The Hollings Center’s Higher Education Dialogue series fosters cooperation between universities and other institutions of learning through the exchange of ideas, expertise and best practices. Dialogues focus on issues of significant importance to higher education communities in the United States and the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Europe and Eurasia. Participants include distinguished university presidents, administrators, senior officials and educators from over a dozen countries.
The workshop was organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the Hollings Center for International Dialogue to explore cross-border quality assurance of higher education specifically in Malaysia, Oman, and the United States and more generally in the Arab region and in Southeast Asia. The purpose was…
February 2015. Six years following the onset of the global economic crisis of 2008, national economies have struggled to make up lost gains. Unemployment remains above pre-crisis levels in many countries, particularly among youth. Throughout Muslim-majority countries, such as Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, and Libya, the high rate of youth unemployment has led to multi-faceted negative…
March 2014. Following Libya’s parliamentary elections in 2012 and the establishment of a new government, the new representatives announced a bold vision for the future of Libyan higher education. What kind of progress has been made since the Revolution? What are areas that still need to be worked on? What do Libyan institutions seek from…
February 2012 This dialogue invited participants representing a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including educators, institute directors, academics, documentary filmmakers, museum curators, government officials and civil society leaders from the US, Middle East, and Central Asia to think collectively about methodological and ethical issues in oral history and to share their experiences. It explored how…
October 2009. This dialogue focused on the most recent trends and innovations in evaluation and quality assurance. The dialogue examined quality assurance from different national, cultural, and institutional perspectives, bringing together university presidents, government officials, and higher education experts from the Middle East and North Africa, Southwest and Southeast Asia, Turkey and the United States.
Organized in cooperation with the University of Birmingham, this dialogue explored whether academic and cultural exchange can reduce political tensions. Participants discussed popular views of the United States and Iran as are held in each country, the state of Iranian studies in the United States and ways to reduce misunderstandings across American and Iranian publics.
March 2008 Held at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, in cooperation with the Institute of International Education (IIE), this dialogue provided new perspectives to one of the fastest-growing areas of higher education. Participants discussed how to create more diverse study abroad programs throughout the Arab world, enhance the capacity of Arab universities to host U.S….
January 2007 Building on the December 2005 conference, participants in this second dialogue delved deeper into topics relating to curricula, standards of excellence, philanthropy, best practices, and international cooperation between independent universities. Participants included presidents and administrators of higher education institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi…
Nadia Badrawi, President of the Arab network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE), and Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) discuss ongoing and upcoming challenges for QA professionals internationally.
Concepcion V. Pijano, Executive Director of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), and Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges, discuss cross-border higher education assurance programs in the Philippines and ASEAN states.
Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, senior advisor with Academic Partnerships, and MaryAnn Baenninger, President of Drew University, discuss cooperation among quality assurance experts in higher education. The discussion focuses on better cross-border collaboration.
Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges discuss the primary needs of independent colleges in facilitating greater internationalization of curricula and programs. They further discuss the opportunities and roadblocks to current trends.
Dr. Nader Habibi, Professor of Economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University, highlights his research on overeducation, particularly in Iran.
Sarah El Nashar, an Egyptian education consultant, discusses the potential for alternative higher education models in the MENA region, highlighting the success of one innovative institution in Cairo.