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GLOBAL
Higher education at the crossroads
The way we learn and what we learn is changing, but there is still resistance to that change and a clinging on to traditional ways of doing things. The traditional university cluster as the centre of knowledge is changing and there is a growing body of evidence supporting this disruptive moment in post-secondary education.
GLOBAL
Is class-based or race-based affirmative action best?
Affirmative admissions policies must target criteria like class and race simultaneously to achieve a more diverse package overall.
RUSSIA
Corruption scandal in the Far East
The arrest of the president of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University on suspicion of financial fraud raises questions about the flagship university’s future.
GLOBAL
Developing the skills for the 21st century jobs market
With automation and technology eliminating more and more jobs, education systems, including universities, need to develop the more creative and interpersonal skills needed to weather labour market turbulences.
GLOBAL
An international coalition to fight corruption
A conference in Washington marks the start of a large-scale, global attempt to tackle the growing scourge of corruption in higher education.
GLOBAL
How to survive changes in ranking methodology
Change is part of everyday life these days as more data becomes available, but international ranking organisations should play by fair rules when they change the methodologies they use.
CANADA
The alarming rise of failed university presidencies
Canada has seen a big increase in the attrition rate for new university presidents. While boards spend a long time searching for their ideal candidate, very little energy is put into offering them transitional support to deal with a job that requires many different dimensions of leadership.
GLOBAL
Towards better quality higher education
As a quality crisis envelops universities around the world, the importance of internal quality assurance is rising. A research project aims to find out what works and why.
GLOBAL
What makes a good higher education minister?
Does hands-on experience of academia make for better higher education ministers? Research suggests that this and political nous are the ideal combination.
GLOBAL
Transnational education has human rights obligations
Oversight of transnational education programmes is governed by the standards, including human rights obligations, of the sending country and universities involved should do due diligence and monitor for abuses that affect them.
GLOBAL
Transnational education and human rights obligations
Oversight of transnational education programmes is governed by the standards, including human rights obligations, of the sending country and universities involved should do due diligence and monitor for abuses that affect them.
GLOBAL
How to produce future-proof graduates using big data
By fusing big data and predictive analytics universities can adapt their curriculum and pedagogies to ensure their students are ready for the future global talent market.
EUROPE
A European qualifications passport for refugees
The unprecedented migration and refugee crisis demands out-of-the-box thinking which is why there is a need for a Europe-wide qualifications passport for refugee students. It would establish a fast-track scheme to evaluate refugees’ educational and training background while still ensuring their mobility around Europe.
GLOBAL
Do national policies for internationalisation work?
There is not much data showing the impact of different internationalisation strategies, but some factors can be clearly identified.
AFRICA
African higher education development – Competing visions
Ministries in Africa must simultaneously modernise higher education systems while widening participation. To do this they must convince governments and donors that system innovations and societal benefits have an equally important rate of return in terms of truly sustainable development.
GLOBAL
US and UK universities skewed by their foreign recruits
Universities from the United States and the United Kingdom are managing differently to be largely the same in the way they recruit international students – and by targeting privileged populations in their pursuit of international student fees, they risk losing their public purpose.
TUNISIA
Islamist-secular cleavage divides universities
The fall of authoritarianism introduced an array of democratic reforms in the Tunisian institutions of higher learning, but the impact of Islamists’ victory in university council elections is causing divisions on campus.
AFRICA
Innovation in the absence of private partners
African higher education faces an uphill struggle to address historical problems as well as new ones, such as the need for innovation in a world of state control.
RUSSIA
Dangers from the pressure to publish
Could efforts to increase the publication productivity of Russian scholars lead to a decline in the quality of international academic periodicals?
SOUTH KOREA
Know your neighbour
It’s vital that South Korea understands the North so the demise of another North Korean studies department and the lack of interest in North Korean studies is short-sighted and potentially dangerous.
UNITED STATES
US nationalism – The elephant in the room
Nationalism stands in the way of creating global citizens, but it is the subject few involved in international education in the United States want to speak about.
EUROPE
Brexit would threaten UK’s global science power status
Leaving the European Union would make it tougher for the United Kingdom to attract top researchers and would jeopardise its science leadership role.
AUSTRALIA
‘Teflon’ universities need closer public scrutiny
There should be an urgent review of falling scores used in the Australian universities’ admissions system and the institutional pressures on academics to pass students.
GLOBAL
To change the world, stop talking only to your peers
Academics need to start playing a more prominent role in society instead of largely remaining observers who write about the world from within ivory towers and publish their findings in journals hidden behind expensive digital paywalls.
GLOBAL
70 science academies worldwide discuss ‘science advice’
This month representatives from more than 70 academies of science and medicine met to discuss 'Science Advice'. What emerged were the needs to avoid thinking that science has all the answers, to solicit diverse inputs, include communication training in university curricula, and help scientists understand society better so they can tailor messages appropriately.