Social life is an important part of the university experience, but too often international students are left to their own devices. To integrate them better, preparation needs to start early.
A new initiative links up student activists globally and aims to put students at the forefront of promoting the values of internationalisation and cooperation as well as campaigning on issues of common concern.
International branch campuses face restrictions that limit their autonomy and affect their ability to offer top-quality higher education. Unless their leaders can agree shared goals, they will always be dependent on their hosts.
Globalisation of higher education can bring many benefits, such as a more diverse student body, but it can also threaten indigenous knowledge, culture and identity.
What is at stake for higher education in the United States presidential elections? The divisions are huge and, although higher education has featured very little, the general campaign rhetoric could have significant implications for universities. If Trump is elected, we must prepare for dire consequences for international higher education.
The United States election campaign could have a significant impact on the US’s ability to recruit international students from countries like Viet Nam.
Have countries increased their spending on their world-class universities? In cash-constrained times, it might be worth looking at alternatives to increased funding to boost elite universities.
Arab universities need to ensure that the public understands and appreciates their research so they can fully reap the benefits.
Russian PhD holders need to look to simultaneous academic mobility, whereby they work with international institutions but maintain links with their home country, if they want to increase their chances of career progression.
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.