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Catholic identity and internationalisation
A study of Catholic universities shows a disconnect between their religious identity and their internationalisation policies. Both, indeed, are in a state of flux.
The gaokao is not the SAT… well, maybe
The gaokao, China’s test for university admission, dictates curriculum content, encouraging teachers to teach to the test. Meanwhile, the United States’ SAT test is moving more in this direction, to the detriment of the US education system.
Can private education contribute to nation building?
The influx of foreign private higher education providers is creating a new divide, where wealthy minority groups gravitate towards institutions that are linked closely to the business sector, reinforcing their position of relative wealth.
Does your academic board work properly?
The academic board is at the core of academic governance and if it is not effective it calls into question the whole academic framework for verifying quality and integrity in teaching, learning and scholarship. So what makes for an effective one?
International education should be ethical and for all
Divisions are growing between world-class universities and others, and between students who benefit from internationalisation and those who do not. The gap is leading many universities down risky pathways where corruption and unethical behaviour are rife.
How Brexit matters to higher education beyond Europe
Some in Canada may spot a chance to compete for the European Union students the United Kingdom may lose post-Brexit. But in the end, researchers around the world are poorer as a result of the British referendum result.
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?
Internationalisation throughout the education system
Recent advice highlights the need for universities to work with schools on developing an internationalisation programme that is effective and avoids duplication.
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?
Will students be forced to pay the utility bills?
The upcoming elections and student protests have forced the government to delay attempts to pass on the cost of university utilities bills to students as costs increase.
The consequences of international-isation rankings
Internationalisation only accounts for a small proportion of global rankings, but the way it is measured can have a lasting impact on how universities shape their internationalisation strategy.
Artificial intelligence will change higher education
The way universities teach and research has been changing gradually in line with technological advances, but it is no longer possible to ignore the likelihood that artificial intelligence will bring transformative change to the sector.
How to fund mass higher education
There is not enough research on higher education funding, but the studies which do exist suggest neither a free model nor one entirely funded by students is fair.
Rankings should be used to increase quality for all
Amid fears that new rankings may be used as a means of allocating funding, it is vital that the government uses them to boost quality mechanisms and promote greater transparency throughout the Indian higher education sector.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.