HE Nets & associations
The European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA) has been founded in 2003 with the primary aim of mutual recognition of accreditation decisions. Twelve mutual recognition agreements between ECA members were signed in 2007. ECA was renewed in 2008. The ENIC/ NARICs of ECA member countries have been involved in the project in order to strengthen the link between accreditation decisions and recognition of qualifications.
ABET provides world leadership in assuring quality and in stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education. They serve the public through the promotion and advancement of education in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. They do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research
The Asia Pacific Academic Recognition Network (APARNET) was established to facilitate discussion and the exchange of information amongst the National Information Centres of the UNESCO Regional Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,200 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges and universities of every type and size.
The Accreditation Committee of Cambodia (ACC) was established to assure and improve the quality of Higher Education Institutions in Cambodia and meet international standards through accreditation. The purpose of ACC is to administer the accreditation of higher education for all higher educational institutions (HEIs) to ensure the promote academic quality fro greater effectiveness and quality consistent with international standards and to determine the organization of structures, roles, functions and duties regarding the administration of the accreditation process of higher education for all HEIs which grant degrees in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
La Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación (ANECA) es una fundación estatal que tiene como objetivo contribuir a la mejora de la calidad del sistema de educación superior mediante la evaluación, certificación y acreditación de enseñanzas, profesorado e instituciones en España.
The Association of African Universities (AAU) is the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa. It represents the voice of higher education in Africa on regional and international bodies and supports networking by institutions of higher education in teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation in the United States. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
The Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE) has been established in June, 2007 as a nonprofit nongovernmental organization.
The purpose to establish the Arab network for quality Assurance in higher education is to create a mechanism between the Arab countries.
The American Council on Education (ACE) is the only higher education organization that represents presidents and chancellors of all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions: community colleges and four-year institutions, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit colleges.
ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. ACE fosters greater collaboration and new partnerships within and outside the higher education community to help colleges and universities anticipate and address the challenges of the 21st century and contribute to a stronger nation and better world.
Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with education at a distance, namely, education in which the systematic teaching and the communication between student and teacher or institution take place mainly by a variety of media. AAOU was founded in 1987 by a number of open universities in the Asian region who realized the significant contribution of distance education in democratizing the provision of learning opportunities to mankind.
The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to activate and reinforce the internationalization of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and to engage the professional challenges of individuals in international education.
The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) is a dynamic think tank in the area of international cooperation in higher education. Its goal is to promote innovation and internationalisation of European higher education while maintaining a global outreach. ACA’s activities include research and analyses, evaluations, consultancy for private and public bodies, advocacy, publications, and much more.
The Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada was founded in 1994 as a national network of professional education accrediting bodies. The Association now represents the accrediting bodies for some 30 professions. AAC exists to serve and support member Accrediting organizations in their practice.
The British Accreditation Council (BAC) is an independent body, established in 1984 to be the national accrediting body for private post-16 education in the UK. The primary objective of the Council's founding members was “to improve and enhance the standards of independent further and higher educational institutions by the establishment of a system of accreditation”.
É uma organização internacional constituída por membros titulares e associados (Universidades e Instituições de Ensino e Investigação de nível Superior dos sete países de língua oficial portuguesa e Macau) que tem como objecto promover a cooperação entre universidades e instituições de ensino e investigação de nível superior por via do incremento do intercâmbio de investigadores e estudantes, estimulando a reflexão sobre a função do ensino superior e o desenvolvimento de projectos conjuntos de investigação científica e tecnológica, bem como o intercâmbio generalizado de informação.
La Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES) es una Asociación no gubernamental, de carácter plural, que agremia a las principales instituciones de educación superior de México, cuyo común denominador es su voluntad para promover su mejoramiento integral en los campos de la docencia, la investigación y la extensión de la cultura y los servicios. ANUIES está conformada por 152 universidades e instituciones de educación superior, tanto públicas como particulares de todo México.
The Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) has been developed with the purpose of serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education in a region that contains over half the world's population. APQN is already helping to build alliances between agencies, and assisting countries/territories that do not have a quality assurance agency of their own.
The American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation (AAHEA) is the oldest association in the United States dedicated to the advancement of higher education. Its mission is to be the organization that enables all individuals, institutions, and stakeholders in higher education to learn, organize for learning, and contribute to the common good. They provide accreditation to more than 20 disciplines for the common good of higher education. To bring the standards of education to a new high, to help all of mankind to be greater than once thought possible.
The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) is a non-profit-making international association of 60 leading European Engineering Universities, Colleges and Schools.
The main objectives of CESAER are to provide "High Quality" Engineering Education in Europe and to improve links between its members in Research as well as in Postgraduate and Continuing Education.
The ASEAN University Network (AUN) is an autonomous organisation, established under an umbrella of ASEAN and the mandate of Ministers responsible for higher education in ASEAN countries, dealing with the promotion of human resource development in the field of higher education within ASEAN and with its dialogue partners, namely Japan, Korea, China, India, Russia and the EU.
The European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education was established in 2000 to promote European co-operation in the field of quality assurance. In November 2004 the General Assembly transformed the Network into the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. ENQA disseminates information, experiences and good practices in the field of quality assurance (QA) in higher education to European QA agencies, public authorities and higher education institutions.
The Association of Arab Universities (AARU), founded in 1964 is an Arab organization with an independent legal entity. AARU's objectives are mainly to enhance cooperation amongst Arab universities and to coordinate their efforts with a view to raising the quality of university and higher education
The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI) is an Association of Tertiary Educational Institutions in the Caribbean region. The member institutions are Universities, Colleges, Community Colleges, Teacher Training Colleges, National Colleges, State Colleges, and Technical Colleges. ACTI aims to create within the Caribbean region of a learning Society which offers opportunity, and strives for quality and harmony in the divers tertiary education environment.
The South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body responsible for advising the Minister of Higher Education and Training on all higher education policy issues, and for quality assurance in higher education and training.
The CHE was established in May 1998, the responsibilities assigned to the CHE can be grouped into four main areas of work: advising the Minister of Education; assuming executive responsibility for quality assurance and quality promotion within higher education and training; monitoring and evaluating whether, how, to what extent and with what consequences the vision, policy goals and objectives for higher education are being realised; and contributing to the development of higher education by taking initiatives to provide guidance on key national and systemic issues.
The Association of Arab and European Universities (AEUA) was established to respond to the growing need for an effective vehicle to provide Arab and European universities with improved access to the MEDA II Programme.
The prime objective of AEUA is to facilitate and to stimulate collaboration between universities in European and Arab countries at an institutional, departmental and faculty level. This type of partnership - to develop human resources and promote understanding between cultures and exchanges between the civil societies involved - is key.
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) is the voice of Canada's universities. They represent 95 Canadian public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges. They have provided strong and effective representation for members, in Canada and abroad. Its mandate is to facilitate the development of public policy on higher education and to encourage cooperation among universities and governments, industry, communities, and institutions in other countries.
The Association of Carpathian Region Universities (ACRU) is an international association of higher education institutions. It was established in 1994 by sixteen universities and colleges from five coutries of the Carpathian region to encourage links among its member institutions and throughout the world. The main objective of the Association is the advancement of academic, scientific and cultural cooperation, taking advantage of the particular dynamics of the long established historic and cultural links developed in the Carpathian Region.
Columbus es una asociación sin fines de lucro, fundada por la Asociación Europea de Universidades (EUA) y la Asociación de Universidades Latinoamericanas (AULA). Hoy, reúne a 51 universidades miembros: 35 universidades latinoamericanas y 16 universidades europeas.
Desde 1987, Columbus promueve la cooperación entre universidades de Europa y América Latina. Su consolidada red de instituciones de educación superior y de responsables de la gestión universitaria es un espacio donde los directivos pueden identificar e implementar estrategias institucionales para responder a nuevos desafíos.
The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) was founded in 1956 as a non-governmental organization at a meeting in Bangkok of the heads of eight state unversities in Southeast Asia. ASAIHL's purpose is to assist member institutions to strengthen themselves through mutual self help and to achieve international distinction in teaching, research and public service. In so doing, the institutions contribute strength to their respective nations and to the entire region. Specifically, the Association exists to foster the development of the institutions themselves, the cultivation of a sense of regional identity and interdependence and liaison with other regional and international organizations concerned with research and teaching.
The Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 61 U.S. and two Canadian preeminent public and private research universities. Founded in 1900, AAU focuses on national and institutional issues that are important to research-intensive universities, including funding for research, research and education policy, and graduate and undergraduate education.
L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) est présente sur tous les continents, avec plus de 427 agents répartis dans 65 implantations rattachées à neuf bureaux. Depuis 1989, cette association d’universités est un opérateur de la Francophonie institutionnelle. Partenaire des établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche qui ont choisi le français comme langue d’enseignement, elle propose plusieurs programmes de coopération visant notamment à soutenir la recherche et l’enseignement en français.
The Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) aims to provide means wherein universities from the Asia and the Pacific region can work together in providing quality higher education through student and faculty exchanges as well as sharing of information and other resources: strengthening of institutional capacity to serve society; cooperating with other international organizations such as the IAU, UNESCO, ASAIHL and SEAMEO, in promoting national higher education institutions and complementing programs which will assist in the development of member institutions.
El Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA) es una corporación internacional sin fines de lucro, integrada por universidades de América Latina y Europa. CINDA, en conjunto con las universidades integradas al Sistema han explorado temas centrales sobre política y gestión universitaria con el interés de poner el conocimiento acumulado al servicio de las políticas públicas y de las instituciones correspondientes.
Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN) is an umbrella organisation to facilitate and enhance co-operation between the member institutions. It intends to develop bonds of mutual partnership between students, teachers, researchers and administrators of the partner universities. Co-operation links will be developed through mobility and exchange of students, academic staff, administrators, joint projects, and information networks.
The Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN) includes nowadays over 100 universities from the 12 member countries of the Economic Cooperation from the Black Sea Region (BSEC) - Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
The Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU) is a regional organization founded in January 1996, with the goals of forming a forum for the presidents of leading research-oriented universities in East Asia and of carrying out mutual exchanges between the major universities in the region.
Established in 1913, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the oldest inter-university network in the world. Today's ACU combines the expertise and reputation of over ninety years' experience with new and innovative programmes designed to meet the needs of universities in the 21st century. Five hundred members are spread across five continents and they represent a diverse range of institutions. Commonwealth universities are therefore able, through the ACU, to network easily, extensively and fruitfully, sharing problems, solutions and good practice across a variety of higher education environments.
The ACU is a voluntary organisation, which is registered in England and Wales as a charity (number 314137) and is controlled by its member institutions through an elected Council. Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, is the Association's Patron.
ASEA UNINET is an association of European and South-East Asian universities which was founded in 1994 in order to encourage and facilitate cooperation between academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations and economic operators.
Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, the Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The Coimbra Group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalisation, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European educational policy and to develop b
The Danube Rectors' Conference has served as a forum for the articulation and initiation of a number of joint research projects, such as the "Ecology of the Danube" (natural and life sciences, environmental engineering and technology) and "Blue Danube," a trans-disciplinary project that involved the "harder" sciences as well as historical and cultural disciplines.
The Danube Rectors' Conference has grown considerably in recent years, and its agenda has expanded. The network articulated objectives to raise the general level of academic performance; to promote mobility, to reduce drop-out rates; and to lower the cost of tertiary education. Furthermore, it underlined the importance of multilateral cooperation in the region and expressly supported the establishment of the Central European Exchange Program for University Studies. Finally, the Danube Rectors' Conference endorsed an integrated university model based of institutional autonomy and established working groups to address the issues of university legislation, curricula and the evaluation of teaching and research.
The Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) enhances the mutual understanding and cooperation in the North American community by fostering collaboration between institutions of higher education in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
La Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo es una red de universidades públicas de la región sur de América Latina que trabaja desde el año 1991, fecha de su creación, por la integración y cooperación educativa regional, en defensa de la Educación Pública Superior considerada como un derecho humano universal y un bien público social.
CLUSTER is a network of leading European Universities of Technology; their fundamental missions are advanced research and higher education of engineers, scientists and architects. Their common goal within CLUSTER is the quest towards excellence in the fulfillment of these missions.
The International Association of Universities (IAU), founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 150 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students.
The Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) was created to respond to the needs of developing international relations, improving the quality of information, and promoting academic collaboration among Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in the Americas. The IOHE is the only university organization that spans the entire continent of the Americas.
The IOHE is a not-for-profit organization whose objectives are primarily educational. This is achieved by: establishing collaboration among universities of the Americas; promoting understanding and mutual support; contributing to the sustainable development of the peoples of the Americas and respecting the free discussion of ideas.
El Consejo Centroamericano de Acreditación (CCA) se creó con el propósito de establecer mecanismos regionales que armonicen, articulen e integren el esfuerzo de diversas instituciones y organizaciones en el ámbito centroamericano, y den validez internacional a la acreditación de la calidad de la educación superior que se realiza en los distintos países de la región.
The Community of Mediterranean University (CMU) was thus set up in 1983, to generate a process of renewal and modernisation which would help its adhering members to overcome many serious problems. As the years passed, this process has continued by means of a series of initiatives that have met with such widespread support that the CMU now numbers over 160 members.
The Euromed Permanent University Forum (EPUF) is a network of more than a 100 Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education and Research Institutions, established in Tampere (Finland) in 2006. The EPUF’s main objective is the creation of a sustainable Higher Education Area in the EuroMed Region. They contributes to the promotion of a knowledge society and encourages collaboration and dialogue between the region’s educational institutions and cultural traditions. The EPUF, also promotes a sustainable development of scientific and technological exchange in which, education and civil society are also involved.
The European Higher Education Society (EAIR) became an independent membership organisation in 1989. Over the years it has expanded considerably and currently has nearly 500 members from 50 different countries all over the world, including Africa, South America, Asia and Australasia. EAIR members are working in universities, polytechnics and other higher education institutions, primarily but not exclusively in Europe - either in university administration, or in academic departments with particular research interests in management issues. EAIR is also of relevance to policy makers in governmental ministries and policy units. EAIR holds its annual Forum in August or September.EAIR publishes a journal 'Tertiary Education and Management' (TEAM) and a Monograph Series 'Research, Policy and Practice in Higher Education'.
The European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) was founded in 1973 as a non-profit organisation under Belgian Law. It is the largest network of higher engineering institutions and of individuals involved in engineering education in Europe. SEFI has the mission to contribute to the development and the improvement of the engineering education in Europe.
The International Research Universities Network (IRUN) is an international network of broad-based research universities.
The aim of IRUN is to further improve the quality of research and teaching at the universities involved. Within the Network, the exchange of researchers, lecturers and students will be encouraged and facilitated.
The European Students' Union (ESU) is an umbrella organisation of 44 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 37 countries (August 2010). The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing.
The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 46 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.
Members of the Association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.
The Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) is a body working within the framework of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -ISESCO-, specializing in supporting Universities and Higher Education institutions of the same level in the islamic World and encouraging cooperation between them.
Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED), founded in the early 90s, is an Association of Universities from countries in the Euro-Mediterranean basin. UNIMED’s main aim is to develop scientific and educational cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region, in order to contribute to the process of integration between the two Mediterranean shores.
UNIMED collaborates with its network universities in several activities in different fields including among others tangible and intangible cultural heritage, economics, energy, environment, management of water resources, transports, health, media, new technologies, history, agriculture, tourism.
The International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU) brings together public universities covering a vast array of contemporary knowledge, establishments that are recognized within their country for the importance they afford to research and their close ties to the development of society. The founding universities members are from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America.
The Mission of the International Network of Universities (INU) is to advance the internationalization of INU member institutions through co-operation in university management, research collaboration and student and staff mobility. It allows member universities to provide a richer array of international activities and allows members to share good practice. The INU has endorsed the theme of Global Citizenship as a common element across the teaching and research of its member universities.
The work of the Council of Europe in the field of higher education and research focuses on issues related to the recognition of qualifications, public responsibility for higher education and research, higher education governance and other fields relevant for the establishment of the European Higher Education Area by 2010. The Council of Europe also supports reform of higher education in the so-called priority regions, mainly the South East Europe, South Caucasus and CIS countries.
Institutional Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) is a network of 42 universities from the capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students. Its role is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities throughout Europe. It seeks also to be a driving force in the development of the Bologna process and to facilitate the integration of universities from Central and Eastern Europe into the European higher education area.
The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world. Membership is limited to those individuals who serve as presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors at regionally accredited colleges or universities.
EURASHE The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) is the international association of European Higher Education Institutions – Polytechnics, Colleges, University Colleges, etc. – devoted to Professional Higher Education and related research within the Bachelor-Masters structure. he mission of the association is to promote the interests of professional higher education in the member countries of the European Union and in other European countries, in institutions which are public or recognised and/or financed by the public authorities of a European Union member country or another European country.
The UNESCO European Centre for Higher Education / Centre européen pour l'enseignement supérieur (CEPES) promotes co-operation and provides technical support in the field of higher education among UNESCO’s Member States in Central, Eastern and South-East Europe.
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is as an association of twenty-two leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research. LERU advocates education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding; the creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society; and the promotion of research across a broad front in partnership with industry and society at large.
The Confederación Universitaria Centroamericana (CSUCA) is the organization of integration of the Central America Public University System, which promotes the development of the universities trough the cooperation and joint work with society and the State, comprehensive approach to regional problems and their proposed solutions, in a framework of commitments, solidarity, Tolerance, transparence and equity. Promotes the development of scientific, technologic and humanistic knowledge and its application in the training of professionals capable of making choices and influence in the sustainable development of the region.
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa. CODESRIA’s mission required the emergence of a pan-African community of researchers, the protection of their intellectual freedom and autonomy in performing their duties and the elimination of barriers regarding language, discipline, region, gender and generation.
The aim of the Nordic Association of University Administrators (NUAS) is to enhance contacts and to establish networks between the Nordic universities at all administrative levels. NUAS cooperates with the Nordic Council of Ministers, other organizations and authorities in order to promote the Nordic educational community
The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) was created by UNESCO in 1963. It is a centre for training and research - specialized in educational planning and management to strengthen the capacity of countries to plan and manage their education systems.
El Instituto Internacional para la Educación Superior en América Latina y el Caribe (IESALC) es un organismo de la UNESCO dedicado a la promoción de la educación superior, contribuyendo a implementar en la región latinoamericana y caribeña el programa que, en materia de educación superior, aprueba bianualmente la Conferencia General de la UNESCO.
Su misión fundamental es contribuir al desarrollo y transformación de la educación terciaria afianzando un programa de trabajo que, entre otros propósitos, procure constituirse en instrumento para apoyar la gestión del cambio y las transformaciones a fin de que la educación superior de la región sea promotora eficaz de una cultura de paz que permita hacer viable -en una era de mundialización- el desarrollo humano sostenible, basado en la justicia, la equidad, la libertad, la solidaridad, la democracia y el respeto de los derechos humanos.
La Conférence des Recteurs Francophones d'Afriquet de l'Ocean Indien (CRUFAOCI) a pour but d'établir et de proposer aux Gouvernements et au Conseil des Ministres des pays dont les universités sont membres de la CRUFAOCI des programmes d'action.
Elle établit des liens solides d'échange entre les responsables des Universités et des Institutions membres. Elle favorise une concertation permanente entre ses membres et le CAMES. Elle renforce la coopération régionale en vue de l'intégration africaine en matière de recherche et de formation dans le supérieur. Elle constitue un organe de consultation pour l'identification et la mise en place de pôles régionaux d'excellence au sein des Universités et les Institutions d'enseignement supérieur
The International Federation of Catholic Universities is made up of some 200 Catholic universities and institutions of higher education. They have at their disposal a permanent secretariat tasked with implementing the orientations and policies as set forth by the General Assembly and the administrative bodies. In addition to administrative tasks and managing the Federation’s activities, the general secretariat also serves as a facilitator, enhances coordination and fosters an unimpeded flow of information between the members and organizations as well as with partner institutions of the IFCU.
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
The Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) is a membership-based forum. IMHE focuses on a wide range of cross-cutting issues. Activities include reviews of higher education in regional and city development, the assessment of higher education learning outcomes, as well as studies on quality teaching. in higher education and the management of internationalisation.
La Unión de Universidades de América Latina (UDUAL) se creó en 1949.UDUAL promueve programas encaminados a fortalecer a sus miembros afiliados, a fin de que éstos alcancen la calidad y eficiencia que requiere la universidad contemporánea en respuesta a las exigencias presentes y los retos del futuro, y para hacer de ellos una herramienta eficaz para el desarrollo social, cultural y económico de los países latinoamericanos en pro de una comunidad libre, armónica y genuinamente humanitaria.
La Red de Macrouniversidades de América Latina y el Caribe fue creada en 2002. Su objetivo es poner en marcha programas cooperativos y solidarios relacionados con la movilidad de estudiantes y académicos, de investigación en las fronteras del conocimiento relacionadas con la solución de los más importantes problemas de las mayorías del continente, con el posgrado, con el financiamiento público y con la preservación y el desarrollo del patrimonio histórico de estas importantes instituciones, siempre y cuando las macrouniversidades cuentan con el mayor potencial regional para realizarlos.
The World Bank is working to encourage not only better-quality outcomes from tertiary education worldwide, but also to promote more efficient tertiary education institutions that innovate and respond positively to meaningful performance-based allocation of resources and accountability systems. Such improvements can stimulate economic growth and help to stem the outward flow of highly skilled human capital by supporting cultures of quality and productivity.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.
The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.
AUCEA is a not-for-profit organisation committed to fostering university-community engagement throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. We aim to achieve excellence in university-community engaged teaching and research, to further develop communities, and to shape our future citizens by working together – within and outside the higher education sector. We hope that the website will become an invaluable tool and useful resource for members to share learnings, to gain access to the latest information, and to showcase their success stories, as part of us working together. Join our quest to bring universities and communities closer together for the benefit of all.
CAMPUS ENGAGE is a network for the promotion of civic engagement activities in Irish higher education. It is an initiative funded by the Irish government, through the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF 1). The current Campus Engage partners are: Dublin City University, National University of Ireland, Galway (lead partner), National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick.
The network aims to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the wider society, through promoting civic engagement activities in higher education in Ireland and facilitating the sharing of knowledge and resources between academic and civic communities.
The Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CACSL) supports, educates and networks to ensure the effective growth of CSL in Canada. Our vision is students, educators and communities learning and working together to strenghten individuals and society.
IARSLCE is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005, and incorporated in 2007.
Our Mission is to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system. Our objectives are to advance the fields of service-learning and community engagement research across the educational spectrum (primary, secondary, post-secondary, and further education).
The international Living Knowledge Network (LK) aims at giving citizens access to scientific research.
The network is for people interested in building partnerships for public access to research. Members of the network exchange information, documentation, ideas, experiences and expertise on community-based research and science and society relations in general.
NCSUE strives to be a preeminent innovator within the scholarly movement of engagement in higher education. NCSUE deepens the study of and discussion about two key principles—engaged scholarship and the scholarship of engagement—to inform and advance the national agenda. NCSUE seeks a greater understanding of how university engagement enhances faculty scholarship and community progress. The Collaborative convenes scholars and community fellows to explore ways of creating institutional support for building truly collaborative arrangements. NCSUE supports research studies and dissemination through publications, a speaker series, conferences, presentations, and workshops.
The Talloires Network is a coalition of universities 230 institutions in 62 countries enrolling over 6 million students that are moving beyond the ivory tower to tackle pressing societal problems. The Network is the primary global alliance committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. It mobilizes its members to improve community conditions and, in the process, to educate students to be leaders for change. Its vision is that a decisive majority of universities worldwide collaborate actively with the communities where they are located; that institutions of higher education become dramatically more effective engines of social and economic development; that they systematically partner with NGOs, government agencies and private businesses; and that the gold standard in higher education is the engaged university, one that achieves both positive community impacts and academic excellence.
AsiaEngage is a dedicated network to drive the community engagement field at the ASEAN and Asia region. Initiated and driven by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM or The National University of Malaysia) the network is formed to maximise the strengths of the Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU), the ASEAN University Network Thematic Network on University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN-USR&S) and the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) all of which are hosted by UKM.
AsiaEngage brings together key regional stakeholders from universities, communities, industries and governments to catalyse sustainable partnerships in order to develop and sustain engaged communities across Asia. It also aims to create opportunities for sharing of innovative industry and community engagement practices, developing regional capacity for impactful engagement, forging collaborative industry and community-based research and driving learning prospects as well as inspiring youth volunteerism across ASEAN and Asia.
The mission of CLAYSS - Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje-Servicio Solidario (Latin American Center for Service-Learning) is to contribute to the growth of a fraternal and participative culture in Latin America through the development of service-learning projects. As such CLAYSS was born to accompany and serve students, educators and community organizations that carry out or wish to put into action service-learning projects.
A partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, the NCCPE was established in 2008 as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement Initiative. The NCCPE supports higher education institutions to engage with the public. Its three main aims are to inspire a shift in culture, to increase capacity for public engagement and to build effective partnerships to encourage partners to embed public engagement in their work. They are inviting every university and research institute in the UK to sign up to its Manifesto for Public Engagement. To find out more about the Manifesto and the NCCPE, and to access its resources to support institutional change, please visit its website.
The ACU is the oldest and one of the largest international inter-university networks in the world. ACU combines the expertise and reputation of nearly a century's experience with new and innovative programmes designed to meet the needs of universities in the 21st century. One such need is the strengthening of community engagement and extension systems. The ACU maintains a Community Engagement and University Extension Network, which brings together several hundred community engagement workers from universities across the Commonwealth, sharing experiences, new ideas, and good practice.
The Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CACSL) supports, educates and networks to ensure the effective growth of CSL in Canada. Its vision is students, educators and communities learning and working together to strenghten individuals and society.
The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI), launched at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2001, promotes community university partnerships that aim to spread the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy. The CKI becomes a platform to a number of civic engagement pathways that seek to develop an ethos of civic engagement and active participation across NUI Galway. These pathways include: inclusive higher education, community engagement and partnerships, volunteering, service learning, research, and knowledge sharing/exchange.
The Africa Higher Education Collaborative is a programme of the Institute of International Education and identifies strategies for increasing equity and access to higher education in Africa. AHEC seeks to accomplish this task by serving as a think tank and source of information for policy makers, practitioners and the interested public.
CHEER is the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research located in the Department of Education within the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex.CHEER provides an intellectual home and an institutional space for collaborative and interdisciplinary research considering equity in higher education in relation to three main themes: identities, assessment and transitions. Through its links with national and international research centres, CHEER seeks to promote research collaboration, seminars, consultancy and academic partnerships.
The European Access Network encourages wider access to higher education for those who are currently under-represented, whether for reasons of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, age, disability, family background, vocational training, geographic location, or earlier educational disadvantage. The four pillars of the EAN are access, equity, diversity and inclusion.
The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) is a research centre funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and hosted by the University of South Australia. The work of the National Centre informs student equity policy and practice in Australian higher education.
HEFCE distributes public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England, and ensures that this money is used to deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider public. HEFCE monitors that universities and colleges are financially healthy, that their courses are good quality, and that everyone with the potential to enter higher education has a fair chance to do so.
The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, a program managed by IHEP (Institute for Higher Education Policy), represents the shared interests of Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Combined, these minority-serving institutions (MSIs) represented by AIHEC, HACU and NAFEO, educate more than one-third of all students of color in the United States. MSIs disproportionately address the needs of low-income, minority students while contributing significantly to generating a highly skilled workforce, developing civic and community responsibility, and producing citizens who are exceptionally attuned to the increasingly diverse country in which we live.
The ACE is USA´s most visible and influential higher education association. It represents the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities.
The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at university. It is designed for people who would like to study in HE but who left school without the usual qualifications, such as A levels. A wide range of people and organisations are involved in Access to HE.