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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.
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.