Ensuring Quality in Cross-Border Higher Education

Implementing the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines

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In the past decade, many countries have designed explicit internationalisation policies for their higher education systems, acknowledging the benefits of international exposure to prepare students for a globalising economy as well as the many opportunities of cross-border mobility for innovation, improvement and capacity development in higher education and in the economy.

Cases of fraud and opportunistic behaviour have shown that these promises come with risks for students and other tertiary education stakeholders though. It is precisely to help all stakeholders to minimise these risks and strengthen the dynamics of openness, collaboration and transparency across countries that UNESCO and OECD jointly developed the Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education.

This book monitors the extent to which tertiary education stakeholders complied with the Guidelines in 2014. It will be of interest to policy makers, leaders of tertiary education institutions and quality assurance agencies, as well as to academics and other parties interested in higher education and its internationalisation.

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Compliance by stakeholders in providing quality cross-border higher education

This chapter looks at the implementation of the Recommendation from another perspective. The guidelines’ objectives were grouped in six headings to see which ones were best met by current country practices. A same objective, for example collaboration, can indeed be common to all stakeholder guidelines. Among the different broad objectives promoted by the guidelines, countries’ practices are aligned the most with the explicit inclusion of cross-border higher education in countries’ regulatory framework and the transparency in procedures for foreign providers willing to operate in their country.

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