Supporting Quality Teaching in Higher Education


Project implementation | Outcomes | Video


In the context of the sustained growth and diversification of higher education systems, society’s concerns about the quality of the education offered to the students are increasing. The goal of the OECD-IMHE study on Quality teaching was to highlight effective quality initiatives and to promote practices that may, in turn, help other institutions to improve the quality of their teaching and, thereby, the quality of their graduates. By participating in the project, the institutions were able to take part in an international review that allowed them to interact and share their own experience, gather information and thus examine the quality of their teaching.

Project implementation

The project was implemented in 2 phases: a first phase overviewing the institutional initiatives and policies aimed at enhancing the quality of teaching, and a second phase that explored in more detail the institutional experiences and approaches to quality teaching.



Phase 1:




Dec 2007 - June 2009

Phase 2:

Exploring approaches

to quality teaching


July 2009 - Dec 2012






  • The next What Works Conference on Managing Quality Teaching in Higher Education took place on 5-6 December 2011 at CETYS University, Mexicali, Mexico. The Conference reflected on the findings of the IMHE institutional reviews on quality teaching and discussed broader issues on institution-wide and national policies supporting quality of teaching and learning in higher education.
  • The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) hosted a meeting at which a group of 10 experts recommended that institutions provide greater assistance to teachers in order for them to accomplish their educational mission.

Click here for the press release and read more in an interview with OECD-IMHE’s Fabrice Hénard, head of the Quality Teaching project and Fernando León García, President of CETYS University, Baja California, Mexico, who managed the UOC case study:





Students and teachers at Arcada, a Finnish university of Applied Sciences, comment on OECD’s review of the quality of teaching
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In 2008 the OECD Programme on institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) launched a review into the quality of teaching to better determine the diversity of initiatives and the different responses of institutions.


This video presents the experience of ARCADA, a university of applied sciences in Finland.