Expert meeting addressing the impact of globalisation on quality
assurance, accreditation and the recognition of qualifications
in higher education was organized by the Division of Higher
Education, at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris from 10-11 September
An International Forum for dialogue on the Impact of Globalisation
on Higher Education was proposed under the auspices of UNESCO.
meeting explored the
international dimensions of quality assurance, accreditation
and the recognition of qualifications to establish a forum
for dialogue among the different stakeholders: nation-states,
the private sector, traditional and nontraditional higher education
institutions, and students.
International Dimensions of Quality Assurance, Accreditation
the Recognition of Qualifications
the nineties, deliberations in this framework have increasingly
focused on the quality in higher education. With new developments
in the world of higher education, however, the issues of quality
assessment, quality assurance and accreditation, closely linked
to the recognition of qualifications, have transcended not
only national but also regional borders, the nation-state
no longer being the unique provider of higher education in
an increasing range of countries. Transnational or borderless
education is a topic of discussion and often one of concern.
Many new providers have emerged, crossing borders without
relating to quality monitoring arrangements in any particular
country. An international market in higher education is emerging
and some are looking to UNESCO as a forum for discussion of
these issues, and notably for the promotion of higher education
as a public good, especially in developing countries and in
countries in transition.
meeting will offer an opportunity for a broad exchange of
views on the above issues, combining the global perspective
with specific regional and national concerns with a view towards
the development of an Action Plan to follow up on its recommendations
including the possible role of UNESCO to assist this process
in the context of its Draft Medium Term Strategy (2001-2007).
meeting is placed in the framework of the existing mechanisms
of Regional Committees in charge of the Conventions on the
recognition of qualifications. Panel discussions highlighting
on regional perspectives Africa, Arab States, Asia and the
Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the Europe
Region will be central to the meeting. In addition there will
be an exchange of views from stakeholders from International
organizations, and non-governemental organizations.