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World Higher Education Database

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Welcome to World Higher Education Database (WHED) Online 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.

Palgrave Macmillan will no longer be publishing World Higher Education Database Online (WHED Online) after August 2014. The International Association of Universities (IAU) is currently developing a new online version of WHED Online. Therefore we are not taking any new subscriptions or renewing orders beyond end August 2014.

As of early 2014 the new WHED Online will be available to all to view and search, however enhanced access to this resource which will include functionality such as an advanced search, the ability to export and print data will be available to IAU members. If you would like to learn more about the new service, data licensing or the Palgrave Macmillan range of equivalent print products please contact us at

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 all higher education institutions
  • User-friendly interface
  • Fully searchable and cross-referenced data
  • Ability to export up to 250 higher education institution addresses, additional exports are available through data licensing
  • Access is available to print purchasers of the International Handbook of Universities for 12 months from publication.

    Sample Country: take a look at what The International Handbook of Universities and the World Higher Education Database have to offer.

    Data: © International Association of Universities (IAU), 2013
    Application: © Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2013


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