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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.
UNITED STATES
Quantity and quality both key in an era of cutbacks
Proponents of quality at any cost and those who support doing more with less should stop trying to pull the wool over people's eyes and address the central issue of what higher education is for and how it can be funded sustainably.
GLOBAL
The global language of influence
To have true global influence today requires the deep cultural knowledge that learning languages gives. But the importance of speaking different languages has been ignored in the Bologna process until recently.
GLOBAL
Increasing the stay rate of international students
OECD countries require skilled labour, so they need to do more to encourage talented international students to stay on after completing their courses. However, competition is fierce and there are significant barriers to overcome.
GLOBAL
Gender balance can make universities better
Gender equality and gender balance are key to improving higher education institutions and research. Making universities better workplaces for women will improve institutional quality for everyone.
UKRAINE
A new phase in the battle for higher education
The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy has launched a lawsuit to defend its admissions policy in the face of moves by the minister of education and science to standardise entry requirements for masters courses and erode university autonomy.
CANADA
Education’s investment metaphor misses the point
It is essential for universities to regularly revisit the broader purpose of higher education as a social good, to avoid university funding decisions being based solely on return for money.
GLOBAL
Three higher education trends to watch for in 2013
During 2013, the higher education sector will be under increasing pressure to justify its value and so will face more regulations and greater expectations to become self-sufficient. The sector will need to look at ways to do more with less.
UNITED STATES
Wanted: Consumer guide to American higher education
Students and parents investigating study abroad in the US need information that shows the value added of an institution and the quality of the experience offered – not the kind of data in the major international university rankings.
GLOBAL
2013: A wish list
The major internationalisation themes of 2012 will continue into 2013, but many would like to see more emphasis on the content and quality of the international experience rather than just numbers.
CANADA
Branch campuses produce business leaders, not research
Branch campuses are marketed as producing business leaders, but they should not take their eye off a core part of Western universities' missions: research. Only by maintaining a focus on research can they compete in an overcrowded market.
UNITED STATES
Need to prepare for the next wave of foreign students
The number of international students in the United States has expanded rapidly in recent years, particularly at the undergraduate level in research universities. To build on this, US institutions need to develop capacity and ensure they can meet students’ needs.
NORWAY
Taking a gendered approach to research
The Norwegian University of Tromsø has launched a new project, looking at whether research results could improve if research took gender more into account. It could provide a model for other universities.
UNITED STATES
Student-friendly ranking alternatives
Two US sites that provide alumni data on what a university is like could give students the information they need to decide where to study. Could this kind of personal information eventually prove more useful than that in the major rankings?
GLOBAL
Teaching in English is not about politics but quality
Recent objections to teaching in English in an Italian university are about politics, but they disguise genuine issues about quality, which apply equally to English-speaking countries with an increasingly diverse faculty and student population.
UKRAINE
Home rankings a response to international isolation
Ukraine does not take part in global rankings due to the way it conducts research, but that has not stopped it producing a number of home ranking systems that are valued and trusted by the public. Attempts to impose a centralised ranking system would undermine that trust.
CANADA
Demand for relevance vs push for open courses
The media criticises universities for not preparing students for the world of work, but open access courses show that ‘irrelevant’ courses will continue to be offered as long as students are willing to apply for them.
NORWAY
What is the impact of centres of excellence?
Centres of excellence have created the conditions for doing more and better research and have achieved international prominence. But what have they meant for the wider university community in countries such as Norway?
UNITED STATES
A ranking alternative worth consideration
The major rankings focus on narrow input measures that tend to put the same institutions in top places. The Washington Monthly ranking has two output measures that merit special attention.
GLOBAL
Five years of changing internationalisation agendas
In the five years since UWN was launched, internationalisation has moved up the ladder of higher education priorities. No longer is the West the main player, and there is recognition of the need to take into account different perspectives on internationalisation.
GLOBAL
MOOCs – BlackBerry’s lesson for higher education
Universities with branch campuses should not be over-confident that they are the future of international higher education. MOOCs are evolving fast and could pose a serious threat, especially to newer branch campuses.
UKRAINE
New law could breathe life into higher education
Higher education in Ukraine will not progress without an overall strategy setting out what it aims to achieve. The draft Law on Higher Education offers just that strategy, but analysts fear it is in danger of being kicked into the long grass.