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The massive refugee crisis demands a proper response
The scale of the refugee crisis demands more than good intentions and small-scale actions. Education is at the heart of a long-term solution to Syria’s problems and we need to do much more.
Investigating international student success
Universities should not regard their international students as cash cows, but take a greater interest in new research that looks at what factors are necessary for them to succeed.
What do employers (and employees) want?
Business school alumni understand the importance of soft skills and want more training in these areas as research shows strong oral communication skills trump strong technical and-or quantitative skills.
Applied research at polytechnics is essential
Universities should not have the sole rights on research and may have something to learn from how polytechnics have forged partnerships with business.
Knocking louder on Europe’s door
Universities need to take action to help refugees by offering scholarships and bursaries and countering propaganda that demonises them.
Competition is hindering compassion and conscience
The growth of competition between universities is making it difficult for universities to pull together to promote global wellbeing.
Towards an inclusive global knowledge society
Going to university cannot guarantee a certain type of job in a constantly shifting world economy, but it can equip people with the skills by which to learn – and keep learning – how to adapt to changing economic and social conditions.
Confronting global challenges
Universities need to address the uncertain global climate by promoting internationalisation of higher education to all and not just the mobile minority.
Business programmes – The new landscape
Time was when competition for business schools meant the top schools in their country or internationally. Now more and more other actors are getting involved in management training, from training firms to online content providers.
Why global higher education must be democratised
Higher education systems need to create more flexible structures in order to open up lifelong learning opportunities to all segments of society.
Free college on the presidential agenda
Student debt is featuring in the presidential elections, with many candidates in the Democratic Party proposing different paths towards tuition-free study.
Power of the professoriate and the lemonade stand
Market forces have taken over higher education thinking, but a recent case in Canada hearkens back to an earlier era where teaching staff had greater influence.
Marketing as strategy – Part two
Doing your research is vital to any institution's marketing strategy and the best way to start is to mine the data you have from your own admissions statistics.
International strategies at schools: Whose opportunity?
More and more schools are taking an interest in internationalisation, including state schools. Universities need to take advantage of this and support and collaborate with the other levels of education, and ensure they are ready to capitalise on the talents those students bring.
Lifelong education as an equaliser
Lifelong education is necessary to address the dangers of hyper-specialisation, create a more level playing field and to develop our different individual talents and career aspirations. If there is anything like the so-called ‘great equaliser’, perhaps it lies in universal lifelong education and viewing lifelong learning as a human right.
Marketing – The importance of strategy
Why do so few higher education institutions use marketing to create a strong, unique identity?
The Tim Hunt affair – Lessons for academics
The furore surrounding Sir Tim Hunt’s recent resignation has some salutary lessons for academics about the need for media awareness and for maintaining an accurate online CV.
English courses could attract more international students
Korea offers a growing number of courses in English, which is a good draw for international students, although it can present problems for some Korean students.
What skills do employers want most?
Research shows that what employers around the world increasingly want from graduate recruits are ‘soft skills’ such as leadership, communication skills and the ability to work well on a team. Business schools need to reflect those demands.
The nationalisation of internationalisation
At the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference the increasing commercialisation and nationalisation of internationalisation were evident with more groupings of higher education institutions under national flags in the exhibit hall to promote the country as a study destination. But are universities and associations maintaining the right balance between commercial and traditional values?

Reworking the funding model to enhance quality
Post-secondary education can best be improved through financial incentives, but the current model in Ontario only rewards institutions on enrolment figures, which does not help to enhance quality. A revised funding model for the province is being considered while maintaining respect for institutional autonomy.
Institutional planners should reflect on relevance of data
Researchers, planners, policy analysts and decision-makers need to think more broadly about the policy and planning implications of the data they are asked to measure and submit to various bodies.
A need to address the ladders into tertiary education
Access and equity in higher education should be seen as an equally important grand challenge for the 21st century as increasing participation at the primary and secondary education levels. As higher education expands, a strategy is needed to propel equity up institutional, national and global policy agendas.
An alternative path to creating a global brand
It is not for all institutions and it is unquestionably expensive. But confident teaching-learning institutions, with a cadre of gifted instructors rather than researchers, can pursue international accreditation for at least one of their strong programmes, which by association will showcase their entire institution on a global scale.
A new model for higher education?
Arizona State University and edX have announced plans for undergraduates to be able to study remotely for their first year. Could this be a game changer for the future of higher education?