02 August 2015 Register to receive our free newsletter by email each week
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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?
GREECE
Tsipras et al are theorising a Greek tragedy
Academics often lament the fact that they are not consulted on policy issues. In Greece the academics have become the government, but what has been the outcome of putting theory, especially Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’s work on ‘game theory’, into practice?
IRAN-UNITED STATES
Restoring relationships in higher education
A recent US higher education delegation to Iran opened a historic new chapter in educational relations and people-to-people exchanges between the United States and Iran.
GLOBAL
Academic freedom is under threat across the world
Whether it is through soft or hard power and in the US or Turkey, academic freedom is under threat from government, commercial and religious pressure, and intellectuals around the world are rising to its defence.
ISRAEL
Academic freedom versus academic freedom
An international academic boycott of Israel provides a chance, however slight, to bring academic freedom to Palestinian universities, which are severely restricted by the Israeli government.
ISRAEL
Why an academic boycott of Israel won’t work
Calls for an academic boycott of Israel only serve to weaken liberal voices on campuses and allow the government to shift the spotlight away from its policies on the West Bank and the Palestinians.
EUROPE
Realities should prompt a rethink of doctoral education
A change is needed in how we deal with doctoral education in the light of funding shortages across Europe, as the reality is that many doctorate holders will end up in non-research positions.
TURKEY
Could Turkish elections affect Syrian refugee students?
Turkey’s recent elections could bring an end to initiatives aimed at giving Syrian refugees access to higher education. It is vital that the international community supports and encourages Turkey to maintain and expand its commitment to refugee education.
RUSSIA
Why Russia won’t rise fast up the global rankings
Even with the large sums of money being invested in Project 5-100, it is unlikely Russian universities will rise quickly up the global university rankings due to a number of structural reasons.
CANADA
An expanded vision for international education
Canada’s international education strategy is driven by market-based rationale and needs to embrace a broader view of the benefits of international education as well as incorporate the input of university experts on internationalisation.
UNITED KINGDOM
Linking funding targets to research capacity
It’s no good setting ambitious research funding targets for smaller countries unless they have the capacity to deliver on them – and that generally means capacity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
EUROPE
Internationalising the campus in frugal times
Achieving internationalisation is within the reach of campuses of all sizes if the will exists to create global students who are adaptable to any environment. With proper recruitment and monitoring in place, and with initiatives to help integrate foreign students and dedicated management staff, it is possible to internationalise despite limited resources.
NIGERIA
Student plagiarism: do we care?
Research into Nigerian students’ and academics’ approach to plagiarism suggests students are not ready or prepared for study abroad. Highlighting the need for academic integrity in Nigerian universities could help drive the education system to new heights.
UNITED STATES
Linking learning and work to improve lives
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning links learning and work using a model which it says can be replicated worldwide. Their ultimate goal is to improve lives through better employment.