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EUROPE
Supporting human rights through higher education
The Yerevan meeting of European Higher Education Area Ministers and the Bologna Policy Forum recently took the controversial decision to admit Belarus in a move to promote human rights.
EUROPE
Universities crucial in fight against climate change
Universities play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, through research and innovation and also through educating other members of society about behavioural and social change.
AUSTRALIA
Why learning abroad matters
A new study shows that learning abroad programmes play a more important role in the career development of graduates than is currently recognised by many institutions.
AFRICA
Enhancing university-industry linkages for ‘rising Africa’
While the number of students graduating from African universities is increasing, the Sub-Saharan region has a lot of ground to cover in improving higher education stock to match the rest of the world. As an ‘Africa rising’ seeks ways to expand university enrolments, it must also provide more high-quality, technically oriented training to students.
GLOBAL
AHELO: the myth of measurement and comparability
AHELO was set up to compare learning outcomes in different fields in different countries. A pilot was deemed a failure and now there are plans to extend it, despite major questions about its basic methodology, its orientation and the assessment instruments to be used.
RUSSIA
What’s behind the Russian higher education cuts?
The Russian government has announced big cuts in the number of its higher education institutions in order to improve quality, but it lacks a clear vision of how the different parts of the sector work.
TURKEY
Jobs market faces a tsunami of university graduates
Turkey needs to plan ahead for the impact of the rapid increase in student numbers to ensure oversupply of graduates does not result in a high unemployment rate and social instability.
MEXICO-UNITED KINGDOM
UK and Mexico get closer
A collaboration between the two countries seeks connections in research, innovation and technology transfer as well as increased student exchange.
EUROPE
Bologna needs renewed focus
The Bologna Process has come a long way, but the upcoming Yerevan conference needs to bring fresh impetus to push it forwards and reconfirm European higher education’s shared values.
EUROPE
Fossil fuel divestment campaign is misdirected
The fossil fuel divestment campaigners, who are persuading universities and other organisations to join their ranks, are aiming at the wrong target by focusing their energies against multinational oil companies. It is governments that have the power to deliver lower carbon societies.
CANADA-INDIA
Modi’s visit to Canada: a missed opportunity?
Little was said during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Canada about the importance of international collaboration through higher education. Yet such collaboration is vital for building a strong bilateral partnership.
GLOBAL
Is this the death of the equal opportunity era?
Worldwide there is an ever-growing emphasis on World-Class Universities. But socially differentiated access to higher education overall, and in particular to its upper reaches, is contributing to growing social and economic inequality in English-speaking countries – and will continue to do so unless we rebuild a more egalitarian higher education system.
EUROPE
False barriers are hindering innovative research
We need to stop creating artificial dichotomies between private and public or between blue skies and applied research and admit that each is dependent on the other.
AUSTRALIA
Stereotyping international students is unjust
Suggesting all international students are only interested in gaining permanent residence rather than pursuing an education in a country they highly respect leads to them being marginalised and unable to be a useful resource for their fellow students.
HONG KONG
Student activism signals new movement for social justice
The passionate and fearless pursuit of social justice by the student leaders of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is compelling academics and administrators to re-examine the university-state-market dynamics shaping higher education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Open society under threat from EU withdrawal
Even in the digital age, knowledge happens because people with common interests can easily work alongside each other, wherever they come from. This open society is under attack amid widespread calls to restrict immigration and leave the European Union.
INDIA
Failure to raise quality should ring alarm bells
Until and unless there is a focus by government on tertiary education outcomes, neither replacing nor restructuring the University Grants Commission will solve the acute challenges confronting the higher education sector in India.
GLOBAL
The world needs more international higher education
How can higher education help prepare students to live and work in a globalised world? International higher education provides a meaningful way to help accomplish that goal.
ASIA
Towards a sustainable, humane society
Asian universities can lead the way towards the creation of a sustainable, more humane society. Since ancient times, the most important objective of education has been to inculcate universal human values and to prepare the citizens needed for the creation of the global family.
AFRICA
Quality HE via high-speed internet is Africa’s future
If the goals of the draft declaration and action plan of the African Higher Education Summit are to be achieved, there should be less focus on building traditional universities and more on expanding high-speed broadband internet that will enable global cutting-edge knowledge to be delivered to students cost-effectively.
AUSTRALIA
Broadening ambitions for international education
The federal government’s Draft National Strategy for International Education narrowly focuses on economic interests and fails to recognise the role of internationalisation of the curriculum in creating a more open, outward-looking country.
GLOBAL
Intelligent internationalisation: A 21st century imperative
Internationalisation is moving to centre stage, but to do it properly requires a commitment to creating an alliance between policy-makers, researchers and practitioners.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities should not become corporate affiliates
Something has gone wrong with the way universities are run. Not everything that is valued can be measured but universities are being beaten into shapes dictated by business and the balance is becoming seriously skewed against independent thought and study.
MYANMAR
Donors are not doing enough to help HE reforms
The international community needs to do much more to encourage dialogue, transparency and policy initiatives to help change the higher education system on the ground.
LATIN AMERICA
Widening access without lowering quality
Can higher education be accessible to a wider spectrum of the community without compromising quality? It depends on who funds it and why, and on programmes that reach out to disadvantaged sections of the community.