One of the great historic successes of modern government has been the creation of great public universities. Now funding cuts threaten these universities’ mission to widen access and promote excellence. But through global partnerships, a focus on global issues and links with industry, world-class universities can continue to do both.
Lack of equitable access to higher education has been recognised by the United Nations as a driver of poverty. Universities need to take responsibility for tackling it and to think boldly about how they do that.
A university’s decision to develop its own criteria for promotion to professor level has initiated a debate about university autonomy and accountability.
Universities around the world are looking for the secret recipe for creating more innovative and entrepreneurial institutions and students, but exporting what works in one institution in one country is not easy. Rarely does academic culture or particular kinds of innovations transfer easily from one institutional culture to another.
European countries have cut funding for university research and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme has been constantly threatened despite proof that it delivers growth and development.
Higher education needs to become one of the key priorities for rebuilding post-conflict countries because they cannot move forward and improve living conditions in the long run without it.
Universities around the world, including in the Middle East, should offer scholarships and other support to Syrian refugees. Universities can act quickly and independently in many ways to increase access of refugees to higher education.
Universities in Southeast Asia need to work with communities to promote a moderate Muslim message of peace and understanding and promote a more inclusive form of democracy.
Universities should help students make the most of international education, but it is up to them to develop the skills they will need to navigate a global labour market.
Attempts to curb free speech on campus will not protect the world from terrorism and could make it more dangerous. Instead, higher education institutions should be places of fierce debate, arguments over right and wrong, and who says so.
The next 25 years could see a shift in the countries sending students for study abroad and receiving countries may face a challenge to replace large markets like China and Brazil.
New research suggests a fairly positive assessment of transnational education, or TNE, in receiving countries, particularly with regard to access for local students.
Australia aspires to have some of the best universities in the world. Australians expect their universities to feature in global rankings – where there is a strong correlation between money spent and ranking achieved. The effects of diminishing funding of Australian universities are therefore troubling, and will fundamentally alter the academy.
Why does sex and gender analysis matter? Once you start looking, you find that understanding gender can improve almost everything. Considering gender adds value to society by making research more responsive to the needs of everyone. Universities should build these methods into their curricula.
The UK government is trying to satisfy both anti-immigration feeling and business interests by talking tough on migration, but taking little action. It may soon have to match its words with actions and international students are in the firing line.
The impact of the recent financial crisis on Greece’s higher education system is widespread, with many academics leaving the country. The long-term impact of austerity and uncertainty could be even worse.
A reconsideration of the merits of a broad-based education is taking place in universities around the world, but it needs to take account of non-Western traditions as well as those of Western liberal arts colleges.
Despite higher education reforms, Ukraine still faces many challenges if it is to fully implement the Bologna agreement and encourage greater student mobility. Progress has been made on improving monitoring and reporting on the country’s implementation of the Bologna process.
Higher education needs to look to the future and that future is likely to be online and international. Universities need to be disruptive innovators and adopt ‘blue ocean strategies’ to succeed.
After a lecture tour, famous theorist of the network society Manuel Castells remarked that ‘transformation’ is a word South Africans use when they stop thinking. Yet the debate over transformation rages on, and the charge of ‘no transformation’ reverberates through higher education. Statistics from a forthcoming book about the doctorate demonstrate how unhelpful – if not toxic – the transformation debate has become.
China sees education as an increasingly important tool in driving its economic ambitions along the Silk Road and is increasing its support for international students.
Calls for greater engagement with Iran should be heeded despite concerns about academic freedom, particularly in the humanities.
The 21st century requires students who are not just international, but internationally minded and that begins at school.
Universities in Ghana need to engage more with their local and national community, but often outside-of-university services are not represented in their mission, vision and values statements.
Artificial intelligence throws up important questions about the entire administrative structure of higher education institutions.