An open letter to Vietnamese parents and students interested in study in the United States: Don't let the result of a presidential election dissuade you from realising your dream. This is an especially good time to study in the US because educational institutions want and need international students.
While I agree with Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, when they write in their recent contribution that the aggressive posturing of United States President-elect Donald Trump is far from helpful to higher education around the world, I do not believe it will seriously dent the system as a whole. Nor will it have a significant impact on African higher education.
Are Chinese masters students studying in Western universities really experiencing internationalisation if the majority of their class are Chinese, the course is based on purely Western perspectives, they have little opportunity of work experience in the other culture and their contributions to group work are downgraded due to discrimination?
Working with first generation students, particularly those from aboriginal backgrounds, means accepting the cultural wealth they bring and not falling for assumptions about their family context.
A global essay competition is one way of finding out what students think would improve their education systems. Through heeding the words of younger generations, educational institutions could help improve students’ chances of success.
From South Africa to Australia, Canada to India, and Greece to Zimbabwe, students and academics have mounted protests against commodification of universities, leading to spiralling student debt, massive teaching loads, and disempowered faculties.
There are many ingredients that make for a successful university city, but it is important that that case is made publicly so that people can understand the benefits of higher education.
The Trump University case involving two class-action lawsuits and a suit brought by the state of New York, covering 6,000 former students, has been settled out of court, but it is in keeping with a number of recent fraud cases. The US$25 million payout is by no means the largest and is unlikely to be the last.
Internationalisation has to move past its focus on elite institutions and individuals. It must ensure equity and access are at its heart if it is to help build a sustainable and peaceful global community.
The United States needs to encourage more students to take up critical languages. This could benefit individual students, but could also help the US develop a more culturally sensitive and globally minded populace.
Global universities need to be able to nimbly convene diverse audiences on the ground and foster cross-cultural and multidisciplinary dialogue. The eight Columbia Global Centers across the world represent a very purposeful response in the growing debate between internationalism and nationalism.
After Brexit, the American presidential election has again shown nationalism, protectionism and disengagement win in times of fear and desperation. Over the next four years, international educators need to reaffirm their commitment to building bridges that advance global engagement and mutual understanding.
Regional rankings, subject rankings, national rankings and larger global rankings are all growing trends, but a bigger challenge will be expanding rankings to include new areas such as social mission and teaching excellence.
For all the debates on ‘massification’ and revitalising higher education in Africa, little attention has been paid to the teaching skills of academics. As student demand rises and quality diminishes and senior academics retire, the systematic enhancement of the calibre and skills of early career academics – who now dominate the academic landscape – is paramount.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s stance on visas does not bode well for future trade deals with India and is indicative of a wider crisis affecting global higher education and globalisation.
Universities in the Western Balkans face a plethora of challenges, from bureaucracy and corruption to a growing private sector involvement and difficulties in accessing European Union funding.
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.
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.