The debate over university fees has been dominated by political rhetoric that does not recognise the need for universities to have greater autonomy over their missions so they can play to their strengths. It may be time for an independent body that can negotiate and manage contracts between government and universities to ensure Australia has a working system.
Technology will not only determine the educational delivery methods of the future, but will lead to the rise of global universities, with no one country dominating the international student market because there will be no ‘typical’ mobile student.
Online education programmes, and MOOCs in particular, may be considered disruptive technological developments with the potential to be useful in addressing higher education challenges. But this will only be realised if we avoid the twin evils of cynicism and evangelism and move towards collaborative education between universities in different parts of the world.
A new pilot programme aimed at helping Syrian refugee students to study at nearby universities in Jordan could be scaled up across the region with support from universities, governments and NGOs.
A new book examines all aspects of Vietnam’s higher education system and calls for the development of flexible students who are capable of being socially, regionally and transnationally mobile, and a focus on employability and knowledge for the purposes of community development.
Academics’ views on Scottish independence have been sidelined in the debate, but what would one of Scotland’s greatest thinkers, Adam Smith, have made of the arguments being put forward?
Global and local higher education internationalisation efforts are not opposites – and both need to be borne in mind if we are to develop the possibilities that internationalisation offers intelligently.
The U-Multirank university ranking tool, developed by a consortium of organisations and funded by the European Commission, finally appeared in May. Some found it disappointing and established rankers were probably a little relieved. It does have interesting and innovative features and it does go places where the conventional rankings do not – but it is unlikely to present a serious challenge to the hegemony of the Big Three.
Australia needs to do more to forge international links to build its science base. The country could start by leveraging its Asian alumni.
The case for a united boycott against Israel for crimes against humanity is clear and academics can make an important contribution.
Chile’s higher education system has been undermined in recent years by concerns over its quality accreditation commission. As protesters call for free, quality education, what can be done to improve the quality of education on offer?
The rapid expansion in Chinese student numbers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, placed 25th globally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, makes it a good place to study pros and cons of internationalisation.
A growing number of international students use agents to find the course that is right for them. One of the most important roles of recruitment agents, however, is in preparing students before they leave for the United Kingdom.
As firms increasingly hire from an international talent pool they will start to investigate which degrees from which institutions produce the best recruits.
Just as the importance of biodiversity for the survival of the planet is recognised so we must preserve the diverse ways of knowing that exist among humanity.
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012. After years of experimentation at the fringes of higher education, prestigious universities from around the world progressively surged towards MOOCs, developing free online courses that were open to anyone, anywhere, with access to the internet.
The internet has killed university libraries and may do the same to academic authors. In the past academics did have at least the ‘potential’ to spread ideas, but now what students find online is centrally controlled and equivalent to a bookshop where only Penguin books are displayed and the rest are kept in a vast basement.
Syrian academic refugees in Turkey have gone from stable meaningful jobs to powerlessness overnight. They need international support and greater capacity needs to be built at Turkey’s higher education institutions to absorb more Syrians.
Technology is an inescapable and ever-evolving part of modern university life. We should cautiously embrace change as this is essential to engaging with students brought up in the internet age.
Australia’s proposed higher education reforms are the most substantial since the creation of the Unified National System under then Minister John Dawkins in the 1980s. Such significant changes need to be argued, debated and contested. Unfortunately, what fee deregulation offers will only benefit the elite few.
Myanmar has an opportunity to undertake major reform of its higher education system. But what type of investment should it seek to attract? Both public and private investment carry risks. The important thing is to get the balance right and support institutional autonomy.
Peer review needs to be submitted to a thorough review that takes into account all aspects of how we conceive of the process and questions the boundaries of our knowledge.
Participation in higher education in Kosovo has shot from 15% of the school-leaving cohort in 1999 to over 60% now. But funding has not matched expansion, there are concerns over shortages of academics and there is a need for much greater collaboration between academia and industry in teaching and research.
Universities are engaged in a global arms race of publication; and academics are the shock troops of the struggle. But a ‘one size fits all’ approach to measuring academic productivity does not work and disadvantages certain countries and disciplines. Care needs to be taken when evaluating academic success.
While universities in Europe are increasingly operating in a global environment, their human resource structures, recruitment and promotion mechanisms are still largely anchored in national legal frameworks, traditions and practices. This can pose a major challenge for universities as they seek to identify, employ and keep highly talented staff and researchers.