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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.
UNITED KINGDOM
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.
GLOBAL
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.
GLOBAL
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.
GLOBAL
The role of international faculty in the mobility era
The increasing number of academics working outside their home country contribute to internationalisation through their different viewpoints and skills, but some universities are not integrating them into their internationalisation programmes.
CANADA
How to find the next president of your university
Don’t leave it to trial and error. Higher education institutions that prepare the ground for their next leader are likely to ensure a smoother transition. That means build strong systems for knowledge transfer between successive generations of board members in advance of the next search.
GLOBAL
International education in 2017 – Any room for optimism?
Although 2016 was a year of political shocks that have called into question a lot of perceived ideas about internationalisation of higher education, there is still scope for innovation if universities look outside their own walls.
GLOBAL
Why higher education must be more inclusive
The case for inclusivity in and access to higher education is part of an overarching commitment to basic universal human rights. These rights have huge implications for how educational resources are allocated and how all parties in education are treated.
GLOBAL
Universities are experiencing an unbundling revolution
Just as technology altered the market for music and news, higher education appears to be next in line for the great unbundling. But a lot of the transformative innovation that is going on today was broadly predicted by a law professor more than 35 years ago.
CANADA
Can academic freedom make space for minority groups?
A debate about academic freedom versus inclusivity has hit the headlines, but what it shows more than anything is a need for our understanding of academic freedom to evolve so inclusivity and academic freedom can be seen as complementary forces.
CANADA
Can academic freedom make space for minority groups?
A debate about academic freedom versus inclusivity has hit the headlines, but what it shows more than anything is a need for our understanding of academic freedom to evolve so inclusivity and academic freedom can be seen as complementary forces.
GLOBAL
Reimagining the HE curriculum for the 21st century
Internationalisation of the curriculum is about much more than simply doing international things – it needs to be reimagined as a critical academic process that has the potential to create new pathways for human development and well-being at a critical time in the history of the world.
GLOBAL
What makes a ‘good’ university degree programme?
Students often have strong views on what they want from a degree programme so it pays to sit down and listen to what they have to say.
MALAYSIA
Structural reform of higher education is needed
Cuts to Malaysia’s higher education budget could be an opportunity for the government to introduce systemic and structural changes to help public universities transform into more efficient higher education institutions.
GLOBAL
Creating a culture of inclusion in higher education
How can we create a culture of inclusion in higher education institutions? Inclusive leadership is vital for creating an organisational culture and mindset that reflects all identities that make up the learning community.
GLOBAL
What do students find irritating about their lecturers?
Student feedback can be fairly revealing, particularly about the things they find annoying about their lecturers. It can also be a good learning experience.
NORTH KOREA
Some advice on how to become a world-class university
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang to be a world-class institution. Here’s how to play the rankings game and succeed.
CANADA
Supporting victims of sexual assault at university
Community advocacy, education and the development of a culture of ‘intervening’ are essential tools for dealing with the number of sexual assaults reported on campus. A strategic study on enhancing care for sexual assault victims was recently released by the University of Saskatchewan.

GLOBAL
The shifting landscape of doctoral education
Doctoral education is moving from preparation for a life in academia towards more interdisciplinary programmes that prepare students for a variety of positions in and out of academia and candidates are becoming more diverse.
GLOBAL
Site visits must be part of the accreditation process
Visits more accurately and honestly confirm compliance with expected accreditation principles than those that rely solely on written documentation.
GLOBAL
How to make the most of international HE partnerships
Partnerships can provide a powerful vehicle for researchers and universities to increase their research impact and build their international network and reputation, but they require good leadership and respect for the contribution of all parties.
GLOBAL
Designing university curricula for the future
University-industry collaborations rely on trust and that needs to extend to curriculum design, ensuring that it helps turn out students with the skills necessary for the real world of work.
GLOBAL
Catholic identity and internationalisation
A study of Catholic universities shows a disconnect between their religious identity and their internationalisation policies. Both, indeed, are in a state of flux.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
The gaokao is not the SAT… well, maybe
The gaokao, China’s test for university admission, dictates curriculum content, encouraging teachers to teach to the test. Meanwhile, the United States’ SAT test is moving more in this direction, to the detriment of the US education system.
MALAYSIA
Can private education contribute to nation building?
The influx of foreign private higher education providers is creating a new divide, where wealthy minority groups gravitate towards institutions that are linked closely to the business sector, reinforcing their position of relative wealth.