Universities that teach their students the soft skills employers are crying out for will have a competitive advantage and will ensure that going to university is worth the debt burden students are accruing.
English grammar programmes are increasingly popular around the world, but students are not interested unless they can see a practical application.
A twinning programme between Malaysia and Australia is teaching Malaysian students leadership skills and confidence to navigate the professional world while keeping them grounded in their own culture.
Indian higher education is highly complex. Despite fast growing enrolment, there are concerns about quality. Reform of the system needs to begin with moves towards greater transparency.
Creating environmental sustainability on United States campuses was the big goal a few years ago. Today, ensuring financial sustainability is a much more difficult challenge to face.
The fourth Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education provides information on trends - but the information it presents should not be taken at face value. Much is about perceptions rather than concrete fact, with many people surveyed possibly motivated more by good intentions than by reality.
Recent moves by the Philippines and Thailand to change their academic calendars have been bolstered by arguments about internationalising higher education. However, academic calendars are a reflection of diverse cultures, and other issues are surely more important for student mobility, including the quality of higher education on offer.
The draft law on higher education put to Ukraine's previous parliament was a compromise and needs amending in line with the drive towards greater transparency and democracy promoted by the Maidan protests.
Branch campuses are often seen merely as cash cows. But they can mature into innovative, knowledge-producing organisations if they are properly administered and take advantage of local expertise.
There is a yawning gap between student and academic views on whether graduates are prepared for the world of work, and those of business leaders and the public. The problem is that academics are not teaching curricula that are in tune with what is happening outside the world of academe.
The Journal of Studies in International Education was launched 17 years ago in response to a need to stimulate research into the internationalisation of higher education. Its evidence-based approach is needed now more than ever.
There is a lot of focus on international branch campuses, despite the fact that they only form a small part of universities' internationalisation activities. There should be more emphasis on developing online and open learning as affordable global engagement strategies.
Serhiy Kvit - one of University World News' popular bloggers - has been appointed minister of education and science in Ukraine. In this, his last blog for us, the professor and rector describes the involvement of students and academics in the momentous changes of the past month.
Students at Dubai's branch campuses may not be involved in mountain hikes or nature trips, but they are taking part in extra-curricular business competitions inspired by the environment in which they are set. And, despite stereotypes, many of those taking part are girls.
Due to cuts in public subsidy of higher education in the United States there is an increasing problem of oversupply of PhD students. Several solutions have been suggested, but cutting admissions to PhD courses seems a sensible short-term option.
A recent dialogue on the future of international education aimed to debate the issues in an inclusive arena in South Africa. However, vested interests still dictate that the agenda remains unequal. Organisations need to work together to make international education a truly global matter.
The confusing proliferation of university league tables has further commercialised the university and moved it away from a focus on the core purpose of preparing global citizens. Rankings providers need to be more transparent and accountable, given the immense power they wield in reconstructing the university.
Involving students is key to understanding the complexity of what constitutes 'student success'. Current measurement tools are not adequate to show the nuances of what makes students enjoy and complete a course.
Mission statements encourage ‘mission creep’ because they don’t provide any economic context and spur ever-growing demands which are difficult to budget for in the current climate.
An international conference on offshore education in Dubai brought together higher education researchers from 30 countries. It also marked the resurgence of Dubai after the financial collapse.
What should Europe’s role be in revitalising African higher education? A recent seminar highlighted some of the issues, including the fact that African higher education has always been very international and account needs to be taken of disparities between countries.
The recent protests in Ukraine – dominated, particularly in the early stages, by students – are about more than integration with Europe. They are about a desire for freedom and justice.
Internationalisation of higher education has tended to focus on programmes and practices rather than on students. Recently there has been greater interest in internationalisation of the curriculum and more of a focus on what students learn and the skills they acquire.
As British universities compete for international students they are increasingly reliant on overseas recruitment agents. More needs to be done so that the recruitment system is more transparent.
American institutions face a sustainability dilemma – how to keep going in an era of government cuts without continuing to raise tuition fees. Two states have looked at ways to offer cheaper programmes, but are these cost-shifting scholarship schemes that cannot be applied widely?