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The IAU WHED Portal*, a service provided by the International Association of Universities (IAU), is the unique tool where you can find comprehensive information on higher education systems and credentials in 182 countries and over 18,000 higher education institutions.

* The IAU WHED Portal replaced the WHED CD-ROM, whose production was stopped in 2014

                        Access to the IAU WHED Portal is offered free of charge to everyone                       

 

IAU Members benefit from additional features providing full access to the IAU WHED Portal, advanced search options (on institutions, systems, and credentials), and extraction and print options through login and password (MyWHED).

IAU Members are also given prominence in the IAU WHED Portal by the addition of to their entry and the possibility to provide news about and photos of their institution.

To become an IAU Member, contact: iau@iau-aiu.net

 

Content of the IAU WHED Portal

 

Data on Systems and Credentials

Presentation of the education system based upon information provided by higher education authorities, or found on their official website or in official documentation for each country.

It comprises information on:

  • the overall structure of pre-higher and higher education systems;

  • the different stages of study;

  • the national bodies responsible for higher education;

  • the admission requirements (including for foreign students);

  • the quality assurance/recognition system;

  • student life;

  • education level and entrance requirements;

  • main credentials.

 

Data on Institutions

Institutions are included based upon information provided by higher education authorities or found on their official website. Questionnaires are then sent to those degree-granting institutions offering at least a post-graduate degree and/or a professional diploma in four years or more to obtain more detailed information.

It comprises information on:

  • the institution (postal address, email, website, history;

  • names of officers (Academic Head, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of International Relations);

  • divisions (faculties, colleges, departments, schools, institutes) with fields of study;

  • degrees offered (with fields of study);

  • student services and facilities, periodicals;

  • student and academic staff numbers.

 

The designations employed for countries and territories are those in use in the United Nations system and do not imply any expression of opinion with regard to their status or the delimitations of their frontiers.

The information concerning all countries/institutions registred in the WHED are assembled with the greatest care. However, IAU cannot be held responsible for the consequences of errors or incomplete information in the country/institution data. The collection of data involves working on documents in many languages, covering a wide range of continuously evolving systems of higher education. 

The IAU thanks all bodies, the ENIC-NARIC Network, and higher education institutions which have provided material. The date of the latest update is indicated at the bottom of each entry.

 

Sub-products of the IAU WHED Portal

1. The International Handbook of Universities (IHU) is published once a year by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd in a three volume set. It provides information on higher education systems countries and institutions that are included in the IAU WHED Portal as well as a one-year access to MyWHED from IHU publication date.

Content of the IHU

Educational Systems

  • Structure of higher education system (description, stages of studies);

  • Admission to higher education (including information for foreign students);

  • Recognition of studies (Quality assurance system and list of bodies);

  • National bodies.

Institutions

  • General information (address, e-mail, website, history, admission requirements …);

  • Names of officers (Academic Head, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of International Relations);

  • List of divisions (faculties, colleges, departments, schools, institutes) with fields of study;

  • Degrees offered (with fields of study);

  • Student services and facilities, periodicals.

To order the Handbook, contact: Palgrave Macmillan, UK.


2. The Guide to Higher Education in Africa (6th Edition, 2013) is also published by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd once every 3 years. It provides information on over 1,200 higher education institutions and the education systems of 52 countries as described in the IAU WHED Portal.

To order the Guide, contact: Palgrave Macmillan