Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity

It takes a community...

It takes a community…

Quality assurance can only be effective when all stakeholders understand and embrace its challenges and benefits. Developing a culture of quality requires strong, committed stewardship from global leaders in higher education. GIQAC provides the framework to support the global higher education community in its efforts to foster a culture of quality.


In 2007 the World Bank and UNESCO established a partnership that launched the Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity (GIQAC) to support the evolution of quality assurance in higher education in developing countries and countries-in-transition by facilitating and advancing the efforts of its participating inter-regional and regional quality assurance networks. In that regard, GIQAC assists emerging and existing quality assurance systems by facilitating global and regional knowledge sharing of good practices; promoting communication among a diverse set of agencies and professionals; supporting the production of analyses and guidelines; and engendering plans for long-term network sustainability.

GIQAC is currently implementing its third grant period (2011).

Implementing Partners – The World Bank and UNESCO

Initial seed funding for GIQAC comes from the World Bank’s Development Grant Facility (DGF) along with substantial in-kind and other support from UNESCO. A formal agreement, signed between the World Bank and UNESCO, provides the overall framework for financing and implementation. More information

A Mandate in Higher Education

UNESCO, as the only UN organization with a mandate in higher education, is linked to ministries, international agencies and other implementing partners in 194 countries, thus placing it in a position to achieve its mission to provide leadership, standard setting and capacity building in higher education.

GIQAC aims to build on UNESCO’s work through the Global Forum on International Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications and the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-border Higher Education.

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