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UNITED STATES
New model needed to close widening education gap
More and more jobs in the United States require degrees, but rising fees mean they are out of reach for many people unless they are prepared to accept large debts. Even online learning tends to be based on traditional models. Universities need to think more creatively about how to close the higher education gap using forms of education that are adapted to individual needs.
GLOBAL
Change the language of internationalisation
Employers are missing the wider benefits of internationalisation – at home and abroad – because we are not using the right language to describe them. Academics may also be reluctant to promote internationalisation due to the perception that it will increase their workload. This must be tackled.
GLOBAL
The key to branch campus success lies at home
Branch campus success owes more to the home campus of a university than the overseas branch. That includes initial planning and the whole reason for setting up a branch campus in the first place.
UNITED STATES
Fighting the entitlement mentality in US universities
American universities have increased their tuition fees annually above the rate of inflation – even before the 2008 crisis. This has led to a sense of entitlement that universities must continually expand what they offer when, in the face of funding cuts, they need to tailor programmes to their budgets.
INDIA
Expanding enrolments with little state funding
The cost of expanding higher education student enrolment is mainly being covered by private institutions because the government prioritises its spending on schools. If fee increases occur and graduates are unable to find jobs, disillusionment with higher education could set in.
GLOBAL
Towards quality transnational education
Transnational education is booming, but quality assurance is lagging behind in many countries. A concerted international effort is needed to establish an improved quality assurance regime for transnational education.
EUROPE
Erasmus report fuels internationalisation debate
The recent Erasmus impact study provides food for debate on what makes for positive study abroad experiences. It also shines a light on the issue of how to make the benefits of internationalisation available to all students.
GLOBAL
How do we assess the impact of internationalisation?
Impact assessment is vital for the internationalisation of higher education, but it needs to be more than a numbers game. There ought to be much more in-depth use of data to show the full benefits of policies and practice.
UKRAINE
Rescue Ukrainian academia in Donbas
Ukrainian universities in the Donbas have been taken over by separatists. Students can move to other universities, but academics are at much greater risk. However, they can be helped by a legal change that could benefit the whole of Ukraine.
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.