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

Global Rankings of Universities: A perverse and Present Burden in Whose Interests are we Serving? Global Inequalities and Higher Education

While national rankings of universities have existed for some decades, in recent years the phenomenon of the global rankings of universities has come into prominence. The Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds (THE-QS) ‘World University Rankings’ and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Institute of Higher Education’s (SJTIHE) ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’ are the best known of such… Read more

Higher Education under Attack

This article explores the expansion of higher education viz a viz the expansion of the world economy. With the stagnation of the world economy, the amount of money that universities received, largely from the states, began to diminish. To cope with this,  universities were privatised.  This meant that institutions of higher education were established as businesses for… Read more

The New Dynamics of Higher Education and Research for Societal Change and Development

This communiqué was adopted by the participants of the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education which held from 5 to 8 July 2009 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in recognition of the abiding relevance of the outcomes and Declaration of the 1998 World Conference on Higher Education, and taking into account the outcomes and recommendations of… Read more

Universities for a New World: Making a Global Network in International Higher Education

Universities for a New World takes the Centenary of the ‘Association of Commonwealth Universities’ (ACU) as its point of departure in exploring what a 2009 ‘United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’ (UNESCO) Report has evocatively termed an ‘academic revolution’ in modern higher education. This book succinctly explores the rise of the ACU as the world’s… Read more

Globalisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education

This editorial introduces an online monograph that deals with internationalisation and globalisation in higher education. The monograph, made up of five papers, examines some of a broad range of aspects related to this theme and is a reflection of the importance and current attention being paid to the international dimension of higher education in Europe and beyond.  This introduction discusses the… Read more