What do the rankings tell us about the progress of higher education in India and China? China seems to have a more even spread of quality institutions, but India needs to do more to spread excellence and be more outward looking.
University career services need to be reformed so they are relevant to a world where jobs are changing fast as a result of digital disruption.
As the reaction against globalisation increases, there are ways that universities can maintain an outward focus through making a strong case for the benefits of global engagement.
Ireland has big ambitions for attracting international students and capitalising on Brexit, but without proper funding these may well not be achieved.
United Kingdom and European universities should treat Brexit as a death and recognise the phases of grieving that are involved in coming to terms with such a tragedy.
The Brexit campaign included calls to ignore experts, but were these more about questioning the establishment than a symptom of anti-intellectualism and is this questioning not something that should be at the heart of university life?
There is an undercurrent of exploitation, poverty, loneliness and despair about the deteriorating experience of international students, who over recent years are increasingly being treated more as a source of export income than as people.
There are several options the United Kingdom could take with regard to its international policy after the vote to leave the European Union, but a hard Brexit could lose the UK many friends and allies.
The Science Without Borders fellowship programme is a key plank of Brazil’s internationalisation efforts, but lack of monitoring has hampered progress and lack of involvement of universities in its development has limited the impact.
A new report outlines a strategy for internationalisation for French institutions, but it ignores some key areas and requires strong backing from France’s diplomatic networks, which mainly focus on cultural and linguistic issues.
The main problem for the poor in South Africa is not that they can’t afford higher education – it is that fewer than 5% qualify for entry into universities. For the 5% whose parents earn over R600,000 (US$43,300) the percentage who qualify is over 70%. ‘Free’ higher education will widen, not reduce, inequality because it will restrict the expansion of university places.
A new post-heroic model of leadership emphasises the importance of building distributed leadership at all levels of the university and views the university as an agent of societal and economic improvement.
The pressure to publish papers is leading to the rise of unethical behaviour and predatory publications. Public resources should be redistributed on the basis of quality not quantity.
Using education agents is fraught with risks, but those with a long-term vision realise that doing business ethically is better for business, so how do you choose wisely and ensure accountability?
The Times Higher Education ranking, with a new inclusion of book and chapter citations, seems weighted towards United States and United Kingdom universities, with institutions from developing and emerging countries making a relatively rare appearance.
Corruption back home, pressure on universities to accept international students and a focus on research rather than teaching contribute to a situation where overseas students are more likely to cheat than domestic ones. Universities should allocate resources to tackle this problem.
Universities in Venezuela are rapidly losing talent and are in desperate need of more funding from government and industry to prevent more academics leaving the country.
The African Research Universities Alliance is working to build strong research capacity to grow new sectors and expand existing industries across the continent over time, by aligning Africa’s leading research universities into a hub of research expertise.
Increasing restrictions of student visas is a likely response to concerns about immigration which culminated in the recent Brexit vote. Is the message being given to international students that they are not welcome here?
Singapore’s internationalisation aspirations have met with various challenges, from quality assurance to immigration policy, which explains why the original target for international students remains a long way from being met.
Switzerland risks dropping out of the Erasmus+ programme and Horizon 2020 if it is unable to find a solution that takes into account the result of its referendum on immigration and the European Union’s principle of freedom of movement.
If the United States expects to accommodate larger numbers of refugees and migrants at its higher education institutions, it needs to be able to understand and handle their unique admissions needs.
Traditional research universities are under threat from newer institutions in areas such as technology, according to the QS rankings, and developing countries are biting at the heels of the developed.
Photo: MIT– fifth year running at number one
Photo: MIT– fifth year running at number one
There are two major problems with open access that threaten the core of the science enterprise: the dismantling of professional societies and the loss of a permanent science record.
Brexit and how British universities articulate the case for European collaboration and internationalisation is not just an issue for the United Kingdom. The loss of the UK from the European Higher Education Area will affect everyone.