QS finally published their newest annual subject ranking. The ranking includes 48 subject fields, among them two new ones: classics & ancient history, and library & information management. Harvard university ranks first in most subjects, the second place is obtained by MIT, while Oxford University is third. The rankings are available here.
THE will present a new ranking focused on universities’ impact on society to be launched in April 2019. THE has already started collecting data on university-business interactions. The ranking will be presented at the Innovation and Impact Summit that THE will hold in partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. Source: Times Higher Education 14/02/18
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