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Universidad CatólicaPontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Welcome to the website of the Global Centers for International Higher Education Studies!

The Global Centers for International Higher Education Studies (GC-IHES) is a network of research centers and scholars, dedicated to the study of higher education with an international comparative focus. An offspring of Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), a leading center for the study of higher education in international comparative perspective, GC-IHES aims to promote international collaboration for research and professional development of scholars and practitioners on global issues affecting higher education. The GC-IHES network spans five continents, with affiliate centers in the U.S., Italy, Russia, South Africa, China, and Chile.

The executive coordination of GC-IHES is located in Chile, at the Center for Research on Educational Policy and Practice, at the School of Education of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (

GC-IHES has research on global higher education as its core mission, leveraging the capacities and resources of the researchers at the different centers for cross-regional comparative insight. It also promotes the dissemination of research findings among policy makers and administrators in higher education, through publications, consulting, and professional development activities.