International higher education

Online Courseware's Existential Moment

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Historically, universities such as Columbia, Oxford, Yale, Princeton and Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have defined their value by exclusivity as much as by excellence. The institutions positioned themselves as purveyors of an important public good — a corps of graduates fit to run a nation — but the classrooms and curriculums that ostensibly transform talented high-schoolers into cardholding members of the adult elite have been walled off from the general public.

Decision Time in Britain

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Cambridge embraces tuition hike, raising questions for other universities.

The Ph.D. Rises in Britain

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Having a doctorate becomes the standard for academic appointments -- a trend that the pending increase in tuition fees may accelerate.

Has the Anglo-American Academy Peaked?

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A leading expert on international education warns that cutbacks in funding for British higher education could do long-term damage.

Michigan State's Libya Ties

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The London School of Economics and Political Science is in the midst of a major academic scandal over ties to the government of Libya, including questions about the legitimacy of a Ph.D. awarded to a son of Muammar el-Qaddafi's, connections between administrators and a foundation controlled by the Libyan dictator, and training provided by the London School of Economics to Libyan government officials.

Global Comparisons

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British Council suggests new way to evaluate countries on effectiveness of their efforts to promote international education. Germany tops list and U.S. is sixth.

Evolving Higher Ed Hubs

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What will the next generation of university centers look like? Experts discuss how Qatar and the United Arab Emirates illustrate the choices before many countries.

New Leader in European Higher Ed

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Maria Helena Nazaré, first woman in key post, wants to smash some glass ceilings -- and also to protect university budgets.

How Asian Are Asian Universities?

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Campus leaders from Abu Dhabi, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore debate whether institutions should be judged by Western or local criteria -- and whether geography defines higher education.

Business in Context

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Through network, b-schools in the developed world provide ideas that can be applied by those in developing nations.

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