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In recent decades, higher education systems in Asia and the Pacific have undergone dramatic changes, including tremendous quantitative expansions and quality assurance challenges. These dual pressures were important drivers for the substantial increase of cross-border student mobility, diversification of higher education providers, increased use of technology in the delivery of programs, and more. UNESCO aims to build national capacities to address these emerging challenges of access, quality and transparency in higher education throughout the region. Central to this effort is to promote equal access for all women and men to quality higher education and research in line with SDG4-Education 2030.

Objectives:

  • Provide technical support to Member States on the internationalization of higher education
  • Foster the use of technology for quality teaching and learning in higher education
  • Build local and regional capacity for living quality culture in higher education in Asia-Pacific

What We Do:

Provide technical support on the internationalization of higher education

  • Develop regional quality tools to facilitate the cross-border mobility of students
  • Promote implementation of the 2011 Tokyo Convention on international recognition
  • Encourage policy-relevant research to strengthen international higher education in Asia-Pacific

Foster the use of technology for quality teaching and learning in higher education

  • Encourage blended learning through effective use of ICTs, such as online learning, open and distance learning (ODL), and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Build staff capacity for ICT-driven innovation, especially in developing countries

Build local and regional capacity for living quality culture in higher education

  • Promote the role and professional status of higher education teaching personnel in quality teaching and learning (i.e. 1997 UNESCO Recommendation)
  • Support Member States to effectively develop and apply National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) based on expected learning outcomes
  • Promote a living culture focused on quality higher education in Asia-Pacific – one that continuously improves and evolves at institutional and faculty levels

Networks:

  • Committee of the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Regional Committee)
  • UNESCO Entrepreneurship Education Network (EE-Net)
  • Education Research Institutes Network in Asia-Pacific (ERI-Net)

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Contact Information:

Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)
UNESCO Bangkok
920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong
Bangkok 10110,
THAILAND
Tel.: +66 (2) 391 0577
Fax: +66 (2) 391 0866
Email: eisd.bgk@unesco.org