Are developing countries learning to play the rankings game better as statistics show countries like the United Kingdom and the United States are losing ground? The recently released Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, brought some surprises.
Across Africa there has been a move to upgrade polytechnics to universities, but in so doing countries are failing to train enough vocational workers, such as technicians. Could the change of policy in Mauritius where a replacement is being sought for polytechnics be the way forward?
Over the past decade, the major and unhelpful intrusion into both the national and the international worlds of higher education has been the advent of university rankings. The global university rankings put too much emphasis on research and are undermining universities’ key educational mission.
While discussion papers around a new higher education policy contain some positive proposals, there is a lack of an overarching vision to address fundamental problems within the system.
A new governance system is needed to address concerns that massification of higher education is leading to a growing divide between rich and poor rather than the contrary.
A non-profit organisation is working with young people in Morocco through a range of training and capacity-building programmes that aim both to give them practical skills and improve the lives of their communities.
Germany has been shocked by a series of terrorist attacks, but this should galvanise the country’s universities and policy-makers to address the barriers to the successful integration of many thousands of young refugees.
Universities need to collaborate with employers who are the early adopters and opinion leaders in the world of new alternative credentials.
The underfunding of science, very low wages for teachers and brain drain are a result of years of politicisation of higher education, under which peer review for financing research projects became no longer important and the award of scholarships and the equipping of research laboratories were subject to politics.
While Times Higher Education’s Latin America rankings are welcome, there is room for improvement to reflect regional issues and activities and indicators that are pertinent to development – and there are some interesting omissions.
As Hillary Clinton outlines plans for free tuition for some students in the United States, Chile has unveiled its Higher Education Draft Bill. The bill has its critics, but marks an important step towards rolling back the neo-liberal movement towards greater privatisation of higher education.
The scale of China’s internationalisation plans for its higher education system is becoming clear. But will the country be able to achieve its goals, and how prepared is it for involvement in the global community of education?
Student unrest in the United States and South Africa are symptoms of deeper problems with the education system than access to knowledge. Until students and academics see that their concerns are aligned, we will continue to avoid hard questions and treat symptoms and not causes.
The metaphor of sliding doors indicates the hit-or-miss enactment of immigration policies by South Africa, in that the obstructions and eventual results seem unforeseeable. The almost haphazard nature of securing study visas might be why several international students interviewed for research described themselves as ‘lucky’.
It is important, if Vietnamese students need an educational consulting company to navigate international study, that they choose one carefully and ensure it is ethical.
World-class universities are a high cost option and Indonesia lacks resources. Instead it should invest in locally relevant institutions that deliver a number of benefits.
Saudi laws need updating so that people can experience the full benefits of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Universities in the United Kingdom are in shock. So much collaboration between UK and other European universities has arisen from membership of the European Union. Now is the time to forge and deepen the UK’s European links through influential higher education associations.
European universities need to rediscover their values and confront the challenges created by massification and globalisation.
Bob Kerrey’s appointment as chair of the board of trustees of Fulbright University Vietnam has raised questions due to Kerrey’s past war record, and risks tainting the whole project.
Student activists in Thailand face arrest and are shunned by the wider student population while those in Hong Kong have won widespread support. Why?
Most scientists and medical researchers behave ethically. However, in recent years, the number of high-profile scandals in which researchers have been exposed as having falsified their data raises the issue of how we should deal with research fraud.
All different kinds of tertiary education institutions can draw benefits from the expertise and international perspectives of an 'international advisory council'.
Internationalisation is increasing in status in higher education, but what does it take to lead a university’s international strategy?
An analysis of differences in overseas study shows big differences across the globe and suggests that if African countries could expand and strengthen their university systems, they could stem the brain drain abroad.