The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) serves as the lead agency within the United Nations (UN) for education and the only body with a mandate in higher education. As of January 2019, UNESCO was comprised of 193 members and 11 associate members along with numerous connections with intergovernmental, nongovernmental, UN, and other multilateral agencies and organizations around the world. UNESCO’s primary purpose is to contribute to peace, eradicate poverty, and support sustainable development and international dialogue through cultural, scientific, and educational opportunities.

Within the higher education sector, UNESCO focuses on informing policy by collecting and disseminating data, providing policy analyses, and convening stakeholders through a decentralized organizational structure that relies in part on the partnership of other international and regional organizations. This entry ...

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