Michaela Martin
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Higher education policy and governance, internal and external quality assurance, indicators, management of university-enterprise partnerships, higher education in small states, institutional management

Michaela Martin is a Programme Specialist who specialized over the past twenty years in selected areas of higher education policy making, planning and management, both at the systems and the institutional levels.

She has been specifically working on flexible learning pathways in highed education, the Internal and external quality assurance in higher education, indicator systems for higher education, management of university-enterprise partnerships, tertiary education in small states, management of higher education institutions,

She is in charge of a research project in the area of flexible learning pathways in higher education. Since 1990, she has been involved in research and training activities related higher education policy and planning. She has published extensively in these areas, as well as on academia - industry partnerships, internal and external quality assurance.

Within IIEP’s Advanced Training Programme, she is in charge of a module on Education Sector Diagnosis, Organization and Management of the Education System. She is also currently responsible for several distance education programmes, such as Internal and external Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Indicator Systems for Higher Education. Finally, she participates in technical cooperation projects at the country level in the area of higher education planning and management.     

Prior to joining IIEP in 1990, Michaela Martin was a researcher at the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU) in Brussels (Belgium).


  • PhD in Education from the University of Paris
  • Post-graduate in Public Administration Diploma of European Studies (College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium), and a DESS and a Master’s in Franco-German Economic Relations at the University of Paris III (France).


  • Martin, M. et Godonoga, A. (2020). SDG4 : Policies for Flexible Learning Pathways in Higher Education. Taking Stock of Good Practices Internationally. IIEP-UNESCO Working Papers. 
  • Martin, M. ed. (2018). Internal quality assurance: Enhancing higher education quality and graduate employability. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO 
  • Martin, M. (2018) Using indicators in higher education policy. Between accountability, monitoring and management. Research Handbook on Quality, Performance, and Accountability in Higher Education. Massachusetts: Edgar Elgar Publisher
  • N.V. Varghese; Martin, M. (2014). Governance reforms in higher education: a study of institutional autonomy in Asian countries. Paris: IIEP  UNESCO
  • Martin, M.; Bray, M. ed. (2011). Tertiary education in small states: Planning in the context of globalization. Paris: IIEP UNESCO 
  • Martin, M. (2010). The triple helix in the making: academy-government-industry relations in three countries. Paris: IIEP UNESCO 
  • Martin, M.; Sauvageot, C. (2010) Constructing an indicator system or scorecard for higher education. A practical Guide. UNESCO/IIEP : Paris et UNESCO/UIS : Montréal 
  • Martin, M.; Stella, A. (2007). External quality assurance in higher education : making choices, Fundamentals in Educational Planning No. 85 Paris: IIEP UNESCO (available also in French)
  • Martin, M. (2000). Managing university-industry relations. A study of institutional practices from 12 different countries. Improving the managerial effectiveness of higher education institutions. Paris: UNESCO IIEP