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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.