Higher Education Policy Observatory

Welcome to the Higher Education Policy Observatory

This platform allows you to access information and conduct comparisons on higher education systems and policies implemented around the world. It contains 45 indicators covering a diversity of topics, from governance structures to quality assurance schemes and social justice programs. While all the information displayed in the HE Policy Observatory is public, it is now accessible, and integrated, in a single place for the first time.

The HE Policy observatory data is accessible in three main ways:

  • Country profiles providing detailed information on key aspects of higher education systems in a single country.
  • Country comparisons allowing to compare up to 3 countries and see how their higher education systems are similar or different.
  • World and regional overviews presenting comparable information on the different indicators of the HE Policy Observatory through graphs and maps.

Click on a menu below to start exploring, comparing, and contributing to the future of global higher education policies.


Missing country or outdated information in the Higher Education Policy Observatory?

The information in the Higher Education Policy Observatory will change as higher education systems and national legislations evolve. If you come across any information that needs updating, we would love to hear from you. Also, while the Higher Education Policy Observatory already covers around 150 national higher education systems worldwide, some higher education systems are still missing from the platform. UNESCO-IESALC stands ready to collaborate with national authorities to integrate new information in the platform.

Reach out to us via our contact details on the About page. We look forward to hearing from you!