International Cooperation for Higher Education (ICE)
Higher Education DivisionEducation Sector
Mission statement ICE has at its core the realization of UNESCO function, in all its domains, as a laboratory of ideas and as a catalyst for international cooperation complementing and giving leadership to know-how for social and economic development that underpins peace, human rights and democracy, equity and livelihoods. Thus ICE endeavours to meet emerging challenges in an era of globalization by promoting the use of new information technologies to build capacity and increase knowledge to advance the cause of sustainable development.
Rooted in its function is to bridge the knowledge gap and substantially increase the brain gain by assisting the establishment of centres of excellence in Member States. In so doing ICE promotes intellectual cooperation through twining and other linking arrangements among institutions of higher learning and academics throughout the world to permit access, transfer and adaptation of knowledge within and across borders.
Goals and objectivesTo:promote UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs as a strategy to implement UNESCO Medium Term Plan as it concerns transfer and sharing of knowledge and the promotion of equitable societiesensure that approved Chairs and Networks are in the framework of the global agenda, particularly the achievement of EFA goals and MDGs, while responding to national needsstrengthen higher education institutions in developing and transition countries through the establishment of Chairs and Networks as dynamic centres for sustainable development with links to academic groups and policy and decisions-makers among countriesensure that UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs serve as a global knowledge broker and assume a catalytic role for development in UNESCO fields of competence, thus maintaining the inter-disciplinary nature of its mandateadvance UNESCO Academics Across Borders as an international initiative based on the principles of solidarity, sharing of knowledge and volunteerismstrengthen capacity in developing countries through exchange of knowledge, experiences, practices and technologies between developed and developing countries particularly south-south and north-south cooperationrelease sources of quality in countries for enhancing priority areas in all the domains of UNESCO
Global Coverage Towards Sustainable Development an inter-sectoral programmeDefining ParametersWorld Conference on Higher EducationEducation for AllMillennium Development GoalsHIV/AIDS preventionSustainable Development (Social, economic, technological and cultural development)Human Rights and Democracy
International Cooperation for Higher(ICE)UNITWIN NetworksUNESCOChairsResource mobilizationAABUniversityVolunteersOpen Educational ResourcesIESALC focal pointUNITWIN PortalReportsNewsletters
Academics Across Borders InitiativeAAB proposes to harness and channel intellectual resources to reduce the gap between industrial and developing countries in the area of high level training and research through volunteerism and the reinforcement of academic solidarityThe sky is my limit, and so is yours?
Immigrant Population - a Potential for AABNumber of Tertiary Level Educated Immigrants, (Age 25 and older), in the United States,2000*:
RegionCountryNo. of immigrants
East AsiaPhilippines 844,400Central AsiaTurkey 37,785Latin AmericaColombia 186,035Peru 116,765North AfricaEgypt 75,170South AsiaBangladesh 43,085AfricaNigeria 90,620
*Source from US Census Bureau, 2000, page 26.
Benefiting global, regional and national developmentCreating capacity for the sustainable achievement of the development goals through a balanced exchange of knowledge and experiences Opening access to educational resources across bordersImproving research capacity for scientific and technological research that will advance development and create new opportunities for employment Optimizing services of highly skilled professionals, thus adding to the brain gain
Pillars of Academics Across Borders For successful achievement of Academics Across BordersOpenEducationalResourcesPartnershipswithIndustriesNGOsFoundations
High ProfileVolunteersfor Universities
Implementation StrategyEstablish partnerships with on-going programmes and activitiesStaying abreast of developments leading to the achievements of the global agendaStrengthen partnerships with industries and the private sector at largeCreate an early response team for reconstruction of higher education in countries emerging from crisis and those in transitionCreate and effect an evaluation mechanism including indicators and feedback channels
Operational mechanismsand proceduresEstablishment of a data bank and portal for participating universities and high profile volunteersFacilitation of cross border activities through linkages with universities, national commissions for UNESCO, permanent delegations to UNESCO and private sector organizations, foundations and NGOsWithin UNESCO - strengthening of the UNITWIN inter-sectoral and inter-institutional working group to include AAB in its work
Expected outputs and resultsContribution of AAB initiative to theadvancement of higher education in developing countriesImproved intellectual and research capacity of UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs programmeImproved performance of universities in the areas of research and programme development leading to the establishment of centres of excellenceOpen access to university courses across borders with possibilities for adaptation to local useNo. of high profile academics and participating universities