The Observatory on Higher Education is a joint initiative between the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Universities UK. The Observatory has been set up to track international developments in e-learning and other forms of trans-national education. It arose out of a report sponsored by Universities UK and the Higher Education Funding Council, UK, which concluded that there should be some kind of tracking mechanism to follow developments in the area of e-learning. There is such a large volume of information being churned out that it would be impossible for each institution to keep track of all this information. The Observatory aims to provide a service that analyses all this information, thereby saving universities time.