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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?
GLOBAL
Changing role of leadership in international education
Leadership and management in international higher education has received little attention. There is a new generation coming up that wants the experience necessary to do the job properly, and postgraduate training is needed.
GLOBAL
Is it ethical to publish unethical research?
How should journal editors deal with articles based on unethical research? Open access and social media could provide some solutions, allowing pre- or post-publication discussion of ethical issues raised by articles.
UKRAINE
An illogical way of funding universities
The basic funding of state universities in Ukraine is at the total discretion of the minister of education. A leading university has lodged an appeal against this system. A change in the arbitrary nature of funding could boost quality and serve the public and national interests.
CANADA
Building prosperity through university connections
The largest-ever international mission of Canadian university presidents – to Brazil – saw the announcement of 75 new partnerships and scholarship programmes, and talks around an innovation agenda. Canada is also opening its doors to 12,000 Brazilian students.
GLOBAL
‘Global universities’ – For the many or the few?
The universities of Monash and Warwick have announced a new type of global partnership. Should universities that seek global glory be asked to spell out what benefits their institutions can bring to those who fund them?
UNITED STATES
Open up the higher education governance process
University boards appear to be ignoring the importance of exchanging value added for tuition charged. Including parent, student and employer groups – and giving them voting rights – could focus governing bodies’ minds more.
GLOBAL
Are you prepared for the arrival of 'glocal' students?
‘Glocals’ are globally ambitious students who for various reasons need to stay local. It is a market that is growing fast in Asia and universities need to think strategically about how to access these students.
GLOBAL
The annual circus of international HE conferences
There are numerous big international education conferences and their numbers of participants are growing. However, few are regional and there is not enough cooperation between them. International education associations need to strengthen regional ties and meet to debate global issues.
GLOBAL
Two ways in which scientific publishing is unfair
Does science publishing need reforming? Although journals aim to publish the best quality research, the processes of selecting which research gets reviewed – and who does the reviewing – are not transparent.
UKRAINE
New law on higher education – A post-colonial miracle?
In an unprecedented move earlier this year the Ukrainian prime minister called on academics to review draft laws deciding the future of higher education. Could this mark a dramatic change in how universities are run?
EUROPE
Europe should look beyond itself, at the big changes
The recent European University Association annual conference was greatly concerned with Europe's economic crisis, but much of what will affect it in the future is happening outside the continent. It should pay more attention.
UNITED STATES
Gaming in the American university ranking system
The main international university ranking systems focus narrowly on top institutions and use independent third parties for their metrics. How can people find out more about other American institutions, and can they trust national ranking statistics if they are self-reported?
GLOBAL
Are recruitment agents an express train without brakes?
Commission-based agents can increase international student numbers fast, but not without risks and challenges. Should universities use them or consider alternatives such as social media or regional consortia, that won’t run the risk of damaging reputation?
KOSOVO
Universities are operating in the dark
Kosovo needs to seek funds for research, whether or not its universities are teaching students the right skills to help build the economy. Currently information is based on word of mouth or unsystematic surveys, rather than on rigorous research.