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UKRAINE
Admissions weaknesses highlight system failings
This year's student admissions round in Ukraine highlighted problems with over-centralisation of the higher education system, incomprehensible funding policies and corruption.
EUROPE
European Association for International Education @ 25
Internationalisation of higher education has changed dramatically in the 25 years since the European Association for International Education was set up. Will the association continue to be a leader in its field, embracing the opportunities offered by a fast-changing environment?
CANADA
Embracing religious difference in higher education
It is time to move past a focus on the differences between Canada’s public and faith-based universities and try to build some common ground so that the higher education system is more integrated.
UNITED STATES
Tackling the remedial classes problem
The United States needs to take action to tackle the misalignment between high school graduates’ competencies and tertiary-level standards. Many colleges have to supply remedial classes, which is costly to students, parents and taxpayers.
INDIA
Branch campus or partnerships – Or both?
Foreign universities have become disillusioned about creating branch campuses in India. But opportunities are considerable, and institutions might do better by focusing on partnerships and building their presence gradually.
GLOBAL
Risks of overly idealistic views of internationalisation
Some countries have an overly idealistic view of internationalisation, and could benefit from a more focused, realistic approach and from looking at the experience of others who have gone before them.
UKRAINE
An anti-education Ministry of Education
The Ukrainian Ministry of Education's recent proposals and opinions suggest that its higher education agenda is not centred on boosting academic quality. Instead, the sector is being undermined.
CANADA
Intervention versus the open market
It is time for Canada’s government to intervene in regulating areas such as teaching, where the higher education market has created an oversupply of graduates. But funding must not be cut or quality jeopardised.
GLOBAL
The benefits of true internationalisation
Truly international universities have international perspectives on everything they do, from the staff and students they recruit to the curriculum they teach and the research they undertake.
CANADA
Shining a light on classroom knowledge production
If lecturers spent time showing how they put lecture notes and teaching materials together, it would help students become more independent learners and build their study skills.
UNITED STATES
Study highlights a tertiary supply-chain conundrum
Higher education institutions in the United States are stuck between conflicting evidence – rising GPA scores and SAT scores that show large numbers of students are not college ready. What is the truth and how can the system be changed in everyone's interests?
CANADA
Will new research clarify Ontario’s HE policy?
Research into higher education in Canada has been diffuse. But a recent symposium brought together and disseminated research findings – and launched a policy research network to help coordinate the province’s large post-secondary system.
GLOBAL
COIL – Virtual mobility without a commercial spin
Collaborative online international learning – COIL – offers an alternative to the much-hyped MOOCS, and one that is less commercial and more interactive, with a strong focus on internationalisation of the curriculum and of teaching and learning.
IRELAND
Good things come to those who wait
Guinness’s motto, that good things come to those who wait, could also be true for academia. But an overemphasis on industrial-style productivity is undermining the reflective nature of higher education.
GLOBAL
Students must think critically about their worldviews
Universities need to encourage students to think more critically about where their worldviews come from. In an increasingly global higher education world, not to do so will only encourage the exclusion of international students from important social activities.
UNITED STATES
Traditional students lose out as college intakes grow
US colleges sought to balance budgets by increasing student intakes, but this meant having to offer a range of remedial courses, which in turn has had an impact on their budgets. Traditional, full-time students have paid the price. International students should take note.
CANADA
Tuition fee wars leave all parties disappointed
A temporary freeze on tuition fee rises, such as that announced by Alberta Premier Alison Redford last month, only serves political goals and not the long-term interests of Canada’s higher education institutions.
GLOBAL
Know your international student – Global or glocal?
Patterns of student mobility are changing and universities need to understand the different motivations of students – and the rise of ‘glocal’ students, who lack the resources to study abroad but want an international education.
ASIA
Asian higher education revolution a long way off
The Times Higher Education Asian University Rankings show that university quality in Asia is patchy, with some countries performing well and others unable to make a dent in the top 100.
UKRAINE
Modern European, not post-Soviet universities needed
Ukraine is an example of the worst aspects of post-Soviet higher education systems. Trammelled by a hierarchical structure and a governing system that is more about maintaining individuals in power than developing academic quality, it needs urgent reform.
UNITED STATES
How to retain quality and balance the budget
Non-elite colleges in America tend to resort to raising fees and enrolments to balance their budgets, but this has led to problems with the quality of degrees obtained. A new approach is needed.
GLOBAL
Beware cutting back on support for HE in the developing world
Developed countries are increasingly cutting back support for higher education in developing countries. But as China and others wait to fill the gap they leave, this policy goes against developed countries' long-term national interests.
GLOBAL
Internationalisation must embrace intercultural living
The internationalisation of higher education needs to focus more on developing strategies to get home-based and international students to share living and learning experiences, if international education is to progress.
VENEZUELA
A post-Chávez higher education conciliation?
Under Hugo Chávez, a gap opened up between Venezuela’s government and universities, which feared an attack on their autonomy. Will his death bring the two sides closer together? Will both be able to give a little ground – universities doing more to widen participation and the government allowing them more independence?
GLOBAL
How to grow international undergraduate numbers
Higher education institutions are increasingly looking to boost international undergraduate student numbers, as emerging economies invest in study-abroad schemes. By using technology, partnerships and research, institutions can keep ahead of the competition.