One notable challenge for many universities is moving beyond the superficial rhetoric of internationalization. Of course every university, and its leaders, are in favor of internationalizing: the signs are everywhere, from refashioned mission statements, to the building of some institutional capacity to understand and support internationalization, to the inclusion of the rhetoric of internationalization in speech after speech by university leaders.
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July 19, 2011
July 13, 2011
The development of linkages between higher education systems in a variety of ‘world regions’ continues apace. Developments in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Gulf, and Latin America, albeit uneven in nature, point to the desire to frame and construct regional agendas and architectures. Regionalism -– a state-led initiative to enhance integration to boost trade and security -- is now being broadened out such that higher education, and research in some cases, is being uplifted into the regionalism impulse/dynamic.
July 1, 2011
A cold summer ale on the Memorial Union Terrace (or 'the Terrace' as it is known) at UW-Madison is a genuinely glorious experience. I was down there the other evening with my family, observing students, faculty, visiting conference types, as well alumni and members of the public. The Terrace functions like a defacto community center, alongside all of the functions typically associated with student unions (including food services, the weak link in an otherwise splendid set-up).
April 20, 2011
Note: our thanks to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) for the funds to create this map, and to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Lab for creating it.
April 10, 2011
GlobalHigherEd is still alive, I assure you! Unfortunately, our respective responsibilities, and some surprises, have been all consuming of late.
February 24, 2011
It is not very common to see marches of tens of thousands of people in small cities like my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin (with a population of approximately 235,000 people).
February 10, 2011
Higher education institutions around the world are feeling increased pressure to deepen inter-institutional connections and accelerate human mobility.
November 27, 2010
Do our associations of universities have the adequate capabilities, including infrastructures, to support the well-spring of 'internationalization' that is emerging in member universities in virtually all countries? On some levels yes, but on other levels perhaps not.
October 20, 2010
This is a Worldle 'word cloud' derived from the same UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) section (pp.