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UNITED STATES
Chinese students in the United States – A micro study
The rapid expansion in Chinese student numbers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, placed 25th globally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, makes it a good place to study pros and cons of internationalisation.
UNITED KINGDOM
The rise and rise of student recruitment agents
A growing number of international students use agents to find the course that is right for them. One of the most important roles of recruitment agents, however, is in preparing students before they leave for the United Kingdom.
GLOBAL
Talent analytics – The future for recruiters
As firms increasingly hire from an international talent pool they will start to investigate which degrees from which institutions produce the best recruits.
GLOBAL
Breaking down the knowledge walls
Just as the importance of biodiversity for the survival of the planet is recognised so we must preserve the diverse ways of knowing that exist among humanity.
AUSTRALIA
MOOCs: Learning about online learning, a click at a time
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012. After years of experimentation at the fringes of higher education, prestigious universities from around the world progressively surged towards MOOCs, developing free online courses that were open to anyone, anywhere, with access to the internet.
GLOBAL
The knowledge revolution
The internet has killed university libraries and may do the same to academic authors. In the past academics did have at least the ‘potential’ to spread ideas, but now what students find online is centrally controlled and equivalent to a bookshop where only Penguin books are displayed and the rest are kept in a vast basement.
TURKEY
The Syrian (academic) refugee crisis viewed from Turkey
Syrian academic refugees in Turkey have gone from stable meaningful jobs to powerlessness overnight. They need international support and greater capacity needs to be built at Turkey’s higher education institutions to absorb more Syrians.
UNITED KINGDOM
Higher education – Vive la technologie?
Technology is an inescapable and ever-evolving part of modern university life. We should cautiously embrace change as this is essential to engaging with students brought up in the internet age.
AUSTRALIA
Trickle up – Fee deregulation will only benefit elite
Australia’s proposed higher education reforms are the most substantial since the creation of the Unified National System under then Minister John Dawkins in the 1980s. Such significant changes need to be argued, debated and contested. Unfortunately, what fee deregulation offers will only benefit the elite few.
MYANMAR
The challenges facing higher education in Myanmar
Myanmar has an opportunity to undertake major reform of its higher education system. But what type of investment should it seek to attract? Both public and private investment carry risks. The important thing is to get the balance right and support institutional autonomy.
GLOBAL
Pushing the reset button on peer review
Peer review needs to be submitted to a thorough review that takes into account all aspects of how we conceive of the process and questions the boundaries of our knowledge.
KOSOVO
Huge growth in HE access but too few industry links
Participation in higher education in Kosovo has shot from 15% of the school-leaving cohort in 1999 to over 60% now. But funding has not matched expansion, there are concerns over shortages of academics and there is a need for much greater collaboration between academia and industry in teaching and research.
GLOBAL
What counts for academic productivity in universities?
Universities are engaged in a global arms race of publication; and academics are the shock troops of the struggle. But a ‘one size fits all’ approach to measuring academic productivity does not work and disadvantages certain countries and disciplines. Care needs to be taken when evaluating academic success.
EUROPE
21st century university recruitment practices
While universities in Europe are increasingly operating in a global environment, their human resource structures, recruitment and promotion mechanisms are still largely anchored in national legal frameworks, traditions and practices. This can pose a major challenge for universities as they seek to identify, employ and keep highly talented staff and researchers.
UNITED KINGDOM
Transnational education – A key international strategy
International student mobility to the United Kingdom is lessening from Asia due to capacity building in home countries. Strategic investment in transnational education can help this capacity building and should be seen as part of an international business strategy rather than a peripheral issue.
GLOBAL
‘Organised anarchy’ – The enduring university paradigm
In the competitive global economy where knowledge reigns supreme, it is prudent to ensure that knowledge workers – academics – are given more, not less, leadership leverage, managerial space, a nurturing environment and academic freedom. The hot pursuit of corporate managerialism has serious implications for academic productivity, engagement and morale.
GLOBAL
How to boost your university up the rankings
New statistics suggest a link between highly cited researchers having more than one affiliation and the position of certain institutions in world university rankings.
ASIA
The need for an ASEAN University
As the ASEAN region has matured, now is the right time to revisit the idea of establishing an ASEAN University along the lines of the European University Institute.
GLOBAL
Which problems could MOOCs solve, and how?
Massive open online courses – MOOCs – tend to be taken by qualified professionals. Why not capitalise on this? A new MOOC directed at primary school teachers could contribute significantly towards training more teachers and improving primary education standards in developing countries.
EUROPE
Should doctoral mobility be more structured?
Universities tend to prefer ad hoc arrangements on doctoral mobility, but more structured approaches could provide greater protection for doctoral students and boost quality.
GLOBAL
MOOC dropouts – What we learn from students who leave
What causes students to drop out of massive open online courses, or MOOCs? The fact that MOOCs record enough data to allow a detailed analysis of the reasons will help to fuel effective interventions.
BRAZIL
A new era for higher education in Brazil
Brazil has invested heavily in widening access to higher education by expanding public places and also funding places at private institutions. However, there is room for improvement.
RUSSIA
Climbing the global university rankings
The Russian government's plan to improve its universities’ global competitiveness and get five institutions into the top 100 of the world rankings by 2020 is ambitious and is making some headway. But top research universities need to engage staff and students more to make greater progress.
IRELAND
A door to higher education quality assurance’s future
A recent Review of Reviews of quality assurance in Irish higher education recommends that it needs to be clear first about what the aims are and who benefits from the process. If there is clarity about purpose, the review could mark the end of the old era of Irish higher education and open a door to new possibilities.
INDIA
University autonomy eroded in four-year degree battle
A battle between Delhi University and India’s University Grants Commission over four-year degree programmes raises questions about university autonomy and innovation.