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GLOBAL
Internationalising the curriculum and all learning
Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in internationalisation of the university curriculum, in theory and in practice. But curriculum internationalisation is too often centred on inputs such as optional international modules, rather than being focused on outcomes and all students' learning.
AFRICA
Transforming policy through science in Africa
An initiative to show how academics in the developing world can feed into policy has shown the value of scientific evidence in contributing to good governance.
GLOBAL
Teaching sensitive issues in an era of student consumers
Can making students uncomfortable for the sake of learning survive in an era of student satisfaction?
VIETNAM
Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment
Recruitment agents in Vietnam have a bad reputation for unethical practice, but pressure is increasing for a more ethical approach.
UNITED STATES
Tides shifting in global soft power influence
International higher education is an important form of soft power and the US is the world’s leading exponent. But for how long can it stay on top?
EUROPE
New momentum and energy behind Bologna
The recent Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference aimed to inject new impetus into the process of unifying Europe’s higher education system and give new momentum to the European Higher Education Area.
CHILE
Engaging intellectuals and politicians
Universities can be at the centre of exercising their institutional power truthfully if they can bridge the gulf between intellectual theory and practice.
GLOBAL
The importance of education in sustainable development
The debate about sustainable development often ignores the importance of education – and education ignores its full role in sustainable development. How can the two be brought together?
GLOBAL
Teacher attrition key to global education targets
To meet the 2030 global goals for education, it is not enough to recruit more teachers. Targets need to be set to reduce the rate of teachers leaving the profession.
SOUTH AFRICA
Edging closer to differentiation in higher education
There is a new sense of cautious optimism that South Africa is edging closer to planned differentiation in higher education. Scholars and planners are working with government to put flesh on the bones of a differentiation plan. How the government proceeds, and whether it will have sufficient political support to follow the charted path – is the great imponderable.
EUROPE
Monograph should be the passport to mobile research
Academic publications can determine your future as an international researcher and if full international mobility is the ideal, then the monograph has to become the reality for aspiring mobile researchers.
UNITED STATES
Student body more international, but inequality persists
Through its higher education system, the United States student population is slowly shedding an unfortunate image it may have once had of being rather parochial. The US is the destination of choice for students worldwide, with international enrolment growing by 8% last year, according to the Institute of International Education. But major challenges for higher education remain – primarily fairness and access to opportunity.
GLOBAL
Aligning university investments with climate research
Universities should consider joining the campaign for disinvestment in fossil fuels and bringing investment policies in line with their research on climate change.
UNITED STATES
Is America’s 100,000 Strong China Initiative anaemic?
If the United States really wants to prepare the next generation of American experts on China then its universities need to do more to encourage US students to tackle more than short-term courses in China.
CHINA
Grassroots approaches by US universities, deeper bonds
Short-term visits by high-level administrators are the main way of starting initiatives between Chinese and American universities, but more grassroots encounters may create deeper bonds and more effective cooperation.
UNITED KINGDOM
The ‘Benefits of Brussels’ to British higher education
A recent event in London, which brought together German and French cultural institutions and British universities, aimed to promote the European Union at a time when the United Kingdom is moving closer to an EU exit. A case needs to be made for the collective good of Europe rather than narrow national interests.
GLOBAL
Role of universities in the fight against corruption
Universities can play a vital role in combating corruption and instilling trust and promoting positive collective action worldwide. But first they need to put their own house in order.
GLOBAL
Minimising brain drain – The pros and cons
Requiring international scholarship recipients to return to the home nation is meant to stem brain drain from poorer to wealthier countries. But there are potential downsides, such as narrowing the range of students who apply and locking them into jobs for which they might not be best suited.
AUSTRALIA
‘Irreconcilable breakdown’ at Murdoch University
At the heart of controversial events that have unfolded at Perth-based Murdoch University in Australia is the nature of the relationship between chancellors and vice-chancellors.
GLOBAL
How to win citations and rise up the rankings
The new Times Higher Education world university ranking throws up some interesting results which show how smaller institutions from low-impact countries who take part in large multi-authored, multi-cited research articles can rise up the ranks.
CHINA
Independent colleges – A hybrid response to massification
Independent colleges – a hybrid between private and public institutions – grew up in China in response to increasing demand for higher education. They have gone through various stages since then, from lack of regulation to current attempts to transform them into private institutions, but more incentives are needed to complete the process.
GLOBAL
How can we preserve the world's boutique universities?
Smaller universities tend to get swallowed up by larger ones. But there are ways for them to survive, including operating under a group structure that allows institutions to pool resources but maintain separate identities.
CANADA
How to acclimatise Indian students abroad
The number of Indian students in Canadian higher education institutions is increasing. How can universities support these international students better so that it is easier for them to have a high quality experience?
GLOBAL
Doctoral examination – What works?
What works for examining PhDs? Is the viva system a good idea or are examiners more led by their first reading of a thesis and could oral examinations actually encourage them to do a less thorough reading? An international comparison highlights some of the issues.
HONG KONG
The Umbrella Revolution – Pro-democracy or anti-China?
Is the Umbrella Revolution about democracy or anti-China feeling and growing inequality? Universities have a duty to do more to ensure that students are media literate, particularly social media literate, and able to critically analyse local developments within a global context.