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EUROPE
It’s time for a resit on draft of EFSI regulations
Attempts to push through the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its raid on Horizon 2020 money have met with opposition from university bodies and now the court. The battle has just begun.
HONG KONG
Women’s place in leadership is not assured
Women are under-represented in senior positions in academia in Hong Kong and fears of feminisation, or complacency that change will come eventually with no action being taken, are holding back progress.
AUSTRALIA
Student mobility: publish data and democratise
Recording and publishing data on all forms of student mobility, including short-term courses, would help to democratise study abroad and encourage more students to reap the benefits.
CHINA
A Frankenstein recruiting system feeding off students
While China’s appetite for education is insatiable, the system for recruiting Chinese students for study abroad serves neither students nor their parents and Western universities have been complicit in its creation.


UKRAINE
Science is at the heart of the reform process
Scientific innovation and social reform are intrinsically linked in Ukraine but to create an effective scientific ecosystem will require systemic changes.

UNITED KINGDOM
Location is key to attracting foreign students
International students are not just looking at the institution where they want to study, they are equally interested in the lifestyle they offer. And quite rightly so.

GLOBAL
Stem the march of the administrators
Flaws in institutional structures allow academic administrators to transform universities into businesses for their own benefit while exploiting their workers. They need to be more accountable.
SOUTH KOREA
Can cross-border partners share a campus?
An international partnership campus in South Korea is an experiment in cross-border collegiality, but it is not for the faint-hearted and flexibility is a key ingredient to making it work.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities have a crucial role in the EU debate
Current debate on Britain’s future membership of the European Union is poorly informed and universities have a responsibility to communicate the facts since they have a lot to lose from Britain’s withdrawal.

SAUDI ARABIA
Research chairs act as catalyst for development
Programmes in Saudi Arabia, Canada and South Africa to appoint heads of research are helping their countries move to a knowledge-based economy.
UNITED STATES
Reaching students in a snap
Colleges and universities across the country are increasingly turning to the popular social media platform Snapchat to attract and engage students.
INDIA
Governance issues are holding the country back
A recent controversy over the renewal of Professor Amartya Sen’s period at the helm of Nalanda University shows that India needs to address governance issues that are preventing progress in higher education.
UNITED STATES
Why we need ‘free’ community colleges
US students are turning their backs on university education due to high fees and a lack of jobs. Community colleges offer an alternative and President Barack Obama is right to expand funding for them.
GLOBAL
What’s wrong with today’s business schools?
Business schools need to be reformed to reflect global complexities and MBAs need to bring business ethics out of the shadows.
INDIA
India needs a GIAN-Plus strategy
India’s GIAN initiative aims to attract US scholars to the country to boost its higher education system, yet the government does not appear to have considered using resources closer to home.
UNITED STATES
Governance threats to academic freedom
Governance processes can threaten academic freedom when they seek to limit the idea generation process and the development of human knowledge in all of its forms.
UNITED KINGDOM
Internationalisation linked to recruitment agents
Viewing recruitment agents as part of a collective approach to internationalisation could ensure students are seen not just as an economic but a learning resource.
MEXICO
Instability and uncertainty follow killing of students
The killing of student protesters in Iguala last September has sparked uproar and created instability in a region where a long history of student activism has been a catalyst for progress.
GLOBAL
Equal access: Is it just about fees?
How do you fund a more equitable system of access to higher education? The solution cannot only be about who pays and how, as different countries’ circumstances show.
GLOBAL
Why the social sciences matter
Society faces problems and challenges as great as ever – whether it’s climate change, increasing inequality or conflict and civil war – and that is why the analysis and understanding of human behaviour provided by the social sciences is vital.
UNITED STATES
University support is key to international students’ well-being
The host university is one of the most fundamental sources of social support for international students, giving them a sense of belonging and determining how they feel about and engage with their university.
UNITED KINGDOM
Technology: The silent partner in transnational education?
Research shows IT is often left out of the equation when transnational education programmes are set up, often due to the speed with which they are set up, although IT can be vital to their success.
RUSSIA
High satisfaction levels for low quality education
We should not look to Russian students to improve the higher education system in their country. Despite low quality following massification, they appear satisfied with the education they are getting.
EUROPE
Opening up recruitment for researchers in Europe
The recruitment process for researchers in Europe often still favours local applicants. It needs to be overhauled to ensure it is fair, transparent and open to all.
AFRICA
Developing civic-minded university graduates
Cultivating a sense of self and developing an understanding of the concerns of both local and global communities have shaped the development of the University of Cape Town’s Global Citizenship: Leading for Social Justice Programme, which was launched in 2010.