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Keeping the higher education promises of Maidan
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.
Protege to peer: Measuring maturity at branch campuses
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.
A curriculum by academics for academics
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.
A call for international education evidence
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.
International branch campuses get too much attention
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.
A European revolution in Ukraine
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.
Branch campus students thrive on high-stakes contests
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.
The case for cutting PhD programmes
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.
Can international education be truly equal and global?
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.
Rankings – Power, influence, university reconstruction
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.
How should we measure student success?
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: Compasses without needles
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.
Dubai and its universities pick up after collapse
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.
Europe’s role in supporting a rising Africa
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.
What the Ukrainian protests mean
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.
Students should be at the centre of internationalisation
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.
International agents – Reducing the risks
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.
It is no use waiting for external salvation
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?
Informal support for internationalisation
An informal support industry has grown up around higher education as it expands, especially regarding internationalisation. There are advantages, but the downside is lack of regulation and potential for corruption.
Can Dutch HE maintain its leading edge?
For a small country, The Netherlands appears to be punching well above its weight in attracting international students. But budget cuts and an increasingly insular attitude could threaten its leading position.
Diversification key to international higher education
This week’s Open Doors report shows growth in international student numbers coming to the United States. But many are from just a handful of countries and are concentrated in certain types of institution.
Bursting the American tertiary education bubble
Tertiary education institutions in the United States are in financial trouble. But their chief financial officers seem to be putting most of their faith in enhancement measures, which often involve initial outlay, rather than cost-cutting measures.
Association of Commonwealth Universities at 100
The Association of Commonwealth Universities is celebrating its 100th birthday. Over the years the role and power of universities has grown, as have societies’ expectations of them. Challenges will increase in the years to come.
A parallel higher education world
Ukraine is supposedly moving closer to the European Union through an Association Agreement, but it is still far adrift of the standards required to meet European norms. Higher education reforms are needed to tackle everything from bribery to PhD preparation.
Smoke gets in your eyes
The recent European Association for International Education conference in Istanbul, held in circumstances coloured by protest and insecurity, should cause us to reflect on what we stand for as international educators and whether we turn a blind eye to the realities facing many colleagues in places where peace is under threat.