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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.
UKRAINE
Opening the door to internationalisation
Higher education reforms in Ukraine are paving the way to a more international future, but ongoing hostilities in the east of the country could affect the schedule for change.
GHANA
A polytechnic by any other name
Ghana’s plans to convert polytechnics into technical universities is misguided and panders to elitist views about universities. The name tag ‘technical’ or ‘university’ is not a silver bullet for creating jobs and wealth or reducing poverty and unemployment.
GLOBAL
Why English is not enough
Recent events in France should remind us that language is key to understanding the complexities of different cultures. We do our countries a disservice by failing to promote multilingualism.
GLOBAL
Investing in education hubs – Local support is key
Who invests in education hubs? The six countries that claim to be hubs have different models, but it is clear from looking at them that local government support is vital to kick-start and leverage other sources of financing.
INDIA
Teacher vacancy crisis demands structural reform
Teacher vacancy levels in India can only be tackled by structural reform and quality control. The government has, however, taken the easy option of handing over responsibility to the private sector, without any proper checks or balances.
AUSTRALIA
The case for deregulation of higher education
In the absence of public appetite to invest in public education, a measure of fee deregulation is the only way left to fund education quality to a reasonable standard.
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.