Archive for February, 2015

What China´s “New Normal” Means for Leaders

February 28, 2015

By Henri-Claude de Bettignies – in INSEAD Knowledge.

Slowing economic growth and the changing shape of leadership and management in China.

2014 marked the end of China’s period of miracle growth. Amid a real estate and manufacturing slowdown, economic growth slipped to 7.4 percent last year, China’s lowest level since 1990. It marks the first time since 1999 that the pace of growth fell short of Beijing’s target (which was 7.5 percent for 2014).

This is not a blip but the culmination of a multi-year trend of reduced growth. A new phase has begun in the maturation of China as an economic superpower, an era that President Xi Jinping has taken to calling “the new normal”. The ongoing challenge for Beijing is to transition from a largely investment-propelled, export-oriented economy to one increasingly driven by consumption.

Check:

http://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/what-chinas-new-normal-means-for-leaders-3857#qekfHX7tluyuwSHr.99

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

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Challenges facing the world’s largest HE systems

February 27, 2015

By NV Varghese, Jinusha Panigrahi and Lynne Heslop – in University World News.

Nine of the largest higher education systems in the world will convene at the Going Global conference in London this year to debate the impact of the greatest global massification of higher education ever experienced. They are facing unprecedented challenges.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150219114021628

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

Student engagement: the what, the why and the how

February 26, 2015

By Stuart Billingham – in EAIE blog updates.

Over the last five years or so, a new discourse has emerged within many universities: the discourse of student engagement.

It is becoming so embedded in policy and practice that student services departments might be more appropriately named, ‘Student Engagement Services’.

Exactly what do we mean by student engagement, how does it manifest itself in policy and practice, and why is it so important?

Check:

http://www.eaie.org/blog/student-engagement-what-why-how/?utm_source=Social%20media&utm_medium=LinkedIn&utm_campaign=blog

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

Controversy over higher education links with industry

February 25, 2015

By Michael Gardner – in University World News.

A warning by German anti-corruption organisation Transparency International that links between higher education and business are becoming increasingly obscure has sparked an open debate.

“We are observing corporate interests increasingly dominating teaching and research to a large extent,” said Edda Müller, director of Transparency International Germany, at the launch of a revamped http://Hochschulwatch.de portal in Berlin.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2015022008442140

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

Governance threats to academic freedom

February 24, 2015

By Michael Schwartz and William M Bowen – in University World News.

Governance processes can threaten academic freedom when they seek to limit the idea generation process and the development of human knowledge in all of its forms.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150217144019692

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

Why the social sciences matter

February 23, 2015

By Jonathan Michie – in University World News.

Society faces problems and challenges as great as ever – whether it’s climate change, growing inequality or conflict – and that is why the analysis and understanding of human behaviour provided by the social sciences is vital.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150211115802203

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

International education and technology: A mirage or a reality?

February 22, 2015

By Markus Laitinen – in EAIE blog updates.

Some four years ago, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) seemed to be the proverbial evil alien set out to destroy the universe, or at least the universities.

And while there have been some interesting developments and even moderate successes since then, it seems safe to say that the worst fears or the greatest expectations have hardly been realised.

Why is that, and can we now assume that we will just have to wait for the next hype around the corner?

Check:

http://www.eaie.org/blog/international-education-and-technology/?utm_source=Social%20media&utm_medium=LinkedIn&utm_campaign=blog

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

EUA members’ first experiences on U-Multirank

February 21, 2015

From EUA Newsletter 4 – 2015

EUA has published a new report that discusses the experiences and views of EUA members on U-Multirank, a multi-dimensional ranking of higher education institutions produced with seed funding from the European Commission.

Check:

http://eua.be/News/15-02-19/A_report_on_EUA_members_first_experiences_on_U-Multirank.aspx

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

How to fund more equitable access to HE

February 20, 2015

Equal access: Is it just about fees?

By Francisco Marmolejo – in University World News.

How do you fund a more equitable system of access to higher education? The solution cannot only be about who pays and how, as different countries’ circumstances show.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150211154526662

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015

University support is key to foreign students’ well-being – Take culture into account in international student support

February 19, 2015

How does university support improve international students’ well-being?

By Jaehee Cho and Hongsik Yu – in University World News.

The host university is one of the most fundamental sources of social support for international students, giving them a sense of belonging and determining how they feel about and engage with their university.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150211143513306

Povl Tiedemann
February 2015