UNESCO _ Higher Education in the Arab States - International

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					         Abdel Moneim Osman
UNESCO Regional Office for Education in the
          Arab States, Beirut
Only UN agency with a mandate in Higher
2 World Conferences on HE (1998 & 2009).
Focus on:
   cross-border HE (mobility)
   Quality Assurance (recognition of qualifications)
Promotes policy dialogue and South-South
Standard setting and conventions.
Capacity building.
Technical advice.
        in the Arab Region
   Regional Bureau for
   Education in BEIRUT


Doha          Cairo          Khartoum
Amman       Ramallah
Total population: 319.8m, up 139% from 229.3m
Student population: 7.6 m, up 250% from 2.9 m
Students per 100,000 inhabitants: 2,379, up from
Gross Rate of Enrolment of 18-24 age-group: 22%,
up from 18%
Universities: 476 (46% non-public), up from 176
ACCESS: Impressive achievements; with room
for improvement in GRE (a mere 22%)
DIVERSITY: public, non-public, virtual, branches
of foreign universities, diverse traditions (US,
UK, French, German, etc.)
Countries at various stages of development
require a differentiated response
Improve access in a number of countries
Improve quality
Find solutions to adequate and sustainable
Enhance social responsibility of HEIs
Increase regional cooperation.
The above review of achievements and challenges
  is a selection from the findings of the

Organized by UNESCO’s Beirut office in Cairo in May-
  June 2009 as part of preparations for the second
  WCHE (Paris, July 2009)
176 participants
17 national reports
45 peer-reviewed
Selected Recommendations:
    Develop benchmarks for quality systems in the Arab region,
    Implement quality assurance and accreditation systems in at least
    50% of faculties, institutes and institutions of higher educations,
    both public and non-public, in each country over the next ten
    Strengthen cooperation among Arab, regional and international
    organizations concerned with education and higher education;
    encourage joint cooperation in project implementation and the
    exchange of expertise and experience.
For additional information:

Based on
recommendations from
the Conference of Arab
HE ministers
conducted a survey on
QA in the Arab States
 Main outcomes of the QA Survey
Consensus on:
  preferring program QA to institutional QA,
  Regional body is a necessity (no critical mass in
  individual countries)
  External QA agencies, too costly, cultural gap,
  inadequate HR to cover all Arab countries…
  Arab cooperation allows for cost savings
Assist in setting up 10 QA networks/bodies for
selected HE programs
Characterized by: independence, professionalism,
transparency, sustainability
Identify and train a pool of experts
Assist in organizing their efforts
Assist in developing/adapting regional program-
specific QA criteria
Adapting “international” QA criteria to Arab
context(s) without losing effectiveness;
Extent to which progam QA criteria can be developed
outside institutional QA criteria;
Funding and sustainability.
We expect this to be a USD 1 million-project
UNESCO will be providing USD 150,000 to launch
the activity
Regional and international donors are being
approached to secure their support and funding
A draft Project Document can be communicated to
all those interested
Thank You

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