09 August 2017

The British Council has released a report, The shape of global higher education: National Policies Framework for International Engagement, by Janet Ilieva and Michael Peak. Four countries, Australia, China, Germany, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, get very high scores for openness and for quality assurance and recognition while Ethiopia is the only country to receive a very low score for openness. However, six countries get a very low grade for quality assurance: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico and Nigeria.

The report is concerned with policies on international higher education, especially those aspects that are supported by national governments. The 26 countries covered by the report are assessed by 37 indicators, grouped in three categories: Openness, Quality Assurance and Recognition, and Access and Sustainability.

For access and sustainability, top marks go to China, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom while Ethiopia is again in the very low category.

Overall scores are provided. The countries in the very high group are Australia, Germany, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam are classified as high.

The countries with an overall low score are Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa while Ethiopia is graded as very low.

It is worth noting that the countries with a very high rank are in Europe or the Asia Pacific region while those with a low or very low score are all in Africa or Latin America.

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