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ISRAEL
Academic freedom versus academic freedom
An international academic boycott of Israel provides a chance, however slight, to bring academic freedom to Palestinian universities, which are severely restricted by the Israeli government.
ISRAEL
Why an academic boycott of Israel won’t work
Calls for an academic boycott of Israel only serve to weaken liberal voices on campuses and allow the government to shift the spotlight away from its policies on the West Bank and the Palestinians.
EUROPE
Realities should prompt a rethink of doctoral education
A change is needed in how we deal with doctoral education in the light of funding shortages across Europe, as the reality is that many doctorate holders will end up in non-research positions.
TURKEY
Could Turkish elections affect Syrian refugee students?
Turkey’s recent elections could bring an end to initiatives aimed at giving Syrian refugees access to higher education. It is vital that the international community supports and encourages Turkey to maintain and expand its commitment to refugee education.
RUSSIA
Why Russia won’t rise fast up the global rankings
Even with the large sums of money being invested in Project 5-100, it is unlikely Russian universities will rise quickly up the global university rankings due to a number of structural reasons.
CANADA
An expanded vision for international education
Canada’s international education strategy is driven by market-based rationale and needs to embrace a broader view of the benefits of international education as well as incorporate the input of university experts on internationalisation.
UNITED KINGDOM
Linking funding targets to research capacity
It’s no good setting ambitious research funding targets for smaller countries unless they have the capacity to deliver on them – and that generally means capacity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
EUROPE
Internationalising the campus in frugal times
Achieving internationalisation is within the reach of campuses of all sizes if the will exists to create global students who are adaptable to any environment. With proper recruitment and monitoring in place, and with initiatives to help integrate foreign students and dedicated management staff, it is possible to internationalise despite limited resources.
NIGERIA
Student plagiarism: do we care?
Research into Nigerian students’ and academics’ approach to plagiarism suggests students are not ready or prepared for study abroad. Highlighting the need for academic integrity in Nigerian universities could help drive the education system to new heights.
UNITED STATES
Linking learning and work to improve lives
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning links learning and work using a model which it says can be replicated worldwide. Their ultimate goal is to improve lives through better employment.
AFRICA
What can be done to tackle corruption?
Corruption is a problem in African universities and will only get worse with increasing student enrolments. Many of its forms are common around the world and lessons could be learned on how to combat them. The matter warrants both a regional and an international approach.
CHINA-INDIA
A lost opportunity to learn from China
China is a fast-emerging higher education powerhouse which supports around 100 elite research institutions. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to China could have been used by India to build bridges in higher education and learn about developing world-class universities. The Prime Minister let that opportunity pass.
MALAYSIA
Success of blueprint depends on buy-in and politics
The new Malaysia Education Blueprint outlines a series of aspirations, but there is a lack of detail on how these should be implemented. The blueprint must be seen in the context of a more fundamental change in Malaysia, that is, from dynamic higher education policy to dynamic higher education politics.
LATIN AMERICA
Your PhD oversupply crisis is our opportunity
Latin American universities could benefit from the oversupply of PhD students in developed countries. They should look to attract not only their own highly qualified nationals from the diaspora, but also highly skilled researchers and professors from other countries who are willing to cross borders in the quest for a reasonably good job opportunity.
ASIA
Time to build greater equality of opportunity
In East Asia higher education is rising on the crest of a great wave of social and economic transformation. Now is the time to build a higher education system which encourages equalised opportunity and social mobility in the face of growing inequality in other parts of the world.
EUROPE
Developing an education for the society we want
If other regions are to be inspired by the European Higher Education Area, its universities need to show that they take their commitments to developing tomorrow’s citizens and workers seriously.
UNITED STATES
US lags behind on internationalisation
US institutions do not assign as high a priority to internationalisation as others around the world. They are less likely to have a strategic plan for internationalisation in place or under development, and their leaders are perceived as assigning less importance to internationalisation.
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.