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Vol. 13, No 10, décembre 2016


Activités de l’AIU


Conférences
  15ème Conférence générale de l'AIU, Bangkok, Thaïlande
Le mois dernier, l'AIU a tenu sa 15e Conférence générale, organisée par un consortium d'universités thaïlandaises. Cet événement a attiré des participants de plus de 85 pays du monde entier pour débattre du thème de l'enseignement supérieur comme moteur pour l'innovation et pour des sociétés durables. Consultez la page internet de la conférence afin de lire ou visionner les présentations des séances plénières et parallèles.

  La Conférence générale a également servi à élire la nouvelle direction de l'AIU - Pam Fredman, Rectrice de l'Université de Göteborg, en tant que Présidente de l'AIU et un tout nouveau Conseil d'administration. Veuillez consulter la liste complète des membres du Conseil. Félicitations au Président et au Conseil d'Administration nouvellement élus et une profonde reconnaissance à l’égard du Président et des Membres du Conseil d'Administration sortants qui ont généreusement soutenu l'AIU au cours des quatre dernières années!  Enfin, l'AIU a le plaisir d'annoncer que Juan Ramón de la Fuente, ancien Président de l'AIU et ancien Recteur de l'UNAM, devient Président d'Honneur de l'AIU.

  Au cours des différentes séances sur les affaires de l’AIU, la Secrétaire générale de l'AIU a présenté un aperçu des travaux de l'AIU durant les quatre dernières années ainsi que le nouveau Plan stratégique 2016-2020 de l'Association. Ces deux documents sont désormais disponibles en ligne.
L'AIU sera heureuse de recueillir des commentaires sur ces deux documents, en particulier de la part des membres de l'AIU.

  L'Université d'Hokkaido, Japon: première université à recevoir un "ISAS (2.0) internationalisation learning badge" de l'AIU
L'Université d'Hokkaido au Japon est la première université à recevoir un "internationalisation learning badge" (badge d'apprentissage d'internationalisation) du nouveau programme ISAS (2.0). Ce badge a été remis officiellement au président de l'Université Hokkaido, Dr. Keizo Yamaguchi, par le président de l'AIU, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, à la Conférence générale de l'AIU le 14 novembre 2016.

  Conférence internationale de l'AIU 2017 et GMA VII
Lors de la réunion du Conseil d'Administration de l'AIU, qui a eu lieu juste avant la tenue des élections du nouveau Conseil, l'AIU a confirmé la date et le lieu des Conférences internationales 2017 et 2018 comme suit:
•    17-20 octobre 2017: Conférence internationale et Réunion mondiale des Associations VII à Accra, Ghana, organisée par l'Université du Ghana et l'Association des Universités africaines.
Le thème: Leadership dans un paysage du financement public privé en enseignement supérieur en pleine transformation
•    En 2018, les dates et thèmes seront confirmés ultérieurement mais l’AIU a accepté la généreuse invitation reçue de la part de l’Université de Malaisie pour que la rencontre ait lieu à Kuala Lumpur.

Actions
  Appel - Prix AIU, Palgrave et CA en Recherche sur les Politiques d'Enseignement
Grâce à, et en partenariat avec, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., éditeur des travaux de recherche et des publications de référence de l'AIU, l'Association internationale des Universités (AIU) et l’Alliance COPERNICUS (CA) sont heureux d'annoncer deux Prix AIU/Palgrave et CA en Recherche sur les Politiques d'Enseignement supérieur 2016-2017.
Le but de ces deux Prix est de promouvoir la recherche dans le domaine de la politique de l'enseignement supérieur en récompensant des travaux remarquables sur l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche pour le développement durable: une nouvelle discipline académique?  Deux papiers seront sélectionnés (l'un de l'AIU et l'autre des institutions membres de l'AC). Consultez notre site pour plus d'informations.
http://iau-hesd.net/en/news/3081-iaupalgrave-copernicus-alliance-prizes-higher-education-policy-research-2016-2017-essay
http://www.iau-aiu.net/content/iau-palgrave-prize-essay-competition

  Signature d’une convention de subvention avec la fondation Rockefeller
Le mois dernier, l'AIU a eu le plaisir d'annoncer la signature d'une convention de subvention avec la Fondation Rockefeller (RF) visant à aider la Fondation à renforcer le rayonnement mondial du « programme du Centre Bellagio Rockefeller pour écrivains en résidence ». Ce programme offre aux écrivains chercheurs un cadre favorable à un travail recueilli et axé sur les résultats dans les domaines suivants: le progrès de la santé, la revalorisation des écosystèmes, la garantie de styles de vies durables et la transformation des villes. Les candidats ayant des projets permettant de développer la réflexion et de catalyser l’action dans ces domaines sont vivement encouragés à poser leur candidature au printemps 2017. Davantage d’informations concernant l’appel à candidature seront mises à disposition à cette adresse:
https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/residency-program/#academic-residency

  Le portail ESDD de l’AIU fait peau neuve: www.iau-hesd.net/fr
A l’occasion de la 15e Conférence générale de l’AIU qui vient de se terminer à Bangkok, le portail sur l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche en développement durable a été modernisé afin de mettre mieux en avant les initiatives des membres et partenaires de l’AIU sur l’ESDD. 300 actions sont déjà publiées sur le portail et l’AIU encourage vivement ses membres à partager leurs bonnes pratiques, afin de favoriser la mise en réseau et offrir des opportunités de changements d’échelle aux niveaux local, national et mondial. Une enquête utilisateurs sera réalisée prochainement dans le but de poursuivre l’amélioration du portail. Nous vous invitons à nous contacter et à vous porter volontaire pour participer à cette enquête personnalisée. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez prendre contact avec Frédérique Herzog, Chargée de programmes à l’AIU: f.herzog@iau-aiu.net

  L'AIU rejoint le Comité directeur de l'UNESCO pour la Conférence internationale sur l'Amélioration de la Qualité
La Secrétaire générale de l'AIU a été invitée à rejoindre un Comité directeur devant aider l'UNESCO à organiser une Conférence internationale sur l'Assurance Qualité dans l'Enseignement supérieur qui se tiendra à Paris en 2018 et sera précédée d'une série de conférences régionales. La responsabilité de cette Conférence incombe à la Division de l'Enseignement supérieur de l'UNESCO. Les organisations partenaires, outre l’AIU, incluent le Consortium international d'enseignement à distance (ICDE), le Réseau international des Agences d'Assurance de la Qualité dans l'enseignement supérieur (INQAAHE), le Commonwealth of Learning (COL), le DAAD et la Banque mondiale. La première réunion du comité directeur s'est tenue à Paris le 25 octobre 2016.

  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 rejoint le comité d'organisation pour le deuxième Dialogue mondial - GDII
Le deuxième Dialogue, qui doit se tenir à Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexique du 16 au 18 janvier 2017 explorera de nouvelles voies visant à élargir l'accès aux opportunités d’études à l’international, à renforcer l'inclusion et à veiller à ce que les politiques et pratiques nationales et institutionnelles liées à l'internationalisation reflètent les réalités contemporaines. Les Associations de l'enseignement supérieur, particulièrement celles ayant pour principal objet l'éducation internationale sont invitées à visiter le site et à s’inscrire.
Site web de l'événement: http://globaldialogue.uas.edu.mx/
Inscription: http://globaldialogue.uas.edu.mx/#about-us
Contact: e.egronpolak@iau-aiu.net

Publications
  AIU Horizons
Le vol.21, no.4 du magazine AIU Horizons vient d'être publié. Ce numéro est consacré à la présentation des projets et initiatives de l'AIU. Il traite principalement des préparatifs de la 15e Conférence générale de l'AIU; détaille le bilan des activités et les opportunités liés aux thématiques prioritaires de travail de l’AIU; présente les nouveaux Membres et les différents projets auxquels l'AIU est associée. Le Dossier thématique est consacré au Leadership dans un paysage du financement public privé en enseignement supérieur en pleine transformation, le thème retenu pour la Conférence internationale et la Réunion mondiale des Associations de l'AIU 2017 prévue au Ghana en Octobre 2017.

  Revue Higher Education Policy (HEP) vol. 29, no. 4 – décembre 2016
La version finale du numéro actuel d'HEP est une édition spéciale intitulée Measuring Up: Consequences of Global Competition and Metrics on Local Scholarship. Il examine des exemples au niveau national des conséquences des tensions induites par la ruée vers les universités de classe mondiale et l’hypothèse selon laquelle la recherche publiée en langue anglaise devrait en fait constituer un indicateur notable des avancées vers cet objectif. Les cinq articles de cette édition spéciale présente des exemples en Australie, à Taiwan, au Japon, en Afrique du Sud ainsi qu’une étude comparative de la Chine, de Hong Kong et du Japon. L'édition spéciale comprend également un aperçu de la stratégie d'éducation internationale du Canada, et de ses répercussions sur la stratégie des universités. La publication se termine par une critique du livre de Damtew Teferra intitulé Funding Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Financement de l'enseignement supérieur en Afrique subsaharienne). Pour plus d'informations et/ou pour consulter des extraits, veuillez visiter page d’accueil d’HEP.

  Internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur: Un guide
Le 3ème numéro à paraître du volume 2016 du Guide offre une collection intéressante d’articles d'auteurs européens, nord-américains et asiatiques mettant chacun l'accent sur des aspects spécifiques de l'internationalisation.
Les Membres de l'AIU bénéficient d'une remise importante en s’abonnant à la version papier et/ou à la version en ligne de ce Guide, puisque l'AIU en préside désormais le Comité de Rédaction.
Ce guide propose des articles pratiques dignes d’intérêt pour toute personne engagée dans l'internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur. Ce 3ème numéro a été publié en novembre. Pour plus d'informations, veuillez-vous rendre sur le site de l’AIU ou contactez: Giorgio Marinoni.

  Un 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 épauler 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.

Représentation
  L’AIU et le Conseil consultatif de U-Multirank
L'AIU continue d'être membre du Conseil consultatif d’U-Multirank (UMR) et la Secrétaire générale a assisté à sa 9e réunion le 7 novembre à Bruxelles.
Le Consortium qui établit ce classement «alternatif» financé par l'UE est en train de recueillir les données pour le rapport 2017 et indique que le nombre d'établissements participants est le plus élevé enregistré à ce jour. En adoptant une approche plus concertée pour pré-remplir certaines informations de profil en association avec les fournisseurs de données nationales aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni, U-Multirank espère se faciliter la tâche quant à la production de données pour les établissements d’enseignement supérieur. La Commission européenne maintient son engagement envers l'UMR en tant que bien public et envisage de continuer à contribuer à son financement aux côtés de fondations privées. L'AIU a toujours aidé le consortium UMR à entrer en contact avec les membres de l'AIU non européens puisque U-Multirank aspire à être une initiative mondiale plutôt que 'européenne, permettant aux utilisateurs de comparer les établissements sur les aspects de leur choix.

  L’AIU membre du jury de l’édition 2016 des Trophées des campus responsables
Dans le cadre de la stratégie de l’AIU pour promouvoir l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche au service du Développement Durable (ESDD) via des partenariats stratégiques, l’AIU a participé au jury des Trophées des campus responsables qui récompensent des établissements d’enseignement supérieur pour leurs initiatives et engagement en faveur du développement durable. 21 campus se sont porté candidats à l’édition 2016 ouverte à des campus en France, Belgique, Suisse, Luxembourg et au Québec. La cérémonie de remise des Trophées s’est tenue le 8 novembre à Paris. L’AIU félicite les dix établissements lauréats et notamment Kedge Business School (membre de l’AIU). Découvrez les lauréats et leurs initiatives en faveur de l’ESDD

  L'AIU a participé à la 10e Conférence mondiale des RCE à Yogyakarta, en Indonésie
Consécutivement à la Conférence générale de l'AIU, le Président sortant de l'AIU, Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, et la Secrétaire générale adjointe de l'AIU, le Dr van’t Land, ont pris part à cet événement anniversaire. Généreusement organisée par l’Université Gadjah Mada, la Conférence a réuni un large public, très représentatif de la diversité des acteurs impliqués dans les 148 Centres régionaux d'Expertise (RCE) du monde entier. La Conférence a mis en avant les efforts des RCE quant à la mise en œuvre du Programmes d'Action global (GAP) sur l'EDD et les ODD, elle a permis le partage d’expériences et de connaissances incitant les communautés à construire un avenir durable pour le monde entier, et la mise en réseau active d’initiatives par pays, par région et au niveau international. L'AIU a également participé à la Réunion des pairs de l’UBUNTU visant à sélectionner les futurs RCE ainsi qu’à un atelier sur les stratégies de mise en œuvre des ODD.

  ISAS (2.0) présenté lors de la 8ème conférence LACHEC à Bogota
Giorgio Marinoni, Responsable des Politiques et Projets en Enseignement Supérieur et Internationalisation, a présenté le nouveau programme ISAS (2.0) de l'AIU lors de la 8ème Conférence de l'enseignement supérieur latino-américain et caribéen (LACHEC), à Bogota, du 24 au 25 novembre.
La conférence a réuni environ 400 participants de différents pays d'Amérique latine et a abordé tous les grands thèmes de l'internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur. ISAS (2.0) a été bien accueilli par le public comme un nouveau service permettant d’améliorer l'internationalisation de l'enseignement supérieur. Les débats de la conférence ont montré qu’il est nécessaire d'améliorer l'internationalisation des établissements d'enseignement supérieur latino-américains; les participants ont manifesté une forte volonté de le faire et l'AIU est prête à les aider dans leur démarche d'internationalisation en vue d’améliorer la qualité de l'enseignement supérieur pour tous les étudiants et les membres du personnel universitaire. Contact: Giorgio Marinoni.

  New in the E-Bulletin
Les lecteurs pourront désormais être informés des conférences internationales sur l'enseignement supérieur à venir et plus particulièrement être avertis 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 événements de l’AIU, sont ajoutées à la fin de chaque édition du e-Bulletin. Pour soumettre des informations pour publication dans le e-bulletin, veuillez contacter Amanda Sudic: a.sudic@iau-aiu.net

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Rappel des dates importantes

  • Conférences
    • 17-20 Octobre, 2017 : Réunion mondiale des Associations (VII) et Conférence internationale de l’AIU: Leadership dans un paysage du financement public privé en enseignement supérieur en pleine transformation, hébergée par l’Université du Ghana et l’Association des Universités africaines, à Accra, au Ghana
  • Développement professionnel/programme de formation
    • 4-9 Décembre, 2016 : 3ème session du programme Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU) hébergée par l’Université EAFIT, à Medellin, en Colombie - inscriptions désormais clôturées
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: Sustainable Development
UNESCO launched two new publications on 14 November 2016 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco:
-     Planet: Education for Environmental Sustainability and Green Growth by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report which analyses the role of education as a crosscutting means of advancing the 2030 Agenda.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002464/246429e.pdf
-    Action for Climate Empowerment: Guidelines for Accelerating Solutions Through Education, Training and Public Awareness, a guide for policy-makers, developed in collaboration with United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002464/246435e.pdf

UNESCO/Libya: Open Educational Resources; ICTs
Heads of Libyan higher education institutions met in early October to discuss a UNESCO project that aims at enhancing the quality of higher education in Libya through the adoption and development of OER.
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/unesco_oer_project_to_boost_higher_education_in_libya/

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Internationalization; Educational Indicators
Regional experts met in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2016 to take stock of internationalization indicators for higher education in ASEAN+6 countries (i.e. the 10 Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea) and to support monitoring of the achievement of the Education 2030 Agenda.
Presentations are available at: Stakeholders Meeting on Indicators for Internationalization of Higher Education in ASEAN+6, 3-4 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/higher-education/appeal-news002/indicators-for-internationalization-of-
higher-education-in-asean-6/?utm_medium=%252525252525Fproc%252525252525Fself%25252525252Fenviron
UNESCO Office in Bangkok - National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE): MOOCs; Lifelong Education
The second regional expert meeting on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a Catalyst to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning in Asia and the Pacific took place on 10 and 11 October 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The meeting examined regional needs to use MOOCs to achieve quality higher education, both online and on campus, with a special focus on developing economies. Presentations are available at:
http://bit.ly/2gBrkVJ
UNESCO Office in Bangkok - Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID): Educational Quality
The presentations of the 18th UNESCO-APEID International Conference: In Pursuit of Quality Education: The Past, Present and Future, held in Bangkok, Thailand in October are now available.
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/apeid/apeid-international-conference/2016/papers-and-presentations/

Other international initiatives

United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR): Refugee Education
A new report Missing out: Refugee Education in Crisis describes access to all levels of education, including higher education, by refugee children, which only one in 100 refugees attains. Education data on refugee enrolments and population numbers refer to the 2015-16 academic year.
http://www.unhcr.org/57d9d01d0

UN Academic Impact: Social Responsibility; Research
The United Nations Academic Impact initiative sponsored the 2nd Climate Change Academic Meeting 2016 on University Intellectual Social Responsibility which was held in Marrakech on 10-11 November.
https://www.uca.ma/fr/page/ccam2016

UN Scientific Advisory Board: Sustainable Development
Two policy briefs have been released by the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board:
- Science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a set of principles, beginning with the recognition of science as a universal public good. It also lays out recommendations to maximise the contribution of science to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002461/246105E.pdf
Indigenous and Local Knowledge(s) and Science(s) for Sustainable Development considers the role of cultures and cultural diversity for sustainable development with a focus on the contributions of indigenous and local knowledge systems.
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002461/246104E.pdf

Scholars at Risk Network: Academic Freedom
The Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network has released the report Free to Think 2016 which documents and analyses more than 150 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries. The report is based on results of SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project MONITOR which aims to identify, assess and track incidents which may constitute violations of academic freedom and/or the human rights of members of higher education communities. SAR invites academics and researchers interested in joining the monitoring project as volunteer researchers or coordinating an academic freedom clinic for law students to contact sarmonitoring@nyu.edu.
Report:
https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SAR-Free-to-Think.pdf
Project website:
https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/actions/academic-freedom-monitoring-project/

The Global Network of Research-Intensive University Networks: Research
The Global Network of Research-Intensive University Networks 2016 International Annual Meeting was held at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan from 7 - 8 November. The conference, which  brought together representatives from research-intensive university networks from eight different countries and regions, reaffirmed that although it has become more difficult worldwide to get research funding, research-intensive universities are playing a vital role to create innovation and to contribute to the growth of the world economy. The Tokyo Statement, an appeal to governments of member institutions, was made to make sufficient long-term investments in research.
http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5447/tokyo_statement_ru11_08nov.pdf

Association Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF): Education and Development; Education and Employment
AUF held its annual colloquium at the Université de Montréal, Canada, in October. Its theme was The Role of Francophone Universities in Economic Development. Topics discussed included: the role of universities as drivers of economic development; graduates’ employability and socio-professional integration; and partnerships between universities and other public and private stakeholders of economic and social development.   
http://www.colloqueannuel.auf.org/ (in French)

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF): Open Education Resources
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has published The Open Education Resources Competence Reference Book for Teachers (Le référentiel de compétences REL pour les enseignants). It is divided into 5 parts: Becoming familiar with OERs; seeking OERs; using OERs; creating OERs; and sharing OERs.
https://www.ifadem.org/sites/default/files/divers/livret-rel-v1-1-web.pdf (in French)

Réseau Universitaire pour la Formation et l'Éducation à un Développement Durable (RéUniFEDD): Sustainable Development
RéUniFEDD, the Francophone educational network for education for Sustainable Development launched a call No Transition Without Education during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.
http://reunifedd.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Appel-de-Marrakech.pdf (in French)

World Academy of Science (TWAS): Science
The World Academy of science (TWAS) launched a TWAS Young Affiliates Network at its 27th General Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda in November. The Network aims to bring together early career scientists from developing regions to serve five-year terms with TWAS. This year, 25 new Young Affiliates were selected from 20 countries.
http://twas.org/article/27th-twas-general-meeting-closing-statement


Regional initiatives

Africa
African Union: Science; Technology and Education
Ten African Heads of State and Government have been constituted by the African Union into a Committee to champion higher education, science and technology in Africa. The Committee will support the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa to drive economic growth in Africa.
http://www.anienetwork.org/index.php/2016/11/23/african-union-chairperson-announces-a-committee-of-ten-
heads-of-state-and-government-to-champion-higher-education-in-africa/

Next Einstein Forum (NEF): Research
African Science and Education Ministers met in Kigali in November at the second NEF Ministerial Meeting. Hosted by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world, and the Government of Rwanda, the meeting aimed to leverage research networks and funding mechanisms to drive Africa’s long term progress. Under the theme, Collaborative Global Research Networks: Implementing Essential Actions, the meeting reviewed increasing the number of PhDs, creating and structuring the Africa Research Chair Initiative (ARCI) and developing mechanisms to harness research mobility within Africa. http://nef.org/african-science-and-education-ministers-meet-in-kigali-to-accelerate-collaborative-research-networks-
and-funding-mechanisms/#sthash.FAfxm4Kl.dpuf

African Network for International Education (ANIE): Research; Doctoral Education
ANIE is undertaking a study The Analysis of the Development of Research and Sustainable PhD Capacity and Capability in Sub-Saharan Africa. Commissioned by British Council and German Academic Service (DAAD), the study focuses on Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa and will be completed in February 2017. It aims at enhancing the understanding of the research and knowledge production environment in Sub-Saharan Africa and their links to national policy frameworks and development agenda; as well as examining innovative ways to develop, strengthen and sustain doctoral education in Africa.
http://www.anienetwork.org

The Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA); World Bank
The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project (ACE II) – which seeks to strengthen 24 competitively selected centres to deliver quality, market-relevant post-graduate education in Eastern and Southern Africa was launched in Nairobi by the Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) and the World Bank. The five-year project will build collaborative research capacity in: STEM, agriculture, health, education and applied statistics. It is financed by the World Bank in the form of credit to eight participating countries. These include Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. IUCEA will coordinate the project.
http://www.ace2.iucea.org/index.php/eastern-and-southern-africa-higher-education-centers-of-excellence-ace-ii-project-launched

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM): Agricultural Education
A partnership between RUFORUM and the MasterCard Foundation aims to strengthen efforts to revamp the agriculture curriculum across Africa. The eight-year programme was launched during the fifth African Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Biennial Conference held 17 - 21 October in Cape Town, South Africa and which had as its theme, Linking agricultural universities with the civil society, the private sector, governments and other stakeholders in support of agricultural development.
https://blog.ruforum.org

Americas
Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL): E-Learning
UDUAL and 17 universities from the region have extended the Common Area of Online Higher Education (Espacio Común de la Educación Superior en Línea (ECESELI)).  It will focus on the creation of postgraduate studies and continuing education and will use information and communication technologies to create an international network of knowledge.
http://www.udual.org/pdf/ECESELIresumen.pdf (in Spanish)

Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA): Internationalization
CINDA organised an international seminar on the Impact of Internationalization on the Quality of Higher Education (Impacto de la Internacionalización sobre la calidad de la educación superior) in October. It discussed topics such as criteria for the design and evaluation of internationalization policies; internationalization at home; and recognition of degrees.
Presentations:
http://www.cinda.cl/2016/10/20/seminario-internacional-impacto-de-la-internacionalizacion-sobre-la-calidad-de-la-educacion-superior/#more (in Spanish)

Observatorio Regional sobre Internacionalización Terciaria para América Latina y el Caribe (OBIRET): Internationalization; Educational Cooperation
OBIRET will coordinate a network of higher education institutions from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium to promote the management of the internationalization of higher education in Latin America. The Red regional para el fomento de la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior en América Latina [RIESAL] will last for three years and will have a budget of 1 million euros.
http://obiret-iesalc.udg.mx/es/noticias/obiret-gana-proyecto-erasmus-para-impulsar-internacionalizacion-de-la-educacion-superior-en

Red de Responsabilidad Social Universitaria (RSU): Social Responsibility
The Social Responsibility of Universities network in Latin America organised its 6th meeting at the Universidad Ruiz de Montoya de Perú in October. Participants were presented with the Compendium of Good Practices in Social Responsibility of Universities, they revised the system of self-evaluation of the SRU and analysed the proposed structure of the Diplomado en Responsabilidad Social Universitaria (Subproyecto P8-3).
http://www.ausjal.org/id-1-98.html

Arab States
Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW): Educational Evaluation; Educational Cooperation
The Executive Council of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) held its 21st Session at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, from 6 to 7 November 2016 and adopted two projects: the Performance Measurement Mechanism for the Universities of the Islamic World and its Implementation Road Map, and the Integrated Programme for Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation among Member Universities.
http://bit.ly/2g5skxH

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO): Sustainable Development
The Eighth Islamic Conference of Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research on the theme Higher Education: Quality and Suitability took place in Bamako, Mali on 14 and 15 November in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Mali and in coordination with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The participants adopted the Bamako Declaration which calls for promoting scientific research on sustainable development and major societal challenges in Member states.
http://www.isesco.org.ma/blog/2016/10/19/eighth-islamic-conference-of-mnisters-of-higher-education-and-scientific-research/
Bamako Declaration:
http://www.isesco.org.ma/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Declaration-bamako.pdf

The Modernisation  of Institutional Management of Internationalization in South Neighboring Countries (MIMI) Project: Internationalization
The final Conference of the MIMI project was held on 11 October 2016 at the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), in Amman, Jordan. It analysed the impact of this EU TEMPUS project on its partner universities in Morocco, Lebanon, and Jordan,
http://www.mimiproject.org/events/7-5-mimi-project-final-conference

Med Culture Programme: Education and Employment; Vocational Education
MedCulture, a regional programme funded by the European Union, has published Employability in the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Arab Mediterranean Countries: the cases of Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. This report identifies the main obstacles facing job creation in these sectors, and assesses gaps between the supply of skills by universities and vocational training, and their demand in the labour market.
http://www.medculture.eu/sites/default/files/thematic-studies/employabilitystudy_en.pdf
                       
Asia
Asian Development Bank (ADB): Educational Quality; Educational Finance; Lao PDR)
The Asian Development Bank and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) signed agreements in November for grant and loan assistance totaling $64.9 million to improve education quality and ensure that graduates have sufficient skills to meet labour market demands. The Second Strengthening Higher Education Project will consolidate the links between higher education services and socioeconomic needs by improving education quality, enhancing access to higher education, and strengthening the governance and management of higher education institutions.
https://www.adb.org/news/adb-help-lao-pdr-improve-quality-higher-education-and-tvet

University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network): Social Responsibility
The third Summit on University Social Responsibility, a key initiative of the University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network), took place on 4 November in Beijing, Republic of China. The event was co-hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Peking University.
http://www.usrnetwork.org/news/media-releases/77-media-release-20161104

Europe
European Commission: Research Evaluation
The European Commission has opened its online public stakeholder consultation on the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation. This interim evaluation will help to improve the functioning of Horizon 2020, and will also be an important element in preparations of a next EU research and innovation Programme.  Deadline: 15 January 2017.
https://ec.europa.eu/research/consultations/interim_h2020_2016/consultation_en.htm
European Commission: Educational Indicators
This years’ Education and Training Monitor published by the EC addresses migration, demography and the key competences that education should help to develop. It analyses progress in raising educational outcomes and increasing higher education attainment. Cross-national comparisons of education systems and country analyses detail policy initiatives.
https://ec.europa.eu/education/sites/education/files/monitor2016_en.pdf

League of European Research Universities (LERU): Science; Research
LERU has released:
•    an advice paper on Citizen Science at Universities: Trends, Guidelines and Recommendations.
http://www.leru.org/files/publications/LERU_AP20_citizen_science.pdf
•    LERU’s Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020
http://www.leru.org/files/publications/LERUs_interim_evaluation_of_Horizon_2020_final.pdf

European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN): E-Learning
EDEN has published the presentations of its 9th Research Workshop on Forging New Pathways of Research and Innovation in Open and Distance Learning: Reaching from the Roots, held in Oldenburg, Germany, in October. Topics discussed included lifelong learning; digital learning design; and the changing role of online and distance education in national systems.
http://www.eden-online.org/edenrw9-conference-resources-available/

Aurora network: Educational Cooperation
The Aurora Network of European universities was launched in Amsterdam on 21 October. The nine founding institutions are: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Université Grenoble-Alpes, University of Aberdeen, University of Antwerp, University of Bergen, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of East Anglia, University of Gothenburg and the University of Iceland. The launch was preceded by workshops in Amsterdam and Grenoble which identified areas where Aurora could work together on challenges such as sustainability, digital technology and society, student experience and innovation in teaching and learning.
http://www.aurora-network.global/

Professionals in Doctoral Education (PRIDE): Doctoral Education
The final conference of the PRIDE project was hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt Graduate School), Germany, in September 2016. The presentations are now available.
http://www.unica-network.eu/event/pride-final-conference

European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU): E-Learning
The proceedings of the EADTU conference Enhancing European Higher Education; Opportunities and Impact of New Modes of Teaching, which was held in October at the Università Telematica Internazionale, Rome, are now available.
http://conference.eadtu.eu/images/Proceedings/Conference_proceedings_2016_defcompressed2.pdf

European University Association (EUA): Educational Policy; Research; Intellectual Property
EUA has published:
•    a position paper on the Ninth EU Framework Programme. Three priorities are highlighted: providing long-term policies and funding instruments for research; reinforcing collaboration across the EU; and a stronger alignment of policies for education, research and innovation.
http://www.eua.be/Libraries/publications-homepage-list/eua-vision-for-the-next-eu-framework-programme-for-research-and-innovation-(fp9).pdf?sfvrsn=10
- a statement on the EC Proposal for a Copyright Directive.
http://www.eua.be/Libraries/publications-homepage-list/eua-statement-on-ec-proposal-for-a-copyright-directive

Center for Higher Education Studies (CHEPS): Innovation
CHEPS has published a Working Paper Measuring the contribution of higher education to innovation capacity in the EU. It examines higher education’s role in innovation beyond traditional measures.
http://doc.utwente.nl/101526/1/chepswpseries201603.pdf

European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA): Educational Quality
The seminar on the European Dimension of Quality Assurance took place in Brussels on 3 and 4 November 2016. http://www.enqa.eu/index.php/events/seminar-for-qa-agencies-on-the-european-dimension-of-quality-assurance/

European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE): Innovation
EURASHE organised a seminar with the Foundation Saint Paul Andalucía CEU on Applied RDI – Making Innovation Happen! in Seville (Spain) in September 2016. http://www.eurashe.eu/events/seminars/rdi-seville-2016/
European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE): Social Responsibility
The results of the IDEAS project Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension of Higher Education have been published.
http://www.eurashe.eu/library/ideas-final-report-pdf/

HEIDA Project (Data Driven Decision Making for Internationalization of Higher Education): Internationalization 
The final conference of the Erasmus + funded HEIDA Project, led by Koç University, Turkey and project partners  Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and the International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia was held in Istanbul in September. The presentations are now available.
https://heida.ku.edu.tr/conference

Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN): Rankings
The BSRUN Annual Forum on University Branding and Rankings was held at the University of Warsaw, Poland in October. The presentations are available at:
http://bsrun.org/activities/archives

Baltic Science Network (BSN): Researchers; Internationalization
The Baltic Science Network has published International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region. This report consists of an overview of mobility flows in the Baltic Sea Region  and analyses of patterns of researcher exchanges on a country-by-country basis.
http://www.baltic-science.org/index.php/downloads/public/bsn-publications/70-international-mobility-of-researchers-in-the-baltic-sea-region-1/file

Danube Rectors’ Conference: Educational Policy; Educational Cooperation, Autonomy
The Annual Conference of the Danube Rectors’ Conference took place in November at The Danube University Krems, Austria. Its theme was Vision, Knowledge, Prosperity: Universities Contribution to EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The final conclusions of the Conference state that nationalism is a threat to universities and stress cross-border cooperation as a means to protect university autonomy.
http://www.drc-danube.org/activities/annual-conferences/2016-krems/

Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA): University Cooperation
The 26th UNICA General Assembly was hosted by the University of Warsaw, Poland, in November. Its theme was Universities in the Capitals and the Grand Challenges. Topics discussed included: universities and urban challenges and university–city cooperation.
http://www.unica-network.eu/event/unica-general-assembly-2016

Inter-regional initiatives
Arab States/Asia: Educational Cooperation
The Second Arab-Asian Global Higher Education summit took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 18 to 21 October under the patronage of the Malaysian Minister of Higher Education. The Conference was organised by the Association of Arab Universities in cooperation with the  Islamic Science University of Malaysia.
http://www.aaru.edu.jo/en/english/Lists/NewsandEvents/Disp_Form.aspx?ID=221

Europe/Asia/Americas: Sustainable Development
The University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS) network has been initiated by Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Germany and unites five universities to foster sustainability in research, teaching and campus management. The partners are Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Peking University, China; St. Petersburg State University, Russia; and the University of British Columbia, Canada. The UAS Mobility Programme offers opportunities for research and exchange stays abroad to academics, students, and university administrators.
http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/news/459-university-alliance-for-sustainability-at-freie-universitaet-berlin

Asia / Europe: Lifelong Education
The presentations and recommendations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Forum on Lifelong Learning 2016: 21st Century Skills which was held in October at Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark are now available.
http://asemlllhub.org/events/forum2016/media/presentations/
http://asemlllhub.org/events/forum2016/recommendations/

Americas / Europe: Educational Cooperation; Sustainable Development
The Council of Rectors of Latin America and the Caribbean, together with European Councils of Rectors, launched an Inter-American and European Alliance to reach sustainable development goals during the Mexican National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES) 2016 Annual Conference, held in October in Mexico City.
http://www.anuies.mx/media/docs/avisos/pdf/161111172917COMUNICADO+NO.+57.pdf (in Spanish)

Europe / Nepal: Educational Cooperation 
Presentations from the 1st EU-Nepal Conference on Higher Education entitled Building Bridges through Knowledge held on 26 October in Kathmandu, Nepal, are now available.
http://www.ehef.asia/eu-nepal-roadshow-presentations

Bilateral Initiatives
Brazil / Italy: Educational Cooperation
A meeting between Brazilian and Italian rectors took place during the 8th International Seminar and 9th General Assembly of the Grupo Coimbra de Universidades Brasileiras (GCUB) which took place in Parma, Italy in October. The theme of the event was Universities for a World without Borders. It led to the Declaration of Parma to improve Brazilian-Italian cooperation in higher education.
http://www.unipr.it/sites/default/files/allegatiparagrafo/25-10-2016/dichiarazione_di_intenti_inglese.pdf (in Italian)

Cambodia /Japan: Educational Cooperation; Educational Quality
The 1st Cambodia-Japan Rectors Conference was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), Royal University of Phnom Penh, on October 20 and 21. It included three sessions on educational and research exchange, improving the quality of university faculty, and career support for students.
https://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/news-list/n201611040930

China / UK: Educational Cooperation 
The Russell Group universities in the UK and the China C9 League (C9) universities have released the Joint Russell Group – China 9 Statement in which they engage to strengthen existing relationships and to share information and approaches to addressing complex global challenges.
http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/media/5443/russell-group-china-9-statement.pdf

Gambia / Senegal: Educational Cooperation
The Gambian Ministry of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology (MOHERST) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research which aims to improve and strengthen bilateral relations of the two countries, especially in terms of education and research.
http://www.mesr.gouv.sn/?p=9444 (in French)
http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/higher-education-ministry-signs-mou-with-senegalese-counterpart (in English)

Iran / Russian Federation: Educational Cooperation
Rectors of 13 Iranian and 18 Russian universities met at the University of Tehran, Iran on 2 October to discuss scientific and education cooperation of universities.  The rectors of the participating universities signed MoUs in following areas: establishing joint research projects, creating joint degree programmes, and exchange of staff, students and faculty members.
http://en.msrt.ir/en/news/537/top-iranian-and-russian-universities-meet

Ireland / China: Educational Cooperation
A cooperation agreement was signed between the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) on 20 October to develop a joint working group in the following areas: staff and student exchange, staff development, a researcher exchange programme, university management, and a Chinese universities exhibition in Ireland. The cooperation agreement also allows for mutual recognition of qualifications.
http://www.iua.ie/iua-signs-cooperation-agreement-with-china-education-association-for-international-exchange-20th-oct-2016/

Japan / UK: Educational Cooperation
Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) and Universities UK (UUK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on exchange and cooperation in October.
Specific areas of cooperation include: academic and administrative staff and student exchange between JANU and UUK and between member universities; examination of  government funding opportunities for that will allow universities in Japan and the UK to create new institutional partnerships.
http://www.janu.jp/eng/globalization/20161028-wnew-uukjanu.html

Morocco / Mauritania: Educational Cooperation
The Moroccan Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Mauritanian Minister of Higher Education and Research confirmed their cooperation in higher education and research at a meeting in Rabat in September. 
http://bit.ly/2fEIBux

National and institutional initiatives

Australia: International Education; Scholarships
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has launched a four-year survey which aims to monitor and evaluate the contribution of international recipients of Australian Government scholarships to alumni and their home countries and institutions, as well as to Australia.
https://rd.acer.edu.au/article/tracing-the-steps-of-high-achievers
Australia: International Education
The Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) took place in Melbourne in October. Its theme was Connectivity - At The Heart of International Education. Topics discussed included: building inclusive, connected communities; creating opportunities within disruption: student recruitment; and migration and international education. A Code of Ethics for international education agents was announced.
http://aiec.idp.com/aiec2016-past
http://www.acpet.edu.au/article/10878/code-of-ethics-for-international-education-agents/#sthash.vtZcoarQ.dpuf
Australia: Enrolment; Educational Standards
The final Higher Education Standards Panel report on Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes has been released.
https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/revised_20161115_pm_final_accessibility_version_hesp_admissions_transparency_report.pdf

Austria: Refugee Education
The Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD) has launched oead4refugees. It is a platform for refugees who are looking for access to higher education or who wish to validate a foreign academic degree for work purposes. The platform also provides information about study programmes, language courses and funding opportunities.
http://www.oead.at/oead4refugees/EN/

Brazil: Educational Management
The 59th National Forum of the Rectors of the Associação Brasileira das Universidades Estaduais e Municipais (ABRUEM) took place in Bahia, Brazil, in October. Its theme was  Universities: trajectories, dilemmas and challenges (Universidade: trajetória, dilemas e desafios). Topics discussed included: universities of the world: challenges for the future and for governance; and universities: history, the present and management. The participants signed a public manifesto at the end of the meeting.
http://www.abruem.org.br/noticias/2117 (in Portuguese)
Brazil: Educational Quality
Quality Indicators in Higher Education
The rectors of the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Brasileiras (CRUB) met at their 5th Forum in Brasilia in November to discuss Quality Indicators in Higher Education.
http://www.crub.org.br/blog/2016/11/16/6981/ (in Portuguese)

Canada: Humanities Education
The Future of the Liberal Arts: A Global Conversation has been published by Universities Canada. The report presents key points from an eponymous two-day workshop organised by Universities Canada in partnership with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in March 2016. http://www.univcan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/liberal-arts-report-2016.pdf
Canada: International Education; Migration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced that, effective 19 November 2016, the visa ‘Express Entry’ system will award points to international students who completed their studies in Canada.
http://www.univcan.ca/media-room/media-releases/changes-express-entry-system-will-attract-global-talent-canada/

Chile: Internationalization
A seminar on the Internationalization of Higher Education was held in October. Organised by the the Council of Rectors (CRUCH) and the Ministry of External Relations (MINREL), with the support of the Universidad de Chile and la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, it discussed topics including: internationalisation, institutions and national policy frameworks; internationalization at home: a new challenge for higher education.
http://bit.ly/2egkNNb

Denmark: Research
The Minister for Higher Education and Science has launched a strategy for research in the Arctic. In conjunction with the Government of Greenland, it will examine if there is potential for establishing an international research hub. Another initiative will implement a pilot project to help Greenlandic students pursuing studies in Denmark.The strategy was launched at the Technical University of Denmark.
http://ufm.dk/en/newsroom/press-releases/2016/new-strategy-to-strengthen-danish-research-and-education-in-the-arctic

Finland: Access to Education; Enrolment
The Ministry of Education and Culture has published Ready for Admissions. Making Better Use of the Matriculation Examination in Student Admissions. The report states that universities should develop their admissions procedures so that the majority of students would be admitted based on the upper secondary education certificates and, as a secondary procedure, universities would offer opportunities for applicants to demonstrate their competences based on, for example, open courses organised by the universities.
http://www.minedu.fi/OPM/Julkaisut/2016/valmiina_valintoihin.html?lang=en
               
France: Master Degrees; Enrolment
The French Senate has unanimously adopted the reform of admission to Masters degrees. The reform creates a single admission point to masters degrees at the start of the first year of studies (M1), removing the admission procedure for the second year of Masters degrees (M2).
http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid108356/le-senat-adopte-a-l-unanimite-la-reforme-du
-cursus-conduisant-au-diplome-national-de-master.html (in French)
France: Educational Management
The Conference of University Presidents has made 10 proposals to make campuses ‘move forward’, following its reflections during the colloquium held in May at the University of Orléans.
http://www.cpu.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/propositions-finales-campus-en-mouvement.pdf
France:  Educational Planning; Regional Development
The Ministry of Higher Education and Research organised a morning of reflection on a site policy to build the university of the future ("Une politique de sites pour construire l'université de demain") in November.
http://cache.media.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/file/COMUE/25/4/DP_regroupement_658254.pdf (in French)

Germany: Refugee Education
Guidelines on University Access and Studies for Refugees Students have been published jointly by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (KMK), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German National Association for Student Affairs (DSW) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). The guidelines  highlight the steps that refugees pass through during their integration into higher education, from the student advisory services to the degree course itself.
http://www.hrk.de/press/press-releases/press-release/meldung/practical-guidelines-regarding-refugees-at-university-4043/
Germany: Innovation; Science
The  German Rectors' Conference (HRK) General Assembly made a statement in November calling for a European strategy for innovation, science, education and culture. In the statement, the HRK asks for a focus on funding collaborative research between universities or between science and industry through small and medium-sized projects that involve all partners equally.
https://www.hrk.de/resolutions-publications/resolutions/resolution/convention/creating-a-european-education-research-and-innovation-union/

Ghana: Research Finance; Research Policy
A new tertiary education research fund bill to support research in public universities has been approved by cabinet and is to submitted to parliament. Its aims to establish a fund from which lecturers and researchers could access financial support to undertake research.
http://www.ghanaiantimes.com.gh/research-fund-bill-before-parliament/

Indonesia: Educational Administration
The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry is teaming up with three other government institutions, the Indonesian Ombudsman, the State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to reform the election procedures for rectors in state universities.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/04/govt-sets-up-team-to-reform-rector-electoral-system.html

Ireland: Technology Education; Educational Finance
The Higher Education Authority has published its financial review of the Institutes of Technology sector. It involved site visits to 14 institutes of technology and extensive data gathering and analysis on past, current and future projected financial performance.
http://www.hea.ie/sites/default/files/final_iot_financial_review_3_11.pdf

Liberia: Education and Development
World Bank Liberia Country Manager Larisa Leshchenko has said that the development of tertiary education is critical to the growth and development of the country.
http://www.liberianobserver.com/education/advanced-tertiary-education-critical-liberia%E2%80%99s-growth

Mexico: Sustainable Development
The 2016 International Conference of  the National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES) took place in November in Mexico City. Its theme was Higher Education in the Agenda of 2030 for Sustainable Development. It discussed topics such as the role of higher education in the management of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); activities that strengthen higher education institutions for the achievement of the SDGs; and challenges and opportunities for international cooperation to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
http://www.anuies.mx/noticias (in Spanish)
Mexico: ICTs
The first ANUIES meeting on ICTs took place in November in Mexico City. Its theme was The Vision of ICTs in Higher Education Institutions (La visión de las TIC en las instituciones de educación superior) which was discussed from the perspective of information security in higher education institutions.
http://anuies-tic.anuies.mx/web/encuentro2016/ (in Spanish)

Mozambique: Educational Policy
Conceita Sortane has been appointed as the new Minister of Education and Human Development.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201611290279.html

Nigeria: Private Education; Educational Institutions
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved eight new private  universities.  The new universities are being licensed for a three-year provisional approval and would be mentored by some existing universities across the country.
http://nuc.edu.ng/federal-government-approves-the-establishment-of-8-new-private-universities/

Papua New Guinea: Educational Administration
The National Higher and Technical Education Board (NHTEB) held its inaugural meeting from 12-13 October 2016. Its roles and responsibilities under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014 is to raise the quality and standard of higher education provision in the country.
http://www.dherst.gov.pg/inauguration-of-the-national-higher-and-technical-education-board-nhteb/

Qatar: Educational Policy
The website of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science was launched in November by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi.
https://qnc.edu.gov.qa (in Arabic)
https://qnc.edu.gov.qa/en/pages/default.aspx (in English)

Russian Federation: Rankings
A new ranking of universities was announced on 2 November by the Chair of the Russian Union of Rectors. The Three Missions of Universities rankings will be based on 34 indicators, divided into five categories: education; science; internationalization; stability and development potential; and distance education. The rankings will consider Russian as well as international universities, specifically institutions in Japan, China, Brazil, India, Iran, Turkey and the CIS countries.
http://rbth.com/education/2016/11/03/russia-to-establish-new-university-rankings-in-2017_644813

Rwanda: Research
Universities have urged by the Director General of Science, Technology and Research at the Ministry of Education, Dr Marie Christine Gasingirwa, to  develop a culture of carrying out research in science and technology as an enabler for development and transformation.
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2016-11-10/205217/

Singapore: Educational Finance; Humanities Education
The government has announced increased funding for Social sciences and Humanities. The Ministry of Education will set aside 350 million Singapore Dollars over the next five years for research in those fields. This latest push in funding is part of the work of the new Social Science Research Council (SSRC) set up by the government in January 2016.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/moe-to-put-in-350-million-for-social-sciences-and-humanities-research-over-next-five-years

South Africa: Educational Fees; Access to Education
The interim report of the Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training in South Africa has been released. The report is available at: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/MediaLib/Downloads/Downloads/Interim%20report%20on%20Higher%20Education%20fees.pdf
South Africa: Access to Education; Students with Disabilities
A call for comments on the Ministerial Committee report Draft Policy Framework for Disability in the Post-School Education and Training System has been launched. Deadline: 18 December 2016.
http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/40428_gon1410.pdf

Spain
: Science; Ethics

The UNESCO Chairs of Bioethics at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), Portugal presented the first Declaration of Scientific integrity in Responsible Research and Innovation in October. It provides guidelines for researchers and offers suggestions including the application of procedures to identify non-ethical research.
http://www.ub.edu/dyn/cms/galeries/documents/noticies/OBD_DECLARACIO_INTEGRITAT_CIENTIFICA_RRI_jul16.pdf (in Spanish)

Sweden: Educational Evaluation
The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) has developed a new model to evaluate the quality of higher education to be used from 2017. There will be four types of assessments: entitlement to award qualifications; HEI’s quality assurance procedures; programmes; and thematic evaluations. The assessments will include perspectives of students; the labour market; and gender equality.
http://english.uka.se/quality-assurance/national-quality-assurance-system-.html

United Kingdom: Student Welfare; Women
Universities UK has published Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining Violence Against Women, Harassment and Hate Crime Affecting University Students. This report summarises the evidence and makes recommendations for universities which cover both prevention activities and how universities can respond to these issues more effectively.
http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Documents/2016/changing-the-culture.pdf
United Kingdom: Research; Ethics
Universities UK has published The Concordat to Support Research Integrity: A Progress Report. Based on evidence from a range of stakeholders, the report examines the dissemination and awareness of the concordat and how universities have responded in order to meet the five commitments for research integrity.
http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Documents/2016/concordat-research-integrity-progress-report.pdf
United Kingdom: Educational Quality
The new UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment will act as the sector-led steering group for activities set out in the new operating model for quality assessment ensuring the reliability of degree standards in England, Northern Ireland as well as in in UK transnational education.
http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2016/Name,110713,en.html
United Kingdom: Sustainable Development; Social Responsibility
The second annual report on Sustainability in Tertiary Education was released in November by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), National Union of Students (NUS), University and College Union (UCU), Association of Colleges (AoC) and the College Development Network. It identifies how further and higher education institutions are responding to environmental sustainability and social responsibility challenges, as well as how staff perceive their institution’s efforts.
http://www.eauc.org.uk/2016_the_state_of_sustainability_in_tertiary_e
United Kingdom: Educational Research; Educational Policy
The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) organised a seminar on What Role Does (or Should) Higher Education Research ¨Play in Higher Education Policy making? in London in October.  Presentations are available at:
http://www.srhe.ac.uk/events/pastevents/details/?eid=252
United Kingdom:  Educational Systems
The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published a new policy paper, Protecting the Public Interest in Higher Education. The proposals include tighter restrictions on obtaining degree-awarding powers and university title; and broader recognition of the civic benefits of higher education.
http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Hepi_Protecting-the-Public-Interest-in-Higher-Education-WEB.pdf
United Kingdom: Research
The Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) network Annual Conference took place at Liverpool John Moores University in September. Its theme was Metrics That Matter: Future Directions for Qualitative and Quantitative Institutional Research. Presentations are now available.
http://www.heirnetwork.org.uk/news

United States of America: Sustainable Development
The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), recognises top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). It also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions.
http://www.aashe.org/files/sci-2016-final.pdf
United States of America: Internationalization
The American Council on Education (ACE) has published the 2016 Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey. It addresses issues such as pathway programmes for international students; enrolment trends in international joint and dual degree programmes; international partnerships; and sources of funding for internationalization activities.
http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Mapping-Internationalization-on-U-S-Campuses.aspx
United States of America: Access to Education; Educational Quality; Social Responsibility
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has released five fact sheets about Public University Values. These cover accessibility and tuition fees; student debt; providing quality education for graduate employment; how graduates benefit society; and conducting cutting edge research to grow the economy and improve our quality of life.
http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/college-costs-tuition-and-financial-aid/publicuvalues/index.html
United States of America: International Education
The Association of International Education Administrators released a Statement Response to 2016 AIEA Presidential Campaign and Election on 9 November calling for a renewed commitment to the international education community to global engagement and inclusivity.
http://www.aieaworld.org/assets/docs/Press_Releases/aiea-%20statement%20on%202016%20election.pdf

Venezuela: Higher Education Institutions
The President has approved the creation of the Universidad de las Telecomunaciones e Informática de Venezuela in Caracas. http://www.mppeuct.gob.ve/actualidad/noticias/maduro-anuncio-la-creacion-de-la-universidad-de-las-telecomunicaciones-e
Venezuela: Higher Education Institutions
The Universidad Nacional de Turismo (Unatur) in Barcelona, Venezuela, was inaugurated in November.
http://www.mppeuct.gob.ve/actualidad/noticias/inaugurada-universidad-nacional-de-turismo-unatur-en-anzoategui

Vietnam: Educational Qualifications; Educational Systems
Under the national framework which was newly approved by the Prime Minister, university degree courses will be cut from 4 to 6 years to 3 to 5 years. Compared with current regulations, the time will be cut by one year for undergraduate education, unchanged for master’s degrees and one year longer for PhDs.
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/education/166926/universities-rush-to-re-design-curricula.html

Zimbabwe: Education and Development
Institutions of higher education should play a critical role in national development according to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe speaking at a workshop on Sustainable Development Goals held in Harare
https://zimnews.net/zim-universities-key-to-development/

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Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting: Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence, J San Francisco, USA, 25 - 28 January 2017. Early Registration http://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting/am17

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

European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Spotlight Seminar: International marketing strategy,  Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8-9 December.
http://www.eaie.org/spotlight-seminar-marketing.html

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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