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UNITED STATES
Student-friendly ranking alternatives
Two US sites that provide alumni data on what a university is like could give students the information they need to decide where to study. Could this kind of personal information eventually prove more useful than that in the major rankings?
GLOBAL
Teaching in English is not about politics but quality
Recent objections to teaching in English in an Italian university are about politics, but they disguise genuine issues about quality, which apply equally to English-speaking countries with an increasingly diverse faculty and student population.
UKRAINE
Home rankings a response to international isolation
Ukraine does not take part in global rankings due to the way it conducts research, but that has not stopped it producing a number of home ranking systems that are valued and trusted by the public. Attempts to impose a centralised ranking system would undermine that trust.
CANADA
Demand for relevance vs push for open courses
The media criticises universities for not preparing students for the world of work, but open access courses show that ‘irrelevant’ courses will continue to be offered as long as students are willing to apply for them.
NORWAY
What is the impact of centres of excellence?
Centres of excellence have created the conditions for doing more and better research and have achieved international prominence. But what have they meant for the wider university community in countries such as Norway?
UNITED STATES
A ranking alternative worth consideration
The major rankings focus on narrow input measures that tend to put the same institutions in top places. The Washington Monthly ranking has two output measures that merit special attention.
GLOBAL
Five years of changing internationalisation agendas
In the five years since UWN was launched, internationalisation has moved up the ladder of higher education priorities. No longer is the West the main player, and there is recognition of the need to take into account different perspectives on internationalisation.
GLOBAL
MOOCs – BlackBerry’s lesson for higher education
Universities with branch campuses should not be over-confident that they are the future of international higher education. MOOCs are evolving fast and could pose a serious threat, especially to newer branch campuses.
UKRAINE
New law could breathe life into higher education
Higher education in Ukraine will not progress without an overall strategy setting out what it aims to achieve. The draft Law on Higher Education offers just that strategy, but analysts fear it is in danger of being kicked into the long grass.
UNITED KINGDOM
London Met – Revealing a Medea complex?
The UK decision on London Met shows a self-destructive tendency linked to feelings of receding world power. Is the real plan to turn universities into administrative bodies rather than places where students learn values that promote progress worldwide?
GLOBAL
Africa must lead innovation in internationalisation
Africa probably has the most internationalised higher education system in the world. Hence innovation and change in internationalisation should come from Africa.
UNITED STATES
Football 10, academic quality 0
US universities that invest heavily in football and basketball may be scoring an own goal since most require heavy subsidies. They could instead invest the money in boosting academic quality, which would attract more international students.
GLOBAL
Recruiters should get to know student groups better
A study of prospective international students at US institutions shows that they can be divided into different groups depending on financial resources and preparedness. Recruiters need to recognise that students have different aims and motivations for studying abroad.
GLOBAL
How universities can close the gender gap
Hillary Clinton thinks more specific gender-based data will promote greater innovation and improve people's lives. Universities could do much more to promote research that takes gender into account as well as looking at their own gender bias.
UKRAINE
Students have vital role in universities and society
Student movements in Ukraine are active but divided along ideological lines and not sufficiently focused on higher education. Student groups could exert real influence if they got together to fight problems in and outside the university.
EUROPE
Can universities lead Europe out of crisis?
Universities can help lift Europe out of the economic crisis. But there needs to be more Pan-European higher education cooperation, Europe must recognise that one size does not fit all, and universities need to overcome the crisis of trust between academia and society.
GLOBAL
Could MOOCs lead to the decline of branch campuses?
Massive Open Online Courses offer a low risk, low cost way of reaching international students. Established branch campuses are unlikely to die out any time soon, but newer versions may need to take developments in internationalisation into account.
UNITED STATES
Higher education institutions need to rein in costs
There are three ways for US universities to balance budgets in an era of shrinking state funding: raise tuition fees, increase enrolment or cut budgets. Universities need to look more carefully at the latter and rein in spending.
GLOBAL
Internationalisation – Rhetoric versus reality
There is a mismatch between optimistic talk about international-isation and reality on the ground. Many universities are not embedding change in the curriculum, for instance. Will the future see research universities leading in terms of innovation and progress?
GLOBAL
A slow thaw for women in leadership
Many people think that increased numbers of female graduates will translate eventually into more women at the top of their professions, but analysis suggests any increase will be very slow. It’s not enough just to wait.
GLOBAL
A slow thaw for women in leadership
Many people think that increased numbers of female graduates will translate eventually into more women at the top of their professions, but analysis suggests any increase will be very slow. It’s not enough just to wait.
UKRAINE
Country would benefit from further European integration
Ukraine's higher education system needs reform and its integration into the European Higher Education Area would aid this, boost standards and the quality of what universities offer, and counter corruption.
GLOBAL
Power and responsibility – The influence of rankings
Rankings are being used to determine international higher education partnerships and even immigration policy. Are particular rankings becoming too powerful? There needs to be an auditing of the rankings and a willingness to consider a range of rankings.
GLOBAL
Looming reversal in mobility trends from China and India?
A variety of factors, including changing demographics and investment in quality higher education, could see more Chinese students staying at home by 2015, while more Indian students travel abroad. Universities need to prepare now.
UNITED STATES
Institutional leaders must prepare for the worst
Higher education institutions in the US have had to make dramatic cuts due to the economic crisis. But financial crises are inevitable so why are institutions not better prepared, since they have contingency plans for other, more unlikely emergencies?