/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…
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.
More than 15 university presidents will speak at THE’s World Academic Summit between 25-27 of September along other speakers. The topic of the summit will be “The transformative power of research: advancing knowledge, driving economies, building nations”. The summit will take place at the National University of Singapore.
Here you can see THE’s list of the best Asian universities in 2018. The first place is obtained by the National University of Singapore for the third time in a row. Tsinghua University comes second in the ranking as the best Chinese university, taking the place over from Peking University. Overall China has 63 institutions featured on the list. Source: Times Higher Education 06/02/18
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.
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.
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.
This year THE published more rankings than ever before. The first Japan University Ranking (see it here) came out. The Young University Rankings included new tables alongside the Under 50 list. The number of subject rankings was also expended this year from 8 to 11 subjects. On this list you can find the most popular articles of THE from 2017.
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
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