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GLOBAL
Do national policies for internationalisation work?
There is not much data showing the impact of different internationalisation strategies, but some factors can be clearly identified.
AFRICA
African higher education development – Competing visions
Ministries in Africa must simultaneously modernise higher education systems while widening participation. To do this they must convince governments and donors that system innovations and societal benefits have an equally important rate of return in terms of truly sustainable development.
GLOBAL
US and UK universities skewed by their foreign recruits
Universities from the United States and the United Kingdom are managing differently to be largely the same in the way they recruit international students – and by targeting privileged populations in their pursuit of international student fees, they risk losing their public purpose.
TUNISIA
Islamist-secular cleavage divides universities
The fall of authoritarianism introduced an array of democratic reforms in the Tunisian institutions of higher learning, but the impact of Islamists’ victory in university council elections is causing divisions on campus.
AFRICA
Innovation in the absence of private partners
African higher education faces an uphill struggle to address historical problems as well as new ones, such as the need for innovation in a world of state control.
RUSSIA
Dangers from the pressure to publish
Could efforts to increase the publication productivity of Russian scholars lead to a decline in the quality of international academic periodicals?
SOUTH KOREA
Know your neighbour
It’s vital that South Korea understands the North so the demise of another North Korean studies department and the lack of interest in North Korean studies is short-sighted and potentially dangerous.
UNITED STATES
US nationalism – The elephant in the room
Nationalism stands in the way of creating global citizens, but it is the subject few involved in international education in the United States want to speak about.
AUSTRALIA
‘Teflon’ universities need closer public scrutiny
There should be an urgent review of falling scores used in the Australian universities’ admissions system and the institutional pressures on academics to pass students.
GLOBAL
To change the world, stop talking only to your peers
Academics need to start playing a more prominent role in society instead of largely remaining observers who write about the world from within ivory towers and publish their findings in journals hidden behind expensive digital paywalls.
GLOBAL
70 science academies worldwide discuss ‘science advice’
This month representatives from more than 70 academies of science and medicine met to discuss 'Science Advice'. What emerged were the needs to avoid thinking that science has all the answers, to solicit diverse inputs, include communication training in university curricula, and help scientists understand society better so they can tailor messages appropriately.
UNITED KINGDOM
It’s time to talk about race
With only 60 Black UK professors in British universities and concerns being raised about the curriculum and the colonial legacy in higher education, now is the time to address what can be done to tackle under-representation throughout the system.
INDIA
JNU controversy a sign of worse things to come
The recent decision to let police into Jawaharlal Nehru University, or JNU, to arrest a speaker at a protest event is just the latest expression of the undermining of free expression on campus from both above and below. So far, the government has shown no signs of backing down or recognising that it may be over-reacting.
SOUTH AFRICA
A ‘third force’ in higher education student activism
Into a cauldron of student disappointment and anger on South Africa’s protest-disrupted campuses has emerged a ‘third force’. This group of politically motivated students, who are either financially supported or hoping for cushy positions after university, is driving contestation between a range of political camps. An upcoming, fiercely contested local election could be an incendiary factor.
CUBA-UNITED STATES
Making US-Cuba academic cooperation a reality
United States and Cuban universities are developing partnerships in the wake of a thawing in relations, and in this pivotal moment for US-Cuba relations are seeking to build scientific and intellectual bridges, but several challenges still remain.
UNITED STATES
Global learning for global citizenship
A university-wide programme run by Florida International University has been recognised for its innovative approach to capitalising on the diversity of students in the classroom.
CHINA
Why China’s HE system has 'feet of clay'
China’s education system is deeply divided and its current problems are rooted in a massification policy led by the Communist Party’s Central Committee rather than education experts or universities.
GLOBAL
Tackling attacks on universities
Violent attacks on universities are not isolated incidents. To confront them, governments must do more than make statements of public support. They must undertake concrete measures to increase the protection of staff and students.
GLOBAL
How to develop a sense of belonging
A sense of belonging is key to student well-being, but what can universities do to help create this, particularly for groups such as international students who may face more barriers than others to feel part of an academic community?
SAUDI ARABIA
Supporting research excellence
King Saud University has instituted a series of research support programmes to promote the production of excellent research so that Saudi Arabia can compete with the world’s best universities.
AFRICA
South Africa and the illusion of free higher education
In South Africa, where students are demanding free higher education, the norm is to draw lessons from the global North. But if the country looks to Africa it will find that free higher education failed to achieve universal access or social inclusion.
CHINA
China’s glass ceiling and feet of clay
It is easy to be mesmerised by the rapid and impressive achievements at China’s top universities, but it is important to recognise the reality of the system as a whole and the problems faced at the bottom in order to understand the country’s future potential.
UNITED STATES
A culture of internationalisation
Case Western Reserve University’s award-winning internationalisation strategy is based on deep engagement with all members of the university community.
UNITED STATES
The internationalisation imperative
A more internationally competitive workplace means universities need to introduce global perspectives and open their doors to international students to reflect the global economy.
GLOBAL
Partners in promoting greater global equality
Does internationalisation of higher education promote inequity or can it make us question our academic practices and how these are informed?