UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. In line with Target 4.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 to “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university,” UNESCO provides technical support to Member States to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability.
It employs bold and innovative actions to enhance national capacities through providing and sharing information and technical assistance and developing normative instruments. To this aim, a new Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications is under development. In addition, UNESCO partners with higher education institutions through its 25-year old UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme to foster international inter-university cooperation and networking with a view to enhancing institutional capacities through knowledge-sharing and collaborative work.