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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.
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.
A catalyst for change
Access to lifelong learning is a moral issue given that education provides a meaningful way of improving social mobility and life opportunities.
Higher education research goes global
The 2003 Shanghai Statement unleashed a string of initiatives aimed at promoting more research into international higher education, including the world's largest research centre in this field, launched in London last week.
Flagship model doesn’t address today’s needs
It’s no use talking about world-class or flagship universities in the developing world where there are not enough financial resources or qualified teaching staff. A new system is needed.
Preparing global citizens
The labour market demands graduates who are at ease with different cultures. The education system, from nursery to college and university, needs to adapt to a fast-changing world.
Building a globally-focused faculty
Engaging faculty in internationalisation early in their careers through policies and programmes that incentivise and reward internationally-focused work means that global perspectives are embedded into the foundation of their teaching and research right from the start.
Looking forward to 2016
What will the main developments in international higher education be in 2016? From calls for tuition-free higher education to refugee policy, the year is likely to be a busy one.