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ICT for Accessible, Effective and Efficient Higher Education

© Ron Ashore

The demand for access to higher education has increased with the rise in living standards and the trend towards a knowledge-based society. At the same time, rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) have created new opportunities to enhance the reach and quality of education.

Many higher education institutions (HEIs) are using ICT to develop course materials, deliver and share the course content, lectures and presentations; facilitate communication among lecturers and students; conduct research; and provide administrative and management services. However, information on how ICT has been, and can be, used to enhance the design, delivery and management of higher education programmes in the Asia-Pacific region is not readily available.

To encourage innovation and maximize the use of ICT for higher education, UNESCO has implemented a project, ICT for Accessible, Effective and Efficient Higher Education, funded by the Japanese Funds-in-Trust, to harness the potential of ICT in delivering higher education educational goals.

Targeted at ministry of education officials and specialists responsible for higher education, administrators and faculty members of HEIs, and higher education and ICT providers, the objectives of the project are to:

  • increase understanding of how ICT can be used to enhance curricular contents
  • examine the design, development and delivery of IT/ICT programmes to enhance the employability of IT graduates
  • facilitate a network of National Information Centres to provide input to the UNESCO Portal on Higher Education Institutions to share and exchange information on higher education degrees and programmes.

The outcomes of the project are expected to facilitate effective policy making and adaptation of innovative ICT practices in HEIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

The project has three components: