what is higher education
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UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. In line with Target 4.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 to “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university,” UNESCO provides technical support to Member States to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability.
It employs bold and innovative actions to enhance national capacities through providing and sharing information and technical assistance and developing normative instruments. To this aim, a new Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications is under development. In addition, UNESCO partners with higher education institutions through its 25-year old UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme to foster international inter-university cooperation and networking with a view to enhancing institutional capacities through knowledge-sharing and collaborative work.
College degrees no longer guarantee gainful positions. In many parts of the world, graduate unemployment is hitting the crisis level. While data from the past decades shows that higher education has paid off well for most people, the rapidly changing labor market and the accelerating rise in tuition cause many to question the return on investment for a college education. Many argue that higher education is more about building students’ soul than training job skills. However, if college fails to prepare students for their first jobs, is it worth it anymore?
What is the relevance of a college education in today’s society? Do we need to redesign it to make it truly worthwhile for students? Experts share their views.
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