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GLOBAL
Decolonise minds before living and learning spaces
To truly move on from our colonial suffering we must not seek to obliterate our painful histories by destroying all vestiges of the past, but preserve them as symbols of what we have overcome and what we need to avoid in the future.
JAPAN
How do university leaders view internationalisation?
Research in Japan shows that university leaders highly value internationalisation. Recent political events in the United States and United Kingdom have had very little impact on this view, and universities have not slowed their pace of internationalisation.
GLOBAL
Universities must move from teaching to transforming
Universities need a different style of teaching with a more person- and community-centred approach to give their students the entrepreneurial skills they will need in today’s world. Learning approaches that include incubation, mentorship, personal development, leadership training and funding are critical.
SOUTH KOREA
The ‘pig mum’ and the problem of excessive competition
Mothers in South Korea are organising complex social networks to ensure their children get access to the best universities and the best jobs. It is a symptom of an education system in need of a fundamental overhaul.
GLOBAL
Index shows the global innovation gap is growing
Innovation is increasingly important for both developed and emerging economies. Middle-income countries, with the exception of China, are significantly under-represented in the top echelons of the Global Innovation Index and breaking into the rankings is an uphill struggle, although they are making progress.
CHINA
Are universities helping China compete on skills?
China’s universities are competing globally with regard to research, but with the rapid expansion of a more open and competitive Chinese economy, they could do more to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the kind of skills employers are now looking for.
CANADA
Canada offers US, UK academics security, not activism
While some may think Canada will become a base for liberal activism against the far right and a bastion of academic freedom, the reality is that most academics are moving there for security and are unlikely to rock the boat.
CANADA-VIETNAM
Recruitment of Vietnamese students limited by red tape
Recruitment of Vietnamese students to Canada is hampered by slow visa permit processing time. Canada should continue the Canada Express Study visa for Vietnam as it cuts down on bureaucracy and expense for those Vietnamese looking to study there.
MALAYSIA
Malaysia consolidates its position as a regional hub
Malaysia’s increasing capacity and focus on international and comparative education and Southeast Asian education research have confirmed its vital position with regard to international higher education in the region – and beyond.
MIDDLE EAST
When the Syrian war ends, what is the plan for HE?
Universities and education organisations need to start preparing now for when the Syrian war ends. After six years of war, displaced young people fear becoming the under-educated generation and Syria will need an educated workforce to rebuild the country.
SOUTH KOREA
Is South Korea in a higher education access trap?
An educated workforce is important for economic growth and development and South Korea is leading the way on higher education access. But has spending on private after-school tutoring to ensure a university place is secured gone too far?
UNITED STATES
‘Muslim ban’ has wider impact on study in the US
The travel ban on citizens from six mainly Muslim countries is likely to deter students from across the Middle East because of a perception that the United States is now hostile to them. Universities will have to go out of their way to counter that perception.
GLOBAL
England embraces the delusion of free tuition
The United Kingdom’s main opposition party proposed to scrap university tuition fees in England in its general election manifesto, and saw its political fortunes soar in the popular vote. But how realistic is the international movement for free tuition?
GLOBAL
The new battlefront in university subject rankings
The Shanghai ranking by subject has expanded significantly in the past year and opens up a new front by ranking subjects based mainly on bibliometric data related to their research output. It is part of a new higher education world based on big data.

ASIA
Towards a Southeast Asian Higher Education Area
As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary, what progress has been made to date on its ‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community’ integration journey in higher education? How far along the road are we to the creation of an ASEAN identity through increased mobility?
GLOBAL
Student experience is core to an offshore strategy
New, less risky forms of doing transnational education, such as via dual degrees, need to ensure they don’t lose a focus on the student experience. As competition increases, the student experience is becoming increasingly important to decisions on where to study.
SOUTH AFRICA
Changing society through higher education research
What is higher education’s role in the struggle for social justice? For education researchers it surely lies in deeper analysis and asking the right questions about how we got to where we are now and where we go from here.
GLOBAL
Universities’ role in tackling the obesity crisis
Developing countries must intensify their efforts to increase higher education student engagement in physical activity programmes, a key plank in dealing with a growing global obesity crisis that can only be halted and reversed through education and participation.
UNITED STATES
The changing face of accreditation in higher education
Now is the time to tackle the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on accreditation and look at how to make sure that quality and standards accommodate the profound changes taking place in higher education – including the rise of technology and the for-profit sector.
VIETNAM
Trump is not deterring Vietnamese from studying in US
Echoing the findings of the Institute of International Education’s Shifting Tides report that interest in the United States as a study destination is holding firm, recent statistics show that, despite poor ratings for President Donald Trump, Vietnamese students and their parents view a US education favourably.
EUROPE
The digital future of European student cards
Information technology experts across the continent recently came together to discuss the development of a student card that can be used across Europe, allowing students to use services and move more freely and seamlessly across borders and across institutional frameworks.
GLOBAL
Questioning the status quo
Innovation is important in higher education, but in seeking to adapt to changing demands for higher education we need to re-examine our basic structures that have over time become too rigid.
CANADA
Is Trump driving Canada’s rising internationalisation?
Canada has been seen as ‘a beacon of liberalism’ in the past year, due to its openness to the world at a time of rising xenophobia in the United States and United Kingdom, but its rise in international student numbers are more likely linked to longer term trends.
IRAN
The drive to control and Islamise universities
Iran has undergone two Cultural Revolutions with moves made during each to control and Islamise the universities – despite the detrimental impact on the quality of higher education – but so far the state has not been successful in creating an Islamic university.
AFRICA
Continent risks fading from digital knowledge economy
The rapid growth of internet use on the African continent has sparked hopes for the democratisation of knowledge production, but recent research suggests that connectivity is not enough to boost Africa’s position in the knowledge economy.