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World Higher Education Database (WHED)

The World Higher Education Database WHED is the International Association of Universities’ (IAU) unique online reference portal that provides comprehensive and detailed information on Higher Education Systems, Credentials and Institutions around the world. It provides authoritative information on higher education worldwide. In partnership with UNESCO, the IAU secretariat receives and updates information in the WHED on an ongoing basis focusing each year on one specific region.

IAU Global Portal on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD)

The IAU Global Portal on HESD is a collaborative platform gathering sustainable development initiatives undertaken by higher education institutions around the world. Its objective is to allow IAU members to share their successes and inspire the whole higher education community.

IAU blog on the role of technology in higher education

The blog on the role of technology in higher education gathers articles from around the world. The aim of this blog is to share experiences and information about the digital transformation in higher education with perspectives from all regions of the world. IAU Members and beyond can share innovative initiatives and best practices or voice concern about developments in this field. IAU believes that through exchange and cooperation, we can contribute to shaping the digital transformation in higher education.

International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB)

HEDBIB is a bibliographical database referencing publications related to higher education systems, administration, planning, policy, and evaluation. It has been maintained by the IAU since 1988, and was redeveloped and upgraded in 2010. HEDBIB contains bibliographic references to all publications held in the specialised collection of the IAU-UNESCO Information Centre as well as new higher education publications and documents identified by the IAU Information Centre monitoring team.

Portal on innovative approaches to doctoral education in Africa (IDEA)

The IDEA - PhD Portal offers institutional and organisational profiles and announces calls and offers of interest to IAU Members in particular. The portal is developed in partnership with IAU Members and in particular with the partner Universities in Africa.





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