Kris Olds

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July 28, 2012
Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony was unexpectedly enjoyable. From the opening ring (courtesy of Bradley Wiggins) of a 27 ton bell, to the closing festivities, it conveyed a multilayered and multivalent sense of many aspects of what Britain is and isn't (a point deftly made by the New Yorker late last night). As Boyle himself put it, "The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be."
July 20, 2012
Beijing-based reflections on international collaboration, Yale-NUS College, and internet censorship in China.
July 17, 2012
In an early 21st century era of austerity, is it is time to end the dominance of "methodological nationalism" and take advantage of the "opportunity to create a truly global social science"?
June 28, 2012
How dependent on foreign (non-EU) student fees is the UK (2010-2011)? Very much so, though at variable levels.
June 26, 2012
The question I'd like to pose is this: what is the most appropriate composition of university governing boards, not just for deliberating about moving forward, but also making potentially high risk decisions regarding policy setting, goal making, overall budgeting, and the hiring and firing of senior leaders?
June 15, 2012
Is the legacy approach to governance -- one reflecting a different historical era and a distinctly higher level of commitment to public higher education -- appropriate, defensible, and effective?
May 22, 2012
On 19 May 2012, Dr. U Myint issued an open letter (reprinted below, and available here in PDF format) to inspire action regarding the restoration of the University of Yangon "to its Former Glory." This letter is noteworthy given the rapid pace of reform underway in Myanmar, and the critically important role of higher education institutions in shaping the development process at multiple levels (from the urban, to the national, to the regional).
May 17, 2012
This is an interesting time for international consortia of universities. The consortia structure brings with it strengths and weaknesses.  For example, it is large enough to enable the drawing in of complementary resources, people, skill sets, networks, etc.  The scale of these consortia and the emphasis on peer-based membership structures also facilitates collaborative action on a number of levels. However, international consortia are also too large, in some ways, to facilitate rapid responses to opportunities.
May 14, 2012
Some new reading on the complex, surprisingly little understood, and much debated topic of 'internationalization' was published today by NAFSA. To access a PDF of this free 26 pp. report, written by Madeleine F. Green,  click on the cover page image below.
May 9, 2012
As I shuffled through the morning paper today, supping a much needed cup of coffee, I came across a story about the innovative architect Thom Mayne (of Morphosis) being selected to design the first building of Cornell University’s Applied Sciences NYC campus. This unique development initiative, outlined in detail here ('Unsettling the university-territory relationship via Applied Sciences NYC'), is rolling forward with considerable speed.

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