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UNITED STATES
Fighting the politics of access to higher education
Black and Latino students face double segregation at school due to economic and other factors, which narrows access to university. The new US administration led by Donald Trump is likely to undermine attempts to counter this and any moves to make access more unequal must be resisted.
GLOBAL
Leading universities’ response to rising nationalism
Promoting internationalisation of higher education in the current turn towards more nationalist politics – as shown by the vote for Brexit in the United Kingdom and the rise of Donald Trump in the United States – will require strong leadership and an emphasis on creative and collaborative communication skills.
GLOBAL
How should universities confront a post-truth world?
Universities need to defend academic freedom and research by re-establishing a respect for objective truth and powerful arguments. They must become trust-builders as well as truth-seekers by creating many more arenas for debate.
UNITED STATES
Despite Trump, US will still welcome foreign students
An open letter to Vietnamese parents and students interested in study in the United States: Don't let the result of a presidential election dissuade you from realising your dream. This is an especially good time to study in the US because educational institutions want and need international students.
AFRICA
HE and the dawn of a new Marshall Plan for Africa
While I agree with Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, when they write in their recent contribution that the aggressive posturing of United States President-elect Donald Trump is far from helpful to higher education around the world, I do not believe it will seriously dent the system as a whole. Nor will it have a significant impact on African higher education.
CHINA
Why curriculum internationalisation isn’t working
Are Chinese masters students studying in Western universities really experiencing internationalisation if the majority of their class are Chinese, the course is based on purely Western perspectives, they have little opportunity of work experience in the other culture and their contributions to group work are downgraded due to discrimination?
AUSTRALIA
Engaging first-in-family university learners
Working with first generation students, particularly those from aboriginal backgrounds, means accepting the cultural wealth they bring and not falling for assumptions about their family context.
GLOBAL
Listening to students on how to improve universities
A global essay competition is one way of finding out what students think would improve their education systems. Through heeding the words of younger generations, educational institutions could help improve students’ chances of success.
GLOBAL
Universities must uphold the international right to protest
From South Africa to Australia, Canada to India, and Greece to Zimbabwe, students and academics have mounted protests against commodification of universities, leading to spiralling student debt, massive teaching loads, and disempowered faculties.
AUSTRALIA
Making the case for higher education
There are many ingredients that make for a successful university city, but it is important that that case is made publicly so that people can understand the benefits of higher education.
UNITED STATES
Trump University and the growth of fraud in HE
The Trump University case involving two class-action lawsuits and a suit brought by the state of New York, covering 6,000 former students, has been settled out of court, but it is in keeping with a number of recent fraud cases. The US$25 million payout is by no means the largest and is unlikely to be the last.
GLOBAL
International higher education must address inequality
Internationalisation has to move past its focus on elite institutions and individuals. It must ensure equity and access are at its heart if it is to help build a sustainable and peaceful global community.
UNITED STATES
Critical languages are vital for internationalisation
The United States needs to encourage more students to take up critical languages. This could benefit individual students, but could also help the US develop a more culturally sensitive and globally minded populace.
GLOBAL
Why the world needs a new model for universities
Global universities need to be able to nimbly convene diverse audiences on the ground and foster cross-cultural and multidisciplinary dialogue. The eight Columbia Global Centers across the world represent a very purposeful response in the growing debate between internationalism and nationalism.
UNITED STATES
International educators build bridges, not walls
After Brexit, the American presidential election has again shown nationalism, protectionism and disengagement win in times of fear and desperation. Over the next four years, international educators need to reaffirm their commitment to building bridges that advance global engagement and mutual understanding.
GLOBAL
What direction next for university rankings?
Regional rankings, subject rankings, national rankings and larger global rankings are all growing trends, but a bigger challenge will be expanding rankings to include new areas such as social mission and teaching excellence.
AFRICA
Early career academics in Africa – The need for induction
For all the debates on ‘massification’ and revitalising higher education in Africa, little attention has been paid to the teaching skills of academics. As student demand rises and quality diminishes and senior academics retire, the systematic enhancement of the calibre and skills of early career academics – who now dominate the academic landscape – is paramount.
INDIA-UNITED KINGDOM
Student visas – Another brick in the wall?
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s stance on visas does not bode well for future trade deals with India and is indicative of a wider crisis affecting global higher education and globalisation.
EUROPE
Western Balkans HE – Under-researched and overlooked
Universities in the Western Balkans face a plethora of challenges, from bureaucracy and corruption to a growing private sector involvement and difficulties in accessing European Union funding.
UNITED STATES
Integrating international students starts at school
Social life is an important part of the university experience, but too often international students are left to their own devices. To integrate them better, preparation needs to start early.
GLOBAL
Local issues, global actions by student activists
A new initiative links up student activists globally and aims to put students at the forefront of promoting the values of internationalisation and cooperation as well as campaigning on issues of common concern.
GLOBAL
Do international branch campuses have autonomy?
International branch campuses face restrictions that limit their autonomy and affect their ability to offer top-quality higher education. Unless their leaders can agree shared goals, they will always be dependent on their hosts.
INDONESIA
Beware the double-edged sword of globalisation in HE
Globalisation of higher education can bring many benefits, such as a more diverse student body, but it can also threaten indigenous knowledge, culture and identity.
UNITED STATES
America’s watershed elections
What is at stake for higher education in the United States presidential elections? The divisions are huge and, although higher education has featured very little, the general campaign rhetoric could have significant implications for universities. If Trump is elected, we must prepare for dire consequences for international higher education.
UNITED STATES-VIETNAM
The Trump impact abroad
The United States election campaign could have a significant impact on the US’s ability to recruit international students from countries like Viet Nam.