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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.
September 15, 2010
The new 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings issue has just been released and we will see, no doubt, plenty of discussions and debate about the outcome.
September 13, 2010
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an important part of the ‘learning machinery’ that both sheds light on and guides higher education reform. While this international organization does not have jurisdictional authority over higher education regulations and practices within nation states, it does has a unique capacity to conduct research, generate debates, benchmark, provide advice, convene, and respond to the expressed needs of its member states.

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