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Strategy session in a box – Part two
How do you promote your academic programmes in an increasingly competitive world? Going back to your foundations and asking questions is a good starting point.
GLOBAL
Competition or collaboration for change?
Are university leaders really interested in change and innovation or are they too caught up in a competitive system of internationalisation that only increases existing inequalities in the global education system?
CANADA
The vital role of credit transfers
A good credit transfer system is vital for encouraging students to move through the post-secondary education system and is also important for social equity and inclusion.
GLOBAL
Higher education as a multi-purpose enterprise
In a rapidly changing world we need a framework for understanding the shifting landscape of higher education and its trends. Many of these trends are positive and will strengthen democracy, such as a focus on the development of personal agency and lifelong learning.
GLOBAL
There is no substitute for good quality teaching
What matters above all else for a successful education system is the quality of its teachers and requires giving them respect, status, a decent salary and career pathways commensurate with other professional areas.
GLOBAL
Recognising refugee qualifications is a necessity
Could the Lisbon Recognition Convention offer a way to overcome a significant barrier to refugee integration into their host countries?
LATIN AMERICA
Meeting of minds on the way forward for Latin America
Experts recently met in Colombia for an open and wide-ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities for higher education across Latin America.
GLOBAL
Beyond the Syrian refugee crisis
Universities, states and global institutions need to prepare now for future refugee crises around the world and to invest in higher education in those regions likely to be affected.
GLOBAL
Strategy session in a box – Part one
How can universities ensure they are on the right track for the future and ensure they are not in danger of becoming obsolete in a fast-changing world?
CANADA
How to improve conditions for the academic precariat
A recent conference in Canada has addressed ways of improving conditions for the rising number of precarious employees working in academia and highlights the need for them to organise collectively.
GLOBAL
Governance should support student learning
Good governance should not be impersonal and alienating or create greater bureaucracy. Greater centralisation doesn’t always mean more efficiency.
GLOBAL
A catalyst for change
Access to lifelong learning is a moral issue given that education provides a meaningful way of improving social mobility and life opportunities.
GLOBAL
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.