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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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The need for compliance in providing quality cross-border higher education

This chapter analyses the compliance to the Recommendation by stakeholder. Information was gathered for four of the six stakeholders addressed by the guidelines of the Recommendation: governments, quality assurance agencies, tertiary education institutions and student bodies. The findings show that government practices align the most with the guidelines, followed by tertiary education institutions and quality assurance agencies. Information concerning student bodies remains limited, where these student bodies exist.

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