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EUROPE
The Brexit vote signals ‘You are not welcome here’
The “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result, mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, co-operation will become a little rarer, and exchange and reciprocity will be replaced by sales and barter.
EUROPE
The Brexit vote signals ‘You are not welcome here’
The “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result, mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, co-operation will become a little rarer, and exchange and reciprocity will be replaced by sales and barter.
SOUTH AFRICA
Fire, freedom and disrepair
Several universities and colleges have been set alight as decolonisation protests escalate. Students need to assess the costs and benefits of making the university the frontline in another struggle.
CHINA
Understanding drivers of transnational partnerships
While China still retains a strong catch-up mentality and aims for its elite institutions to partner with dominant, elite Western peers, local social and cultural factors will continue to have an impact on the choice of partnerships and the ways in which universities develop.
EUROPE
E-learning is missing link in internationalisation
Many European universities have international strategies, but few link them up with e-learning, although it can help enable internationalisation at home.
LATIN AMERICA
How to boost your university’s ranking position
The latest QS regional ranking highlights the areas where universities can make improvements, such as boosting international research collaborations.
SAUDI ARABIA
The effects of Saudisation on universities
Rapid Saudisation of university staff has created significant cultural change. Quality assurance needs to acknowledge the challenges that have arisen to ensure universities can provide the best education possible.
CHINA
Leaving the Soviet model of control over universities
Reforms in China are driving innovation in everything from curriculum design to academic promotion and Peking University is leading that change.
INDIA
National university ranking in need of improvements
India’s new ranking scheme aims to capture data that is relevant to the country’s higher education institutions, but there are areas where value could be added.
INDIA
Building world-class universities in India
The Indian government is misinterpreting why United States universities are in the top positions for global rankings. If it wishes to have a handful of world-class universities created within the next decade, public funding and philanthropic support must increase – but so, too, must institutional autonomy and academic freedom.
AFRICA-INDIA
Racism against Africans is a reality to be countered
The brutal murder of a young Congolese man has blown the lid off a simmering pot of resentment against the treatment of African migrants in India, especially the large student community. Clearly something is amiss in the meta-narratives of ascendant India-Africa economic, strategic and diplomatic relations.
GHANA
Achievements and challenges of private higher education
Before 2000 there were fewer than 15 private higher education institutions in Ghana. By 2015 their number had grown to 106, compared to 83 public institutions. The private sector mainly absorbs excess demand from the tuition-free public system – but elite private institutions are emerging that target applicants from wealthy families locally and globally.
GLOBAL
Generation Z – Why we need to future-proof universities
Generation Z’s lives are firmly anchored in the digital world and this will affect what they expect in every aspect of higher education. Universities need to prepare.
GLOBAL
Global citizens or good citizens?
Does internationalisation of higher education aspire to create global citizens who are able to move around easily in the global marketplace or does it aspire to something higher than just economic wealth for selected individuals?
CANADA
Internationalisation needs to be two-way
While Canada has attracted a lot of international students, few of its own students choose to study abroad despite it offering a transformative experience and despite industry understanding the benefits.
INDONESIA
Different universities for different functions
Indonesia needs to focus on three different types of higher education to create world-leading researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals to improve the quality of higher education and boost economic development.
SOUTH AFRICA
The research subsidy may penalise high-citation articles
The government subsidy awarded to South African universities for research publication output may be inadvertently penalising high-citation articles. Revising the model to tackle this problem would better align funding with government strategic plans and may better support publication of greater impact research.
ARGENTINA
University teachers’ march on wages brings results
Large-scale strikes by teachers’ unions have brought Mauricio Macri’s government to the negotiation table, but discontent over rising prices and shrinking budgets continues.
INDIA
Why India needs to attract more international students
Indian students are demanding a more international campus so they can learn the skills they will need in a global economy. Now is the time to put a strategy in place to make India a destination of choice for international students.
SOUTH AFRICA
Rethinking curriculum approaches in challenging times
Seriously rethinking approaches to the curriculum, and to teaching and learning, requires staff development that draws on unacknowledged expertise, gives status to teaching and learning, and builds collaboration between institutions. In August, fellows from 22 South African universities will emerge from a pilot programme that set its sights on these ambitious goals.
VIETNAM
An innovative model for higher education reform
The establishment of the Fulbright University Vietnam is an important step towards reforming the Vietnamese higher education system and making it more relevant to the country’s economic needs.
GLOBAL
Global universities and their global responsibilities
If all of the world’s leading research-intensive universities partnered – even modestly – with African institutions to boost research capacity, there could be a transformative impact on the continent’s capacity to produce knowledge.
EUROPE
Closing the feedback loop
Students who take part in Erasmus Mundus masters programmes are participating in surveys on quality assurance processes in order to offer meaningful feedback that may lead to improved student services and course quality.
INDIA
Tackling the 'high debt - useless degree' problem
The government of India needs to crack down on the widespread problem of unscrupulous universities that offer useless degrees, while students incur high debts, or the country will likely head into economic difficulties, social unrest and political instability.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
Addressing the dragon in the room
How can United States institutions – and others – address the dangers of an over-reliance on China? Diversifying and targeting students and using alumni networks may all help to address the prospect of dwindling numbers of Chinese students coming to the US.