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World Higher Education Database

About WHED Online

The World Higher Education Database (WHED) Online is the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of information on higher education systems and institutions worldwide.

WHED Online is published by the International Association of Universities (IAU) in partnership with Palgrave Macmillan. This partnership of high quality publishing standards of Palgrave Macmillan and the global perspective of higher education of the UNESCO-based IAU provides institutions and students alike with an invaluable resource on higher education around the world.

Features include:

  • Detailed Information on over 18,000 higher education institutions offering at least a post-graduate degree or four year professional diploma in more than 180 countries
  • Detailed information on the higher education system of each country
  • Contact details for national, regional and international bodies and higher education institutions
  • Fully searchable and cross-referenced data
  • User-friendly interface
  • Ability to export up to 250 higher education institution addresses, additional exports are available through data licensing
  • The information on the Education System of each country covers the following:

  • Pre-Higher Education
  • Higher Education
  • Bodies including contact details
  • Institution Types
  • Admission
  • Student Life
  • International Co-operation
  • Grading System
  • Credentials
  • Quality Assurance
  • Institutions
  • Institutions
  • Whilst the information on the Institutions covers the following:
  • General Information
  • Divisions
  • Degrees
  • Facilities
  • Statistics (staff and student)
  • Contacts
  • Sample Data
    WHED Online contains more information than the International Handbook of Universities as far as credentials and the higher education system are concerned. The information on institutions is the same in both publications.

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