17 novembre 2013

Quality, ranking and the changing face of PhD training

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. African universities need to rethink how they understand success factors, according to Professor Cheryl de la Ray, vice-chancellor and principal of the University of Pretoria and former chief executive of South Africa’s Council on Higher Education. Perceptions of quality affect university reputations, “but what we regard as quality is not exact”. 
Talking about PhD production across Africa, and how to increase it, De la Rey said data showed that there was a direct and positive correlation between the success of universities and the quality of doctoral qualifications. Yet, she said, there were definite perceptions about which PhDs were better than others. More...

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Enhancing research through international collaboration

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Dorothea Rüland. Quality higher education can only emerge when the research dimension in universities is improved. How can graduate education, as a precondition for research in Africa, be strengthened? 
Han Aarts and Heinz Greijn of Maastricht University, in the 2010 book Higher Education and Globalisation – Challenges, threats and opportunities for Africa, argue clearly for embedding higher education and research within international knowledge networks, while catering for local needs. More...

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Understanding demands and pressures of PhD production

By Karen MacGregor. There is a real danger that by focusing on national and institutional policies and strategies to expand PhD production, a truism will be lost: “It is that supervisors graduate PhD students,” says Professor Johann Mouton of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. In South Africa’s efforts to triple the number of doctoral graduates from around 1,500 a year, not enough attention is being given to the role of supervisors. More...

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Tracking transnational academic mobility down under

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Hopkins. Academics often regard living and working overseas, and gaining a level of international experience, as part of their career development. This notion of academics moving between territorial boundaries is known as transnational academic mobility and is generally presented as something positive and associated with all kinds of benefits. More...

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Will a new website unite Canada’s mobile students?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Grace Karram. As the number of mobile university students worldwide climbs above three million, institutions and governments are charged with effectively informing and supporting students’ travel.
This is no simple task as the diversity of this group has kept pace with its numbers, and students’ complex needs – academic, immigration, financial – seem almost infinite. More...

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The ABC of higher education leadership

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Maurits van Rooijen. I have never been short on ideas and opinions about higher education, but when forced to highlight my main ideas, I would select the following three realities that, in my view, will and should dominate our future debates on the topic.
Higher education and globalisation
First, and most fundamental, is something I have talked a lot about over the past 25 or so years: Higher education cannot nor should not want to be immune to globalisationMore...

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Diversification key to international higher education

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Rahul Choudaha. International student mobility is a complex phenomenon with multiple variables interacting at the national, institutional and individual level. A deeper understanding of student mobility trends can help in not only shaping effective national policies but also informed institutional strategies. According to the latest Institute of International Education, or IIE, Open Doors report, the number of international students at United States universities and colleges has continued to grow, reaching a record high of nearly 820,000 in the 2012-13 academic year. More...

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Online ‘classrooms’ break the MOOC language barrier

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Colleen Kimmett. China is the number one country worldwide in terms of growth potential for massive open online courses, or MOOCs. This is something the largest North American MOOC platforms know well, and the past year has seen a flurry of activity to capture this market. Tsinghua University became the first in mainland China to create online courses, available through the US-based platform edX since October – the same month that rival platform Coursera announced a partnership with National Taiwan University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. But the question of translation – how to make the selection of predominantly English-language courses accessible to a global audience – is a problem these industry pioneers are still grappling with. More...

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Ambitious 10-year reforms raise standards at Qatar University

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Lucy Hodges. As skyscrapers rise from the sand and Qatar prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, higher education has become a hot topic in this Gulf state with the highest GDP per capita in the world. Mindful that its oil and gas wealth gives it the opportunity to arm its citizens with the highest educational standards, the ruling Thani family is pouring money into making Qatar University a first-rate institution for its people as well as a world-class university that will attract researchers and academics globally. More...

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‘Homegrown’ postgraduate student crisis wake-up call

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nic Mitchell. The British government has woken up to what some universities are calling a ‘postgraduate crisis’ with a pledge of £75 million (US$120 million) to fund a string of initiatives aimed at reversing falling demand for masters courses among UK students. However, this doesn’t mean that a postgraduate loans system is about to be introduced for home and European Union students – despite calls for such a move from a number of higher education and student leaders. More...

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