Archive for March, 2016

US and UK universities skewed by their foreign recruits

March 31, 2016

By Gary Rhoades – in University World News.

How ‘academic capitalism’ turns universities of the US and UK away from their public purpose

Universities from the United States and the United Kingdom are managing differently to be largely the same in the way they recruit international students – and by targeting privileged populations in their pursuit of international student fees, they risk losing their public purpose.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160323143056759

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

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U.K. government scrutinizes universities’ use of agents

March 30, 2016

By Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education – in WES/WENR Blog

The U.K. government is reviewing universities’ use of overseas recruitment agents.

Roughly one third of international students in the U.K. come to universities through agents. U.K. institutions spent more than $US 126 million (£89 million) on commission payments in 2013-14, according to reporting by the Times Higher Education.

Fraud in the form of forged documents or qualifications is relatively common. The move comes amid concerns about a notable decline in non-EU university enrollments.

Check:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/universities-use-recruitment-agents-under-scrutiny

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

Meeting of minds on the way forward for Latin America

March 29, 2016

By Hans de Wit and Liz Reisberg – in University Worldd News.

Latin America: Challenges and opportunities for higher education in the region

Experts recently met in Colombia for an open and wide-ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities for higher education across Latin America.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160315220840719

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

The horizon of educational technologies

March 28, 2016

By Leasa Weimer – in EAIE Blog

From Horizon 2016 Report

Technology shapes the internationalisation of higher education and will continue to do so in the coming years. The recently published Horizon 2016 Report highlights the five-year horizon of technologies that will likely impact higher education institutions worldwide.

This annual report is a joint venture between New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and is known as the longest-running project exploring emerging technologies and trends in higher education. A group of 58 experts in the field from 16 countries collaboratively discussed and researched key inquiries concerning technology adoption and educational change resulting in this report.

Check:

http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2016-higher-education-edition/

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

Soviet-era ‘rank’ system is crippling reform – in China

March 27, 2016

By Wang Xiangwei, South China Morning Post – in University World News.

A rigid Stalinist bureaucratic rank system has not only created lethargic government bureaucracy but also permeated almost all levels of social and cultural institutions, including universities, writes Wang Xiangwei for South China Morning Post.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160319123758291

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

A new university every week – in China

March 26, 2016

By Andreas Schleicher, BBC News – in University World News.

China has been building the equivalent of almost one university per week – part of a silent revolution that is causing a huge shift in the composition of the world’s population of graduates, writes Andreas Schleicher for BBC News.

In terms of producing graduates, China has overtaken the United States and the combined university systems of European Union countries, and the gap is going to become even wider. Even modest predictions see the number of 25 to 34 year-old graduates in China rising by a further 300% by 2030, compared with an increase of around 30% expected in Europe and the United States.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160319123539231

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

New education trends: inspiration and thought-provoking questions

March 25, 2016

By Anna-Malin Sandstrom – in EAIE Blog

From OECD’s “Trends Shaping Education 2016”

Most of us need both inspirational and factual resources to support our work. Finding sources that deliver on both aspects can be challenging, however. The OECD’s latest report, Trends Shaping Education 2016, was a pleasant surprise.

The report reflects on the potential impacts five overarching trends
-globalisation,
-the future of the nation state,
-the rise of the city,
-the changing family, and
-technology
might have on education in the future.

Like a good teacher, the report provides few answers but asks some intriguing questions.

Check:

http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/trends-shaping-education-2016_trends_edu-2016-en#page1

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

Bologna and bust lead to a boom in doctorates

March 24, 2016

By Paul Rigg – in University World News.

Spanish universities are processing up to six times the number of doctorates compared to the last academic year, according to research by one of Spain’s leading newspapers, El Mundo.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160316215151430

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016

‘Teflon’ universities need closer public scrutiny

March 23, 2016

By Richard Hil – in University World News.

There should be an urgent review of falling scores used in the Australian universities’ admissions system and the institutional pressures on academics to pass students.

“… If it were any other industry there would be calls for an urgent public inquiry. But not when it comes to universities. If ever there was a sector that demonstrated the ‘Teflon effect’ it would surely be Australia’s system of university education. Yet nothing seems to stick …”

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160317131137708

PovlTiedemann
March 2016

Majority of academics recruited from within – in Sweden

March 22, 2016

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News.

The Swedish Research Council has published a report showing that just over half of academics at universities and university colleges are recruited from the same higher education institution from which they got their doctoral degree. The research council says the findings are “worrying”.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160317153639223

Povl Tiedemann
March 2016