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Data Capacity-Building Workshops

Over 4.1 million tertiary education students are pursuing higher education outside of their home countries. Yet, many governments have limited or conflicting higher education data on which to base their decisions, set realistic growth targets, or frame their policy discussions.

Project Atlas® data collection capacity-building workshops provide higher education stakeholders with applicable tools and resources to address unique national and regional challenges in higher education data collection and use. Lead by IIE, customized and interactive sessions are developed and facilitated by Project Atlas’ expert global partner network. Facilitators bring a diversity of perspectives and best practices from higher education and government sectors worldwide to help participants strengthen and use reliable and consistent data to respond effectively to global developments in higher education.

Topics covered at workshops generally fall within four broad themes:

  • Understanding mobility data (definitions, sources and types) and interpreting global trends
  • Harmonizing national definitions and indicators of student mobility
  • Standardizing and implementing a streamlined institutional- or national-level student mobility data collection
  • Using mobility data and research for policy-making and advocacy

Project Atlas workshops are conducted worldwide with sessions previously held in Australia, Washington, DC, Kenya, Mexico, Brazil, and other countries. For more information on data collection workshops or assessments, please contact us at

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