At a meeting in Bucharest last month, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Forum on Higher Education called for an international Ombudsman to uphold the "principles and values" of higher education. The group's proposals, which include creating a global index of academic freedom, will be submitted for validation at Unesco's 2009 World Conference on Higher Education in Paris next month. According to the "Bucharest Message," the Ombuds would have a mandate to "resolve conflicts related to principles and values of higher education." According to The Times of London discussions at the meeting focused on the need for an Ombuds, rather than the details of how it would work. (Unesco Bucharest Message; Times Higher Education; Unesco 2009 World Conference on Higher Education.)
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