Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

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The mission of The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) is to conduct state-of-the-art research, disseminate best practices, emerging trends, policy frameworks and assessment and quality assurance information; and develop strategic partnerships with public and private universities and organisations for the effective delivery of borderless higher education academic programmes and services. The Observatory's primary purpose is to provide strategic information to enable policy-makers and institutional-organisational leaders to make informed decisions relevant to their existing and/or future transnational higher education initiatives.

Its web site is at http://www.obhe.ac.uk

The Observatory's mission is accomplished through extensive collaboration with stakeholders including global higher education, government and private sector organisations. The Observatory is committed to bringing together emerging research in transnational higher education through conferences, scholarly networks and the publication of reports.


Contents

Benchmarking

See OBHE benchmarking


Vision 2010

The Observatory is positioned to become the leading source of strategic information on transnational higher education. To fulfil this vision, The Observatory will:

  • Engage international scholars in collaborative research on current and emerging issues in transnational higher education;
  • Offer best practice guidelines on specific areas of transnational higher education for Observatory partners and stakeholders;
  • Convene institutes, colloquia and conferences that provide a forum to exchange ideas and strategies;
  • Monitor developments in quality assurance mechanisms at the international, national and institutional levels, particularly as they apply to international branch campuses and transnational and dual-degree higher education programmes; and
  • Provide a highly specialised consultancy service to institutions and organisations engaged in or planning to initiate transnational initiatives


Membership

The Observatory has over 170 organisational subscribers representing 50 countries worldwide engaged in various aspects of transnational higher education and international co-operation.


Organisations other than universities

The Observatory partners with national and international organisations including the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Universities UK (UUK), UNESCO, the World Bank, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the European Distance Educational Network (EDEN), the UK's Leadership Foundation and the Western Co-operative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET).


Universities outside the UK

For a university outside the UK to join OBHE it must have a strong interest in transnational education, even if not distance learning or e-learning. This makes the list a likely place to look for prospects for case studies.

Antigua and Barbuda

  1. Antigua State College

Australia

  1. Bond University
  2. Curtin University of Technology
  3. Deakin University
  4. Edith Cowan University
  5. Flinders University
  6. James Cook University
  7. Macquarie University
  8. Monash University
  9. Open Universities Australia
  10. RMIT University
  11. Southern Cross University
  12. Swinburne University of Technology
  13. The University of Queensland
  14. University of Canberra
  15. University of Melbourne
  16. University of New England
  17. University of Newcastle
  18. University of South Australia
  19. University of Technology, Sydney
  20. University of Western Australia
  21. Victoria University


Bahamas

  1. The College of the Bahamas


Barbados

  1. Distance Education Centre, University of the West Indies

Belgium

  1. Academic Co-operation Association (ACA)
  2. EuroPACE ivzw


Belize

  1. University of Belize


Botswana

  1. Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL)
  2. University of Botswana


Canada

  1. Association of Universities & Colleges Canada
  2. Athabasca University
  3. College of the North Atlantic
  4. Commonwealth of Learning
  5. University of Alberta
  6. University of Ontario Institute of Technology


Colombia

  1. Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD)


Cyprus

  1. University of Cyprus


Fiji

  1. The University of the South Pacific


France

  1. International Association of Universities (IAU)


Germany

  1. DAAD


Grenada

  1. Ministry of Education


Hong Kong SAR

  1. University of Hong Kong


India

  1. Amity University
  2. Jamia Millia Islamia


Ireland

  1. Irish Universities Association
  2. National University of Ireland, Galway


Italy

  1. University of Catania

Jamaica

  1. Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture


Japan

  1. National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation, Daigaku Hyoka Gakuijuyo
  2. NIME (National Institute of Multimedia Education)


Lesotho

  1. National University of Lesotho


Malaysia

  1. Malaysian Qualifications Agency
  2. Open University Malaysia
  3. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  4. Universiti Sains Malaysia


Maldives

  1. Maldives College of Higher Education


Mauritius

  1. Ministry of Education and Human Resources


Namibia

  1. University of Namibia


New Zealand

  1. Education New Zealand
  2. Ministry of Education, International Division
  3. New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  4. New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee
  5. University of Canterbury
  6. University of Otago


Oman

  1. Middle East College of Information Technology


Pakistan

  1. National University of Sciences & Technology


Papua New Guinea

  1. University of Papua New Guinea


Samoa

  1. National University of Samoa


Seychelles

  1. Ministry of Education and Youth


Singapore

  1. Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
  1. Nanyang Technological University
  2. National University of Singapore


South Africa

  1. North-West University
  2. University of Pretoria
  3. University of South Africa
  4. University of the Free State
  5. University of the Western Cape


Spain

  1. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)


Saint Kitts

  1. Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  1. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College


Swaziland

  1. University of Swaziland


The Gambia

  1. Department of State for Education


The Netherlands

  1. Nuffic


Tonga

  1. Ministry of Education


Trinidad and Tobago

  1. Ministry of Science, Technology & Tertiary Education


Turkey

  1. Istanbul Bilgi University


Tuvalu

  1. Ministry of Education and Sports


United Arab Emirates

  1. KHDA - Government of Dubai


US

  1. American Council on Education
  2. Ashford University
  3. Boston College
  4. East-West Center
  5. Excelsior College
  6. Laureate Education, Inc.
  7. Nova Southeastern University
  8. POLYCOM, INC.
  9. Stanford University
  10. The Yale-China Association
  11. University of Kentucky
  12. University of Pennsylvania
  13. University of Phoenix Online
  14. University of Southern California
  15. University of Texas System - UT TeleCampus
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