Kris Olds

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March 15, 2012
The 2012 Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings were released at 00.01 today by Times Higher Education via its website. It was intensely promoted via Twitter by the 'Energizer Bunny' of rankings, Phil Baty, and will be circulated in hard copy format to the weekly magazine’s subscribers.
March 11, 2012
During the past decade higher education's interest in internationalization has intensified, and the concept of civic education or engagement has broadened from a national focus to a more global one, thus expanding the concept that civic responsibility extends beyond national borders.
February 27, 2012
The unruly process of ‘innovation’ has long stumped analysts and advocates.
February 20, 2012
Today's entry is a timely one given debates about the enhanced importance of assessing learning outcomes at a range of scales (from the intra-departmental right up to the global scale).
December 24, 2011
It is hard to believe Bahrain sought to become a global education hub as recently as 2006 & 2007.
December 1, 2011
Great expectations UK-style: foreign students = export earnings (in an era of austerity)
November 26, 2011
Tertiary Education: A Global Report (by the World Bank's Education Advisory Service)
November 2, 2011
Two graphics (both released in the last two days) capture broad-based aspects of the fiscal squeeze confronting public higher education in the United States.
October 24, 2011
‘Flexibility’ is genuinely slippery concept, one that provides some sense of coherence with vagueness. It is also a concept that is a resource to be used in the pursuit of power. I’m most familiar with the concept of flexibility in relationship to the changing nature of production systems. There has been a long debate in Economic Geography, for example, about phenomena like ‘flexible specialization’ and ‘flexible accumulation’. These interrelated concepts have helped scholars and industry analysts make sense of how production systems are evolving to cope with increasingly levels of competitive pressure, the emergence of global value chains, new forms of territorial development, and so on.
October 16, 2011
Our era of ‘global urbanization’ -- one where the majority of the world’s population now lives in ‘urban’ areas – raises some interesting opportunities and challenges for higher education systems and institutions.


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