At its 36th General Assembly in November 2011, UNESCO adopted the decision to grant IZUM the status of a category 2 centre. One year later, the Agreement between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Slovenia was signed in Paris, specifying and defining IZUM’s functions as a regional category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO. The most significant events and our reflections after three years of performing this function are presented.
The best route towards larger European integration is regional cooperation. In the Western Balkan countries, a pivotal role is played by Slovenia and IZUM with its COBISS.Net. The World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) has been one of the most visible initiatives of UNESCO, and it has been following the global trends, such as rising demand, massification, private higher education, the ICT revolution, mobility, cross-border higher education, and internationalisation of quality assurance.