Also: The good, the bad and the ugly in globalisation of higher education
16 May 2021  Issue No: 643
Top Stories
PHOTODigitalisation and technology will not the solve equity challenges for universities in the near future. Things like a reliable supply of electricity are as important as technology in remote delivery of education. Higher education needs to diversify to address growing equity issues after COVID-19.
Globalisation in higher education has been a force for good, but it is not neutral. We need to be aware of the type of globalisation that is dominant and open up to different types of knowledge in a world where the global power axis is shifting.
The death of David F Swensen, creator of the Yale endowment model, has brought discussion of the model’s impact. Should universities opt for a higher risk option in return for a possible bigger pay-off or stick to a more cautious approach? It depends on their mission.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOAmid a new COVID-19 wave in South and Southeast Asia and fears of a highly transmissible deadly variant from India that has devastated that country, universities in countries neighbouring India have reversed plans to re-open universities and colleges and brought in new lockdowns.
Universities in states hit hardest by India’s catastrophic latest COVID-19 wave are reporting dozens of deaths of professors and staff, leaving a pall of shock hanging over campuses, with faculty members saying it is hard to see how university teaching can return to normal.
The COVID-19 experience has encouraged us to step back and consider what matters most and for United Kingdom universities this should include their strategic thinking and planning about global engagement. Will they adapt to a post-Brexit world where the centre of gravity is shifting from West to East?
PHOTOUniversities fear Australia’s borders will remain shut to international students until mid-2022, posing serious challenges to institutions and students. However, the government says a ‘pilot programme’ will allow some international students to enrol late this year, and enrolments will increase gradually from 2022.
PHOTOEthiopia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education has unveiled an ambitious plan to have 5,000 PhD graduates by the end of 2025. The Homegrown Collaborative PhD Programmes will be able to respond to national development goals, but the human resource and infrastructure capacities of participating higher education institutions are part of several concerns over the plan.
World Blog
PHOTOIt is not merely ‘misconduct’, but violence that many victims of ‘sexual misconduct’ have experienced. To transform university cultures and provide truly inclusive learning and working environments for all, we first need to pay attention to the language we use, particularly when it comes to sexual violence.
PHOTOReports that the tuition fees of West African students at United Kingdom universities could be used for money-laundering purposes have put universities in Africa that receive cash on the alert, underscoring the significance of anti-money-laundering institutional regulations. Besides having adequate staffing for the proper monitoring of day-to-day compliance with anti-money-laundering policies, experts recommend that universities ensure sufficient technological resources are available to support these efforts.
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