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MIDDLE EAST
Ranking universities in the Middle East
International rankings are coming to the Middle East, but could they lead to homogenisation and division between institutions and countries? It would be better if the rankings measured a broader range of criteria than research output, including regional collaboration.
UNITED STATES
Cost-cutting makes sense for universities and colleges
Higher education institutions in the United States need to look at tailoring their budgets to consumers who are reluctant to fund ever-rising tuition fees.
GLOBAL
Different ways of learning for students abroad
Surprisingly little attention is given to service learning and in particular job placements as part of the international learning experience for students. With stress on global citizenship and global professional development, these strategies are more important than ever.
INDIA
Universities need to get ready for India’s high fliers
In the next few years there will be many opportunities for universities looking to attract more Indian students, driven not so much by government policy but by student demand. They need to be prepared to cater for the students’ needs.
UKRAINE
Reform higher education’s old system of privileges
This year’s higher education admissions round in Ukraine is more complex than in the past due to the war, but it has put the spotlight on old systems of privilege which need reforming.
GLOBAL
Lessons from the arrest of Alexander Sodiqov
The arrest and release of a Tajik research student linked to a Canadian and UK university highlighted the need for universities to support their international students in an age of transnational and sometimes dangerous research.
GLOBAL
Misconceptions about (the end of) internationalisation
The future of internationalisation will require a renewed focus on the reasons for doing it and will take into account the changing context for international higher education, where there are no longer barriers between global and local.
UKRAINE
From higher education legislation to implementation
The struggle for higher education reform in Ukraine has been long and the passing of new legislation is by no means the end of the process. Now universities must focus on the reform’s implementation.
GLOBAL
International HE – What gets measured, gets funded
Internationalisation of higher education would be more successful if it took account of the local context, was aligned to institutional missions and if more attention was paid to measuring its outcomes.
AUSTRALIA
Helping postgraduate students with study abroad
A new programme is seeking to understand what can help Chinese postgraduate students make a successful transition to study abroad in Australia, and hopefully in other Western countries as well.
LATIN AMERICA
Latin America must build on intra-regional cooperation
Latin America is making strong progress in international higher education. But it needs to look more at alliances between countries rather than being too dependent on Europe and North America.
UNITED STATES
Teach students soft skills
Universities that teach their students the soft skills employers are crying out for will have a competitive advantage and will ensure that going to university is worth the debt burden students are accruing.
IRELAND
Selling grammar: I will be your preacher teacher
English grammar programmes are increasingly popular around the world, but students are not interested unless they can see a practical application.
MALAYSIA
Australian-style training for leadership makes waves
A twinning programme between Malaysia and Australia is teaching Malaysian students leadership skills and confidence to navigate the professional world while keeping them grounded in their own culture.
INDIA
Reforming higher education with transparency
Indian higher education is highly complex. Despite fast growing enrolment, there are concerns about quality. Reform of the system needs to begin with moves towards greater transparency.
UNITED STATES
When higher education's future is uncertain
Creating environmental sustainability on United States campuses was the big goal a few years ago. Today, ensuring financial sustainability is a much more difficult challenge to face.
GLOBAL
HE internationalisation - Reading between the lines
The fourth Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education provides information on trends - but the information it presents should not be taken at face value. Much is about perceptions rather than concrete fact, with many people surveyed possibly motivated more by good intentions than by reality.
ASIA
Harmonising academic calendars: A mobility tool?
Recent moves by the Philippines and Thailand to change their academic calendars have been bolstered by arguments about internationalising higher education. However, academic calendars are a reflection of diverse cultures, and other issues are surely more important for student mobility, including the quality of higher education on offer.
UKRAINE
Keeping the higher education promises of Maidan
The draft law on higher education put to Ukraine's previous parliament was a compromise and needs amending in line with the drive towards greater transparency and democracy promoted by the Maidan protests.
GLOBAL
Protege to peer: Measuring maturity at branch campuses
Branch campuses are often seen merely as cash cows. But they can mature into innovative, knowledge-producing organisations if they are properly administered and take advantage of local expertise.
UNITED STATES
A curriculum by academics for academics
There is a yawning gap between student and academic views on whether graduates are prepared for the world of work, and those of business leaders and the public. The problem is that academics are not teaching curricula that are in tune with what is happening outside the world of academe.
GLOBAL
A call for international education evidence
The Journal of Studies in International Education was launched 17 years ago in response to a need to stimulate research into the internationalisation of higher education. Its evidence-based approach is needed now more than ever.
GLOBAL
International branch campuses get too much attention
There is a lot of focus on international branch campuses, despite the fact that they only form a small part of universities' internationalisation activities. There should be more emphasis on developing online and open learning as affordable global engagement strategies.
UKRAINE
A European revolution in Ukraine
Serhiy Kvit - one of University World News' popular bloggers - has been appointed minister of education and science in Ukraine. In this, his last blog for us, the professor and rector describes the involvement of students and academics in the momentous changes of the past month.
UAE
Branch campus students thrive on high-stakes contests
Students at Dubai's branch campuses may not be involved in mountain hikes or nature trips, but they are taking part in extra-curricular business competitions inspired by the environment in which they are set. And, despite stereotypes, many of those taking part are girls.