Higher Education and Lifelong learning

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Being the only UN agency with mandate in higher education UNESCO contributes to the higher-education policies. In accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ UNESCO provides technical support to the Government to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability.

Nowadays higher education is undergoing rapid changes due to globalization and information technology progress, the ever-changing demands of both local and global market must be timely addressed. All these changes, re-skilling and up-skilling the higher learning programs aimed to equip students with necessary knowledge and skills to contribute to the sustainable development goals. Consequently, the quality assurance and accreditation systems are critical and need strong normative and policy frameworks.

The Tokyo Convention provides a mechanism for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate recognition of higher education qualifications through basic principles, increased information provision and transparency. Ratification of the Convention demonstrates a country’s commitment to improved mobility of students and academics within Asia and the Pacific, while also strengthening collaboration and solidarity across the region.

On April 23rd 2019, the a high-level expert meeting on the ratification and implementation of Convention was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The main goal of this meeting was to discuss the benefits and challenges to ratify and effectively implement the Global Convention in Uzbekistan.

In line with Sustainable Development Goal 4 for quality tertiary education (SDG 4.3) and scholarships for mobility (SDG 4.B), the workshop objectives were:

• Raise national-level awareness and capacity concerning the benefits, challenges, and ratification procedures of the Tokyo Convention on recognition;

• Identify how to establish and promote key national outreach mechanisms such as a National Information Centre (NIC) to provide authoritative information on higher education and the recognition of qualifications;

• Strengthen the role of quality assurance in education systems to build trust in qualifications domestically and across borders.

Stakeholders from higher education institutions, technical experts and members of Government, such as Deputy Prime Minister and Advisor of the President were asked to share their insights and exchange views on emerging priorities for Uzbekistan.

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