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UNITED KINGDOM
Can UK universities stay open?
The referendum campaign in the United Kingdom only focused marginally on the impact of Brexit on scientific research. But freedom of movement goes hand in hand with research networks. As the Brexit talks begin, can the United Kingdom remain internationally engaged and open?
GLOBAL
How do globalisation forces affect HE systems?
As internationalisation comes under increased scrutiny, higher education experts need to ask the big questions about the complex interplay between it and globalisation. This represents a challenge for the study of higher education systems as conceptually positioned within national state boundaries.
CHINA
A model for teaching innovation in HE worldwide?
The DeTao Masters Academy has just graduated its first cohort of students. It has been named a pioneer in the development of innovation in Chinese higher education through student-centred learning and real-world project work. But is it a useful model for other countries and is it scalable?
GLOBAL
Are MOOCs deepening divisions in higher education?
Massive open online courses or MOOCs have been hailed as increasing access to higher education for many, but are they creating more divisions between the developed and developing world? Lack of access to high-speed internet or wi-fi and cultural barriers such as the language of instruction are key challenges.
ETHIOPIA
Transformation of HE must defeat the quality trap
Higher education is expanding fast in Ethiopia but the overall poor quality of university education, its graduates and its research infrastructure represents a real danger to the national economy and the country’s development agenda. Immediate responses are needed to address these concerns.
BRAZIL-INDIA
Still a long way to go on internationalising higher education
While China has successfully coped with pressure to increase internationalisation and research outputs, India and Brazil face a number of issues if they are to improve their higher education systems, from widening access to boosting their international profile.
UNITED STATES
US student mobility trends in a global context
What are the key developments shaping student mobility in the United States and globally, what are the key concerns and how much impact are recent political developments, particularly the rise of nationalism around the world, having on higher education?
UNITED STATES
Mobilising students to add value to higher education
Student partnerships with universities, based on the recognition of the value of student contributions, provides a path forward for working together to ensure equity and enhance quality from within institutions rather than students protesting on the outside.
RUSSIA
Trend of decentralised international student support
Worldwide the idea of decentralising support for international students has been gaining popularity in recent years as it allows for multiple solutions to challenges. But universities must balance this against the onus on them to provide quality support.
AUSTRALIA
Fusion of Western rationality and Aboriginal knowledge
Charles Sturt University graduates 40% more indigenous students than any other university in Australia and strives to take on board Aboriginal values, seeking to find a way of living that honours both traditional knowledge and Western rationality and contributes to 'a world worth living in'.
GLOBAL
The continued rise of East Asia and the Pacific in higher education
An analysis of QS’s latest rankings show a continuing decline for Western universities and a rise in numbers of universities from East Asia and the Pacific. This is before the latest political shocks in the United States and United Kingdom have trickled down to university level.
SYRIA
Complex barriers to refugees accessing university
Research on Syrian refugees shows an extremely high level of interest in higher education, but complex issues associated with accessing it. These included gendered issues such as women not being allowed to take places at university without being accompanied by a male.
AUSTRALIA-CHINA
Does ACRI belong in a publicly funded university?
China is fundamental to Australia’s tertiary education sector, but what are the opportunities and costs of the relationship and is the basing of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, for example, a step too far?
TAJIKISTAN
Who are Tajikistan’s international students?
What are Tajik students’ motivations for studying abroad and what do they study and gain from their experience? A study shows the pull factors of study abroad outweigh the push factors. They want to improve their academic knowledge and their career prospects.
ASIA
The changing shape of global higher education geopolitics
The recent launch of the Asian Universities Alliance shows the scale of China’s geopolitical ambitions and can be seen as an innovative policy tool for advancing soft power. The alliance joins a range of activities that are relocating the epicentre of global higher education to Asia.
UNITED KINGDOM
Tackling institutional racism in universities effectively
The concept of institutional racism may be a politically useful rallying cry to encourage organisations to reconsider their practices and take positive action to promote racial equality. But its value as an analytical tool diminishes when its definition is too broad.
AFRICA
Universities – Learning from society for society
The context of societies in developing countries must determine the mission and role of their universities. These cannot simply be borrowed or adopted from the Western world. They should be crafted on the basis of the needs and aspirations of the society where the university is located.
GHANA
A rough but rewarding road to educating ethical leaders
At a private liberal arts college in Ghana’s eastern region, where engagement with ethics is embedded into the curriculum, a ‘new normal’ for the region’s businesses and universities is being forged.
GLOBAL
Trump decision to leave Paris accord hurts US and world
President Donald Trump stunned the world on 1 June by announcing his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, a landmark global agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions and minimise harm from climate change. Academics and scientists analyse what the move means for the planet, US businesses and the world’s poor.
UNITED STATES
Are micro-campuses a new model for international HE?
A new model of transnational education hopes to deliver good-quality international HE locally in a sustainable way across the globe, using technology to enable ‘flipped classrooms’ to deliver degree programmes to students, together with partner universities and their faculty.
UNITED KINGDOM
Pledge to abolish university tuition fees needs honing
A manifesto commitment by the Labour Party to end tuition fees at English universities presents an alternative path to the status quo. But experience has shown cost is not the only factor defining participation. A more nuanced dialogue is needed on different ways of delivering higher education.
CHINA
China’s higher education megaproject
While United Kingdom higher education struggles with Brexit, China is opening a business school in Oxford to cater to European as well as Chinese students, yet another example of how the country is quietly developing and expanding its global reach and influence through higher education.
SOUTH SUDAN
Higher education on the brink of disastrous closures
The market value of many university staff salaries is as little as US$200 a month, down from US$3,000 two years ago. Persistent underfunding of South Sudan’s universities in the face of soaring inflation could force many to close, hampering economic recovery and long-term growth.
GLOBAL
Gamification – The future of graduate recruitment
Digital transformation is not only dramatically changing the jobs landscape, it is revolutionising how candidates are chosen for those roles. Today’s students need to be taught about new methods of recruitment and how they can help to match them better to the jobs of the future.
VIETNAM
A gloomy outlook for private higher education
Private higher education has proven to be a successful model in many countries. However, this does not seem to be the case in Vietnam, due to many factors, including the battle between ‘private’ and ‘for-profit’ education and political sensitivities due to the country’s communist background.