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Vol. 13, No. 9, November 2016

IAU Activities

Secretariat News
  New IAU staff member
IAU is pleased to welcome Astrid Salcedo in a newly-created position of Manager, Communications.  Astrid comes to the IAU with a solid experience in communications in an international context of membership associations.  Her work has focused on issues of human rights public policy advocacy.  Astrid’s mission is in particular to improve and strengthen the internal and external communications of the IAU.

  Last days to register for the IAU 15th General Conference on Higher Education: A catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies, 13 to 16 November 2016, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. The line-up of excellent speakers from around the world and the full programme are available online, along with all practical information.  Registration online ends on 6 November but continues on site on the 13th and 14th November.
IAU expresses deep condolences to the Thai people on the death of their beloved King His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, and is grateful to the host universities for their continued support for the General Conference in spite of their mourning and sadness.
Register now and join us in Bangkok.

  Elections of the IAU Administrative Board Members
The elections of the new IAU President and Administrative Board will take place on 15 November.  Leaders of all IAU Members in good standing are eligible to vote (or to give a proxy to their delegate) and to stand for Board elections.  Deadline for submission of nominations on site is 4pm on 14 November; duly completed candidacies must be given to the Secretary-General.  More information on the process is online.

  IAU signs a grant agreement with Rockefeller Foundation
IAU is pleased to announce the signature of a grant agreement with Rockefeller Foundation (RF) to assist the Foundation with the global outreach programme of the Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Writers in Residence Programme. This Programme offers academics a setting that is conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. RF seeks applicants with projects that contribute to the discourse and progress related to advancing inclusive economies and building resilience. To achieve these goals, which resonate with the IAU mission and vision, RF works at the intersection of four areas: Advance Health, Revalue Ecosystems, Secure Livelihoods and Transform Cities. Applicants with projects that may help shape thinking or catalyse action in these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

  ISAS (2.0) site visit at Hokkaido University, Japan successfully completed
Hokkaido University in Japan is the first university to undertake one of the strands of the new ISAS (2.0) programme. The university undertook the “Assessing Strategy and Monitoring Achievements” strand, based on a thorough self-review in the first months of 2016.  The site visit took place from 5 to 7 October 2016 and the expert panel, chaired by Madeleine Green, IAU Senior Fellow, and including 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, is now completing the report and deliberating before awarding the Internationalization Learning Badge: Strategy Monitoring and Achievements for their achievements.  The decision will be reached prior to the IAU General Conference in Bangkok, 14 - 16 November 2016.
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.

  Leading Globally-Engaged Universities (LGEU-3)
Last days to register for the IAU professional development programme taking place at  EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia, from 4 to 9 December, 2016.  Higher Education representatives in senior leadership positions are invited to take part in this 3rd LGEU!
which will combine engaged debate about leadership challenges in HE and peer-to-peer learning exercises that underline unique aspects of leadership in an intercultural 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 SpringA limited number of partial scholarships are available for participants from LICs.
Read the brochure in English or Spanish and contact: Juliette Becker.

  Take part in the IAU Global Survey on Higher Education and Sustainable Development
The survey is about to close.  The responses will be analysed shortly 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.

  IAU joins the organizing committee for Second Global Dialogue - GDII
The second Dialogue, to be held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico from 16 to 18 January 2017  will seek pathways forward to expand access to international education opportunities, enhance inclusion and ensure that national and institutional policies and practices related to internationalization reflect contemporary realities.  Higher Education Associations, particularly focusing on international education are welcome to visit the website and register.
Event website:

  Higher Education Internationalization: A Handbook
The upcoming 3rd issue of the 2016 volume of the Handbook offers an interesting line-up of articles from European, North American, and Asian authors, each focusing on specific aspects of internationalization. 
IAU Members 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.
The Handbook offers practical articles of interest to anyone engaged in the internationalization of higher education. The 3rd issue will be published in November.
For more information, please visit the IAU website or contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  An additional 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.

  In her capacity as Member of Council, Eva Egron-Polak took part in the 28th Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) Conference held on 21 and 22 October at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.  Taking the next steps in making the MCO more globally known and its values debated and discussed beyond Europe in a more systematic manner, this conference was the first-ever signing ceremony which took place outside the University of Bologna. The conference theme was Reducing Social Inequalities: The Role of Universities.
During the General Conference in Bangkok the Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) will hold its first-ever event in Asia as part of the IAU General Conference.

  The Deputy Secretary-General was one of the keynote speakers during the Public Talks on Education for Sustainable Development Change Agents and Leverage Points on How Universities can Move Societies to Address Sustainability Meaningfully, organised by the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She presented a global overview of how universities in different institutional, local, regional and global contexts fostered sustainable development and developed whole of institution approaches to education and research for SD.
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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
    • 17-20 October 2017 : IAU Global Meeting of Associations (VII) and International Conference: Leadership for a changing public-private higher education funding landscape, hosted by University of Ghana and Association of African Universities, Accra, Ghana
  • 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

News/Opportunities from around the World


UNESCO: Education for Sustainable Development; Educational Indicators
The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report will next be presented on 14 November during the first Plenary Session of the IAU General Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The speakers in this session, entitled Is Higher Education a Catalyst for Innovative and Sustainable Societies?, will share their views on how higher education institutions and higher education systems as a whole can act as catalysts for innovation. Speakers include the Deputy Minister of Education in Thailand, the Director of the Global Monitoring Report at UNESCO and the Vice-Chancellor of Zimbabwe Open University.

UNESCO: Several regional and national launches of the 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report took place following the global launch in September:
- in Dakar for West and Central Africa
- in Nepal
- in New Zealand
UNESCO: Education for Sustainable Development; Educational Planning
National consultations for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) took place in Djibouti, Kenya and in South Sudan on the integration of the 2030 Education agenda in Eastern Africa. The consultations are in preparation of a regional ministerial forum on SDG4 planned in Tanzania in November 2016.
- in Djibouti:
-    In Kenya:
- in South Sudan:
UNESCO: Social Science Education
UNESCO has launched the World Social Science Report 2016. It draws on the insights of over 100 social scientists and other thought leaders worldwide across various disciplines to emphasise transformative responses to inequality at all levels, from the grassroots to global governance. It urges governments to boost their investment in social science research.
UNESCO: Open Educational Resources; Vietnam
Representatives of 26 organisations, including universities, research centres, library associations and IT corporations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote OER in Viet Nam. The Memorandum and recommendations for government were presented at the UNESCO-supported international conference on Policy Advocacy on OER Development in Higher Education in Viet Nam held in September at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, part of the Vietnam National University Ha Noi.
UNESCO: Educational Qualifications; Accreditation
The second meeting of the Drafting Committee for the Global Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications was hosted by the Holy See in Rome on 19 and 20 September. A third meeting to conclude a first draft of the Convention is to take place from 13 to 15 February 2017.
UNESCO: Science; Women; Research
- The 5 laureates of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards were announced on October 4. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris on 23 March 2017.
- As part of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa programme, 14 women scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa are recipients of postdoctoral fellowships for their work and impact in addressing various developmental challenges of the continent and their contribution to knowledge. 

UNESCO: Education for Sustainable Development; Japan
The three winners of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) were announced in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, on 11 October.
UNESCO: Educational Finance; Educational Statistics
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released two reports:
- Who Pays for What in Education?: The Real Costs Revealed Through National Education Accounts details the methodology developed by UIS and the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) to describe education spending and results of its implementation in eight countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Lao PDR, Nepal, Senegal, Uganda, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe).
- Methodology of National Education Accounts provides a common framework and  serves as a reference document for those who are developing or intend to set up an NEA in their country.

Other international initiatives

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): ITCs; Open Educational Resources
IDneuf, a meta-portal for access to francophone open educational resources, has been launched. It was developed by the AUF subsequent to a meeting of forty Ministers of Higher Education from Francophone countries in Paris in January 2015 which examined the development of a Francophone digital university space. IDneuf aims to facilitate the sharing of open resources and promote access to all students, teachers, researchers and the public. (in French) (in French)

Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): ICTs; MOOCs; Ivory Coast
The first training session of the MOOC “CERTICEsup” (ICT skills Certification for Teachers in Higher Education) began on 3 October 2016. This follows a call launched by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS) of the Ivory Coast in partnership with the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and the University of Cergy-Pontoise (France) and is part of the programme for the development of the Distance-Learning University in the Ivory Coast (l’Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire). (in French)

Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS): Educational Cooperation
The New Delhi Declaration on Education was signed at the 4th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education on 30 September 2016. Measures for ensuring deeper cooperation among the Member States in higher education included: sharing information on higher education systems, approval and recognition processes, quality assurance and accreditation, and procedures for evaluation and recognition of qualifications to facilitate academic mobility.

International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU): Denominational Education
IFCU has published the proceedings of its 25th General Assembly, held in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2015.

International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE): Educational Quality
INQAAHE has launched a call for papers and poster presentations for the 2017 INQAAHE Biennial Conference on Between Collaboration & Competition: The Promises & Challenges for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, which will be held in Bahrain from 27 February to 2 March 2017. Deadline: 30 November 2016.

Islamic Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO): Internationalization; Educational Mobility
ISESCO has launched a project for the mobility and exchange of students, teaching staff and researchers between universities of ISESCO Member States. Entitled TAFAHUM (‘understanding’), it is being carried out in cooperation with the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and aims to create mobility opportunities which allow for the validation of university courses and qualifications which contribute to development.
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The International Council for Science (ICSU) - UNESCO: Scientific Cooperation
The International Council for Science (ICSU) and UNESCO have formalised a partnership on the provision of science advice for public policy. They will commit to: assisting countries with the development and/or strengthening of advisory systems, particularly in the developing world; enabling improved dialogue between scientific and policy communities, with linkages between research programmes and policy needs; and providing a forum for policy makers, practitioners, national academies and academics to develop and enhance approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) / Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN): Educational Quality
The presentations of the Global Summit on Quality Higher Education 2016 (GSQ 2016), held in Begaluru, India, in September on Sharing Values and Fostering Trust Beyond Borders have been published.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Vocational Education
OECD has published A Skills Beyond School Review of Peru about vocational education and training (VET) programmes (including post-secondary programmes).

Scholars at Risk Network: Ethics; Academic Teaching Personnel
Scholars at Risk has published the report of its eighth Global Congress on Universities in a Dangerous World: Defending Higher Education Communities and Values, which was held in June in Montreal in partnership with the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. It discusses issues facing higher education, including threats to physical security and core values on university campuses, supporting higher education in the refugee crisis, and promoting values in international partnerships.

UN Women: Access to Education; Gender Equality
The University Parity Report has been published by UN Women. It outlines the first year of the HeforShe project IMPACT 10x10x10 on gender equality across student, faculty and administration in universities worldwide.

US Government: Scientific Cooperation
Science ministers from across the globe, as well as representatives of indigenous Arctic groups, gathered in Washington, DC, in September for the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial. The purpose was to expand joint collaborations focused on Arctic science, research, monitoring and data-sharing, and to increase international scientific collaboration on the Arctic. A Joint Statement was issued.

University of the Arctic: Sustainable Development
A Declaration on the Sustainable Future of the Arctic was agreed in September during the 2016 Congress of the University of the Arctic, a network of universities and research institutes. The Congress took place at Saint Petersburg University.

Regional initiatives

African Quality Assurance Network: Educational Quality; Educational Evaluation
The 8th International Conference and Workshops on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa, the Annual Meeting of the African Quality Assurance Network, and the Symposium of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of Universities took place in Windhoek, Namibia in September. The theme was Multidimensions of Innovation in Higher Education in Africa: Towards Enhancing Quality and Accelerating Regional Harmonisation.

African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE): Internationalization
The 7th Annual Conference of ANIE took place in October in Accra, Ghana. Topics discussed included: Transnational education –impacts, issues and implications?; building research capacities; and partnerships for research and doctoral training in Africa.

West African Research Association: Scholarships; International Education
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Diaspora Graduate Student Internship competition, which offers financial assistance for an internship in a West African country, is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. programme of an accredited college or university in the United States. They strongly encourage students from HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and those without previous foreign travel experience to apply. Deadline: 1 February 2017.

Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa: ICTs; Distance Education
In January 2017, the Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa will reopen its digital doors with a new set of free courses to help African university lecturers face the challenges they meet in their everyday work

Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL): Regional Cooperation
The second  Caribbean, Central America, Mexico meeting of UDUAL took place in San José in September. Themes discussed included intercultural higher education; university autonomy; ERASMUS + in Latin America; and the future of the Latin America and the Caribbean Higher Education Area.

Grupo Montevideo: Educational Indicators; Regional Cooperation
A conference on the feasibility of building a Latin American system of indicators for higher education was held in September in Uruguay as part of the 5th Regional Meeting of the Institutional Evaluation, Strategic Planning and University Management Group of the Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo (AUGM).
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Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe para la Integración (AUALCPI): Sustainable Development
The Asociación de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe para la Integración (AUALCPI) and the Universidad El Bosque, Colombia organised a meeting in August on Social Responsibility: a Focus on the Role of Higher Education in the Light of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Education and Development; Regional Cooperation
The Joint statement resulting from the 6th APEC Educational Ministerial Meeting held in Lima, Peru, in October whose theme was An Inclusive and Quality Education has been published. It recognizes the significant role of education in enhancing economic development and general well-being, and encourages initiatives in the field of competencies, innovation and employability.

South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Higher Education and Development (RIHED): Curriculum; Regional Cooperation
- The SEAMEO RIHED workshop on Curriculum Design, Development and Evaluation for Universities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region was held in October 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It aimed at equipping participants with further competencies in designing, developing and evaluating curriculum material and providing a forum for the sharing of good practices into the 21st Century.
- A regional seminar on Academic Connectivity and Mobility: National Practices on Student Exchange and Credit Transfer was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 16 September 2016 in conjunction with the SEAMEO RIHED governing board meeting. Presentations examined current national practices and developments, as well as future plans for student exchange and credit transfer in their respective countries. (Seminar) (Governing Board Meeting)
- The 2015-2016 SEAMEO RIHED Annual Report has been published. The report sums up achievements towards the harmonisation of higher education in Southeast Asia and activities within the current five-year Development Plan (2012-2017).
video presentation:
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH): Educational Quality; Philippines
In September, SEAMEO INNOTECH conducted a learning programme for the Deans and Department Heads of the Universitas Lambung Mangkurat (ULM), aimed at enhancing their competencies in leading and managing a standards-based quality assurance system in the Philippines.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR): Educational Management; Disaster Management
The outcome paper from the first Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction: Science Policy Dialogue for Implementation of the Sendai Framework which took place on in August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, adopted the Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ (APRU) Multi-Hazards (MH) Programme’s recommendation to include the importance of a disaster management plan by universities. This policy document will be shared with policymakers at the Asian Ministerial Conference on disaster risk reduction in November to advance the campus safety agenda.
European Commission: ICTs; E-Learning
The European Commission has published three reports concerning digital and online learning and research:
- The Education & Training 2020 Survey covers policies and practices of digital and online learning in Europe. The aim is to capture progress made and the challenges ahead from the perspective of national policymakers and senior officials in charge of digital and online learning.
- The first report of the Commission High Level Expert Group on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). It recommends writing clear Rules of Engagement for access to the EOSC and for the provision of services based on research data; framing the EOSC within open protocols; and changing the funding model for research data to an overall co-funded national/EC funding scheme.
- Opening up Education: a Support Framework for Higher Education Institutions. This report  proposes a wide definition of the term open education that goes beyond OER, MOOCs and open access to embrace 10 dimensions of open education. The framework can be used as a tool by HEI staff to help them think through pedagogical approaches, collaboration between individuals and institutions, recognition of non-formal learning and different ways of making content available.

League of European Research Universities (LERU): Intellectual Property; Legislation
In September, the European Commission presented its legislative proposal to update the EU framework on copyright, the Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Single Digital Market. LERU welcomes the mandatory exception for text and data mining in the proposal and calls on the European Parliament and Council to strengthen and widen the exception to enhance innovation as well as research. (EU proposed directive)

League of European Research Universities (LERU): European Research Area; Educational Cooperation
The members of LERU have joined forces with the CE7 group of Central-European universities to jointly develop and share knowledge on the European Research Area (ERA) and Open Science Policy. They will also work to increase collaboration towards joint PhDs, collaborative research projects, student exchange, mobility of teachers, researchers and administrative staff, and evaluation systems.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) - European Commission: Innovation; Intellectual Property
The EIT and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September. The two organisations will exchange and disseminate information, jointly organise policy workshops and networking events and implement joint analytical work. The MoU covers the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme; education, training and skills, technology transfer, intellectual property, new financing mechanisms and knowledge management.

Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders -  European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA): Accreditation
In September 2016, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) signed an agreement with the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) to enable a joint accreditation process. Dutch programmes in public administration can now more easily obtain international recognition besides the regular NVAO accreditation.

Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI): Research; Social Responsibility
The new HEIRRI database is now online. It includes 23 case studies of responsible research, including the FOSTER project (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research), the EnRRICH project (Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education), teaching resources ‘Engineers, Technology and Society’ (University of Western Australia), ‘Ethics in Life Sciences’ (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and the Canadian Community-University Research Alliances.

European Students’ Union (ESU): Social Responsibility
ESU will participate in a new Erasmus+ project focused on university social responsibility. The kick-off meeting was held in September in London. The reference point will be the recently-developed Benchmark Standards for University Social Responsibility across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This common European reference framework incorporates societal and environmental dimensions and democratic sustainability. The project will be led by the National Union of Students in the UK and will last for 3 years.

Educational Repositories Network / LangOER: Open Education Resources; Language Education
The conference on Open Education: Promoting Diversity for European Languages was held in Brussels in September 2016. Co-organised by the LangOER project with the Educational Repositories Network (EdReNe), it addressed key issues related to the uptake of less-used languages, such as: how cross-border collaboration can extend open education resources and practices in less-used languages; and the added value of OER from a language teaching perspective.

European University Association (EUA): Educational Finance
The third EUA Funding Forum, Efficient universities: Value for Society, took place at the University of Porto in Portugal on 6 and 7 October 2016. Topics discussed included: institutional efficiency strategies; strategic positioning and research funding.

European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN): Access to Education; Refugee Education
Higher Education For You Too (HE4u2), a new EU-funded project coordinated by Eucen, aims to integrate cultural diversity into higher education, specifically in the context of training teachers in higher education working with migrant students. It aims to reform the delivery of support for these learners, integrating at the same time an intercultural dimension for all learners.

Inter-regional initiatives
Spain/Latin America: Academic Staff Mobility
Crue Universidades Españolas signed the agreement to adhere to the Alliance for Ibero-American Academic Mobility in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in September.
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China/Europe: Educational Cooperation
The first China - EU Education Ministers Conference entitled Building a China-EU Education Silk Road Towards the Future was held in Beijing on 11 October. It aimed at sharing different countries’ educational policies and ideas on cooperation. There were four main themes: expanding cooperation between universities and enterprises, credit transfer systems, improving educational quality and strengthening university exchanges.
Asia/Europe: Sustainable Development; Education and Development
The Implementation Guide for the Sustainable Development Goals is the product of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum. It is designed for policymakers from developing countries and provides guidance on including the Sustainable Development Goals in national planning.

Europe/Brazil: Research Cooperation
An initiative that will foster international collaboration between Brazilian and European Research Council (ERC)-funded researchers has been launched in Brussels. This agreement will encourage young Brazilian scientists to join ERC grantees’ research teams across Europe. It is also a step forward on the implementation of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area.

Bilateral initiatives
Mexico/ Canada: Educational Cooperation; Research Universities
ANUIES, the Mexican National Association of Universities and CALDO, a consortium of nine Canadian research universities dedicated to the development of higher education partnerships between Canada and Latin America, have signed an agreement to link 179 higher education institutions in Mexico with Canadian research universities.

Nicaragua/ Russian Federation: Educational Cooperation
The Consejo Nacional de Universidades (CNU) Nicaragua and the Russian Federation have signed a three-year cooperation agreement to develop education, science, research and innovation to improve academic mobility and the scientific and educational practices. (in Spanish)

Vietnam/ Japan: Educational Institutions; Educational Cooperation
The Vietnam-Japan University, a joint creation of those two countries, opened on September 9 in Hanoi.

National and institutional initiatives

Algeria: Educational Planning
Algeria has unveiled a new roadmap for higher education and research which aims to build a knowledge-based economy by raising educational standards, improving the employability of graduates and revitalising research. A monitoring and evaluation system for the performance of higher education institutions will be established, along with increasing transparency and openness.
Algeria: Educational Quality; Educational Policy
The Minister for Higher Education and Research, Tahar Hadjar, announced the adoption of the National Quality Assurance Framework at the National Universities Conference which took place in October in Algiers. The framework covers all areas of university governance, and aims to improve the quality of teaching and management.

Argentina: Educational Systems; Educational Evaluation
President Macri presented the National System of Higher Education Academic Recognition which aims to increase equivalences between universities and promote curricula innovation. WIthin this new system, university students can change track without having to repeat certain subjects.

Australia: Educational Planning
The Minister for Education and Training announced the creation of an expert advisory panel which will collaborate with the government to develop a plan for Australia’s higher education system to ensure that it promotes excellence and innovation and is sustainable for generations to come.
Australia: Research Policy
The Group of Eight (Go8) submission on the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper was released in July by the Department of Education and Training. It discusses and provides recommendations on funding; training of researchers on the national research infrastructure; governance; fostering engagement between researchers and industry/business; and access to international research infrastructure facilities.

Bangladesh: Educational Policy; Accreditation
The Cabinet approved the Accreditation Council Bill 2016 which aims to ensure the quality of higher education in Bangladesh. The council will also work to attain international recognition on accreditation through cooperation with international organisations. In addition, it will organise seminars, symposiums and necessary training, development and campaign programmes on accreditation.

Belarus: Educational Reform
The Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee (BIBC) and ad hoc Commission of Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) have published the Report on the Monitoring of Belarus Roadmap for Higher Education Reform Implementation June-September 2016. It analyses what has been done by Belarusian authorities to fulfil their obligations and presents findings that show progress towards the Roadmap implementation.

Brazil: Open Educational Resources
The Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) has launched an open education resources portal, EduCapes. It includes the courses of the Universidade Aberta do Brasil (UAB) and can be freely accessed by citizens from all regions of Brazil.

Canada: Educational Finance
In their submission to Federal government, Universities Canada provides recommendations to the government’s expert panel on funding for fundamental science. Universities Canada calls for investments that will position Canada for global scientific leadership.
Canada: Educational Finance; Educational Outcomes
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario published two reports:
- Approaches to Net Tuition: an Environmental Scan responds to the announcement by the Ontario government in February 2016 of a major redesign of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- The Landscape of Learning Outcomes Assessment in Canada presents the findings of a survey of learning outcomes assessment practices currently used in public colleges and universities across Canada.
Canada: Students; Education and Employment
The Council of Ontario Universities has launched an online survey aimed at students and parents, as well as employers, governments, agencies, and researchers on how Ontario’s 21 public universities can contribute to both students’ futures and the future of communities. The survey is part of a public consultation which will culminate in a summit in Ontario in 2017.
The survey can be found at:

Dominican Republic: Access to Education; Students with Disabilities
The Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and the Consejo Nacional de Discapacidad (CONADIS) signed an agreement in September to develop inclusive education and research that focuses on people with disabilities. It will also help to implement programmes and facilities that promote their academic and professional integration.

Ethiopia: Educational Planning
The Ministry of Education is preparing a Higher Education Road Map that will enable qualified graduates to meet the needs of Ethiopia’s growing economy.

France: Access to Education; Gender Equality
Following the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education and Research held in Paris in September, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research has published a report on its key findings Enseignement Supérieur et Recherche: Vers l’Egalité Femmes-Hommes? Chiffres Clés. (in French)
France: Educational Systems
The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles has released a report Faire Réussir la Jeunesse which contains 24 proposals for the transformation of the higher education and research system.
France: ITCs; Legislation
French researchers will now be able to carry out data mining, following the adoption by the Senate of the Law for a Digital Republic.
France: Science; Researchers
During the conference on Migrations, Refugees, Exile held in October at the Collège de France, the Secretary for Higher Education and Research announced the launch of a programme for scientists at risk. This follows the publication of the report Rapport sur l’Accueil en France des Scientifiques en Danger. The Programme will be carried out in partnership with higher education institutions and organisations, firms and civil society.
scientifiques-en-danger.html (in French)
scientifiques_en_danger_643178.pdf report (in French)

Germany: Open Access
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has published a new strategy paper Open Access in Germany. It calls on academics receiving funding to back free to access publications. (in German)

Ghana: Educational Finance; Educational Policy
The Ghanaian government is to speed up the passage of Tertiary Education Fund.

Ireland: Internationalization
The Irish government has unveiled a new strategy on international education. It sets out targets for increasing the number of international students and researchers coming to Irish institutions and increasing outward mobility for Irish students, academics and researchers.
Ireland: Educational Finance; Student Grants
The Higher Education Authority has published a Review of the Student Assistance Fund. The implementation of the review will lead to stronger engagement by the HEA and HEIs to develop actions to strengthen the evidence base on the adequacy of current funding; reform the allocation model to ensure funding is directed where there is greatest need and bring forward measures to streamline the administration, assessment and allocation process.

Kenya: Educational Administration
Rules have been drafted to tighten and standardise the appointment of university vice-chancellors and their deputies. The plan by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will ensure the equitable hiring of university officials. It proposes that only full professors and distinguished administrators can be appointed to the positions.

Maldives: Educational Qualification
The Maldives Qualifications Authority released the Maldives National Qualifications Framework which revises the 2011 Framework. It will become effective from 1 January 2017.

Mexico: Social Responsibility
The Mexican Observatory of University Social Responsibility was launched during the 4th National Forum on University Social Responsibility (IV Foro Nacional de Responsabilidad Social Universitaria) which took place in Merida, Yucatan, in September. (in Spanish) (in Spanish)
Mexico: Social Responsibility
The International Seminar on Innovation in Higher Education took place at Cetys University, Mexico, in September. Topics discussed included innovation in higher education; social responsibility; and alternative educational models and technology.

Morocco: Private Education; Accreditation
The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Training of Professionals passed a bill which facilitates the conditions which allow private higher education institutions to be called “private universities” or “private faculties”.

New Zealand: Educational Systems
New models of Tertiary Education has been published by New Zealand’s Productivity Commission. The draft report offers a detailed inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to take advantage of trends in technology, internationalization, population, tuition costs and demand for skills and identifies potential barriers to innovation. Submissions are invited on the findings and recommendations contained in the report by 21 November 2016.
New Zealand: Research; Doctoral Education
Education Counts has published Profile & Trends 2015: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Research, the third of a series of six reports that addresses trends in doctoral enrolments and completions; the academic impact of research and collaborations at universities compared with Australian universities; and research funding and expenditure.
New Zealand: Economics of Education; Educational Statistics
Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara has released:
- The report NZIER - Economic impact of Universities which analyses the contribution of New Zealand's universities to the economy. It identifies the main economic benefits from tertiary education and models the effect of changes in the existing levels of university spending, teaching and research activity on the economy.
- NZ Universities: Key Facts and Stats which provides figures on universities and research income and spending, enrolment, educational outcomes, educational quality, and reputation.

Nicaragua: Regional Cooperation
21 public universities, belonging to the Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano (CSUCA), met in October in Granada, Nicaragua to discuss standardisation of higher education in the region.

Nigeria: Educational Finance
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund has set out its funding proposal to Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges

Norway: Masters Degrees; Educational Science
The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo has announced that the admission round for global applicants for the Master’s programme in higher education is now open and will close on 1st of December 2016. The two-year research-focused international programme covers a broad range of disciplinary perspectives on higher education.

Philippines: Educational Evaluation
The Plenary Presentations from the 3rd International Conference on Educational Measurement and Evaluation (ICEME 2016), which took place last September, in Manila, Philippines, are now available.

Poland: Sustainable Development
A special issue of Studia Periegetica, an open access journal, focuses on Education for Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea region. The papers examine the incorporation of sustainable development and environmental education in higher education curriculum, teaching methods, research and e-learning at universities in Latvia, Belarus, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Poland. The papers were first presented during the BUP Teachers Conference in October 2015. (in English and Polish)

Senegal: Educational Institutions; Educational Finance
L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is awarding 20 million Euros to finance two professional higher training institutes. (in French)

South Africa: Scholarships; International Education; Call for Applications
Universities South Africa has launched a call for applications for scholarships for full-time study in the UK. The scholarships, administered by Universities South Africa in collaboration with the United Kingdom-based Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, are available for taught Masters and Doctoral Studies for the academic year commencing September/October 2017. Closing date: 18 November 2016 
South Africa: Teaching; Learning
The 10th Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference, an international meeting of academics and researchers, was held at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, in September. The theme was The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: Advancing Teaching Innovation and Research Excellence in Higher Education. Topics discussed included: collaborative quality enhancement for systemic change in higher education; institutional research: building an evidence-based culture in higher education; researching teaching & learning technologies which promote scholarship; and indigenous knowledge systems as pathways to integrating Higher Education research and curricula development.
South Africa: Educational Finance; Educational Fees
Education unions are encouraged by the South African government’s announcement that university fee increases may be capped and that low-income families may have the increase subsidised to make education more accessible.

Tunisia: Educational Statistics; Educational Systems
The Ministry of Higher Education and Research has published four statistical reports on higher education and research. Information is provided on numbers of institutions, development by region, student enrolment, field of study, research and teaching staff, student grants, research facilities and private providers from 2011 to 2016.

United Kingdom: Research Evaluation; Educational Indicators
A Forum for Responsible Metrics is being set up as a partnership between  HEFCE, Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust, Universities UK and Jisc. The forum will develop a programme of activities to support the responsible use of research metrics in higher education institutions and offer advice to the UK higher education funding bodies on how quantitative indicators might be used to assess research outputs, as part of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).,109662,en.html
United Kingdom: Research; Interdisciplinarity
Two reports consider interdisciplinary research in the UK. Landscape Review of Interdisciplinary Research explores the incentives and barriers affecting interdisciplinary research and Case Study Review of Interdisciplinary Research in Higher Education Institutions in England considers ten HEIs in England that take a variety of approaches to develop, sustain and embed IDR.
United Kingdom: Educational Finance; Wales
The final report on The Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales is available.
United Kingdom: Education and Development; Educational Systems
The Centre for Global Higher Education, Institute of Education, London has published The Quest for World-Class University Status: Implications for Sustainable Development of Asian universities. It explores the major challenges confronting higher education in selected Asian countries, particularly Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan and Singapore, and examines the role of liberal arts education in achieving the sustainable development of higher education in Asia.
United Kingdom: Student Welfare
A new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) The Invisible Problem? Improving Students’ Mental Health calls for extra support from universities and the NHS. Its key recommendations include increasing funding for university counselling and support services, encouraging universities to create a mental health action plan and including information on mental health support in university prospectuses.
United Kingdom: Access to Education
A new report by Universities UK, Working in Partnership: Enabling Social Mobility in Higher Education makes recommendations for universities, schools, colleges and employers to improve social mobility in higher education in England.
United Kingdom: International Education; Student Mobility; Educational Grants
The UK government announced in October that EU students applying to English higher education institutions for the 2017-2018 academic year will continue to be eligible for student loans and grants for the duration of their degree course.

United States of America: STEM Education
The report STEM 2026: A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education published by the American Institutes for Research presents the results and recommendations of discussion-based workshops with 30 experts in STEM teaching and learning. The STEM 2026 vision presented is meant as a starting point upon which key stakeholder groups, including policy makers, researchers, and educators, can build.
United States of America: STEM Education
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities have published APLU Higher Education Policy Platform for Presidential Transition Teams. The proposals in this policy paper are aimed at increasing access to and affordability of higher education while improving student success. They call for federal and state partnership for reinvestment in public education, greater transparency of student outcomes, and an overhaul of the current institutional eligibility system for the allocation of funding.
United States of America: Sustainable Development; Educational Cooperation
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture have signed an agreement to work collaboratively to address sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.
United States of America: Accreditation; Education Policy
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has published A Framework for Outcomes-Focused, Differentiated Accreditation. This Policy Brief provides an overview of a new proposed accreditation policy framework in the United States that would focus on student outcomes to differentiate accreditor engagement with institutions.
United States of America: Education and Employment
The Council of Graduate Schools has released Graduate Enrollment and Degrees: 2005 to 2015. This report presents findings of an annual survey of over 600 graduate schools in the USA. It  finds growth in first-time enrolments for a number of key demographic groups, notably all underrepresented minority (URM) groups.
United States of America: Educational Statistics; Students; Educational Finance
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released the following publications:
- Projections of Education Statistics to 2024 contains data on enrolment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures for the past 14 years and projections to the year 2024. It covers all levels of education, including higher education.
- First-Time Postsecondary Students in 2011–12 presents four sets of data providing key information about retention, persistence, attainment, withdrawal, and transfer rates.
- Reaching the Limit: Undergraduates Who Borrow the Maximum Amount in Federal Direct Loans: 2011–12. This Statistics in Brief examines student loan recipients by income level, institution type, and attendance status.
United States of America: Educational Systems
- What's the Payoff: Americans Consider Problems and Promises of Higher Education is a research report released by Public Agenda, a non-profit organisation, with support from the Kresge Foundation. Based on findings from two national surveys, the report examines the public's views on what students should gain from a higher education, problems facing higher education and approaches to higher education reform.
United States of America: Teacher Education
The U.S. Department of Education has released final regulations for teacher preparation programmes that will require states to rate the effectiveness of the programmes and tie access to federal grants to student outcomes.
United States of America: Teacher Education
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) have released a Statement on Accountability for Campus Climate, Inclusion, and Civility. It provides guidance for universities to help ensure that a collaborative governance process and effective policies are in place.

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

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting: Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, San Francisco, USA, 25 - 28 January 2017. Early Registration Deadline: 18 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)
A Canada – Sub-Saharan Africa Partners Roundtable at the CBIE 50th Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 13 - 16 November 2016.

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

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.

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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