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GLOBAL
Making the case for an internationalised curriculum
At the core of internationalisation is an ambition for internationalised curricula. But we need a better understanding of what is meant by internationalisation of the curriculum, why we need it and what the barriers to it are.
NETHERLANDS
Internationalisation lifts the Dutch HE brand globally
The rapid rise in numbers of inbound international staff and professors to the Netherlands has boosted the country’s reputation for higher education and increased its global competitiveness, especially its research capacity. It has also made its universities more attractive to domestic and international students.
GLOBAL
Whose values is internationalisation of HE promoting?
A growing number of scholars see internationalisation of higher education as a means to counter the increasing political popularity of notions of exclusion. But we need to question the values and norms that underpin internationalisation. Do they vary across cultures? What are the power issues that lie beneath them?
CANADA
Redefining the role of the university in the Trump era
Canadian universities face potential funding problems as a result of United States protectionist policies, but the bigger threat is of populism spreading across the border. As a result they need to embrace their role to teach more than skills, educating individuals to take responsibility for their part in society.
TURKEY
Descent into ignorance as critical voices are silenced
Last year’s coup attempt is being used by the Turkish government to silence critical voices and transform the education system. Some 28,000 school teachers and more than 4,000 academics have been fired. It must be possible to be both against the coup and critical of government.
GLOBAL
Future of outward higher education internationalisation
Internationalisation of higher education can be interpreted in different ways, according to how universities view the process of knowledge generation and dissemination. But the world is still waiting for the full development of a global knowledge and learning network.
ASIA
Support teaching to build a stronger ASEAN community
A mutual recognition agreement for teaching services would improve the quality and status of the teaching profession across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and teacher mobility would help build a sense of community, ensuring that the ASEAN region reaches the Sustainable Development Goals on education.
GLOBAL
Changing times, challenging university structures
Education needs to take account of the fact that people learn at different speeds and that traditional ways of learning do not get the most out of students. New ways could reduce costs, and increase availability and widen access.
TURKEY
The quest to quell opposition leads to ‘academocide’
The mass dismissals of academics in Turkey target the best academics – also blocking their passports and credit cards, denying them retirement and preventing them from working abroad – and aim to replace universities with something along the lines of submissive high schools. Photo: Almanar News
GLOBAL
Building bridges not walls will bring greater innovation
A meeting of the International Association of University Presidents this month heard how effective transnational partnerships will help universities innovate in a more multidisciplinary, student-centred future.
GLOBAL
Feasting on fear with arguments as faulty as Hitler’s
The United States government’s travel ban and its downplaying of the Nazi genocide against the Jews show a profound failure to empathise and a reshaping of history towards division and exclusion. The parallels between Donald Trump’s America and the early years of Adolf Hitler’s Germany are chilling.
HONG KONG
Towards collaborative governance of universities
Calls for greater accountability and improved performance in higher education followed the rise of the student movement. More collaboration with industry, business and the community could address these issues and lead to a new form of ‘collaborative governance’.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities must push for an 'Intelligent Brexit'
The prime minister is only considering aspects of higher education related to industrial strategy in her Brexit strategy. Universities need to broaden public and political understanding of what it is about the European connection that helps United Kingdom universities to perform as well as they do – and by extension, why a hard Brexit would be so destructive.
AFRICA
Leading the way to high-skilled jobs?
Creating high-skilled and relevant jobs will help the world’s youngest region – with close to 60% of its population under 25 years old – and to do that it requires dynamic new higher education leaders.
UNITED KINGDOM-UNITED STATES
HE has a role to play in rebuilding social solidarity
Access to higher education was a key influence on the votes for Brexit and Donald Trump. Its increasing stratification reflects growing social inequality, in which the disadvantages of those without degrees are acute. By contrast, the more higher education operates as a common good, the greater its social, economic and democratic contribution can be.
UNITED STATES
The new merchants of doubt are waging war on science
The Trump administration is increasing its war on science and inconvenient truths and seems eager to attack and censor, and to promote ‘alternative facts’ – in other words, to lie. Science needs to fight back by getting its research out to the wider population.
AFRICA
Christian universities are growing rapidly in Africa
As private universities have grown in Africa, so too have Christian institutions, at brisk pace – and that can lead to some tensions between broad state purposes and religious leanings, as well as between increasing access and recruiting enough instructors.
GLOBAL
What makes international branch campuses successful?
Little research has been done into what makes international branch campuses successful, but a new study looks at everything from location to identity and links with the home campus.
GLOBAL
The imperative of increasing access to university
In an age of populism it is crucial for universities to widen access or be seen as a cause of growing inequality. Analysis suggests that policy-makers’ role in improving access is unreliable. Is it not time higher education took responsibility for its own situation?
UNITED STATES
New York is taking a lead in tackling university fraud
A high-profile diploma mills case, and the Trump University settlement, show that the state of New York is prepared to take action to prosecute alleged higher education fraud. Many other states are still not confronting the issue strongly enough, and it is likely to grow.
AFRICA
Rethinking the university for an online era
At the virtual university academics are not teachers so much as curators of knowledge and innovation, able to offer better quality learning materials than the materials that could be delivered in traditional classrooms.
LATIN AMERICA
Why are universities stuck in the 20th century?
While the world around them is changing at a fast speed, Latin American universities appear to be falling behind. They are rarely places of radical innovation, stellar research performance or forward-looking projects. The system needs a complete transformation in line with 21st century demands and needs.
UNITED STATES
The turn to nativism hinders international education
The new US administration is no more nationalist than any other. The US has always been nationalist. Donald Trump's election instead represents a turn to nativism, which will make it harder for universities to build bridges of respect and trust around the world. Image credit: Maya Spielman

GLOBAL
A new way of planning international recruitment
How do you recruit international students in 2017 when the whole landscape is shifting so fast? International deans planning for future international outreach should look at countries with a rising middle class as well as strong projected growth of gross domestic product. Strategic planners should also take into account the geopolitical and economic changes sweeping across the globe.
ECUADOR
Neoliberalism meets populism in HE reforms
Ecuador is implementing ambitious and innovative higher education reforms, including legislation that enables the government to close for-profit universities, requirements for academics to have PhDs and strict rules for biopiracy that protect indigenous knowledge and species – but the changes have stirred controversy.