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End of HEEFA Project

With the end of the Education for All Initiative comes the end of the HEEFA Project. From this date (January 2016), this website is no longer maintained and remains visible only as an archive of the HEEFA project.

The IAU thanks all its partners and contributors for the work done for the HEEFA Project and welcomes the new Education 2030 agenda in which universities are included.

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Final Report released - From HEEFA to SDG4: Building on Achievements

The Final Report of the International Meeting "HEEFA to SDG4: Building on Achievements" organised by the IAU, in partnership with the Jaume Bofill Foundation, has been released. The meeting took place in Barcelona, Spain from 7 to 9 October 2015 and brought together representatives from higher education institutions and organisations in 26 countries as well as UNESCO. Building on the success of the IAU HEEFA project, the international meeting provided an opportunity for the higher education community to discuss the place and role of higher education in the Education 2030 Framework For Action and specifically Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 on Education.

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Preliminary Programme

From Higher Education for EFA (HEEFA) to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Building on Achievements co-organized with and hosted by the Jaume Bofil Foundation, in Barcelona, Spain, from 8 to 9 October 2015 is open to participants sent by IAU’s Member Universities. The ambit of the meeting is twofold. It both builds on the success of the IAU HEEFA (Higher Education for Higher Education for All) project, acting as its concluding event and it bridges the outcomes of HEEFA to Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Education) and the UNESCO Framework for Action that is linked to it.  It will provide an opportunity for the higher education community to discuss the place and role of higher education in the international agenda for education. If you are interested in participating, please send your name and contact details, alongside to an email from the University President to Amanda Sudic before 4 September, 2015. Candidates will be selected on a first come first served basis with geographical coverage in mind.


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From HEEFA towards SDG4: Building on achievements - International Meeting 8 - 9 October 2015

The International Association of Universities (IAU) is organising an International Meeting “From HEEFA towards SDG4: Building on achievements” in cooperation with the Jaume Bofill Foundation that will take place on 8 and 9 October 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.


This important meeting both builds on the success of the IAU HEEFA project, acting as its concluding event and it bridges the outcomes of HEEFA to Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Education) and the UNESCO Framework for Action that is linked to it.  It will provide an opportunity for the higher education community to discuss the place and role of higher education in the international agenda for education.

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The Arusha Declaration

The Declaration of the Learning Together For Change: Advancing Education For All through Higher Education meeting (the Arusha Declaration – organized by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) with support from the IAU at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania from 26 to 28 April 2015 has been released. It is signed by 15 Swedish Vice-Chancellors. It was distributed and included in the IAU President’s statement at the World Education Forum 2015 which took place in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 19 to 22 May 2015.

More on the Learning Together for Change Conference at:

Contact person at IAU: Isabelle Turmaine, Director for Information Projects and Services

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UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2015 published

The freshly released GMR, Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges shows that only a third of countries reached all of the measurable Education for All goals. Only half reached the most watched goal of universal primary education.

It also shows that two third more children were enrolled in primary school in 2012 than in 1999; by 2015, one in six children in low and middle income countries will not have completed primary school; almost two thirds of countries will have reached gender parity in primary education by 2015; 34 million more children have gone to school for the first time who would not have without the EFA goals.

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Learning Together for Change: Advancing Education For All (EFA) through Higher Education

Learning Together for Change: Advancing Education For All (EFA) through Higher Education est une conférence organisée par l'Association des universités suédoises (SUHF) au titre de contribution aux importants travaux menés par l'AIU en matière d'Education Pour Tous (EPT), mouvement dont l'UNESCO est chef de file.
L'objectif de la conférence est de rassembler des représentants de divers secteurs - dont des universitaires - pour discuter de l'implication de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche dans le processus de réalisation du droit à l'éducation pour tous. Structurée autour de quatre thèmes (développement durable et changement; apprentissage, technologie et mondialisation; droits, égalité et genre; qualité), la conférence se tiendra au Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology à Arusha, Tanzanie, du 27 au 29 avril 2015.

Les inscriptions ont cours jusqu'au 20 mars 2015.

Pour plus d'informations, merci de consulter le site suivant:
La personne contact à l'AIU est Isabelle Turmaine

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Rapport final sur le Séminaire de suivi HEEFA et accessibilité électronique aux informations pour l’apprentissage publié

L'AIU vient de publier le rapport final du Séminaire de suivi de l'AIU sur les liens entre l’enseignement supérieur et l’EPT (HEEFA) et le projet TIC pour l’accessibilité aux informations pour l’apprentissage (ICT4IAL) qui s’est tenu du 18 au 19 novembre à Ankara, en Turquie.

En collaboration avec l'Université Hacettepe, l'AIU a organisé ce séminaire, exclusivement sur invitation, afin d’examiner les résultats du projet de l’AIU sur HEEFA et de présenter et débattre du travail de l'AIU dans le projet ICT4IAL - dont l'objectif est le développement de lignes directrices pour aider à la production de contenus en ligne pour l'apprentissage qui soient accessibles aux personnes handicapées.

Pendant 2 jours, les participants ont échangé des informations et évalué les résultats des ateliers de renforcement des capacités sur HEEFA et l'avenir du projet HEEFA; discuté du rôle de l'enseignement supérieur dans le programme post-2015 de l’éducation; et commenté sur le projet ICT4IAL et les lignes directrices dans lesquelles certains membres de l'AIU sont impliqués.

Parmi les 32 participants, représentant 22 pays de l’Afrique, de l’Asie et de l’Europe, étaient présents des représentants de l'enseignement supérieur et du Groupe de référence de l'AIU sur HEEFA ayant participé aux ateliers du renforcement des capacités de HEEFA; des représentants des partenaires ICT4IAL; des experts de l’e-accessibilité du secteur de l'enseignement supérieur; des professeurs / étudiants de l'Université Hacettepe; et des représentants de la Commission nationale pour l'UNESCO.

Pour lire le Rapport Final cliquer ici

Contact : Isabelle Turmaine

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EFA Steering Committee: October 2014 Meeting Report

The EFA Steering Committee was established in April 2012 whose task  is to discuss the development of the post-2015 education agenda. It consists of 19 members representing UNESCO Member States, the E-9 Initiative, EFA convening agencies (UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank), the OECD, the civil society and the private sector. The EFA SC advocates a more broader and comprehensive education agenda than what will be approved by the UNGA in 2015 and one that should be the reference point for the education community worldwide.

In preparation for the 2015 World Education Forum and the UNGA in September 2015, the EFA SC met on 9-10 October. It discussed necessary changes to the current Sustainable Development Goals and EFA SC texts, which included: 
The notion of “affordable” education in reference to higher education in the SDG text is unclear and must be removed. On the other hand, greater visbility needed to given to childhood care and education and teachers who should be considered as a target not as a means. How the post 2015 education agenda flows with the SDGs has yet to be defined.

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Call for Research Proposals: Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa

Aga Khan Foundation Canada has issued a request for research proposals under the Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa (SESEA) Project. SESEA a five-year project aimed at strengthening education systems and ultimately improving learning outcomes for boys and girls at the pre-primary and primary levels in rural areas of Coastal Kenya, Southern Tanzania and West Nile Uganda. Promoting learning and dialogue through research on education East Africa is a key objective of the SESEA project.

Deadline: 24 November
Learn more here.

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Online consultation: Post-2015 global education indicators

To feed development of the post-2015 development genda, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), coordinated by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and including members from the EFA Global Monitoring Report, the OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank, has proposed a set of indicators in the area of education.

It has now launched online consultation to collect feedback on these indicators.

Following the consultation, the TAG will review the list of indicators. The final proposal will be submitted for endorsement at the World Education Forum in Incheon (Korea) in May 2015. The final documents will form the basis for discussions on the education targets of the sustainable development goals at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

Visit the UIS website to learn more on how to participate. Click here.

Dates of online consultation
: 17 November 2014 to 30 Januray 2015

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HEEFA-ICT4IAL Follow-up Seminar

As the 2015 target date to achieve the EFA goals, and the MDGs approaches, so does the end date for the current phase of the IAU project on HEEFA, drawing to a close in spring 2015. For this reason, the IAU has convened a select number of individuals to the 2-day invitation-only Seminar to follow-up on the IAU HEEFA Project.

It is also being co-organized with a second project in which IAU plays a partner role: the ICT for information accessibility in learning (ICT4IAL) Project led by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. As a partner institution, IAU has invited some of its members to test-run the applicability of the e-accessibility guidelines in their universities. The Seminar participants will discuss and provide feedback on the content and applicability of the e-accessibility guidelines and how accessibility could relate back to HEEFA.

Participants include: Representatives from IAU Member Institutions and the IAU Reference Group on HEEFA who participated in the IAU HEEFA Workshops; Members from the IAU Reference Group on HEEFA, with priority given to African members; IAU Board Members; IAU staff; Members from the Policy Advisor Group for the ICT for information accessibility in learning (ICT4IAL) Project; Representatives of partner institutions of the ICT4IAL project; Accessibility experts from the higher education sector; and faculty/staff from the Hacettepe University.

Participants will: 

  • review the outcomes of the IAU HEEFA capacity building workshops (conducted in Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal) and the HEEFA Portal;
  • discuss the follow-up in a post-2015 education agenda;
  • provide feedback regarding a project on ICT for information accessibility in learning (ICT4IAL) and results of guidelines implemented by IAU Member institutions.

The expected outcomes are:

  • A proposal for the IAU strategy in higher education;
  • A proposal for the IAU position on higher education in a post-2015 education agenda;
  • A list of ideas to improve the content and applicability of the draft e-accessibility guidelines;
  • New accounts opened by all participants and data entered in the HEEFA Portal.

The Seminar is being organised in collaboration with the Hacettepe University, a IAU Member.  

Date: 18-19 November 2014
Location: Beytepe Campus, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

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Future of university teacher training under threat

The “viability” of university teacher training departments in the UK is under threat after the number of places allocated to higher education providers are being cut. Some universities, like Bath University and The Open University, have already shut down their post-graduate teacher education programs. Reduced places are a result of the UK government expanding its School Direct policy – which allows schools to select and recruit their own trainees.

Read the complete Times Higher Education article here.

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Appel à contribution : Apprendre, transmettre, innover à et par l'université (ATIU)

Dans la perspective du défi « L'Europe dans un monde en évolution, des sociétés inclusives, innovantes et réflexives » d’Horizon 2020 et de la réflexion menée dans le cadre de l’Idefi UM3D par le Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire (GRI) de l’université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, le colloque se propose de questionner la « réussite à et par l’université » sous le prisme de trois termes : « apprendre, transmettre et innover », qui seront déclinés en axes thématiques d’ateliers.

Modalités de soumission 
Communication orale : il s’agit d’un exposé d’une durée de 20 minutes suivi d’une période de discussion de 10 minutes. La communication sera ancrée dans un ou deux des trois axes spécifiés ci-dessus. 
Posters : il s'agit d'une communication affichée qui peut porter sur des travaux en cours ancrés dans un ou deux des trois axes spécifiés ci-dessus. 

La date limite de soumission : le 30 octobre
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Appel à contribution: Apprentissage du langage oral à l'école maternelle

Dans le cadre du quarantième anniversaire de la revue Pratiques et de la collection « Recherches linguistiques », le Centre de recherche sur les médiations (CREM) de l'Université de Lorraine organise en 2015 une manifestation scientifique sous la forme de trois colloques, intitulés respectivement « Pratiques et l’enseignement du français : bilan et perspectives » (8-9-10 avril 2015), « Apprentissage du langage oral à l’école maternelle. Regards croisés sur un corpus homogène » (11-12 juin 2015), et « Texte et discours en confrontation dans l’espace européen. Pour un renouvellement épistémologique et heuristique » (15-18 septembre 2015).

Les organisateurs invitent les propostions pour le colloque  « Apprentissage du langage oral à l’école maternelle. Regards croisés sur un corpus homogène ». Les propositions de communication devront comporter un titre, 5 mots clés, et se présenter sous forme d’un résumé de 500 à 1000 mots auxquels il faudra ajouter une bibliographie de 5 références au maximum. Les communications proprement dites devront être parvenues le 30 mars 2015. Elles devront s’inscrire dans un créneau de 40 minutes, discussion comprise. Il est donc souhaitable que les communicants prévoient de ne pas dépasser 25 à 30 minutes de communication pour laisser la place au débat avec le public.

La date limite de soumissionle 30 octobre
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