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The World View

A blog from the Center for International Higher Education

March 3, 2011 - 11:15am
While Latin American universities are certainly attentive to rankings and their poor showing in most of them, there is a growing trend to focus on other things. These new activities will not have any impact on institutional standing in those inevitable international competitions but they just might improve the quality of the education Latin American universities deliver.
February 21, 2011 - 1:45pm
If it were not so serious, it would be laughable. An American ‘sham university’ enrolled more than 1,500 students from India and enabled them to obtain American visas. The fact that they were not studying at the university, nor even residing anywhere near the place, was eventually discovered by US authorities, who started cracking down on the students. The story is reported in the February 2, 2011 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
February 12, 2011 - 1:45pm
Since the draft of Outline of China’s National Plan for Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020) released in February 2010 by the Ministry of Education for public discussion, de-bureaucratization within institutions of higher education (gaoxiao qu xingzhenghua) has been a hot issue of debate. Colleges and universities have been objects of fierce public criticism from scholars, students, government, and other stakeholders. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao opposed bureaucratization within higher education institutions.
February 8, 2011 - 10:00am
  Young India has a comparative advantage in an ageing world but India can profit from it only through education. Thus, education and of late higher education has received a lot of attention. Increased government funding supplemented by buoyancy in household spending is a testimony of this. But increased resources are not enough, thus several measures to overhaul higher education governance have been initiated.
February 1, 2011 - 11:15pm
Country after country announces national policy to pick leading research universities, lavish resources upon them, and thrust them higher into international leadership. China, Germany, and Japan are three of the powerhouse examples, even though their higher education system otherwise differ greatly.
January 23, 2011 - 4:30pm
  Higher education in England is currently the subject of an extraordinary experiment in the allocation of public funding: the question is, will the patient survive, and if so, in what state?
January 17, 2011 - 2:15pm
Who should govern universities? Should the best scholars sacrifice their career as researchers and govern academic institutions or should professional managers provide the experience of running healthy and competitive business? This question is currently discussed in different countries and across different academic cultures.
January 10, 2011 - 2:45pm
Some things here are strikingly similar here to elsewhere, like territorial behaviour by Ministries. Others are quite different - the security situation, and the importance, and effects, of donor funding. The welcomes are always warm and the hospitality generous, and sincere. Hospitality to guests is important here.
January 2, 2011 - 3:15pm
  The floodgates of university partnerships have opened and the international dimension of higher education in Africa is expanding. With the declaration of higher education as vital development tool, multilateral and bilateral regimes, foundations, and other development partners now favor the support of the sector, though still with constrained enthusiasm as the latest African Commission Report (2010) indicates.

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