The World View

A blog from the Center for International Higher Education

A blog from the Center for International Higher Education

June 10, 2013 - 6:59pm
There are too many countries with highly educated taxi drivers. Not that someone with a university degree shouldn’t drive a taxi but only if this is a choice, not employment for lack of any other. What is the alternative?
June 4, 2013 - 7:05pm
Last week, 7 million Brazilians participated in a two-day exam to assess achievements in language, natural sciences, humanities, mathematics and writing.
May 23, 2013 - 7:27pm
It is difficult to imagine a university today that does not have (or is not considering) a China strategy.  What is our preoccupation with China about?
May 15, 2013 - 8:34pm
Despite our presumption that the U.S. hosts the world’s best universities, we do not (or very soon will not) have the world’s best educated population.
May 5, 2013 - 8:34pm
During the 2000s, the number of international students attending public and private universities in Argentina increased considerably.
April 28, 2013 - 6:36pm
The unprecedented expansion of higher education in Africa is often described as “massive.” Still, the enrollment rate hovers around 5-6 percent.
April 22, 2013 - 8:55pm
“And they lived happily ever after.” No one should expect that it could be an appropriate start for a story about university mergers in Russia.
April 16, 2013 - 6:31pm
When the Swedish Language Council released a list of words that are not in the Swedish dictionary but are used in common parlance, on it was “ogooglebar” which roughly translates as “ungoogleable” in English, and gave its meaning as “something that cannot be found with a search engine”. Google objected to that definition arguing the word Google is trademarked and therefore if it is ungoogleable it means that it cannot be found on the web by using Google. The interesting part of what is essentially a specific aspect of the internationalisation of language and knowledge transfer is that Google is claiming it has trademarked an activity as well as a company.
April 7, 2013 - 8:52pm
For the past 7 years, the Russian government has actively sought ways of enhancing the performance and contribution of its leading universities, in many cases setting up new federal universities that resulted from mergers. 
March 24, 2013 - 6:12pm
An important requirement for a country to successfully promote transnational education (TNE) and seek to become a knowledge hub is to have a strong, local higher education sector. This is the situation for countries such as Hong Kong (China), Malaysia and Singapore that have successfully developed knowledge hubs. But what about countries such as Botswana, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, aspiring to create knowledge hubs? Is their higher education sector robust enough to compete with TNE institutions? Will TNE in those countries help to strengthen the local sector, or weaken and marginalize it?

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