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The International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB)

The International Bibliographic Database on Higher Education (HEDBIB) provides members with access to bibliographic information on past and current articles, reports, papers, research findings and details of books concerning higher education published from all around the globe.  It is a useful tool for an international literature search. Where freely available, links to electronic documents are provided to access full text documents. IAU Members benefit from additional services, including accessibility of abstracts and the option to e-mail search results, as well as full access to the IAU journal Higher Education Policy.

To perform your own search (available to IAU members and non-members) please go directly to the HEDBIB site. Suggested keywords: Doctoral Programmes, Doctorats, Doctoral Education, Doctoral Degrees, Quality Assurance, Internationalisation, Research, Supervisors, Educational Outcomes.

The IDEA-PhD team invites you to explore the most recent extraction, which provides a bibliography focusing on doctoral education.

IAU HEDBIB Extraction for IDEA-PhD June 2020.

YearLanguageSearch 'Developing and Managing a PhD' 

Doctoral education by numbers

Data collection and management is a crucial dimension of building institutional governance capacity. 'Doctoral Education by Numbers' shares documents containing data, figures, and statistics collected on doctoral research, enrolment, and performance across the continent.

A Review of Scholarship 1995 - 2010


Report of the first 15 years of scholarship at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology. Documents the projects and research output of the centre, and highlights their significance, uptake and impact within various policy and scholarly discourses.

2010  67  English  pdf

Institutional Source: CREST - Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology

Cross-National Performance Indicators: A Case Study of Eight African Universities


This new report by Ian Bunting and Nico Cloete, which is the outcome of a project funded by the Ford Foundation, adds to this series on performance measurement in higher education and, for the first time, presents a cross-national set of performance indicators drawn from the data of eight African universities.

2012  76 pages  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET), South Africa

Changing Nature of Doctoral Studies in sub-Saharan Africa Challenges and Policy Development Opportunities at six universities in Sub-Saharan Africa


Report presenting the major conclusions of IAU's Changing Nature of Doctoral Studies in Africa project. Several findings from the institutional self-assessment survey undertaken at six pilot institutions are presented in charts and graphs in three main areas of focus: the link between doctoral education and the institutional research strategy; doctoral supervision and career development; and the internationalisation of doctoral education, strategic planning and the crucial role of data collection and management.

2010  52  English  pdf

Institutional Source: International Association of Universities (IAU)

Postgraduate Studies in South Africa - a Statistical Profile

Report commissioned by the Council on Higher Education, South Africa, presenting the findings of a statistical analysis of postgraduate education in South Africa. Published as the Higher Education Monitor N°7.

2009  86  English  pdf

Institutional Source: Council on Higher Education, South Africa

SAPSE 2.7 Unduplicated headcount of enrolled students according to race, gender, home language, and qualification. 


Enrolment statistics for the University of the Free State, South Africa, presentating data and which allows users to change search parameters. 

2013  Searchable database  English  Excel Table

Institutional Source: University of the Free State

South African doctoral enrolment, graduation and demographics


Presentation by Nico Cloete and Charles Sheppard at the CHET Knowledge Production seminar, University of Pretoria

2012  24 slides  English  PPT

Institutional Source: Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET), South Africa

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