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.
Business schools need to be reformed to reflect global complexities and MBAs need to bring business ethics out of the shadows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great competition between universities need not be negative or clash with academic values. Rather, it can provoke innovation and new thinking.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.