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The Higher Education Program in UNESCO Bangkok aims to encourage standards and norms that contribute to the development of higher education in Asia and the Pacific region region. The program conducts and promotes research, policy dialogue and information sharing among Member States on higher education issues that are of relevance to the countries in the region. In particular, the program explores the implications of the massification of higher education systems and the impact of globalisation on higher education. The program encourages and assists Member States to address challenges and issues in the following areas:

  • University governance and management

  • Quality assurance and qualifications recognition

  • Diversification and privatisation of higher education

  • Internationalisation of higher education

  • The use of ICT in widening access and improving the quality of higher education.

In particular, the Higher Education program works to:

The Higher Education Program is also responsible for organising a number of regional meetings in the lead up to the Global Consultation on new trends and challenges in higher education, as a follow up to the 1998 World Conference on Higher Education.