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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.
GLOBAL
From globalisation to global citizenship
The word global has taken off in a big way recently, but what does it mean? Is it in danger of being neutered of meaning by overuse? With regard to higher education, we should be careful of using ‘global’ to describe an outcome when it is about a process.
CHINA
Developing critical thinking skills through English
Chinese students are stereotypically thought to be reluctant to question authority, but this is not the case for students of English at Nottingham University Ningbo. They are taught to question and challenge existing ideas.
EUROPE
Why universities need more women
Having a more equal balance of male and female staff at the top levels of academia is the right thing to do, but also makes sense if universities want to improve output and the quality of team work. Now is the time to act.
EUROPE
Why universities need more women
Having a more equal balance of male and female staff at the top levels of academia is the right thing to do, but also makes sense if universities want to improve output and the quality of team work. Now is the time to act.
GLOBAL
Fraud is pervasive in international education
There are many reasons why international students seek illegitimate ways to get into a top university. Compared to most global industries, universities operate with a lack of unified standards and quality control mechanisms, which makes it fairly easy to commit fraud. But steps can be taken to counter the problem.
GLOBAL
Eight years of ranking: What have we learned?
It has been eight years since the first global rankings of higher education institutions were started and there is now a plethora of different systems. But what have those eight years taught us about ranking systems?
UKRAINE
Draft higher education law is retrogressive
The new draft law on higher education in Ukraine is a retrogressive step and will obstruct integration with Europe. The country needs to promote autonomy for universities and freedom of speech, rather than the current lack of accountability.
ASIA
International mobility: The future is Asia
As budget cuts affect the West, Asia will provide a growing number of the world’s self-financed international students. Institutions should develop comprehensive strategies that include deep understanding of countries and students choices.
ASIA
Creating an Erasmus-style mobility scheme for ASEAN?
Can ASEAN countries learn from Erasmus and develop their own student mobility scheme that takes the best from Erasmus but tailors it to the ASEAN context? Of particular value would be the uplift in life chances that Erasmus gives to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
GLOBAL
Revolutions ahead in international student mobility
A great shake-up is taking place in the world of international higher education as a result of the political changes sweeping the United States and United Kingdom and rising xenophobia in Europe. There are a number of potential winners and losers, but until the dust settles it is all to play for.
GLOBAL
Internationalisation of HE may be accelerating
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.
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.
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
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.
EUROPE
Brexit – A view from the Continent
Students today, and internationally mobile students in particular, are part of a transcultural and urban way of life that is highly cosmopolitan. Will the United Kingdom default from this? What will the impact of Brexit be on UK universities and on internationalisation of higher education in Europe?
EUROPE
A narrower, more parochial UK?
The United Kingdom’s referendum to decide if it will stay in or leave the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June. What could the impact of a UK vote to leave the EU be on international students? Would it deter EU students from studying in the UK and could these numbers be made up from elsewhere?
GLOBAL
School internationalisation: Whose opportunity?
More and more schools are taking an interest in internationalisation, including state schools. Universities need to take advantage of this and ensure they are ready to capitalise on the talents those students bring.
CHINA
The end of the China growth story?
The slowdown in the Chinese economy doesn’t mean the end of international students from China, as growing numbers of Chinese choosing to do undergraduate courses abroad show. But self-funded graduate education at masters and doctorate levels will face challenges for the next couple of years.
UNITED STATES
Academic freedom under threat
The Steven Salaita case has repercussions for academic speech that are much wider than one individual’s right to express controversial views on Twitter.