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Structural reform of higher education is needed
Cuts to Malaysia’s higher education budget could be an opportunity for the government to introduce systemic and structural changes to help public universities transform into more efficient higher education institutions.
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.
What do students find irritating about their lecturers?
Student feedback can be fairly revealing, particularly about the things they find annoying about their lecturers. It can also be a good learning experience.
Some advice on how to become a world-class university
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang to be a world-class institution. Here’s how to play the rankings game and succeed.
Supporting victims of sexual assault at university
Community advocacy, education and the development of a culture of ‘intervening’ are essential tools for dealing with the number of sexual assaults reported on campus. A strategic study on enhancing care for sexual assault victims was recently released by the University of Saskatchewan.

The shifting landscape of doctoral education
Doctoral education is moving from preparation for a life in academia towards more interdisciplinary programmes that prepare students for a variety of positions in and out of academia and candidates are becoming more diverse.
Site visits must be part of the accreditation process
Visits more accurately and honestly confirm compliance with expected accreditation principles than those that rely solely on written documentation.
How to make the most of international HE partnerships
Partnerships can provide a powerful vehicle for researchers and universities to increase their research impact and build their international network and reputation, but they require good leadership and respect for the contribution of all parties.
Designing university curricula for the future
University-industry collaborations rely on trust and that needs to extend to curriculum design, ensuring that it helps turn out students with the skills necessary for the real world of work.
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.
Teaching leadership for change in the business school
There’s a huge focus on leadership in business schools, including transformative leadership, but with very few tangible results. A focus on visionary leaders may be too simplistic, though, and more innovative approaches are being trialled.
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.