Universities need to counter rising neo-nationalist moves to create a climate of fear
10 November 2019  Issue No: 574
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PHOTOUniversities need to stand firm on, and provide hard evidence of, the benefits of internationalisation, to counter rising neo-nationalist moves to create a climate of fear, reminiscent of the McCarthy era, which is raising harmful suspicions and jeopardising global collaborations, particularly with China, that benefit the whole world.
After years of concentrating on research to drive Chinese universities up global university rankings, China’s education ministry has set out new rules to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching, with a major national and provincial push to promote curriculum reform and evaluation, eliminate poor-performing courses and fire academics who have not taught for three years.
The international higher education model based on physical mobility is old-fashioned and restricts access to the healthy, wealthy and brainy. Typically there are few opportunities for poor students from developing countries and no specific strategy for attracting disabled people. Digital mobility could change that.
PHOTOThe United Kingdom government would be left having to fill a £1.5 billion (US$1.9 billion) hole in funding for research if its Brexit strategy leaves it unable to join the European Union’s Horizon Europe research programme from 2021, according to a new government report.
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PHOTOPutting students into groups to complete an assessment doesn’t necessarily result in collaborative teamwork and productive learning and students often hate it, but might it be the best preparation for the world of work? Academic policy-makers and employers certainly think so.
PHOTOThe European Universities Initiative, the most discussed political project in higher education at the European Union level, offers a great opportunity to deepen collaboration between universities across Europe and revive the debate about necessary system-level reforms. But it is important to be aware of the risks involved.
PHOTOSeveral African countries are currently subjected to international sanctions, which, according to a recent report, negatively affect academic research and higher education – even after they are formally lifted.
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