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GLOBAL
How to avoid being on the wrong side of history
Charged with elitism and being out of touch, there are a number of things universities can do to address some of the issues thrown up by the political upheavals of the past year, including realigning research to tackle societal challenges, promoting independent thought and becoming more open institutions.
GLOBAL
Transforming higher education’s creative capacity
The ability to think creatively is vital in the current era where automation threatens jobs and innovation is all-important. Through creative curricula and learning activities universities and their faculty can develop the creative learning needed for the future.
GLOBAL
Revolutions ahead in international student mobility
A great shake-up is taking place in the world of international higher education as a result of the political changes sweeping the United States and United Kingdom and rising xenophobia in Europe. There are a number of potential winners and losers, but until the dust settles it is all to play for.
GLOBAL
Anarchy and exploitation in scientific communication
The world of science communication is in turmoil as a result of a perfect storm of complex issues. As fake journals proliferate and academics face pressure to publish, what can be done to bring some order to the chaos?
MEXICO
Universities open their arms to returning 'Dreamers'
Mexican politicians and universities are preparing the way for many young Mexicans to return from the United States in the wake of President Donald Trump's threat to deport millions of illegal immigrants. Critics claim the easing of restrictions in university applications undermines quality controls, but one outcome could be greater student mobility in Mexico’s higher education system.
GLOBAL
Unfair teacher feedback means demotivated students
Student feedback should be about helping students progress in their learning, not penalising them for originality. Feedback that is unfair and not linked to stated assessment criteria works against students achieving their potential.
GLOBAL
Universities must adapt to constant change to thrive
As people live longer and technology evolves, universities should be at the forefront of innovation in teaching and addressing the fast-changing skills the workers of tomorrow will need in a life requiring more frequent retooling for multiple careers.
GLOBAL
Revolutionising the global knowledge society
Higher education systems around the world are currently undergoing an academic revolution that is primarily the result of globalisation, democratisation and lifelong learning as a human right. They have taken on a new importance as engines of economic growth and social development.
GLOBAL
The drive to internationalise is speeding up in many places
Far from being dead, there are signs that – in reaction to Brexit, Trump's election and the rise of nationalist movements – the internationalisation of higher education is increasing in many parts of the world, with those countries which opt for isolationism in danger of being left behind.
UNITED KINGDOM
Against a managerialist approach to higher education
Academics need to reclaim the idea of educational quality from a purely managerialist approach by emphasising the moral basis of learning and teaching.
GLOBAL
Manufacturing internationalisation of higher education
Times Higher Education’s new ranking of the most international universities differs radically from that published in 2016. It includes a new ranking methodology which seems to favour the United States, Europe and research universities and has seen last year’s top two institutions drop out of the ranking altogether.
GLOBAL
Deans must put faculty issues first, not their research
Deans need to realise that their role is like that of a parent – to guide, inspire, encourage, lead, support and set clear directions. Universities just don’t pick the right person a lot of the time.
GLOBAL
The role of international faculty in the mobility era
The increasing number of academics working outside their home country contribute to internationalisation through their different viewpoints and skills, but some universities are not integrating them into their internationalisation programmes.
CANADA
How to find the next president of your university
Don’t leave it to trial and error. Higher education institutions that prepare the ground for their next leader are likely to ensure a smoother transition. That means build strong systems for knowledge transfer between successive generations of board members in advance of the next search.
GLOBAL
International education in 2017 – Any room for optimism?
Although 2016 was a year of political shocks that have called into question a lot of perceived ideas about internationalisation of higher education, there is still scope for innovation if universities look outside their own walls.
GLOBAL
Why higher education must be more inclusive
The case for inclusivity in and access to higher education is part of an overarching commitment to basic universal human rights. These rights have huge implications for how educational resources are allocated and how all parties in education are treated.
GLOBAL
Universities are experiencing an unbundling revolution
Just as technology altered the market for music and news, higher education appears to be next in line for the great unbundling. But a lot of the transformative innovation that is going on today was broadly predicted by a law professor more than 35 years ago.
CANADA
Can academic freedom make space for minority groups?
A debate about academic freedom versus inclusivity has hit the headlines, but what it shows more than anything is a need for our understanding of academic freedom to evolve so inclusivity and academic freedom can be seen as complementary forces.
CANADA
Can academic freedom make space for minority groups?
A debate about academic freedom versus inclusivity has hit the headlines, but what it shows more than anything is a need for our understanding of academic freedom to evolve so inclusivity and academic freedom can be seen as complementary forces.
GLOBAL
Reimagining the HE curriculum for the 21st century
Internationalisation of the curriculum is about much more than simply doing international things – it needs to be reimagined as a critical academic process that has the potential to create new pathways for human development and well-being at a critical time in the history of the world.
GLOBAL
What makes a ‘good’ university degree programme?
Students often have strong views on what they want from a degree programme so it pays to sit down and listen to what they have to say.
MALAYSIA
Structural reform of higher education is needed
Cuts to Malaysia’s higher education budget could be an opportunity for the government to introduce systemic and structural changes to help public universities transform into more efficient higher education institutions.
GLOBAL
Creating a culture of inclusion in higher education
How can we create a culture of inclusion in higher education institutions? Inclusive leadership is vital for creating an organisational culture and mindset that reflects all identities that make up the learning community.
GLOBAL
What do students find irritating about their lecturers?
Student feedback can be fairly revealing, particularly about the things they find annoying about their lecturers. It can also be a good learning experience.
NORTH KOREA
Some advice on how to become a world-class university
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang to be a world-class institution. Here’s how to play the rankings game and succeed.