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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.
UKRAINE
Big data can help determine university funding
Ukraine has to start creating the data systems and software it needs to determine how to fund its higher education system. The sooner it does so, the better its chances will be of competing globally.
SYRIA
Supporting academics in exile nearby is key to future
International organisations should do more to forge partnerships with universities in neighbouring countries to Syria to help those academics who would find it hard to study in the West.
UNITED KINGDOM
Don’t rush to conclusions from the THE rankings
Should British universities be worried about their apparent slide down the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings? A look at the changing methodology suggests it is too early to panic.
UNITED KINGDOM
The new divide in English higher education
The division between the business model university and the traditional university is widening with huge long-term implications for students. Many from the former will end up in debt, with no better jobs than they would have got if they hadn’t gone to university.
AUSTRALIA
An international education strategy with no vision
The Australian National Strategy for International Education 2025 takes a neo-liberal approach to international education, which shifts the focus from education to services and products.
GLOBAL
G7 must work together to ensure no one is left behind
The challenges of providing a higher education response to social inequality, digital disruption and mass population movements are best met by countries working together.
VIETNAM
Social sciences must be accountable
The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences must be more transparent about its research output and publish details so that the public can see where their money is being spent.
INDIA
Call for flexible minimum standards
Two conflicting currents can be seen in higher education: the push to standardisation through rankings and other methods and the move to commoditisation through the idea of higher education being open to all. How can we create minimum standards without erecting barriers to higher education?
GLOBAL
Where is the global leadership on HE access for all?
Equitable access to higher education for those in poor, marginalised communities and those who are discriminated against can't be achieved without global leadership on the issue. But who will step up?
AFRICA
HE cannot wait for 2030 global goals
Africa cannot wait until 2030 for the next round of global goals to address the urgent need for quality higher education. The Sustainable Development Goals in which higher education targets are included sideline quality and instead focus on incremental development, enrolment rates, unsustainable practices and international dependency.
IRAQ
National ranking encourages development of quality
Kurdistan’s new national ranking aims to introduce a culture of academic competition between higher education institutions in the region and raise standards.
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.