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.
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.
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”.
“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’.
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.
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.
The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education has published a report titled “International student mobility: Patterns and trends”.
“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.
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.
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.
The latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities has been published by the Unesco-based International Association of Universities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Could the Arab Spring and increasing internationalisation of higher education in the Middle East be good news for social science in the region?
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.
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.