The passionate and fearless pursuit of social justice by the student leaders of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is compelling academics and administrators to re-examine the university-state-market dynamics shaping higher education.
Even in the digital age, knowledge happens because people with common interests can easily work alongside each other, wherever they come from. This open society is under attack amid widespread calls to restrict immigration and leave the European Union.
Until and unless there is a focus by government on tertiary education outcomes, neither replacing nor restructuring the University Grants Commission will solve the acute challenges confronting the higher education sector in India.
How can higher education help prepare students to live and work in a globalised world? International higher education provides a meaningful way to help accomplish that goal.
Asian universities can lead the way towards the creation of a sustainable, more humane society. Since ancient times, the most important objective of education has been to inculcate universal human values and to prepare the citizens needed for the creation of the global family.
If the goals of the draft declaration and action plan of the African Higher Education Summit are to be achieved, there should be less focus on building traditional universities and more on expanding high-speed broadband internet that will enable global cutting-edge knowledge to be delivered to students cost-effectively.
The federal government’s Draft National Strategy for International Education narrowly focuses on economic interests and fails to recognise the role of internationalisation of the curriculum in creating a more open, outward-looking country.
Internationalisation is moving to centre stage, but to do it properly requires a commitment to creating an alliance between policy-makers, researchers and practitioners.
Something has gone wrong with the way universities are run. Not everything that is valued can be measured but universities are being beaten into shapes dictated by business and the balance is becoming seriously skewed against independent thought and study.
The international community needs to do much more to encourage dialogue, transparency and policy initiatives to help change the higher education system on the ground.
Can higher education be accessible to a wider spectrum of the community without compromising quality? It depends on who funds it and why, and on programmes that reach out to disadvantaged sections of the community.
The Chinese government is seeking to clarify the powers of university committees to tackle an overemphasis on administrative power. But what effect will this have on academic freedom?
Protests by staff and students at the University of Amsterdam are no reason to doubt the reforms of the 1990s, but they are evidence of a failure to communicate change properly.
Some Nordic countries do not charge fees for international students, but others have introduced them. How will these different approaches impact on recruitment and internationalisation?
A study of student mobility in South Africa revealed that regional agreements matter along with the perceived quality of a university. Emerging economies are unlikely to become major global destinations – with the exception of some very highly ranked institutions, the international role of universities in economies such as South Africa is in regional continental development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientific innovation and social reform are intrinsically linked in Ukraine but to create an effective scientific ecosystem will require systemic changes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Programmes in Saudi Arabia, Canada and South Africa to appoint heads of research are helping their countries move to a knowledge-based economy.