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UNITED STATES
US: Report looks at HE overseas
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have published a report comparing higher education in the United States and aboard “in an effort to bring American universities into an international conversation on higher education”, reports the Daily Californian. The report is titled The crisis of publics.
INDIA
INDIA: We do need that education
China is re-orienting and investing in its higher education sector to meet the challenges of the future. But India continues to ignore systemic collapse that is crying out for an urgent and drastic overhaul, comments Harsh V Pant, who teaches at King’s College London, on AssamNet.
UNITED KINGDOM
UK: Universities – extremist hotbeds?
Universities are coming under the spotlight in the fight against terrorism, with critics calling them a hotbed of extremism while lecturers say any clampdown threatens their freedom of speech, reports Reuters. Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently highlighted universities as one a key area where the authorities needed to “act against extremist influences”.
UNITED STATES
US: Costs and benefits of world class universities
“Everyone wants a world-class university. No country feels it can do without one. The problem is that no one knows what a world class university is, and no one has figured out how to get one,” writes Philip G Altbach in the journal International Higher Education. Not that this has stopped many institutions from calling themselves ‘world class’.
UNITED STATES
US: Survey of sprouting research parks
A survey by the US Association of University Research Parks (AURP) has confirmed that parks help to invigorate business and the local economy, create jobs and foster collaboration between industry and academics.
CHILE
CHILE: Social responsibility in universities
In 2001 the project ‘Universidad Construye País’ (University Builds Country) was launched in Chile, reports the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI). Its aim was to carry out coordinated, joint social responsibility activities in the country’s universities. One of the people involved, Catholic University of Temuco rector Mónica Jiménez de la Jara, wrote an article analysing development of the project and its conceptual roots.
EUROPE
EUROPE: New report on international student mobility
The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education has published a report titled “International student mobility: Patterns and trends”.
SWITZERLAND
SWITZERLAND: NORRAG scrutinises ‘best practice’
“It is bad practice to present good practice as best practice,” writes an author of the current issue of Norrag News, the publication of the Network for Policy Research Review and Advice on Education and Training.
UNITED STATES
US: Minorities badly under-represented, study finds
A survey of the top 100 departments in 15 disciplines has revealed that few have more than a single faculty member from an under-represented minority group, reports Insider Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
US: UCLA report explodes myths about Asian American students
More Asian American students are experiencing obstacles to academic success than in the past, according to a new report by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California in Los Angeles.
FRANCE
FRANCE: Latest International Handbook out
The latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities has been published by the Unesco-based International Association of Universities.
UNITED STATES
US: Where are global leaders educated?
A study of the educational backgrounds of 2,563 high-ranking officials in international organisations has shown that 89% earned at least one ‘Western’ degree.
GHANA
GHANA: New study on HE change and transformation
Universities in Ghana have been challenged to tackle the critical issues of expanding access with equity, quality and relevance, knowledge production, sustainable funding and resource management.
UNITED STATES
US: Mass higher education and the super research university
Worldwide, two major transformations are underway – the ‘massification’ of higher education, and the flourishing of the ‘super research university’ – writes Pennsylvania State University’s Professor David P Baker in International Higher Education.
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA: Falling value of the academic estate
The scholar-leader, a senior academic with a formidable scholarly track record, has been displaced by the manager-politician, writes education professor Jonathan Jansen, in the Mail and Guardian.
LATIN AMERICA: Higher education crossing borders
There has been a surge in external providers in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region once largely overlooked as a site for trans-national higher education, write Sylvie Didou Aupetit and Lisa JokivirtaIn in International Higher Education.
INDIA
INDIA: Knowledge Commission report welcomed
The National Knowledge Commission has released its summary report, primarily on higher education, covering a range of issues, comments Dr SL Rao, former director-general of the National Council for Applied Economic Research, in The Telegraph of Calcutta.
GLOBAL: Grade point average: A need for change
Grade point average (GPA) is a historical mistake in two senses. First, it has had an impact on student assessment the world over from elementary school through to university, and in this sense it is historic. Second, it has a very long history, appearing two centuries before the birth of modern-day theories and technologies of quantitative educational assessment; in this sense, it is also historical.
CANADA
CANADA: Collaborative engagements
E Lisa Panayotidis and Paul Stortz, of the University of Calgary, ponder the pros and cons of working with academic spouses, in Canada’s Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education.
CHINA
Understanding drivers of transnational partnerships
While China still retains a strong catch-up mentality and aims for its elite institutions to partner with dominant, elite Western peers, local social and cultural factors will continue to have an impact on the choice of partnerships and the ways in which universities develop.
MIDDLE EAST
An Arab Spring for social science?
Could the Arab Spring and increasing internationalisation of higher education in the Middle East be good news for social science in the region?
Apology for factual error
In a recent article in University World News I made a claim that Times Higher Education, in their recent World University Rankings, had introduced a methodological change that substantially affected the overall ranking scores. I acknowledge that this claim was without factual foundation. I withdraw the claim and apologise without reservation to Phil Baty and Times Higher Education.
Richard Holmes
JAPAN
Student movement builds a broader political platform
In a dramatic turnaround in the past year, Japanese students and young people have shed their conventional image as docile members of society to become major players in national politics.