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IESALC produces and disseminates studies on the state of higher education from a comparative perspective based on evidence and intended to provide recommendations and guidance that inform processes of government and institutional public policy formulation.

Currently, the Institute is developing the following studies and research:

  • academic credits and their role in student mobility;
  • quality criteria in the accreditation of higher education institutions;
  • free higher education, scholarships and loans;
  • indigenous universities;
  • current state of technical and vocational education;
  • National and regional international mobility programs for teachers and researchers;

Finished reports include:  

In addition, the UNESCO Report on Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean is being prepared. It addresses advances in quality and equity in the region, including references to ongoing reforms or new initiatives and their link to guidelines of the III Regional Conference of Higher Education (CRES 2018) .

Preparatory work for the development of the UNESCO-IESALC Higher Education Institutions Sustainability Index is underway.​​​​​​​

Virtual Student Mobility: Launching of a project to study the effects of COVID-19 on student mobility and the future prospects for mobility across regions. 

​​​Development of The Futures of Higher Education, an initiative with a global perspective built on  discussions around the role of higher education as part of UNESCO’s larger Futures of Education initiative.