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A multidisciplinary future for university research
Multidisciplinary research centres need to offer a win-win situation for all staff and will help create a more balanced research ecosystem that will leave us better placed to achieve advances in our understanding of the world around us.
Is it time to eliminate tenure for professors?
With 70% adjunct faculty, who work on a semester-to-semester basis, the current system is not helping students. What can replace the traditional tenure system and how could it promote excellence in teaching?
The Brexit vote signals ‘You are not welcome here’
The “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result, mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, and co-operation will become rarer.
The Brexit vote signals ‘You are not welcome here’
The “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result, mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, and co-operation will become rarer.
Fire, freedom and disrepair
Several universities and colleges have been set alight as decolonisation protests escalate. Students need to assess the costs and benefits of making the university the frontline in another struggle.
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.
E-learning is missing link in internationalisation
Many European universities have international strategies, but few link them up with e-learning, although it can help enable internationalisation at home.
How to boost your university’s ranking position
The latest QS regional ranking highlights the areas where universities can make improvements, such as boosting international research collaborations.
The effects of Saudisation on universities
Rapid Saudisation of university staff has created significant cultural change. Quality assurance needs to acknowledge the challenges that have arisen to ensure universities can provide the best education possible.
Leaving the Soviet model of control over universities
Reforms in China are driving innovation in everything from curriculum design to academic promotion and Peking University is leading that change.
National university ranking in need of improvements
India’s new ranking scheme aims to capture data that is relevant to the country’s higher education institutions, but there are areas where value could be added.
Building world-class universities in India
The Indian government is misinterpreting why United States universities are in the top positions for global rankings. If it wishes to have a handful of world-class universities created within the next decade, public funding and philanthropic support must increase – but so, too, must institutional autonomy and academic freedom.
Achievements and challenges of private higher education
Before 2000 there were fewer than 15 private higher education institutions in Ghana. By 2015 their number had grown to 106, compared to 83 public institutions. The private sector mainly absorbs excess demand from the tuition-free public system – but elite private institutions are emerging that target applicants from wealthy families locally and globally.
Generation Z – Why we need to future-proof universities
Generation Z’s lives are firmly anchored in the digital world and this will affect what they expect in every aspect of higher education. Universities need to prepare.
Global citizens or good citizens?
Does internationalisation of higher education aspire to create global citizens who are able to move around easily in the global marketplace or does it aspire to something higher than just economic wealth for selected individuals?
Internationalisation needs to be two-way
While Canada has attracted a lot of international students, few of its own students choose to study abroad despite it offering a transformative experience and despite industry understanding the benefits.
Different universities for different functions
Indonesia needs to focus on three different types of higher education to create world-leading researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals to improve the quality of higher education and boost economic development.
The research subsidy may penalise high-citation articles
The government subsidy awarded to South African universities for research publication output may be inadvertently penalising high-citation articles. Revising the model to tackle this problem would better align funding with government strategic plans and may better support publication of greater impact research.
University teachers’ march on wages brings results
Large-scale strikes by teachers’ unions have brought Mauricio Macri’s government to the negotiation table, but discontent over rising prices and shrinking budgets continues.
Why India needs to attract more international students
Indian students are demanding a more international campus so they can learn the skills they will need in a global economy. Now is the time to put a strategy in place to make India a destination of choice for international students.
Rethinking curriculum approaches in challenging times
Seriously rethinking approaches to the curriculum, and to teaching and learning, requires staff development that draws on unacknowledged expertise, gives status to teaching and learning, and builds collaboration between institutions. In August, fellows from 22 South African universities will emerge from a pilot programme that set its sights on these ambitious goals.
An innovative model for higher education reform
The establishment of the Fulbright University Vietnam is an important step towards reforming the Vietnamese higher education system and making it more relevant to the country’s economic needs.
Global universities and their global responsibilities
If all of the world’s leading research-intensive universities partnered – even modestly – with African institutions to boost research capacity, there could be a transformative impact on the continent’s capacity to produce knowledge.
Closing the feedback loop
Students who take part in Erasmus Mundus masters programmes are participating in surveys on quality assurance processes in order to offer meaningful feedback that may lead to improved student services and course quality.
Tackling the 'high debt - useless degree' problem
The government of India needs to crack down on the widespread problem of unscrupulous universities that offer useless degrees, while students incur high debts, or the country will likely head into economic difficulties, social unrest and political instability.