(From Development Gateway posted by Thomas Bekkers, 11.23.06 )

UNESCO announced a new higher education institutions portal during an experts meeting in paris (13-11-2006). Free of charge, easy to access and searchable, these are the characteristics of a future “UNESCO Portal on Recognized Higher Education Institutions”.

The principal aim of the project is to increase the transparency of quality provision in cross-border higher education by providing information and easy access to online resources for students through a UNESCO-hosted portal. The pilot project will involve a limited number of countries who are each responsible for their own national content. Once the feasibility, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the project are established, it can provide the foundations for the implementation of a larger-scale project hosted by UNESCO.

This project is a follow-up to the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines on Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education.

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