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The challenges of international HE in a small country
There is no straight model for international education for small, developing island countries such as Curaçao. A long-term international higher education strategy, building on their innate strengths and needs and investments in quality is the way forward.
The case for internationalisation of higher education
Internationalisation is about more than student mobility and study abroad. Its main purpose should be to enhance the quality of research, teaching and service, and consequently, to improve learning outcomes and the well-being of society.
Internationalisation should start at school
The ideal of learning that crosses sectoral boundaries and extends from primary to tertiary education may seem a long way off. But internationalisation is part of core 21st century skills that need to be embedded from an early age, linking schools and universities.
International-isation of HE needs to be replaced
Internationalisation as currently practised imposes Western ideas on the rest of the world and is about making money from foreign students. University leaders need instead to focus on acting as a catalyst for social change and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lifelong learning requires an evolving university
Universities need to adapt to a changing world where students will need to learn throughout their lives. That means selectively forgetting some ways of doing things from the past in order to fully invent and realise the future of higher education – and it isn’t easy.
Ambition tempered by reality for new universities
Setting up a new university in a developing country presents huge challenges, given the social, political, cultural and economic context, but, by tapping into the right support from internal and external stakeholders, it can transform societies.
Fees, disruption and the meaning of the university
Universities are in for a long cycle of disruption as alternatives compete to provide qualifications. This means their funding models are up for debate as never before as the whole concept of the university comes under scrutiny.
The complex politics of teaching in English in HE
There is a tension between the demand for internationalisation and the need to preserve the quality of education in the local language, but a more nuanced approach to teaching in English would take into account the pros and cons for individual study programmes.
Inclusive higher education must cater for refugees
In an era of increasing political instability, xenophobia, racism, religious and ethnic persecution, genocide and other threats to democracy and human rights, education, civic and other leaders should do more to ensure refugees have access to education, including higher education.
Supervising international research students
Communication and understanding are key in the international student-supervisor relationship, which is fundamental to the student’s ability to adjust to a new environment – and there is a lot of adjusting for students to do.
Remembering what higher education is all about
Sometimes we need to take a step back and remember why we’re in higher education. Professor Alan Dundes was the best teacher I ever had, but what made him great?
Misconceptions of internationalisation still prevail
The last few years of debate on internationalisation of higher education have seen a lot of attempts to define it in terms purely of mobility for the few and to suggest that it ignores the local. Such ideas must be countered.
What can we learn from returning Chinese students?
Returning students get a competitive advantage from study abroad, but universities and governments need to be careful to ensure that the wider social benefits of internationalisation are understood and that those at home don’t miss out.
Creating an Erasmus-style mobility scheme for ASEAN?
Can ASEAN countries learn from Erasmus and develop their own student mobility scheme that takes the best from Erasmus but tailors it to the ASEAN context? Of particular value would be the uplift in life chances that Erasmus gives to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A collective way for faculty to transform education
Faculty learning communities are international social networks that create new knowledge and skills and are able to respond to teacher and student needs. When combined with other high-impact inquiry-based learning practices such as research-based learning and creative learning, they can be transformational.
On whitewater be prepared for aggressive self-rescue
In times of trouble higher education institutions need to ready themselves for the turbulence ahead. That means everything from gathering intelligence and understanding the terrain to creating a viable plan and getting everyone working together.
Why part-time conditions matter to full-time faculty
Full-time faculty are affected by the growth in precarious contracts for teaching staff. They face increasing demands as most part-time instructors do not have a seat on governing councils or departmental committees. It is in the interests of both parties to work together to improve working conditions.
Transforming learning through student research
Inquiry is a natural human activity derived from a desire to make meaning and improve understanding of our world. An increase in higher education research – driven by expansion in student numbers and students engaging in varied research activities as part of their educational experience – will only help to transform learning.
Why Asian states need to ratify the UNESCO convention
The benefits of ratifying the UNESCO 2011 Asia-Pacific Recognition Convention are many and doing so could help the Asia-Pacific region become the next powerhouse in international higher education, yet only three UNESCO Asia-Pacific member states have ratified it so far. This must change.
The textbook – Not a substitute for teaching in HE
The textbook should be just one resource among many a university teacher might use. Unfortunately, some academics are too dependent on them despite the fact that the material quickly becomes outdated. But this is the lazy way out for the teacher and it disadvantages students in their learning.
New sources of cross-border HE are emerging
Increasing numbers of cross-border initiatives are being undertaken by institutions based in developing and emerging countries, particularly China, India and Russia, but also from Africa, Iran and a broad range of Asian countries. It’s a phenomenon that deserves more scrutiny.
Strengthening democracy through open education
The open education movement – which seeks the reduction or elimination of barriers such as cost, distance and access – is part of the wider movement to democratise knowledge, and to democratise tertiary education in particular, and to treat lifelong learning as a human right.
Imagining the future and higher education’s role in it
Companies are creating innovation plans, but how many universities are not just planning to take their institution to the next level, but really sitting down and imagining the future, and their place in it, rather than just waiting for it to happen?
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.
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.