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.
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.
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.
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 sees education as an increasingly important tool in driving its economic ambitions along the Silk Road and is increasing its support for international students.
Calls for greater engagement with Iran should be heeded despite concerns about academic freedom, particularly in the humanities.
The 21st century requires students who are not just international, but internationally minded and that begins at school.
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.
Artificial intelligence throws up important questions about the entire administrative structure of higher education institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Cuts to the state budget for Israel’s universities will cause a lot more damage than any academic boycott.
Promoting cultural diplomacy will give students in the Middle East and North Africa region the skills they need to thrive in a globalised world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Post-secondary education providers and initiatives are focusing on ways to increase graduate employability. Are they a threat to universities?
The protection and rebuilding of higher education in conflict-affected settings is a neglected issue and should be a global responsibility.
Colleges are using virtual reality and augmented reality for everything from creating a community before students matriculate to virtual tours and educational activities.
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’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?