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TURKEY
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.
GLOBAL
Student recruitment via informed choice
Institutions need to better understand their target markets in international student recruitment, and keep ahead of the game in terms of how the market is changing and adapting to new technologies and economics.
CANADA
Fund more PhDs, not more generous ones
Autumn is the deadline for applications for research grants in Canada. But since research shows higher completion rates for students who publish, governments might do better to fund more PhDs rather than boosting the funding it gives to a select few.
UNITED STATES
Are tuition fee rises sustainable?
Why have US tuition fees kept rising? A mix of factors – including the provision of loans and subsidies and regional accreditation organisations’ focus on quality over budget control – have contributed, along with the idea that a degree is a sure route to family advancement and to fulfilling the American dream.
GLOBAL
Is there a limit to higher education’s privatisation?
The market for private higher education institutions is increasing. But global economic insecurity and fears about the number of jobs available for graduates, coupled with the increasing availability of distance learning, could lead to students and industry turning back to public universities.
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.