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ASIA
The push for Asian HE internationalisation indicators
UNESCO has begun work on drawing up a series of indicators on higher education internationalisation in Asia to help universities and education policy-makers in the region to develop an international outlook and promote international higher education links against a set of solid, accepted, quality benchmarks.
ZIMBABWE
Students contest high fees whilst on attachment
Financially-burdened higher education students in Zimbabwe are contesting an age-old practice compelling them to pay full student fees while on attachment to employers. The students say the custom is not only unfair but unjustified considering that students on attachment do not use college facilities or attend lectures.
DENMARK
New strategy to strengthen research, HE in the Arctic
Denmark is hoping to become one of the leading Arctic higher education and research nations, according to Minister of Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs, who earlier this month presented a strategy for prioritising work on Arctic issues in the years ahead, including setting up a ‘research hub’ in collaboration with Greenland’s self-governing administration.
KENYA
Lack of qualified staff fuels closure of some campuses
The closure of a string of satellite campuses has been announced over the past two weeks as universities move to comply with government directives aimed at halting the falling standards of degree programmes in some public institutions. Among the key institutional failings identified in the review process is the lack of qualified academic staff.
MALAYSIA
Universities already feeling the impact of budget cuts
Stiff budget cuts are already having an impact on Malaysia’s higher education even as the country tries to arrest a widely held perception of declining education standards. A 19% cut in the operating budgets of Malaysia's 20 public universities announced on 21 October is likely to hit research the hardest.
SOUTH AFRICA
Higher education struggles in an emerging democracy
The evolutionary growth of the university in the 21st century is affected by enormous challenges and the possibility of problems being addressed is constrained by national politics, bureaucracy and resource limitations that threaten the equality of the global academy, says Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand.
GLOBAL
EdTech disruption in HE will push personalised learning
The EdTech revolution is only in its infancy. Will this mean the end of the one-size-fits-all model of education? What is certain is that it will push the personalised learning agenda which will improve student experience and, potentially, performance.
GLOBAL
Classroom of the future takes learning to new levels
For the first time in Europe, a 'WOW Room', featuring a 45 square metre video wall, is available for faculty and dozens of university students around the world to interact in a single class.
UNITED STATES
The tricky task of teaching about Trump
Regardless of how Donald J Trump fares on Election Day, he will have profoundly altered not just American politics, but also the way many American professors teach political science.
MEXICO-UNITED STATES
Trump’s ‘wall’ is already hindering HE collaboration
Whether or not it ever materialises, talk of building a wall separating Mexico and the United States has created a worrying atmosphere for higher education on both sides of the existing border fence – and higher education collaboration could be jeopardised.
EUROPE
Do free trade deals pose a threat to higher education?
Agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the economies of the European Union and the United States pose "significant risks to public education... and could have the effect of locking in and intensifying the pressures of privatisation and commercialisation", European trade unionists warn.
GLOBAL
Remembering the future of higher education
Academic leaders must take very seriously their moral obligations to posterity – factoring into their discussions and decisions the well-being of generations yet to come. It means taking an adaptive view toward the future by performing the valuable, rewarding but often hard, even grinding and unglamorous work needed to preserve and improve their institutions.
AFRICA
Universities and the quest for employable graduates
While an emphasis on expansion has seen the higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa grow from 2.3 million in 1999 to 6.6 million in 2013, quality of offerings has received less emphasis, with more recent concerns about quality translating into dissatisfaction with the calibre of graduates hitting the labour market.
UNITED STATES
Will the United States think big again?
The Master Plan for Higher Education in California in the 1960s generated the world’s most influential system of public higher education, but it was undermined by the California tax revolt. The solution is a federal system of higher education tuition funding grounded in income-contingent student loans.
ASIA
Liberal arts 'have a bigger role to play in Asian HE'
Countries haunted by graduate underemployment and unemployment should ask whether universities are pursuing top rankings at the expense of diversification. Adopting liberal arts education more widely would help equip more students for our increasingly complex world.
GLOBAL
Online higher education is now a global market
Back when colleges first started experimenting with teaching online, pundits mused that competition for college students would one day be global. It seemed like possibly a crazy thing to predict, but that day is now here. So what does it mean for universities?
GLOBAL
Towards a vision for growing and sharing knowledge
Research and knowledge gathered in the field was worthless if it did not become community property – and that did not necessarily happen via journal publications. This point was raised in the keynote address at the 10th annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference held in South Africa in late September.
GLOBAL
Data shows positive impact of African diaspora fellows
A higher education initiative that taps the African diaspora in North America as a way to reverse the effects of brain drain on the continent seeks to expand amid signs that it has had a positive and sustainable impact, new data shows.
SOMALIA
Proliferation of universities brings mixed fortunes
As guns continue to fall silent in Somalia’s waning civil conflict, exponential growth has been witnessed in the higher education sector. But there are mixed reviews of the quality of education offered by the country’s new independent universities.
SOUTH AFRICA
Building innovation, entrepreneurship in universities
Are entrepreneurs born or made? That debate still rages, but for Central University of Technology Vice-chancellor Professor Thandwa Mthembu the answer is clear: Entrepreneurs can indeed be made and it’s time to invest more seriously in that process.
SOUTH AFRICA
At the heart of e-learning – Connections, disconnections
“An earlier speaker said that mobile learning and mobile devices are a drug, they are addictive. I don’t know about that but trust me, these things are affecting our psyche,” said Robert Branch, professor of learning, design and technology at the University of Georgia.
GLOBAL
Meeting mulls future of ‘prestigious’ scholarship plan
A consultative meeting at the recent Association of Commonwealth Universities conference in Ghana gave university representatives from across the Commonwealth an opportunity to air their views on the present operation and visibility of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, and offer ideas for its future development.
GHANA
New kinds of councils needed for evolving universities
About a decade ago, Clifford Tagoe was just weeks into his new position as vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana when he made a radical proposal. The university’s academic programming had deteriorated. Its governance was in disarray and there was institution-wide examination malpractice. Ghana’s oldest and most prestigious university was in a shambles.
EUROPE
UK eyes European TNE growth after Brexit
United Kingdom universities are starting to look seriously at the European mainland to expand transnational higher education, or TNE, following fears that the number of European Union students in Britain could dramatically decline after Brexit.
GLOBAL
World universities compete to win a place
If you Google “How many good university guides around the world?”, 673 million results pop up in 0.67 seconds. The world is flooded with publications and web pages offering guides to the top universities in America, Africa, Australia, Britain, Canada... Then there are the guides to leading universities in particular fields and the top institutions in certain regions – not to forget the growing number of publications that provide world university rankings.