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Higher education research goes global
The 2003 Shanghai Statement unleashed a string of initiatives aimed at promoting more research into international higher education, including the world's largest research centre in this field, launched in London last week.
GLOBAL
Flagship model doesn’t address today’s needs
It’s no use talking about world-class or flagship universities in the developing world where there are not enough financial resources or qualified teaching staff. A new system is needed.
GLOBAL
Preparing global citizens
The labour market demands graduates who are at ease with different cultures. The education system, from nursery to college and university, needs to adapt to a fast-changing world.
UNITED STATES
Building a globally-focused faculty
Engaging faculty in internationalisation early in their careers through policies and programmes that incentivise and reward internationally-focused work means that global perspectives are embedded into the foundation of their teaching and research right from the start.
GLOBAL
Looking forward to 2016
What will the main developments in international higher education be in 2016? From calls for tuition-free higher education to refugee policy, the year is likely to be a busy one.
CANADA
Has hope returned to public science?
Can the new government restore optimism among Canada’s academics or has academic freedom been so undermined over the last nine years that this is now impossible?
GLOBAL
Six words to sell your sauce
A fun exercise asking business schools to describe themselves in six words highlights the importance of knowing who you are and what you offer.
GLOBAL
Higher education for a hyper-connected world
Higher education is at the centre of a move to a global knowledge society with challenges including access, quality assurance and the need to produce students who are both specialists and generalists.
UNITED STATES
Call to end vague university mission statements
Mission statements need to be more focused to encourage higher education institutions to keep within budget. Mission creep with accompanying cost and debt burdens is often the product of open-ended mission statements.
EUROPE
The massive refugee crisis demands a proper response
The scale of the refugee crisis demands more than good intentions and small-scale actions. Education is at the heart of a long-term solution to Syria’s problems and we need to do much more.
GLOBAL
Investigating international student success
Universities should not regard their international students as cash cows, but take a greater interest in new research that looks at what factors are necessary for them to succeed.
GLOBAL
What do employers (and employees) want?
Business school alumni understand the importance of soft skills and want more training in these areas as research shows strong oral communication skills trump strong technical and-or quantitative skills.
CANADA
Applied research at polytechnics is essential
Universities should not have the sole rights on research and may have something to learn from how polytechnics have forged partnerships with business.
EUROPE
Knocking louder on Europe’s door
Universities need to take action to help refugees by offering scholarships and bursaries and countering propaganda that demonises them.
GLOBAL
Competition is hindering compassion and conscience
The growth of competition between universities is making it difficult for universities to pull together to promote global wellbeing.
GLOBAL
Towards an inclusive global knowledge society
Going to university cannot guarantee a certain type of job in a constantly shifting world economy, but it can equip people with the skills by which to learn – and keep learning – how to adapt to changing economic and social conditions.
GLOBAL
Confronting global challenges
Universities need to address the uncertain global climate by promoting internationalisation of higher education to all and not just the mobile minority.
GLOBAL
Business programmes – The new landscape
Time was when competition for business schools meant the top schools in their country or internationally. Now more and more other actors are getting involved in management training, from training firms to online content providers.
GLOBAL
Why global higher education must be democratised
Higher education systems need to create more flexible structures in order to open up lifelong learning opportunities to all segments of society.
UNITED STATES
Free college on the presidential agenda
Student debt is featuring in the presidential elections, with many candidates in the Democratic Party proposing different paths towards tuition-free study.
CANADA
Power of the professoriate and the lemonade stand
Market forces have taken over higher education thinking, but a recent case in Canada hearkens back to an earlier era where teaching staff had greater influence.
GLOBAL
Marketing as strategy – Part two
Doing your research is vital to any institution's marketing strategy and the best way to start is to mine the data you have from your own admissions statistics.
GLOBAL
International strategies at schools: Whose opportunity?
More and more schools are taking an interest in internationalisation, including state schools. Universities need to take advantage of this and support and collaborate with the other levels of education, and ensure they are ready to capitalise on the talents those students bring.
GLOBAL
Lifelong education as an equaliser
Lifelong education is necessary to address the dangers of hyper-specialisation, create a more level playing field and to develop our different individual talents and career aspirations. If there is anything like the so-called ‘great equaliser’, perhaps it lies in universal lifelong education and viewing lifelong learning as a human right.
GLOBAL
Marketing – The importance of strategy
Why do so few higher education institutions use marketing to create a strong, unique identity?