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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.
GLOBAL
Higher education should embrace digital possibilities
Digital technology has a huge impact on people’s everyday lives. Universities should be using it for more than internal activities and should consider how it might help them widen their impact, by disseminating research and sharing good practice across borders to a global audience for the benefit of economies and societies.
AUSTRALIA
Why data-driven science is more than just a buzzword
Science today is increasingly data-driven, but our education system has not caught up. We must develop new teaching methods that recognise data-driven and computational approaches as some of the primary tools of contemporary research.
UNITED STATES
A monstrous muddle of no-profit and for-profit HE
Purdue University, among America’s most respected research universities, has announced it is buying the for-profit Kaplan University. This is a massive blunder. The move will cause confusion over whether Purdue is a research university, a for-profit or a not-for-profit.
GLOBAL
Universities have become isolated from their publics
One of the significant outcomes of the rankings discourse, whatever you think of them, is that they provide some form of accountability, but they also make higher education vulnerable to an agenda set by states. We urgently need to reclaim the role of higher education in civic engagement and become an intellectual force to bridge the gap between local, national and global.
ASIA
A new dawn for Asian higher education regionalisation?
The launch of the Asian Universities Alliance can be considered the most ambitious Asian higher education initiative to date and looks likely to be in the vanguard of ongoing attempts to promote regional higher education collaboration and will contribute to solving unique Asian challenges.
FRANCE-UNITED KINGDOM
What will President Macron mean for UK universities?
The election of President Emmanuel Macron in France should be of great interest to UK higher education and research in terms of its impact on Brexit discussions – where French competition to recruit researchers could play a role – but also in terms of the strategies it might adopt against extreme nationalism in the light of the French experience.
BRAZIL
At the vanguard of an HE privatisation wave?
The private education sector is now the 10th-largest component of the Brazilian economy and a trend of mergers has left a handful of giant companies dominating – one merger is set to create the world’s largest higher education institution, potentially enrolling more than two million students. The model may be a harbinger of a worldwide trend.
UNITED KINGDOM
A stronger Theresa May but for what, especially in HE?
What will the UK general election mean for higher education? Although a skilled migration scheme might provide openings if – as seems likely – EU free movement for academics ends, a reduction of 30%-40% in international student numbers remains on the table, and the future of research collaboration is unfathomable.
FRANCE
Higher education priorities after the French election
French higher education has been pulled in two opposing directions. The new administration needs to reduce government micromanagement and strengthen university autonomy, rethink the discrepancy in resources between grandes écoles and universities and build research and teaching excellence.