13 January 2018 Issue No: 534
Internationalisation of higher education aims to raise the quality of higher education for all, but first results from the 5th Global Survey of the International Association of Universities suggest a worrying gap emerging between those higher education institutions that are increasing internationalisation and those that are not.
United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has detailed some of her ambitious plans for higher education in 2019, including reducing federal oversight of higher education accreditation, which critics say will invite low-quality higher education providers and predatory actors to take advantage of students.
British universities are staring at a bleak year ahead, facing a potential triple whammy from the uncertainty over whether and what form Brexit will take, whether tuition fee income will be slashed, and the perils of being driven by competition into a credit crunch.
Organisations representing the heads of universities in 10 European countries have signed a declaration in Vienna warning against tendencies to restrict academic freedom and threats to democracy, and defining the role of higher education in society.
A European project has produced a toolkit for recognising the qualifications held by refugees, which could overcome a significant barrier to them being able to continue or access higher education or secure a job. Could it provide a model for addressing this issue globally?
Transforming apartheid-era institutional cultures at historically white institutions is key if genuine change and decolonisation of the curriculum are to take place. It will be a long struggle, but it needs to be done if higher education in South Africa is to be relevant.
A letter from United States President Donald Trump about ‘American values’ highlights how far the current presidency is from democratic principles. Its colonialist approach is reflected in the structures used to oversee higher education in Puerto Rico, where a 100% tuition fee rise has been imposed.
Undergraduate student Emmanuel Gweamee, 24, has suffered from war, discrimination and disability growing up in Liberia. But after being trained in transformative leadership at a university in the United States, he is finding practical ways to empower excluded disabled young people back in his homeland.
A selection of experts and scholars in African higher education share their views on the key challenges and trends facing higher education in the upcoming year.