IAU:E-Bulletin - Vol. 9, No 5, June 2012

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IAU:E-Bulletin - Vol. 9, No 5, June 2012
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IAU-MCO Guidelines for an Institutional Code of Ethics for Higher Education

The final meeting of the joint Working Group of the IAU and the Magna Charta, responsible for drafting the Guidelines for an institutional code of ethics took place in Istanbul on 18 May 2012.  Members of the WG finalized a draft of these guidelines and developed a proposal for an action plan for a) further consultations on the draft guidelines, b) their full dissemination once approved and c) their implementation or use within interested higher education institutions. The consultation on this Final Draft will commence in early July, as soon as the IAU Administrative Board gives the green light and come to an end on 1 October 2012 in time for the IAU General Conference in Puerto Rico.  The Guidelines will be available online on the IAU and MCO websites in early July.

News/Opportunities from around the World


UNESCO: Access to Information; Open Access

UNESCO has released Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access (OA) to facilitate knowledge-based decision making to adopt OA policies and strengthen national research systems. The publication comprises nine chapters dealing with the development of open access to scientific information and research; approaches to open access; the importance of open access; the benefits of open access; business models; copyright and licensing; strategies to promote open access; policy framework for open access; and a summary of  suggested guidelines.

UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning (COL): OER

The presentations and/or conclusions of the Regional Policy Fora for Europe and North America (17 April 2012, Cambridge, UK); Asia-Pacific (23-24 April 2012, Bangkok, Thailand); and the Arab Region (7-8 May 2012, Muscat, Oman) in view of the World OER Congress are now available as well as the Draft Version 7a of the Paris Declaration. Deadline for comments on the draft Declaration: 15 June 2012.
http://oercongress.weebly.com/paris-declaration.html (Draft Declaration)

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC):

Regional Cooperation; Educational Associations; Educational Policy
The 4th Meeting of University Networks and Councils of Rectors of Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by IESALC, took place from 5 to 6 May 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It analysed themes such as accreditation and evaluation in Latin America; mobility and internationalisation; recognition of degrees; and regional observatories.

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC)/ Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL)/ Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES), México: Rankings
The Meeting organized at the Universidad National Autonoma de México, Mexico on Latin-American Universities and International Rankings: Impacts, Scope, and Limitations in May 2012 led to a Declaration on the topic.
http://www.encuentro-rankings.unam.mx/ (in Spanish)

UNESCO – German Commission:

Sustainable Development

The Bonn Recommendations on ESD beyond 2014 was developed during the Horizon 2015 Workshop organized by the German Commission for UNESCO. They offer 17 recommendations to continue the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) efforts after the end of the UN DESD in 2014.

Other international initiatives

Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF):

 Prize; Young Researcher; Call for Participation
AUF has launched a call for candidacies to the Francophone Prize for Young Researchers (under 40 years of age) in Science and Medicine or Humanities and Social Sciences. Deadline: 15 July 2012.

Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa (AULP):

Awards; Theses; Call for Participation
The Fernão Mendes Pinto Prize, awarded by AULP in partnership with the Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP), will reward every year a Master’s or a doctoral thesis that contributes to closening links between Portuguese-speaking communities. Deadline: 31 July 2012.
http://aulp.org/parcerias/premios (in Portuguese)

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU):

Researcher; Career Development; Africa
ACU and the British Academy have published Foundations for the Future. Supporting the Early Careers of African Researchers. As a follow-up to The Nairobi Report, published in 2009, it identifies the key areas in which further support needs to be provided and suggests ways in which new collaborative mechanisms might be designed in order to do this.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)/ London International Development Centre (LIDC):

Education and Development
The documents of the International Conference on Measuring Impact of Higher Education for Development co-organised by LIDC and ACU from 19 to 20 March 2012, in London, UK include a baseline study, the conference summary and recommendations, the presentations and audio recordings of the 3 sessions (What should be the development intention of higher education (HE) interventions?; Approaches to impact evaluations for HE interventions; and Towards a “perfect” impact evaluation).

International Association for Education in Ethics (IAEE):

The first International Conference in Education on Ethics, whose theme was: Ethics Education in a Global Perspective, took place in Pittsburgh, USA, from 1 to 3 May 2012.

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE):

 Quality Assessment; Call for Participation

ICDE is looking for individuals wishing to conduct institutional quality assessment reviews. Deadline: 29 June 2012.

International Federation of University Women (IFUW): Human Rights; Women; Call for Participation
IFUW has launched the Conchita Poncini Jimenez Human Rights Fellowship. The competition is open to women scholars and social scientists with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of women and girls and the attainment of their human rights. Deadline: 30 June 2012.

Institute of International Education (IIE):

International Education
The IIE 2012 International Education Summit on International Education: A Global Economic Engine, organised from 2 to 3 May 2012 on the occasion of the G8, discussed: National priorities in the promotion of internationalisation of higher education; The economic impact of international education; Academic Mobility; and Institutional cooperation. It brought together the delegations of 15 countries and culminated with the adoption of a Call to Action.

International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE):

 Quality Assurance
The Regional Networks Meeting of INQAAHE Members' Forum 2012 on The Future of External Quality Assurance took place in Melbourne, Australia, from 17 to 18 April 2012. Topics addressed were: the new TEQSA Regulatory Agency for Australian Higher Education; the impact of external quality assurance of higher education, notably in Ibero-America; Developments in the methodology of external quality assurance (QA); Institutional diversity and QA; Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and the development of an institutional quality culture; Changing Perceptions of the Independence of External Quality Assurance (EQA).

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):

OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation has released the results of a survey conducted on the 34 OECD Members countries to collect information on today’s policy context related to OER

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA): Agricultural Education; Africa
CTA has released the final report of the 2nd Partnership Workshop on Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE) in Africa which took place in Wageningen, The Netherlands, in March 2012. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for development partners and African stakeholders to stress the importance of TAE transformation for development and to outline concrete actions.

Universitas 21:

Rankings; Education Systems
Universitas 21’s ranking of national higher education systems  measures and compares resources (public and private investment), environment (government policy and regulation, diversity and participation opportunities), connectivity (international networks and collaboration) and output (research and its impact, as well as the production of an educated workforce which meets labour market needs) of 48 countries and territories.

World Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU):

Educational Associations
44 Lasallian higher education institutions from 16 countries created IALU with headquarters in Paris, France. The De La Salle (Lasallian) institutions are founded after St. John Baptist De La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Patron of Christian Teachers.

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