
  Venez prendre part à la 15ème Conférence générale de l'AIU sur l'enseignement supérieur: Un moteur pour des sociétés innovantes et durables.  Elle se tiendra du 13 au 16 Novembre, 2016, à l’Université Chulalongkorn, à Bangkok, en Thaïlande. Un consortium d'universités thaïlandaises, dirigé par l'Université de Siam, sera l'hôte de cette conférence et du programme conçu pour la réflexion, le partage des connaissances et la découverte des bonnes pratiques. Le rôle des universités en tant qu’actrices de l'innovation et du développement durable est incontestable, mais il doit être démontré et accru en permanence, alors inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et rejoignez-nous à Bangkok.
  • Élection du nouveau Conseil d'administration de l'AIU
La Conférence générale donne lieu à l’élection du nouveau Président de l'AIU et des membres du Conseil. Les dirigeants de tous les établissements Membres de de l’AIU de plein droit ont le droit de voter et de se présenter aux élections du Conseil, alors pourquoi ne pas vous porter candidat?  De plus amples informations sur ce processus sont disponibles en ligne.  Merci de noter que les nominations peuvent se faire également sur place à Bangkok.
  • Devenez un Sponsor
L'AIU accueille des sponsors  qui souhaitent entrer en contact avec des dirigeants de l'enseignement supérieur et être visibles auprès d’un large public international. Pour plus d'informations, contactez  Hilligje van't Land ou Giorgio Marinoni.

Actions
  Université Hokkaido: premier établissement à participer au nouveau programme ISAS (2.0)
Après avoir été la première université à bénéficier du programme ISAS de l’AIU visant à promouvoir l’internationalisation, en 2010, l’Université Hokkaido, Japon, est la première université à souscrire à un service du nouveau programme ISAS (2.0) et en particulier pour le volet "Évaluation de la Stratégie et de contrôle des résultats". L'université a entrepris une auto-évaluation au cours des premiers mois de l’année 2016 et la visite sur site aura lieu du 5 au 7 octobre 2016.  A travers ce processus, l’université aspire à obtenir une reconnaissance AIU en forme de Certificat d’approfondissement en internationalisation.
Le groupe d'experts est présidé par Madeleine Green, membre éminent (« Senior Fellow ») de l’AIU, et se compose de M. Akira Ninomiya, président de l’Université Hijiyama d'Hiroshima, au Japon, du professeur Kent Anderson, vice-chancelier adjoint (Communauté et engagement) de l’Université d'Australie-Occidentale et d’Eva Egron-Polak, Secrétaire générale de l'AIU.
Contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Université de Cardiff Metropolitan : premier établissement à postuler au volet « Internationalisation globale » d’ISAS (2.0)
Un protocole d'accord a été signé entre l’Université de Cardiff Metropolitan et l'AIU. L'AIU évaluera la documentation soumise par l'Université avant de déterminer si l'Université est ou non admissible et peut procéder à l'évaluation complète de sa stratégie et de ses activités d’internationalisation en vue d’obtenir le Certificat d’approfondissement en internationalisation globale de l’AIU. Ce processus débutera cet automne.
Contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  ISAS (2.0)
Pour une description complète de ce nouveau programme de l'AIU visant à promouvoir l'internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur, veuillez-vous reporter à cette page: http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/isas-2 ou contacter: Giorgio Marinoni

  L’AIU et l’Alliance COPERNICUS unissent leurs forces pour promouvoir l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche pour le Développement durable (ESDD)
Au cours de la Conférence 2016 de l'Alliance COPERNICUS qui a eu lieu à Vienne les 14 et 15 Septembre, un protocole d'accord a été signé entre l'AIU et l'Alliance COPERNICUS par les présidents des deux Associations. Cette signature vient s’ajouter aux nombreux antécédents de coopération et a officialisé la volonté de promouvoir l’ESDD collectivement. Les initiatives énumérées dans le protocole d'accord visent à soutenir le travail du Programme d'action global (GAP) pour l’éducation au développement durable de l'UNESCO et le Programme pour le Développement 2030 et répondront aux Objectifs de Développement durable des Nations Unies (ODD) qui y sont associés. Le plan d'action contient, entre autres, un appel conjoint à contributions scientifiques et à nominations pour un Prix, ainsi qu'un programme de formation professionnelle sur le leadership en matière d’ESDD. Les présentations faites lors de la Conférence de l’AC, y compris celle de Dzulkifli Adbdul Razak, sont disponibles sur le site de l'événement. Pour plus d'informations: h.vantland@iau-aiu.net

  Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU-3)
Les représentants de l'enseignement supérieur occupant des postes de direction à haute responsabilité peuvent maintenant s’inscrire afin de réserver leur place parmi les 20 participants au programme LGEU-3!
Hébergé par l'Université EAFIT de Medellín, en Colombie, du 4 au 9 décembre 2016, la 3ème session du programme LGEU mêlera des débats passionnés au sujet des défis liés au leadership dans l’enseignement supérieur (ES) à des exercices entre pairs soulignant les aspects spécifiques du leadership dans un contexte interculturel et mondialisé. La découverte du système d’ES colombien au travers de visites et de rencontres avec des représentants des universités locales et d'autres organisations fera également partie du programme. Inscrivez-vous pour y assister et échanger sur les défis auxquels vous êtes confrontés avec des collègues originaires du monde entier et trouvez peut-être de nouvelles solutions à de vieux problèmes. Profitez de cette occasion de nouer des contacts uniques et venez découvrir Medellín, la ville du printemps éternel! Un nombre limité de bourses partielles sont disponibles pour les participants en provenance des PFR.
Consultez la brochure en Anglais ou en Espagnol et contactez: Juliette Becker.

  Partenariat avec L'Etudiant
L’AIU, en partenariat avec L’Etudiant, le premier groupe de médias relatifs à l’éducation de France, se réjouit d’offrir à tous les établissements Membres un tarif fortement réduit pour leur participation au salon annuel de l’Etudiant Partir étudier à l’étranger à Paris les 28 et 29 Janvier 2017. Ce salon attire plus de 11.000 visiteurs et 130 exposants en provenance de 30 pays et il offre une remarquable occasion de présenter votre université à des étudiants français ayant l’intention d’étudier à l'étranger et de rencontrer de nouveaux partenaires institutionnels français. 2017 marquera le 20ème anniversaire de cet événement. De plus, EducPros (à destination des professionnels de l'éducation) propose à tous les exposants un atelier préparatoire pour faciliter l’acquisition d’une meilleure compréhension du secteur de l'enseignement supérieur français. Pour plus d'informations et pour vous inscrire, veuillez faire parvenir votre expression d'intérêt avant le 31 Octobre à Carine Sébast.
 
  Prenez part à l'Enquête mondiale de l'AIU sur l’Enseignement supérieur et le développement durable
L'enquête est ouverte et les résultats seront présentés à la 15e Conférence générale de l'AIU à Bangkok en Novembre. Les premiers résultats sont disponibles en ligne sur le portail mondial AIU sur l'ESDD.
Pour consulter les résultats préliminaires, suivez ce lien
Pour participer à l'enquête, suivez ce lien

Publications
  La 28e édition du International Handbook of Universities (2017) (Répertoire mondial des Universités) vient d'être publiée. Ce répertoire comprend des informations sur près de 18.000 établissements de niveau universitaire ainsi que des informations sur les systèmes éducatifs de plus de 180 pays. Un accès aux fonctions avancées du Portail (WHED) de la Base de données mondiale sur l'enseignement supérieur (MyWHED) est offert à chaque achat du répertoire. Les commandes doivent être passées directement auprès de l’éditeur, Springer. Les Membres de l'AIU bénéficient d'une réduction de 50% sur toute commande passée.

  Internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur: Un guide
Les Membres de l'AIU peuvent désormais bénéficier d'une remise importante en s’abonnant à la version papier et à la version en ligne de ce guide, puisque l'AIU en préside désormais le Comité de Rédaction.
Publié trois fois par an et incluant des contributions provenant du monde entier, ce guide propose des articles pratiques dignes d’intérêt pour toute personne engagée dans l'internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur. La première série d'articles édités par l’AIU (numéro 2/2016) a été publiée en juillet et la prochaine (3/2016) sera publiée en novembre. Pour plus d'informations, veuillez-vous rendre sur le site de l’AIU ou contactez: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Nouvel avantage pour les membres de l'AIU: Une remise sur l'abonnement au “Journal of the European Higher Education Area" (Journal de l'Espace européen d'Enseignement Supérieur)
Les membres de l'AIU peuvent également bénéficier d'une remise importante sur l'abonnement au “Journal of the European Higher Education Area" (Journal de l'Espace européen d'Enseignement Supérieur), un outil facile d’utilisation destiné à faciliter le travail des dirigeants de l'enseignement supérieur, du corps enseignant, des décideurs et des étudiants pour ce qui est de traduire les grandes réformes du processus de Bologne en stratégies et pratiques institutionnelles valables. Pour plus de détails, veuillez consulter l’offre spéciale d’abonnement sur le site de l’AIU ou contactez: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Revue Higher Education Policy (HEP) 29/3 – septembre 2016
Le numéro de septembre de la revue HEP, dans laquelle figurent six articles originaux ainsi qu'une critique de livre, vient d'être publiée. Les articles examinent, entre autres, les régimes de protection sociale et la recherche universitaire dans les pays de l'OCDE, la rémunération au mérite en Argentine, les résultats de l’enseignement supérieur en Norvège et en Angleterre, et l'impact qu’ont les étudiants internationaux de deuxième cycle sur l’inscription des étudiants américains dans les programmes d'études supérieures. Pour plus d'informations et / ou pour afficher les résumés veuillez consulter la page d'accueil de la revue HEP. Contact: Nicholas Poulton

  Appel à communications AIU Horizons, vol. 22, no.1
Le prochain numéro d’AIU Horizons paraîtra en novembre 2016 et sera diffusé mondialement et distribué lors de la 15e Conférence générale de l'AIU. Le Dossier thématique a pour thème : Le Leadership face aux transformations des financements public-privé de l’enseignement supérieur, un thème envisagé pour la Conférence internationale 2017 de l'AIU et la 7e édition de la Réunion mondiale des Associations de l’AIU (GMA VII). Les propositions de contributions (titre et résumé en trois lignes de l'article proposé) doivent être envoyés à la rédactrice: Hilligje van't Land, au plus tard le 10 Octobre.

Représentation
  Le 22 septembre 2016, la Secrétaire générale de l’AIU, en tant que membre du Conseil de l'Observatoire de la Magna Charta (OMC), a pris part au premier atelier de l’OMC qui s’est tenu à Amman, en Jordanie, en collaboration avec l'Association arabe des Universités (AUA). L'objectif était de présenter les valeurs de l’OMC et d’étudier les défis liés à leur mise en œuvre dans la région. Environ 25 participants ont pris part à cet atelier, qui a été organisé dans le prolongement immédiat d’un événement de 2 jours organisé par l'AUA et l’Université de Cardiff pour marquer la fin d'un certain nombre de projets ERASMUS +. Cette mission a également fourni à Eva Egron-Polak l'occasion de rencontrer des représentants d’universités jordaniennes afin d'encourager leur participation à l'AIU.

  En 2015, la Secrétaire générale de l’AIU a accepté de devenir membre du Conseil consultatif du Centre for Global Higher Education (Institut d’Education de l’Université de Londres). Le 20 septembre 2016, elle a assisté à la deuxième réunion du Conseil durant laquelle à la fois les réalisations et les projets futurs du CGHE ont été examinés. Les documents de travail produits par les chercheurs du Centre sont disponibles en ligne à cette adresse: http://www.researchcghe.org/publications.

Nouveauté dans le E-Bulletin
Les lecteurs pourront désormais être informés des conférences internationales sur l'enseignement supérieur à venir et plus particulièrement être averti des Appels à Contributions émanant des diverses organisations membres et partenaires de l’AIU. Ces informations, complémentaires de celle figurant dans le Calendrier mondial des Evénements de l’AIU, seront ajoutées à la fin de chaque édition du E-Bulletin.

Pour obtenir des informations détaillées sur ces activités, contactez-nous :  iau@iau-aiu.net
Plus d’informations sur l’Association : http://www.iau-aiu.net
Pour rejoindre l’AIU: http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/join ; contactez : j.becker@iau-aiu.net

Rappel des dates importantes

  • Conférences
  • Développement professionnel/programmes de formation
    • 4-9 décembre, 2016: 3ème session du programme Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU) hébergée par l’Université EAFIT, Medellin, Colombie
    • 21-26 mai 2017: 4ème session du programme LGEU, hébergée par l’Université du Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
  •  Study Abroad Fair in Paris

Pour les activités de nos Membres : http://www.iau-aiu.net/news-from-members
Pour le calendrier mondial des conférences : http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/global-calendar


News/Opportunities from around the World

La suite de l’e-Bulletin est publiée en anglais.
The rest of the e-Bulletin is available in English only

UNESCO

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.
http://gem-report-2016.unesco.org/en/home/ (GEM 2016 Website)
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002457/245752e.pdf (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
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002457/245731e.pdf
- Integrated Financial Planning and SDG Readiness in the Education Sector
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002456/245617e.pdf
- SDG Target 4b: A Global Measure of Scholarships
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002455/245570e.pdf
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.
http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/news/doc/SYDNEY_STATEMENT_-_18_August_2016_FINAL.pdf
- Presentations: including Country Reports; Links Between Qualifications Frameworks, Quality Assurance and Recognition; and Building Capacity for Qualifications Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific.
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/higher-education/recognition-of-qualifications/conferences-meetings-and-
seminars/14th-session-of-the-regional-committee-on-the-recognition-of-qualifications-in-higher-education-in-asia-and-the-pacific-august-2016/
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.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002457/245717E.pdf

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.
http://www.unesco.kz/the-first-in-kazakhstan-university-course-on-climate-risks-management-was-presented-in
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.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002457/245735e.pdf

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.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002458/245818e.pdf
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.
Agreement:
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/santiago/press-room/single-new/news/la_unesco_difundira_marco_de_competencias_y_
estandares_tic/#.V9pNujU8rri (in Spanish)
Framework:
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Santiago/pdf/Competencias-estandares-TIC.pdf (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.
http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/2390
http://oasis.col.org/bitstream/handle/11599/2390/2016_Moore-Butcher_Guide-Open-Textbooks.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
•    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.
http://oasis.col.org/bitstream/handle/11599/2363/2016_TELI-Handbook.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

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.
http://www.inasp.info/uploads/filer_public/ee/fa/eefa57ad-0dac-4f28-884f-bb7f49b54a4c/going_beyond_context_matters_framework_pi_final.pdf
•    INASP Strategy 2016-2020
INASP has published its Strategy for the years 2016-2020.
http://www.inasp.info/uploads/filer_public/79/bd/79bddb79-88ec-409a-afdc-ed19626e4a9a/inasp_strategy_full_version.pdf

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.
https://globalyoungacademy.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NewsRelease_SustainableDevelopmentGoals_CB-1.pdf

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.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/9616041e.pdf?expires=1474533731&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=500292E245345473A687D00D90192D83
•    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.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/8116121e.pdf?expires=1474534502&id=id&accname=ocid57015267&checksum=55456A10FC84915A4ED6EFF3A23262DE

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.
http://www.science-international.org
Agreement:
http://www.science-international.org/sites/default/files/reports/open-data-in-big-data-world_short_en.pdf

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.
http://www.dire.it/08-09-2016/74187-universita-novelli-terza-missione-protezionismo-idee-video (in Italian)

Regional initiatives

Africa
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.
http://www.adeanet.org/triennale-2017/en/online-consultation

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.
http://www.observer.org.sz/news/82783-king-establishes-sadc-university.html

Americas
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.
https://udual.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/internacionalizacion-de-la-educacion-superior-en-centroamerica-acciones-desde-la-ucr/

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.
http://forocilac.org (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. 
http://innovalac.cepal.org/2/es/programa

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.
http://www.anuies.mx/noticias/la-oea-y-la-anuies-firman-acuerdo-de-cooperacin-para-fortalecer-la (in Spanish)

Asia
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.
http://apqnfiji.fhec.org.fj/Contact/Publications

Europe
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.
http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/structural-higher-education-reform-pbNC0116159/

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.
http://www.uni-med.net/en/higher-education-supporting-refugees-in-europe-inhere-project-kicks-off-on-september-26-27-2016/
•    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.
http://www.unica-network.eu/news/new-project-refugee-support-selected

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.
https://www.utwente.nl/en/news/!/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: eaccessibility.scholarship@edf-feph.org with subject line: ‘EDF-Oracle Scholarship’. The deadline is 31 October 2016.
http://www.edf-feph.org/Page-Generale.asp?DocID=22112&thebloc=34437

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.
http://www.eucen.eu/post/validation-of-prior-learning-for-new-citizens-of-europe

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.
http://www.leru.org/files/publications/The_strength_of_collaborative_research_for_discovery_in_Horizon_2020_-_final.pdf

European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU): E-Learning; Educational Quality
EADTU has published Quality Assessment for E-learning: a Benchmarking Approach
http://e-xcellencelabel.eadtu.eu/images/E-xcellence_manual_2016_third_edition.pdf

EuroScience Open Forum: Science
The presentations of the EuroScience Open Forum, held in Manchester in July, have been published.
http://www.esof.eu/the-programme/full-programme/presentation-library.html

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.
http://www.eua.be/activities-services/news/newsitem/2016/09/09/eua-meets-with-turkish-higher-education-council
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+. http://www.eua.be/Libraries/publications-homepage-list/after-the-brexit-referendum-possible-outcomes-for-horizon-2020-and-erasmus.pdf?sfvrsn=4

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.
http://www.eua.be/activities-services/projects/current-projects/quality-assurance-and-transparency/developing-a-harmonised-
quality-assurance-and-accreditation-system-in-africa

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.
http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/top-news/icsu-signs-a-five-year-agreement-with-sida-to-support-integrated-science-in-africa

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.
http://www.nexteinstein.org/blog/2016/08/31/canada-commits-22-6-million-to-support-training-of-aims-on-climate-change-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.
http://portales.educacion.gov.ar/spu/noticias/resultados-de-la-convocatoria-del-programa-de-movilidad-docente-a-paris (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.
http://en.moe.gov.cn/News/Top_News/201608/t20160818_275633.html

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.
http://www.crue.org/Documentos%20compartidos/Comunicados/2016.09.07_Comunicado-Universidad-Franco-Espa%C3%B1ola.pdf (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.
http://www.mohesr.gov.ae/En/MediaCenter/News/Pages/Aberdeen-Uni-Agreement.aspx

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.
http://www.aplu.org/news-and-media/News/mexican-secretariat-of-agriculture-sign-agreement-to-work-collaboratively

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.
https://vnu.edu.vn/eng/?C2422/N19648/VNU-Vietnam-Japan-University-to-Start-a-School-Year.htm

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:
http://bit.ly/2cLYGOy
HEPPP government paper:
http://bit.ly/1TT0iSf
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.
http://bit.ly/2d9fGB0
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.
http://bit.ly/2dfFADA
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.
http://www.arc.gov.au/sites/default/files/filedepot/Public/ERA/ERA%202015%20Volume%202/ERA%20Volume%202%20Full.pdf
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.
http://bit.ly/2cykHR4

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.
http://www.crub.org.br/blog/2016/09/05/mec-da-inicio-a-programa-de-desenvolvimento-academico-com-um-olhar-para-a-diversidade/

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.
https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/cameroon-womens-scholarship-20162017-edition-launched

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).
http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/contenu/documents_soutien/Ens_Sup/Commun/Consultations_ES/Document_consultation_Universites.pdf (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.
https://ciheblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/full-report.pdf
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.
http://www.caut.ca/docs/default-source/briefs/caut-statement---2017-2018-federal-budget-(2016-08).pdf?sfvrsn=4

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.
http://thepienews.com/news/china-releases-outward-facing-international-education-strategy-to-2020/

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.
http://www.cimo.fi/instancedata/prime_product_julkaisu/cimo/embeds/cimowwwstructure/100603_FactsExpress1B_2016.pdf

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.
http://www.cpu.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Protocole-2016-PA-CDEFI-CPU.pdf
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.
http://www.cpu.fr/actualite/la-cpu-renouvelle-ses-liens-avec-le-groupe-letudiant
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.
http://www.strategie.gouv.fr/sites/strategie.gouv.fr/files/atoms/files/dp-anglais-enseignement-superieur-ok.pdf (in English)
http://www.strategie.gouv.fr/sites/strategie.gouv.fr/files/atoms/files/rapport-enseignement-superieur-26-09-2016-final-web.pdf (in French)

Germany: Transnational Education
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a position paper on transnational education.
https://www.daad.de/medien/hochschulen/projekte/studienangebote/1_phb_tnb_postionspapier_englisch.pdf
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.
http://www.leopoldina.org/fileadmin/redaktion/Publikationen/Allianz/2016_07_13_Allianz_IntEval_Horizon2020_en.pdf

Ghana: Doctoral Education; Research
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology has released PhD theses abstracts for 2016.
https://www.knust.edu.gh/hotspot/promoting-research-abstracts-of-phd-thesis-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.
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=149707

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.
http://en.msrt.ir/en/news/428/msrt-plans-to-admission-75000-international-students-within-the-next-5-years

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.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/New-multi-year-plan-for-higher-education-Investment-internationalization-467714

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.
http://bit.ly/2d0OXmt (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.
http://www.vsnu.nl/files/documents/Publications/VSNU_The_Digital_Society.pdf

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.
http://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Education-System-Agencies-Response-to-the-Blueprint-FINAL2.pdf
Initial Blueprint for Education System Stewardship:
http://www.ssc.govt.nz/sites/all/files/blueprint-education-system-stewardship-sep16-a.PDF
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.
https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa/ako-aotearoa/news/new-scholarship-fund-aims-develop-emerging-pacific-leaders-tertiary-education

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.
http://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2016/09/norway-develops-qualifications-passport-for-refugees/

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.
http://www.hec.gov.pk/english/news/news/Pages/HEC-Wins-3G-Excellence-in-Higher-Education.aspx

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.
http://english.moe.gov.tw/public/Attachment/69810442171.pdf

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.
http://www.universities-scotland.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/10537-%E2%80%A2-Futures-Not-Backgrounds-web.pdf
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.
http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Hepi_TTWI-Web.pdf
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.
https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/paris-agreement-universities-responses-101752.pdf
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.
http://blog.hefce.ac.uk/2016/08/17/more-undergraduates-intend-to-study-at-postgraduate-level-this-year/

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.
http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore-/Supporting-
Displaced-and-Refugee-Students-in-Higher-Education#.V9vjODVO-zM
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.
http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/Comments-ED-State-Authorization.pdf
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).
http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/Letter-Treasury-Labor-ACA-Grad-Student-SHIP.pdf
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.
http://www.cshe.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/shared/publications/docs/ROPS.CSHE_.7.16.Lapid%26Douglass.6.22.2016%20%282%29.pdf
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.
http://cgsnet.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/CGS%20-%20Evaluating%20International%20Research%20Experiences%20-%20Final%20Report%20-%202016.pdf
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’.
http://gsd.su.domains/
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.
http://www.iie.org/Programs/Carnegie-African-Diaspora-Fellows-Program/How-to-Apply.aspx#.V9qaw_mLSUk

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.
http://www.mppeuct.gob.ve/actualidad/noticias/gobierno-nacional-impulsara-posgrados-

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. http://vietnamnews.vn/society/301758/vietnamese-universities-reform-their-curricula.html#iYr8QU2y2z7VjlLj.97
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.
http://vietnamnews.vn/society/301637/universities-to-focus-on-quality-over-quantity.html#6j69ItmDjuT84CeK.97

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.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201609130623.html

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


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African Network for the Internationalisation of Education
7th Annual Conference Partnerships for Knowledge Creation and Sustainable Development
Accra, Ghana 5 -7 October 2016.
http://www.anienetwork.org/Home/

American Council on Education (ACE)
Regional Women’s Leadership Forum. Clemson, USA, 24 October 2016.
http://www.acenet.edu/leadership/programs/Pages/Regional-Womens-Leadership-Forum.aspx

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
Conference - Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st Century Society. Boston, USA, 3 - 5 November 2016.
https://www.aacu.org/meetings/stem/16

Association of Arab Universities (AARU)
The International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT'2016), Beni-Mellal, Morocco, 6 - 8 December 2016.
http://www.aaru.edu.jo/en/english/Lists/Conferences/Disp_Form.aspx?ID=209

Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE)
Canada – Sub-Saharan Africa Partners Roundtable at CBIE 50th Annual Conference
Ottawa, Canada, 13 - 16 November 2016.
http://cbie.ca/call-participation-canada-sub-saharan-africa-partners-roundtable/

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.
http://www.eaie.org/training/autumn-academy-2016.html

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. http://www.eaie.org/spotlight-seminar-marketing.html

Institute of International Education (IIE) Summit
Generation Study Abroad, Washington, DC., USA, 23 - 25 October 2016.
http://www.iie.org/Programs/GSA-Summit#.V6yDd6JO-zM

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.
http://uimagine.edu.au/icde

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

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.
http://www.udual.org/pdf/Convocatoria%20XIX%20Asamblea%20UDUAL.pdf
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