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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 and quality 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.


What We Do:

Ensuring equitable access to higher education for all women and men is a fundamental mandate for UNESCO. In this regard, technology has the potential to promote quality and access to education. Along these lines, the effective use of ICTs, such as online learning, open and distance learning (ODL), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and blended learning can improve teaching and learning and help promote effective institutional governance. In addition, UNESCO focuses on expanding scholarship programs for less developed countries and small island developing states in the Asia-Pacific region, which can widen international opportunities for young people who may not otherwise have access to quality higher education as Sydney Statement (2016) clearly states. Click here for more details.

UNESCO  promotes quality and relevance in higher education through diverse initiatives, including effective use of learning outcomes and how to build regional and local capacity for a “living quality culture in higher education” (Shenzhen Statement, 2017). In addition, promotion of the role and professional status and skills of higher education teaching personnel (i.e. 1997 UNESCO Recommendation) is also an important means to ensure quality and relevant higher education opportunities for all. Click here for more details.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education (Tokyo Convention) is an important legal instrument to promote fair recognition of higher education qualifications through basic principles and increased information provision in the region. As Secretariat of the Regional Committee on the Tokyo Convention, UNESCO supports ratification and implementation of the convention by building national level awareness and capacities, and promoting collaboration among countries in Asia and the Pacific. Click here for more details.


  • 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
Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Road
Prakanong, Klongtoei
Bangkok 10110
Email: eisd.bgk@unesco.org

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