Archive for March, 2014

Asian Tiger universities grow research collaboration

March 31, 2014

By Geoff Maslen – in University World News

A new report has identified the top 100 universities across the Western Pacific region in 21 fields.

It describes the extent of international collaboration among the leading institutions – which is strikingly higher than anticipated – and provides a detailed analysis of their research performance.


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014


Healthcare and national competitiveness

March 30, 2014

IMD Criterion of the Month – How important is healthcare to preserve the competitiveness of a country?

By Arturo Bris, Professor, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center

Moreover, what has been the impact of the financial crisis on the attention that governments have given to medical care to the population?


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Russia improving Higher Education and Science system

March 29, 2014

Vladimir Putin continues sweeping science reforms

By Eugene Vorotnikov – in University World News

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has finally approved a package of measures aimed at improving the national higher education and science system.

Among them are introducing a new competitive research grants system, and boosting funding and researcher salaries.


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Quality Standards and Rankings – Updates and Pros / Cons

March 28, 2014

New proposal for updated quality assurance norms

By Peta Lee – in University World News and news release from ESG and EUA

Europe’s E4 Group of leading higher education associations last week (18.March) published a joint proposal for “Revised Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area”, aimed at clearing up potential confusion and making a more direct link to the learning and teaching process.

The document focused on internal and external quality assurance as well as quality assurance agencies.

Recommendations include that institutions implement policies that should be made public and form part of their strategic management. Teaching standards were also covered: institutions should assure themselves of the competence of their lecturers, and have a fair and transparent process for recruiting and developing them.


National or international quality standards – or both?

By Karen MacGregor – in University World News

Whether a rapidly changing higher education world needs a single set of quality standards was a major topic of debate at a meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s International Quality Group, or CIQG, held in Washington DC.

There was some consensus around developing global standards that are able to articulate with strong national quality systems.

Rankings – Higher Education systems vs universities

By Benoit Millot – in University World News

International university rankings have become a familiar feature on the higher education scene. As their impact has grown, reactions have followed, running from enthusiastic adherence to passive resistance to outright criticism.

Thanks to the latter, methodologies are improving – guidelines and safeguards are being developed (for example, the Berlin Principles) and followed up (for instance, the International Ranking Expert Group).

Yet serious criticisms relate to the fact that, by definition, these rankings focus exclusively on individual institutions – the world-class universities – which are found only in a small cluster of countries.

Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Cheating online – stop

March 27, 2014

How can universities stop students cheating online?

By Henry Slater, the Guardian – in University World News

Hoping your big sister will help you out with your latest assignment? If you’re studying online with Coursera, you’d better not let her do the typing.

Special software that recognises students’ typing speeds and rhythms is used to verify identity, preventing somebody else from taking an assessment on their behalf, writes Harry Slater for the Guardian.


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

International branch campuses get too much attention

March 26, 2014

By Rahul Choudaha – in University World News

There is a lot of focus on international branch campuses, despite the fact that they only form a small part of universities’ internationalisation activities. There should be more emphasis on developing online and open learning as affordable global engagement strategies.

In reality, branch campuses form only a small proportion of the internationalisation activities and models of transnational education engaged in by institutions.


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Chinese government to boost HE policy role with think-tanks

March 25, 2014

By Yojana Sharma – in University World News

China’s Ministry of Education has released a new plan to boost the role of universities in advising government, including setting up special university-based centres and think-tanks to carry out research for ministries and contribute to policy-making.

It will mean that university research departments, particularly in the social sciences, will not only carry out theoretical research but will also look at research application and gear some research more closely to government decision-making processes.

The new plan, published by the ministry this month, is also aimed at raising the standards of China’s think-tank research, to match overseas consulting firms and think-tanks.


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Sino-American academic partnerships

March 24, 2014

What works for Sino-American academic partnerships

By Dr Daniel J Julius and Dr Mitch Leventhal, University at Albany.

Partnerships, academic exchange and research collaboration between the United States and the People’s Republic of China have evolved to a feverish pitch.

Rapid acceleration of individual and institutional relationships, it is argued, has led to enhanced research productivity, student and faculty mobility, tuition revenues, cross cultural understanding, appreciation of an increasingly international world and integration between the US and the next emerging superpower.

Academic engagement with China also fits into broader geopolitical objectives.

Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Equal Higher Education agenda

March 23, 2014

International HE associations seek a more equal agenda

By Leonard Engel, executive director of the European Association for International Education, EAIE – in University World News

Groups working in international higher education have been trying and continue to try to find ways to establish a more equal and truly international agenda.

The Network of International Education Associations has set up a task force to work on actions agreed at the recent Global Dialogue on the Future of International Education.


Povl Tiedemann
March 2014

Innovation in China?

March 22, 2014

Chinese Can Innovate – But China Can’t

From debate comment by Vivek Wadhwa, fellow at Stanford University – on

China produces more than a million engineering graduates a year which is seven times as many as America.

It is second in academic publications to America and by 2015 will file more patents annually than America.

China has already invested tens of billions of dollars in research and has labs and infrastructure that are at par with the best in the world. Its government is focused on building an innovation economy and will do whatever it takes to leap ahead — even if that means stealing technology from the West.

So you would expect that China is destined to become the innovation capital of the world. But the innovation is not happening.

Governments can build infrastructure and pump money into education and R&D. But they cannot manufacture innovation.

Innovation comes from creative people who challenge authority and take risks — who exchange ideas and experiment at the fringe. This is not possible in China. And its government’s efforts are hampering innovation rather than fostering it.


Further readings:

Check TIME article by Michael Schuman:,9171,2156209,00.html

Check Forbes article by Panos Mourdoukoutas:

Povl Tiedemann
March 2014