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GLOBAL
Competition can generate innovation and change
Great competition between universities need not be negative or clash with academic values. Rather, it can provoke innovation and new thinking.
GREECE
Government support needed to attract foreign students
Greek universities are looking to broaden what they offer to international students in the wake of the financial crisis, but they need more support from government on issues such as student visas.
INDIA
Vigorous promotion needed to lure foreign students
Given the growth in domestic student numbers, the percentage of international students is very small, particularly at the postgraduate level, and most are from Asia and Africa. More needs to be done to encourage greater student mobility to India.
UNITED KINGDOM
Will anti-terror Bill create a university Stasi?
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill for higher education is in danger of creating a university Stasi. Rather than give in to attacks on academic freedom, universities should focus on the creation of a climate of liberal pluralist values with zero tolerance for any form of victimisation, racism or extremism and of any incitement to hatred, prejudice or violence.

EUROPE
Without values the academy risks anarchy
Academia used to be about community values, but the move to a more commercial, individualistic form of higher education has undermined those values and led to an egotistical, bullying culture.
AFGHANISTAN
A deplorable higher education system
Afghanistan’s higher education system has been the subject of reform since the fall of the Taliban, but too much attention has been focused on enrolment rather than quality education.
GLOBAL
Universities have a key role to play in career counselling
Many graduates find themselves unemployed despite companies advertising vacancies due to a mismatch of skills and employment opportunities. Could universities do more to prepare students for the job market?
UNITED KINGDOM
New ways to tackle gender bias in physics
Britain’s Institute of Physics is launching two projects aimed at dealing with the underlying bias which puts girls off studying STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – subjects at a higher level and blocks their progress in the workplace.
CHINA
‘Fast track’ to internationalisation
A raft of conferences and meetings in December shows China’s commitment to rapid expansion of internationalisation of higher education.
GLOBAL
What role for higher education in sustainable development?
Following the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development it is now incumbent on higher education institutions to integrate sustainable development in all their teaching, research, community engagement and campus activities.
GLOBAL
Internationalising the curriculum and all learning
Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in internationalisation of the university curriculum, in theory and in practice. But curriculum internationalisation is too often centred on inputs such as optional international modules, rather than being focused on outcomes and all students' learning.
AFRICA
Transforming policy through science in Africa
An initiative to show how academics in the developing world can feed into policy has shown the value of scientific evidence in contributing to good governance.
GLOBAL
Teaching sensitive issues in an era of student consumers
Can making students uncomfortable for the sake of learning survive in an era of student satisfaction?
VIETNAM
Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment
Recruitment agents in Vietnam have a bad reputation for unethical practice, but pressure is increasing for a more ethical approach.
UNITED STATES
Tides shifting in global soft power influence
International higher education is an important form of soft power and the US is the world’s leading exponent. But for how long can it stay on top?
EUROPE
New momentum and energy behind Bologna
The recent Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference aimed to inject new impetus into the process of unifying Europe’s higher education system and give new momentum to the European Higher Education Area.
CHILE
Engaging intellectuals and politicians
Universities can be at the centre of exercising their institutional power truthfully if they can bridge the gulf between intellectual theory and practice.
GLOBAL
The importance of education in sustainable development
The debate about sustainable development often ignores the importance of education – and education ignores its full role in sustainable development. How can the two be brought together?
GLOBAL
Teacher attrition key to global education targets
To meet the 2030 global goals for education, it is not enough to recruit more teachers. Targets need to be set to reduce the rate of teachers leaving the profession.
SOUTH AFRICA
Edging closer to differentiation in higher education
There is a new sense of cautious optimism that South Africa is edging closer to planned differentiation in higher education. Scholars and planners are working with government to put flesh on the bones of a differentiation plan. How the government proceeds, and whether it will have sufficient political support to follow the charted path – is the great imponderable.
EUROPE
Monograph should be the passport to mobile research
Academic publications can determine your future as an international researcher and if full international mobility is the ideal, then the monograph has to become the reality for aspiring mobile researchers.
UNITED STATES
Student body more international, but inequality persists
Through its higher education system, the United States student population is slowly shedding an unfortunate image it may have once had of being rather parochial. The US is the destination of choice for students worldwide, with international enrolment growing by 8% last year, according to the Institute of International Education. But major challenges for higher education remain – primarily fairness and access to opportunity.
GLOBAL
Aligning university investments with climate research
Universities should consider joining the campaign for disinvestment in fossil fuels and bringing investment policies in line with their research on climate change.
UNITED STATES
Is America’s 100,000 Strong China Initiative anaemic?
If the United States really wants to prepare the next generation of American experts on China then its universities need to do more to encourage US students to tackle more than short-term courses in China.
CHINA
Grassroots approaches by US universities, deeper bonds
Short-term visits by high-level administrators are the main way of starting initiatives between Chinese and American universities, but more grassroots encounters may create deeper bonds and more effective cooperation.