Globalization and Higher Education Reform in China

This paper reviews the reforms in higher education in China in the context of globalization, pinpointing the conception changes, policy changes, governance changes and consequential changes in curriculum and methodology. What is presented here is grounded in documentation, and uses Northeast Normal University as a case study. The paper explores areas of change in education in… Read more


Civil Engagement in Higher Education and its role in Human & Social Development

Over the past century the world has seen many social, economic and political transformations. It has transformed from a largely colonial era to a largely democratic one. Yet, while democratization of political culture guaranteed citizens’ rights and freedom, it did not result in democratization of learning and knowledge production. The change in education systems has… Read more


Public-Private Partnerships in Education

Recent years have seen an expansion and broadening of the private sector‘s role in the financing and provision of education services in many countries. A key trend has been the emergence of more sophisticated forms of non-state involvement in education through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). These PPPs – or multi-stakeholder partnerships for education (MSPEs) – pull… Read more


Knowledge transfer through internship: The EASLIS experience in strengthening the governance decentralisation programme in Uganda

Makerere University, Kampala,Uganda has attempted over many years to integrate knowledge transfer programmes into its higher education programmes through various strategies, including internship and fieldwork studies. The internship programmes have gained popularity, especially through the interventions from the Innovations at Makerere Committee of the University that supported a number of academic units to enhance the decentralisation of… Read more


Higher education institutions and local government: Collaborating for growth

This paper provides evidence of what can be achieved if the UK recognises the wider role and influence that Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can have within cities and surrounding areas. It highlights the recent work that has taken place between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Universities UK to promote the role universities and other HEIs can… Read more


Capability Traps? The Mechanisms of Persistent Implementation Failure

Many countries remain stuck in conditions of low productivity that many call “poverty traps.” Economic growth is only one aspect of development; another key dimension of development is the expansion of the administrative capability of the state, the capability of governments to affect the course of events by implementing policies and programs. In this paper,… Read more


Past and Current Experiences of Higher Education Partnership Approaches within the wider context of Development Cooperation with Africa

This article traces how changes in international development policy and practice over time and across different donor organisations has influenced Ireland’s stance on the inclusion of higher education and research in Ireland’s overseas development assistance. Evidence of the changes in Ireland’s official thinking on higher education and development is illustrated through two case studies profiling two different modalities, separated by 30… Read more


Sida/SAREC bilateral research cooperation: lessons learned

This is the report of an evaluation of Swedish development bilateral research cooperation activities that aim to strengthen research capacity in Mozambique, Tanzania, Bolivia and Nicaragua, thus increasing their access to knowledge in areas of central importance for poverty-reducing development. The programmes in the four countries focused on capacity building of individual staff members, research infrastructure and, to a… Read more


Five steps to achieving the goal of educating every child in the world

The sustainable development goals agreed by world leaders include a commitment to ensure that all young people have access to good quality primary and lower secondary education by 2030. The goals include a pledge that no one will be left behind. Reaching these goals will require improved educational quality for the most disadvantaged children from the… Read more


Universal access to quality education: More and better learning data needed to track #GlobalGoals progress

Monitoring progress on the new Global Goal for access to education will require research to capture data on the most disadvantaged children, particularly those excluded from formal schooling. In today’s blog, Ben Alcott and Pauline Rose argue that better data makes better policy. For educational access, this means gathering more data, over longer time periods,… Read more


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