Mobility: World Higher Education Framework of Action

Shaping a New Vision of Higher Education

Article 15. Sharing knowledge and know-how across borders and continents

  1. The principle of solidarity and true partnership among higher education institutions worldwide is crucial for education and training in all fields that encourage an understanding of global issues, the role of democratic governance and skilled human resources in their resolution, and the need for living together with different cultures and values. The practice of multilingualism, faculty and student exchange programmes and institutional linkage to promote intellectual scientific co-operation should be an integral part of all higher education systems.

  2. The principles of international co-operation based on solidarity, recognition and mutual support, true partnership that equitably serves the interests of the partners and the value of sharing knowledge and know-how across borders should govern relationships among higher education institutions in both developed and developing countries and should benefit the least developed countries in particular. Consideration should be given to the need for safeguarding higher education institutional capacities in regions suffering from conflict or natural disasters. Consequently, an international dimension should permeate the curriculum, and the teaching and learning processes.

  3. Regional and international instruments for the recognition of studies should be ratified and implemented, including certification of the skills, competencies and the abilities of graduates, making it easier for students to exchange course, in order to facilitate mobility within and between national systems.

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