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GHANA
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.
GLOBAL
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
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?
CANADA
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.
INDONESIA
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.
SOUTH AFRICA
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.
ARGENTINA
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.
INDIA
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.
SOUTH AFRICA
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.
VIETNAM
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
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.
EUROPE
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.
INDIA
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.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
Addressing the dragon in the room
How can United States institutions – and others – address the dangers of an over-reliance on China? Diversifying and targeting students and using alumni networks may all help to address the prospect of dwindling numbers of Chinese students coming to the US.
UKRAINE
Big data can help determine university funding
Ukraine has to start creating the data systems and software it needs to determine how to fund its higher education system. The sooner it does so, the better its chances will be of competing globally.
SYRIA
Supporting academics in exile nearby is key to future
International organisations should do more to forge partnerships with universities in neighbouring countries to Syria to help those academics who would find it hard to study in the West.
UNITED KINGDOM
Don’t rush to conclusions from the THE rankings
Should British universities be worried about their apparent slide down the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings? A look at the changing methodology suggests it is too early to panic.
UNITED KINGDOM
The new divide in English higher education
The division between the business model university and the traditional university is widening with huge long-term implications for students. Many from the former will end up in debt, with no better jobs than they would have got if they hadn’t gone to university.
AUSTRALIA
An international education strategy with no vision
The Australian National Strategy for International Education 2025 takes a neo-liberal approach to international education, which shifts the focus from education to services and products.
GLOBAL
G7 must work together to ensure no one is left behind
The challenges of providing a higher education response to social inequality, digital disruption and mass population movements are best met by countries working together.
VIETNAM
Social sciences must be accountable
The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences must be more transparent about its research output and publish details so that the public can see where their money is being spent.
INDIA
Call for flexible minimum standards
Two conflicting currents can be seen in higher education: the push to standardisation through rankings and other methods and the move to commoditisation through the idea of higher education being open to all. How can we create minimum standards without erecting barriers to higher education?
GLOBAL
Where is the global leadership on HE access for all?
Equitable access to higher education for those in poor, marginalised communities and those who are discriminated against can't be achieved without global leadership on the issue. But who will step up?
AFRICA
HE cannot wait for 2030 global goals
Africa cannot wait until 2030 for the next round of global goals to address the urgent need for quality higher education. The Sustainable Development Goals in which higher education targets are included sideline quality and instead focus on incremental development, enrolment rates, unsustainable practices and international dependency.
IRAQ
National ranking encourages development of quality
Kurdistan’s new national ranking aims to introduce a culture of academic competition between higher education institutions in the region and raise standards.