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UNESCO/OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-border Higher Education and UNESCO Portal of Higher Education Institutions

Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic

Chief of Section for Reform, Innovation, and Quality Assurance UNESCO Education Sector Division of Higher Education Paris, France

Ms. Uvalic-Trumbic presented the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education. The cross-border provision of higher education arose from the emergence and growth of academic franchising, branch campuses and offshore provision that created serious challenges for quality assurance and the recognition of qualifications across regions. This development led to the drafting of the Guidelines as an internationally-approved framework.

The UNESCO/OECD Guidelines addresses six stakeholders in higher education: governments, student bodies, the higher education institutions, quality assurance bodies, recognition bodies, and professional bodies. It provides a set of recommendations that can inspire national regulation and capacity-building. The Guidelines also promotes basic principles, such as closer cooperation and dialogue between providers and receivers of cross-border higher education, the importance of access to transparent and reliable information, and respect for national sovereignty and cultural diversity.

Uvalic-Trumbic underscored the importance of the regional conventions for Africa, the Arab States and theAsia-Pacific - which are all actively responding to new developments in higher education. Finally, she concluded by noting that the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines recommends Member States establish a comprehensive system of fair and transparent registration or licensure in receiving countries, a strengthened capacity to assure quality, and accreditation of higher education providers.

UNESCO-APQN Toolkit: Regulating Quality Assurance in Cross-border Education (CBE)

Anthony Davies

Education Attaché Gulf States New Zealand Embassy Riyadh Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Davies described the UNESCO-APQN Toolkit for Regulating Cross-Border Higher Education, which elaborates in great detail cross-border education in terms of both demand and supply. He discussed problems associated with establishing quality cross-border education at the macro- and institutional levels. There are also issues at


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