(25 November 2016) UNESCO has begun work on drawing up a series of indicators on higher education internationalisation in Asia to help universities and education policy-makers in the region to develop an international outlook and promote international higher education links against a set of solid, accepted, quality benchmarks.
In early November UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted a meeting of high level education officials to discuss drawing up a range of indicators on higher education internationalisation in the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea – a group referred to as ASEAN+6.
The ASEAN countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
With 1.7 million Asia Pacific students studying abroad in 2013, within and outside the region, according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics, it is clear that higher education internationalisation is important for the region.
The aim of this first meeting, held on 3-5 November, was to draw up a checklist of possible indicators, according to Wang Libing, chief of UNESCO-Bangkok’s Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development.
Read the story in full by Yojana Sharma in UniversityWorldNews.