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.



South Asia Higher Education Symposium: New Regional Approaches

Higher education is often seen as an important investment in dealing with large socioeconomic problems and the key to breaking through barriers to national advancement, economic development, and civil society growth. Home to a quarter of the world’s population, South Asia’s industry and service sectors are growing and creating jobs that require skilled workers. To…

The Internationalization of Higher Education and Cross-border Quality Assurance

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…

Bridging the Disconnect between Education and the Economy

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 consequences. For…

Expanding Opportunities for Libyan Higher Education

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.  The aim: to create world class universities (WCUs) that would help diversify Libya’s economy and turn Libya into a hub of academic achievement.  Using its significant oil resources,…

Oral History in the Middle East and Central Asia

How can we deploy oral history more globally to sustainably foster partnerships and exchanges of ideas across international and cultural boundaries?  How can digital technology make oral history more of a public resource in the Middle East, Central Asia and the United States?  What are the benefits and limitations of using memory to diagnose and…

Quality Assurance in Higher Education: An International Dialogue on Progress and Challenges

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….

Expanding U.S. Study Abroad in the Arab World: Challenges and Opportunities

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….


Challenges for the International Quality Assurance Community

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.

Cross-border Quality Assurance in the Philippines and ASEAN

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.

Cooperation Among Quality Assurance Experts Across Borders

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.

Internationalization of U.S. Private Higher Education

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.


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