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  • Why contradiction is (and always will be) higher education’s great strength

    By Martin Hughes – Higher education (HE) is full of contradiction. Contradiction conjures up images of uncertainty. And that makes me hopeful for the future. Universities thrive on exploration and multiple perspectives. Every institution is rife with healthy argument. The pursuit of learning often conflicts with the pursuit of a better career. In short, one person’s potion is another’s poison. No single purpose for HE can be defined. Yet this is precisely why I am optimistic. Far from a lack […]

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  • A worried parent writes from the UK

    By Stefan Stern – ‘Plumbing college.’ This was my wife’s not entirely satirical answer to the question about where she hoped our children might end up studying. Plumbing college clearly has a lot to recommend it. You learn useful and relevant skills there. You become eminently employable. And you probably don’t find yourself having £30,000 of tuition fees to pay back when you finally complete the course. But all this talk of fees and employability takes us down an avenue […]

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  • The international student and the challenge for universities

    The international student and the challenge for universities

    By Professor Glyn Davis – ‘The time that my journey takes is long and the way of it long.’ — Rabindranath Tagore The great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore writes powerfully on the excitement and pain of ‘the journey home’. Tagore’s journey home, takes in many distant shores and worlds towards an understanding of his best potential self. For more than three million international students, the challenges of the journey are experienced every day. Living in an unfamiliar culture. Missing the […]

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  • Building a fairer system in Australia

    Building a fairer system in Australia

    By Denise Bradley – Recent changes to higher education in Australia are the most significant in twenty years and are shaped by a vision for higher education as an agent of social transformation. The initiatives to increase participation from under-represented groups start from a basic assumption that: ‘Social inclusion must be a core responsibility for all institutions in receipt of public funding, irrespective of history and circumstances.’ 1 But will they advance this aim? Implementing change Universities are now responsible for […]

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  • Institutional values and the student experience

    Annie Gosling and Owen Gower – Who cares what the institutional structures of a university are, provided that the best student educational opportunities are preserved? Well, it may be that bureaucratic and financial structures are not isolable from the intellectual development of students. Will students have a different (worse?) educational experience if their university is privately run, or if they get a degree in two years rather than three, or if the delivery of their degree is out-sourced to further […]

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  • What is ‘higher’ about higher education?

    What is ‘higher’ about higher education?

    By Gavin Moodie – This short article answers Cleveland’s question ‘What is “higher” about higher education?’ 1 by distinguishing higher education from vocational education on the one hand and school education on the other. It argues that education varies by the extent to which its context is academic disciplines and the extent to which its context is outside education, most often work. Higher education is distinguished from vocational education by being more academic and less externally contextualised than vocational education. […]

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  • Innovation in higher education

    By Geoff Mulgan and Mary Abdo – For universities around the world these are both exhilarating and troubling times. Enrolment in tertiary education has risen beyond any expectations, to some 150m worldwide.1 A truly global industry has taken shape, with new technology enabling rapid collaboration and dissemination of ideas, and students increasingly matriculating at foreign institutions. Yet there is also disquiet. Much important knowledge creation takes place outside of higher education. Few institutions are rich or self-sustaining, and many face […]

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  • How higher education can drive an enterprise revolution

    By Wendy Purcell and Caroline Chipperfield – Universities are places of discovery and innovation, as expressed through the two pillars of their activities; teaching and research. Around the world some universities are moving to view their academic endeavours through the lens of enterprise, further extending their so-called ‘third stream’ activity and embracing a wider cultural and social agenda. From this perspective, ‘being enterprising is the ability to respond to change, take risks, to innovate and to generate and implement new […]

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  • Context: Higher education in Asia Pacific

    Context: Higher education in Asia Pacific

    By David Barnett – CEO Higher Education, Pearson Asia Pacific At a time when the eyes of the world are focused on the emergence of Asia (and China in particular) as global economic powers, higher education in the region is more important than ever. Developed economies rely on a flow of highly skilled labour to drive productivity, create more confident and affluent middle classes, and to increase business efficiency. Having a vibrant and high quality higher education system is widely accepted […]

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