Cooperation with the World Bank in the field of Quality Assurance
The World Bank and UNESCO have joined their efforts to guarantee that quality assurance practices in higher education meet international norms and are appropriate, sustainable and take into account local needs and indigenous capacity.
In 2007, the World Bank and UNESCO established a partnership to launch 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.
With an explicit mandate in higher education, a unique convening power and partners in 195 countries around the world, and as the only UN agency to provide leadership, standard setting, and capacity-building in higher education, UNESCO ensures the Secretariat of GIQAC.
The principal objective of the GIQAC project is to improve and expand worldwide quality assurance (QA) capacity in higher education of 1) QA/Accreditation agencies, 2) higher education institutions and 3) government staff with QA functions by supporting and advancing the efforts of both its regional and global networks. QA practices, being promoted by such networks, should meet international norms, yet be appropriate, sustainable and based on candid consideration of local needs and indigenous capacity.
Since its inception, GIQAC has enhanced QA networks’ capacity and reputation for providing expertise, guidance and support for national initiatives toward quality assurance development and maintenance in higher education. Activities in this regard have included national and regional training workshops, international internships, funding for participation in QA conferences and seminars, network website and online clearinghouse development as well as policy dialogues with countries lacking a QA system.