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GLOBAL
The many traditions of the reviving liberal arts
A reconsideration of the merits of a broad-based education is taking place in universities around the world, but it needs to take account of non-Western traditions as well as those of Western liberal arts colleges.
UKRAINE
Higher education reform – On the slow road to Bologna
Despite higher education reforms, Ukraine still faces many challenges if it is to fully implement the Bologna agreement and encourage greater student mobility. Progress has been made on improving monitoring and reporting on the country’s implementation of the Bologna process.
GLOBAL
Is higher education ready for blue ocean strategies?
Higher education needs to look to the future and that future is likely to be online and international. Universities need to be disruptive innovators and adopt ‘blue ocean strategies’ to succeed.
SOUTH AFRICA
The PhD and the ideology of ‘no transformation’
After a lecture tour, famous theorist of the network society Manuel Castells remarked that ‘transformation’ is a word South Africans use when they stop thinking. Yet the debate over transformation rages on, and the charge of ‘no transformation’ reverberates through higher education. Statistics from a forthcoming book about the doctorate demonstrate how unhelpful – if not toxic – the transformation debate has become.
CHINA
Soft diplomacy along the New Silk Road
China sees education as an increasingly important tool in driving its economic ambitions along the Silk Road and is increasing its support for international students.
IRAN
The politics of academic engagement
Calls for greater engagement with Iran should be heeded despite concerns about academic freedom, particularly in the humanities.
GLOBAL
An internationally minded student body
The 21st century requires students who are not just international, but internationally minded and that begins at school.
GHANA
Making universities more relevant
Universities in Ghana need to engage more with their local and national community, but often outside-of-university services are not represented in their mission, vision and values statements.
GLOBAL
The challenge of personalised education
Artificial intelligence throws up important questions about the entire administrative structure of higher education institutions.
AUSTRALIA
Education matters
New research on graduates shows it is not so much where you study or when, but that you study that matters in terms of future income.
PAKISTAN
Stop this plagiarism plague
Academic plagiarism is rife in Pakistan and cannot be fixed by technology. Academics need to wake up to the reality that a growing number of disingenuous individuals are not only stealing our words, but also our values.
GLOBAL
Lack of neo-colonial imagination?
Last month in Latin America, a statue of Christopher Columbus was removed and replaced by one of Juana Azurduy, an Argentine-Indian freedom fighter. Coming from Cape Town, birthplace of the ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ campaign, this sounded familiar. It is disappointing that more complex notions of history were trumped by populist rhetoric.
GLOBAL
The era of rankings by subject is coming
Students want them and they allow institutions that are world class in particular fields to be recognised, so what is holding back the development of rankings by subject?
ISRAEL
No more government budget cuts
Cuts to the state budget for Israel’s universities will cause a lot more damage than any academic boycott.
MIDDLE EAST
Teaching the skills for a global future
Promoting cultural diplomacy will give students in the Middle East and North Africa region the skills they need to thrive in a globalised world.
GLOBAL
Is higher education reinforcing inequality?
Higher education alone cannot bring greater social equality. Higher education researchers need to focus on improving access to elite institutions and creating the conditions necessary for building stronger mass higher education institutions.
SAUDI ARABIA
Is Saudi Arabia training too many graduates?
The Saudi government has invested heavily in higher education, but it is likely to be producing too many graduates for the available jobs. Instead, it could put the money into improving the quality of its research output.
UNITED STATES
Visa restrictions limit academic freedom
Until the US Visa Waiver Program is abolished or the US visa requirements are made universal for all non-citizens, academic societies should hold their annual events in nations where visa policies are equitable for all.
AFRICA
Time for an African charter on academic freedom
It is time for African academics to consider drafting a charter on academic freedom. It will be a daunting task. But the costs of failing to protect this basic human right, as other countries across the globe use universities to create new ideas and intellectual properties essential to the growth of the knowledge economy, will be great for African universities and nation states.
INDIA
New chancellor, same old problems
George Yeo follows Amartya Sen as chancellor of Nalanda University, but will he face the same problems associated with creating an international university in one of India’s poorest states?
GLOBAL
Competitors challenge universities on employability
Post-secondary education providers and initiatives are focusing on ways to increase graduate employability. Are they a threat to universities?
GLOBAL
Higher education vital to post-conflict rebuilding
The protection and rebuilding of higher education in conflict-affected settings is a neglected issue and should be a global responsibility.
UNITED STATES
Virtual tools give student recruiters an edge
Colleges are using virtual reality and augmented reality for everything from creating a community before students matriculate to virtual tours and educational activities.
PALESTINE
Denied the right to education
The magnitude of the attack on academic freedom in Palestine has been underestimated despite the right to education being one of the key universal human rights.
CHILE
Educating good citizens, but bad academics?
Chile’s students have been protesting for years about the marketisation of higher education and for a fairer society, but has this come at the expense of their academic formation?