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Helping postgraduate students with study abroad
A new programme is seeking to understand what can help Chinese postgraduate students make a successful transition to study abroad in Australia, and hopefully in other Western countries as well.
Latin America must build on intra-regional cooperation
Latin America is making strong progress in international higher education. But it needs to look more at alliances between countries rather than being too dependent on Europe and North America.
Teach students soft skills
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.
Selling grammar: I will be your preacher teacher
English grammar programmes are increasingly popular around the world, but students are not interested unless they can see a practical application.
Australian-style training for leadership makes waves
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.
Reforming higher education with transparency
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.
When higher education's future is uncertain
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.
HE internationalisation - Reading between the lines
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.
Harmonising academic calendars: A mobility tool?
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.
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.