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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Indicator of compliance with the guidelines with 2010 and 2014 country data

As was described in the Introduction section above, indicator values from the 2012 Monitoring Report were re-calculated for this report to account for errors in data reporting as well as in the indicator calculations themselves. These new values (reported in Tables B.1 and B.2) were used as baselines for the time-based comparisons made in this report. Given this approach, all countries that did not submit revisions to their responses (Denmark, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Colombia, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Oman and Rwanda) demonstrate the same compliance values in both 2010 and 2014.

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