Ranking Workshop in Budapest: New Cooperations

Ranking Workshop in Budapest: New Cooperations

Headline, Projects
The Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Education and Psychology welcomed three leading ranking experts for a two-day visit in Budapest. The idea of this event comes from the research of the ELTE’s Social Communication Research Group, which carries out a special project analysing rankings on the academic level and implementing these in the practice of higher education management. The ELTE, one of the flagships of the Hungarian higher education, for the improvement of international positions of other universities too, considered it important to organise a meeting for Hungarian university representatives and ranking experts. [caption id="attachment_4836" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Waldemar Siwinski, Gero Federkeil, Dmitry Grishankov[/caption] The three guests are important figures of the international ranking world and members of the Executive Committee of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence: Waldemar…
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Dispersible Meritocracy

Dispersible Meritocracy

Headline, Studies
/Part of Volume "Measured or Communicated? – University Rankings as the Media Representations of Higher Education" by Gyorgy Fabri My argument therefore is based on the notion competence hat there has been a much wider change in the social perception of the rankings, which points far beyond the issue of rankings. The professional (scientific and educational) performance of universities had been acknowledged by a social consensus several hundreds of years old as part of the competence of the academic world – and this changed drastically by the end of the 20th century. And this is not obvious in the sense that it is quite difficult to give an answer within higher education to the question why the professional activities of a university professor or a student wishing to study should be…
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New: Enrollments Decline at U.S. Institutions

New: Enrollments Decline at U.S. Institutions

Global Ranking Monitor, Headline
There is a significant decline in applications and enrolments of international students in U.S. universities and colleges for the first time since 2003. It seems the new immigration policies of the United States make the international students think twice before coming to the U.S. to study. While they are rarely affected by the policies directly, their perception of the country as a welcoming one for students and scholars has been influenced by them.  
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Where did business schools and MBAs go wrong?

Where did business schools and MBAs go wrong?

Global Ranking Monitor, Headline
There has been a significant rise in the costs of business schools and also a change in the purpose of their programmes. It seems they have become businesses themselves, offering solutions to their “customers” on how to start their own businesses or enterprises. Their high costs also mean that the students graduating at these schools are often not qualified for the work they do, which might also have a negative impact on economy.
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This is how a scholar behaves

Global Ranking Monitor
It is every scholar’s task to adopt a way in which to communicate with, help and teach students in their classroom. This article has some suggestions as to how to build one’s teaching persona, the way they will behave in the role of the teacher. The writer suggests scholars to project confidence, empathy and the traits they want the students to adopt, adding that it is much easier to change what you do in class as a teacher than changing who you are as a person.
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Saddle Up: 7 Trends Coming in 2018

Global Ranking Monitor
It seems that there are a lot of new challenges that institutions of higher education have to anticipate for the year of 2018. According to the the predictions of this article, there are several difficulties to count on: tighter budget, a more hostile opinion on higher education, extremist groups trying to gain public at campuses and also the #metoo movement appearing at the academy.
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Hungary, Turkey – Intellectual freedom the target of illiberal regimes

Global Ranking Monitor
One of the topics for discussion at the two-day international conference held at Berkeley’s campus in California in celebration of the 60th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education, was the situation of universities in countries with illiberal regimes. The two examples presented were the scandal around Central European University that has been under attack by the Hungarian government and the mass purge of academics that is currently going on in Turkey. Although the universities are sometimes sources of political protests, they can also be resources of conformity. Thus employing conformists professors is a way to make sure that conformists students will be produced in these institutions. Source: University World News 16/12/17
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Will this be a Chinese century in higher education?

Global Ranking Monitor
Considering the current situation in global higher education and China’s significant role in it, universities have to ask the question if China’s new strategies will reshape higher education. The One Belt One Road initiative that China recently launched would mean a strong cooperation between Eurasian countries. It will probably integrate new parts of the world but on different conditions for higher education as well. This was one of the topics for discussion at the two-day international conference held at Berkeley’s campus in California in celebration of the 60th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education.       Source: University World News 16/12/17
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