Archive for April, 2012

Universities must be clear and honest about internationalization

April 15, 2012

By Madeleine F. Green, University World News.

Universities need to be honest about internationalization activities and why they are doing them. Unless institutions make the effort to be clear about the drivers and to measure the impacts of internationalization, they will be deluded or uninformed about their success.

Conversations at the recent “Going Global 2012” meeting made it abundantly clear that there are as many drivers of internationalization as there are forms it takes.

Globalisation is reshaping the landscape, with technology facilitating new approaches to internationalisation and intensifying existing ones; global competition is altering the rules of the game.

Participants described a great variety of internationalization activities, ranging from the more ‘traditional’ partnerships for teaching and research to the business of recruiting and retaining international students, or twinning and franchising programmes.

Although gatherings of this sort tend not to question the basic premises or assumptions underlying the initiatives that are being proudly presented by panellists and exhibitors, at this event the International Association of Universities (IAU) provided an opportunity for more critical reflection.


Povl Tiedemann

April 2012


Ministers to consider mobility measures as countries fall short of target

April 15, 2012

By Brendan O’Malley and Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News.

Ministers from 47 European countries will be warned that they risk missing their goal of at least 20% of graduates studying or training abroad, when they assess progress towards the Bologna goals in Bucharest later this month.

They will be asked to sign up to a pledge to expand mobility funding and enable portability of grants, loans and scholarships provided by European Higher Education Area (EHEA) countries.

Mobility is seen as a key instrument for developing the EHEA, but currently all but two countries show an incoming mobility rate of under 10%, according to an internal report obtained by University World News.

Only four countries – Cyprus, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland – manage to exceed 5% while 16 countries fail to reach 1%.

Outward mobility rates of graduates from within the EHEA are also very low, with a weighted average slightly below 2%.


Povl Tiedemann

April 2012

Can new university leadership make a difference?

April 9, 2012

By Elaine El-Khawas, University World News.

Do rectors appointed from outside make more effective leaders of universities? Or is this only a structural change, rearranging the furniture?

Research suggests that stronger university leaders can make a difference.

Across the world, university leadership has been transformed in response to calls from governments and international organizations for more effective governance.

These requests reflect a broad consensus that countries must improve their national productivity and that universities play a critical role in developing the skills for global competitiveness.

A less explicit, underlying concern is that traditional university governance – deliberative decision-making, leaders elected from among academics – cannot meet today’s demands.

Check for further information:

Check World Bank study:

Povl Tiedemann

April 2012

IMD – World Competitiveness Criterion of the Month – it is time for resilience (and economic recovery…)

April 8, 2012

By Stéphane Garelli, Professor, Director, IMD’s World Competitiveness Center.

There is a bit of spring in the world economy. For the first time in months, world leaders – such as Christine Lagarde, Timothy Geithner and Jose Manuel Barroso – are saying that the worst has been avoided and that we can now see the first signs of an economic recovery.

Indeed, the financial markets have been less tense since the agreement on a bailout plan for Greece. Another good omen is that the US economy grew at a surprisingly good 3% during the fourth quarter and the unemployment figure is finally slowly dropping.

Such encouraging news has still to be reconfirmed. China is now growing under 9% for the first time in years and posted a trade deficit last month. India is slowing down at 6.1% and Brazil is momentarily stalled at 1.4%.

The second quarter will probably be better than current one and the numerous “plan Bs” devised earlier by companies may be scrapped. However, not every nation benefits from an economic recovery in the same way. Resilience is the name of the game – and it is also the criterion of this month.


Povl Tiedemann

April 2012

Remuneration in the academic and teaching professions

April 7, 2012


Pay comparisons: Are you paid as much as other professionals?

By Philip G Altbach and Iván F Pacheco, University World News.

Salaries and the terms of faculty appointments and promotion are central to the wellbeing of the academic profession and its contributions to the university. If salaries are inadequate, the ‘best and brightest’ will not be attracted to academe, and those who do teach will be obliged to moonlight, diverting their attention and dedication from their academic work.

Additionally, without appropriate contracts and appointments, there is a limited guarantee of academic freedom or expectation of either a stable or satisfying career. Furthermore, in a globalised world, salaries in one country affect academe elsewhere, as professors are tempted to move where remuneration and working conditions are best.

Yet only limited research is available about these issues, within a specific country or comparatively.

Further infomation based on purchasing power parity on:



What China’s Talking About Today: Why Aren’t Teachers Paid More?

By Massoud Hayoun, The Atlantic.

Further information on:


NB: Check Finland’s conditions in these matters.


Povl Tiedemann

April 2012

INSEAD – Global Information Technology Report 2012 (GITR 2012)

April 4, 2012

By Shellie Karabel (extracts from publication 2012-04-04)

The 11th annual INSEAD-WEF Global Information Technology Report, “Living in a Hyperconnected World,” was published today, using a new set of impact-oriented metrics to rank 142 countries with a special emphasis on the transformational aspects of information and communications technologies (ICT): increasing competitiveness and effecting changes in public policy to increase social well-being.

The GITR is more than a list of 142 countries’ Networked Readiness; they also provide a view of how the industry of technology is developing in each country and taken together; this provides a global view of the world’s economic and social development.

The Top Ten Countries in “Networked Readiness” 2012:

  1. Sweden
  2. Singapore
  3. Finland
  4. Denmark
  5. Switzerland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Norway
  8. USA
  9. Canada
  10. UK

View report, videos and other information: WWW.INSEAD.EDU/GITR

Povl Tiedemann

April 2012

There are no Weekends in China – How Asia’s Biggest Dragon Is Driving Growth

April 3, 2012

By Matt Symonds,, DeansTalk and Forbes.

China is the driving force of Asia, and you can’t get 9% GDP growth every year by working a 35 hour week. That is the view of John Quelch, Dean of the CEIBS business school in Shanghai.

He sees a generation that feels privileged to be part of a moment in history, and as a consequence is highly committed to the opportunity to succeed both for themselves, their parents, grandparents and their country.

This results in a level of enthusiasm for education and entrepreneurship that you would be hard pressed to find in the West at this time.


Povl Tiedemann

April 2012