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University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

June 16, 2011 - 9:15pm
Until I came to college in the United States, all my schooling had been in Pakistan, in schools that followed a British system of education (our colonial legacy). This had some interesting implications for the student-teacher relationship in these schools. To put it simply: we feared our teachers. Although there were some exceptions to this, especially across different grade-levels and types of institution, it held true as a general rule.
June 14, 2011 - 9:45pm
Every month, I receive an email from Mary Churchill letting me know that my University of Venus post is about to go live. And each month, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach: maybe this month is the month that I’ve gone too far and my writing will come back and bite me in the ass professionally. Each month, after about a week, I exhale, once again feeling like I’ve dodged a bullet.
June 12, 2011 - 9:30pm
I suspect all our American readers know this passage from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken:” “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”
June 9, 2011 - 9:00pm
When I was a high school student, my friends and family and I, had a favorite topic of discussion: What kind of a city is ideal for a university student life?
June 7, 2011 - 8:45pm
Usually, I avoid reading and writing about star books as much as possible. As in the case of various pop stars, general and particular opinions are inevitably influenced by the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ aired in the media, the result of ingenious PR campaigns aimed to sell. ‘Successful’ books are often evaluated in terms of sales reports and although I could appreciate a smart communication strategy aimed to increase the income of both the publisher’s house and the author, I prefer to keep myself away from the trends.
June 6, 2011 - 10:15am
What makes for a successful collaboration with a corporate partner? Although academic institutions are historically risk-averse, more and more universities are searching for ways to officially partner with private corporations both locally and globally. Last week’s sessions at the NAFSA11 conference for international education were filled with references to the growth of these partnerships.
June 3, 2011 - 9:00am
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift’s presentation: Taking Global Research Cooperation to a New Level. Thrift’s talk was provocative and engaging. Rather than try to summarize it here, I’ll share some of the pieces that are more relevant for University of Venus readers:
June 2, 2011 - 8:15pm
From the archives for #NAFSA11 I started my first professional teaching job at the age of 22. I taught English as a Second Language at a private language school. I was armed with a Master’s degree, a three-month teaching practicum, and some informal teaching experience. In other words, I was completely unprepared.
June 1, 2011 - 2:31pm
Internationalization is about changing culture. The best higher ed internationalization strategy in the world is doomed to fail if it doesn’t include a comprehensive plan for changing the culture of your institution. Rather than ignore prejudice and outdated attitudes towards other countries, international students, and global scholars; institutions have to build cultural change into their strategy. Too often, an institution’s internationalization strategy is developed at the most senior executive levels and implemented haphazardly and irregularly on campus.
June 1, 2011 - 4:15am
I’ll be blogging from #NAFSA11 in Vancouver, Canada for the next couple of days. This year’s Annual NAFSA Conference brings together over 8,000 international educators from countries around the world.

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