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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
The Steven Salaita case has repercussions for academic speech that are much wider than one individual’s right to express controversial views on Twitter.