Higher education is an international business, but government policy does not make the most of all the possible advantages it can bring.
The debate about sustainable development often ignores the importance of education – and education ignores its full role in sustainable development. How can the two be brought together?
To meet the 2030 global goals for education, it is not enough to recruit more teachers. Targets need to be set to reduce the rate of teachers leaving the profession.
Diana Jane Beech
Academic publications can determine your future as an international researcher and if full international mobility is the ideal, then the monograph has to become the reality for aspiring mobile researchers.
Bernhard Streitwieser, The Conversation
Through its higher education system, the United States student population is slowly shedding an unfortunate image it may have once had of being rather parochial. The US is the destination of choice for students worldwide, with international enrolment growing by 8% last year, according to the Institute of International Education. But major challenges for higher education remain – primarily fairness and access to opportunity.
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Reeta Roy is president of the Toronto-based MasterCard Foundation, which has assets of over US$3 billion and more than 35 partnerships with universities and other organisations, funding programmes in areas such as microfinance and youth learning. One is the Youth Economic Participation Initiative with the global Talloires Network of engaged universities which supports initiatives that help graduates' transition to the workforce. YOJANA SHARMA spoke to her before the Talloires Network Leaders Conference being held in Cape Town next week.
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Norwegian government has backed down from a proposal to introduce tuition fees for students from outside Europe, instead reaching a deal with opposition parties to increase the budget next year for higher education institutions by NOK80.5 million (US$12 million).
Against the backdrop of the less understood world of colleges, diplomas, certificates and professional examinations, the 34 country members of the OECD have embarked on a major educational policy drive to popularise the importance of professional education and vocational skills.
Collaboration between universities has become a key word in the evolution of Education for Sustainable Development, a UNESCO programme launched a decade ago to strengthen public commitment to reduce global warming and the depletion of natural biodiversity.
Kenya is planning to set up at least 20 new public universities, as it seeks to devolve education to counties that currently have no institution of higher learning.
Belarus is forming partnerships with countries around the world to offer distance learning courses, and thereby to modernise its economy and higher education system.
Two top British universities will join forces next week in a bid to become even more competitive on a global scale. University College London and the Institute of Education announced that they are merging from 2 December, a move that will create a new institution with more than 35,000 students.
African universities must forge partnerships with counterparts in industrialised nations and work to create and sustain entrepreneurship and enterprise development by equipping graduates with the skills needed to identify new business opportunities and to start up companies, or with the qualifications required by employers.
Asian economies have surged ahead and demand for higher education from a rapidly growing middle-class has fuelled expansion. But the region’s universities and research need to upgrade to keep up with economic changes that include the global shift of industries, research and development to Asia, a regional symposium of research management experts heard.
The first higher education institution east of the Urals, Tomsk State University was founded in 1878 to extend the Tsarist empire’s grasp on Siberia’s tribal lands. Today the challenge of globalisation has replaced the university’s mission to tame the wilderness. Russia and Siberia’s international isolation has to be overcome by transparency around quality.
Eric Kelderman and Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Honour wasn’t enough last week at the University of Virginia. An article by the magazine Rolling Stone, detailing the brutal gang rape of a freshman woman at a fraternity party in 2012, has blown a hole in the institution’s storied legacy as the genteel ‘academical village’ founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.