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LATIN AMERICA
New THE ranking – Brazil 23, Chile 11 and Argentina 0
While Times Higher Education’s Latin America rankings are welcome, there is room for improvement to reflect regional issues and activities and indicators that are pertinent to development – and there are some interesting omissions.
CHILE-UNITED STATES
Higher education reasserts its role as a public good
As Hillary Clinton outlines plans for free tuition for some students in the United States, Chile has unveiled its Higher Education Draft Bill. The bill has its critics, but marks an important step towards rolling back the neo-liberal movement towards greater privatisation of higher education.
CHINA
Breathtaking scale of higher education internationalisation
The scale of China’s internationalisation plans for its higher education system is becoming clear. But will the country be able to achieve its goals, and how prepared is it for involvement in the global community of education?
GLOBAL
Treat the cause, not the symptom of student protests
Student unrest in the United States and South Africa are symptoms of deeper problems with the education system than access to knowledge. Until students and academics see that their concerns are aligned, we will continue to avoid hard questions and treat symptoms and not causes.
SOUTH AFRICA
Sliding doors – Securing study visas to South Africa
The metaphor of sliding doors indicates the hit-or-miss enactment of immigration policies by South Africa, in that the obstructions and eventual results seem unforeseeable. The almost haphazard nature of securing study visas might be why several international students interviewed for research described themselves as ‘lucky’.
VIETNAM
Buyer beware – Advice for international students
It is important, if Vietnamese students need an educational consulting company to navigate international study, that they choose one carefully and ensure it is ethical.
INDONESIA
Locally relevant rather than world-class universities
World-class universities are a high cost option and Indonesia lacks resources. Instead it should invest in locally relevant institutions that deliver a number of benefits.
SAUDI ARABIA
Change the law to seize the benefits of MOOCs
Saudi laws need updating so that people can experience the full benefits of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
EUROPE
UK universities in a post-Brexit world
Universities in the United Kingdom are in shock. So much collaboration between UK and other European universities has arisen from membership of the European Union. Now is the time to forge and deepen the UK’s European links through influential higher education associations.
EUROPE
Universities must rise to the challenges of globalisation
European universities need to rediscover their values and confront the challenges created by massification and globalisation.
VIETNAM
Bob Kerrey and Fulbright University – What were they thinking?
Bob Kerrey’s appointment as chair of the board of trustees of Fulbright University Vietnam has raised questions due to Kerrey’s past war record, and risks tainting the whole project.
ASIA
Identity politics and student protest movements
Student activists in Thailand face arrest and are shunned by the wider student population while those in Hong Kong have won widespread support. Why?
GLOBAL
Why research fraud happens and how to deter it
Most scientists and medical researchers behave ethically. However, in recent years, the number of high-profile scandals in which researchers have been exposed as having falsified their data raises the issue of how we should deal with research fraud.
GLOBAL
Are international advisory councils the future?
All different kinds of tertiary education institutions can draw benefits from the expertise and international perspectives of an 'international advisory council'.
GLOBAL
What is successful international leadership in HE?
Internationalisation is increasing in status in higher education, but what does it take to lead a university’s international strategy?
GLOBAL
Why do students study abroad?
An analysis of differences in overseas study shows big differences across the globe and suggests that if African countries could expand and strengthen their university systems, they could stem the brain drain abroad.
UNITED KINGDOM
A multidisciplinary future for university research
Multidisciplinary research centres need to offer a win-win situation for all staff and will help create a more balanced research ecosystem that will leave us better placed to achieve advances in our understanding of the world around us.
UNITED STATES
Is it time to eliminate tenure for professors?
With 70% adjunct faculty, who work on a semester-to-semester basis, the current system is not helping students. What can replace the traditional tenure system and how could it promote excellence in teaching?
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, and co-operation will become rarer.
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, and co-operation will become rarer.
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.