Universities should consider joining the campaign for disinvestment in fossil fuels and bringing investment policies in line with their research on climate change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There is increasing consensus on the need for Turkey to reform its growing higher education system by abolishing the Board of Higher Education, which has greatly diminished university autonomy. The main issues are when and how radical the changes will be.
Clark Kerr’s multiversity has spread across the world, but at home it is fraying at the edges. A rethink on tuition fees and on the wider benefits of higher education is needed to ensure its model of balancing excellence and access continues to impact international higher education.
Higher education is severely impacted at times of conflict with the risk of displacement affecting studies being much higher than that for schools. Yet graduates are necessary for any national rebuilding programme. Initiatives to help refugees continue their studies are therefore vital.
The best way for universities to improve the education of Roma children is through better teacher training. But because of ethnocentrism, universities in post-communist countries are not prepared for the teaching of minority students.
To achieve more equal access to higher education in South Africa, it is not enough to discriminate solely on the grounds of race, and support is needed throughout the university experience to ensure students from marginalised communities succeed.
Ultra-orthodox and Israeli-Palestinian Arab students require support to succeed at Israel’s elite universities. The Hebrew University has initiatives that target both groups of undergraduates, but further support is needed for postgraduate education.
The European Association for International Education’s annual conference reflects the changing face of higher education and the growth of private influence, commerce and competition at the heart of the sector.
An increasing number of countries are confronting issues of how to promote greater access to higher education by minority groups. A global conference which takes place next week will bring universities around the world together to create a global network for confronting shared challenges.
Amid international concerns about the increasing invasiveness of surveillance on individual privacy and the use of personal data, higher education institutions need to engage in critical, ethical and caring ways when harvesting, analysing and using student data.
Student retention is not just about dealing with practical issues causing drop-out. The psychological dimension should not be ignored.
The number of double or multiple degree programmes is growing and opinion is divided on whether they are beneficial or an example of academic fraud. A proper debate is needed on standards and quality so they do not become dismissed as ‘discount degrees’.
A recent article that suggested criticism of academic freedom in Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism fails to address abuses at particular institutions, such as Ariel University.