Skills beyond school

Cross-border Tertiary Education: A Way towards Capacity Development


Executive summary | Table of contents | How to obtain this publication 

Co-edition with the World Bank

ISBN: 9789264038493
Publication: 08/08/2007

Pages: 200


Cross-border Tertiary Education: A Way towards Capacity Development

Cross-border higher education is emerging to become a fascinating but very complex phenomenon. The mobility of students, professors, knowledge and even values has been part of higher education for centuries, but it has recently grown at an unprecedented pace. The last two decades have seen a significant growth in the mobility of higher education programmes and providers through physical and virtual modes of delivery. This presents many new opportunities among which are increased access to higher education, strategic alliances between countries and regions, as well as the expansion of human resource and institutional capacity. Parallel to these opportunities are an equal number of challenges: a potential increase in low quality or rogue providers, a lack of recognition of foreign qualifications by domestic employers or education institutions, along with elitism and the tensions it creates. In many cases, these new trends lead countries to revisit different aspects of their tertiary education policy, especially regulatory frameworks for quality assurance and private higher education.

The purpose of this book is to cast light on these opportunities and challenges, especially for developing countries willing to leverage cross-border higher education as a tool for development. This book discusses the concept of capacity-building through cross-border education, emphasising the critical role of quality assurance and trade negotiations. This volume should be of particular interest to both education policy makers and the myriad stakeholders in higher education from developing countries.

Executive summary

Cross-border tertiary education refers to the movement of people, programmes, providers, curricula, projects, research and services in tertiary (or higher) education across national jurisdictional borders. Cross-border education is a subset of educational internationalisation and can be part of development cooperation projects, academic exchange programmes and commercial initiatives. The focus of this volume is on the mobility of students, programmes and providers/institutions.

Student mobility remains relatively small, but has grown at an unprecedented pace in the past decade. The provision of tertiary education abroad, through academic partnerships, franchising, the opening of a branch campus or other arrangements, has also grown significantly. These trends raise new issues for policy makers and education stakeholders, in advanced economies as well as in developing countries.

 Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1. Cross-border Tertiary Education: An Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Developing Capacity through Cross-Border Tertiary Education
  • Chapter 3. Building Capacity in Quality Assurance: The Challenge of Context
  • Chapter 4. Developing Capacity in Tertiary Education through Trade Liberalisation and GATS
  • Annex 1. Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education
  • List of Acronyms

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