The staid higher-education business is about to experience a welcome earthquake
...Europe will not quickly take to new forms of degree delivery,” predicts Santiago Iñiguez, the president of Spain’s IE university...
28 June, 2014, "Creative destruction", The Economist
A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head
MOOCs will disrupt different universities in different ways. Not all will suffer. Oxford and Harvard could benefit. Ambitious people will always want to go to the best universities to meet each other, and the digital economy tends to favour a few large operators...
In my last blog post, I profiled the attributes of “winners-take-all” markets. And I implied that such markets might be closer than you think. Well, they are for me.
Higher education is a winners-take-all market. Despite the cool indifference to competition that many academicians affect, the competition among colleges and universities is serious. Aside from the fact that most people want to belong to a community that matters in some respect, some faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni, governments, and media mavens ask a provocative question: “Why strive?”
Executive Summary (PDF, 8 pages):
96% of EU citizens agree important that inventors creators and performing artists can protect rights and be paid for their work #EUIPstudy— OHIM (@OAMITWEETS) November 25, 2013
Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies at Columbia University ( www.columbia.edu/cu/amstudies ), is the author of College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press (March 20, 2012) (Finalist for the 2012 Book of the Year Award in Education).
The Center for American Studies offers students the opportunity to explore the experience and values of the people of the United States as embodied in their history, literature, politics, art, and other enduring forms of cultural expression.
Andrew Delbanco for his insight into the American character, past and present. He has been called “America’s best social critic” for his essays on current issues and higher education. As a professor in American studies, he reveals how classics by Melville and Emerson have shaped our history and contemporary life.
It is also true, however, that such training does not provide an adequate foundation for addressing the more abstract, but profoundly important, questions that ultimately must guide global policy and decision-making. For example:
In answering such questions, advances in science and technology (for example, new methods of energy production, surveillance, or online learning) will have a key role to play. But moral and ethical questions never yield fully to technical solutions; they also require an understanding of humanity’s social and cultural heritage. Science can help us to attain the life we want, but it cannot teach us what kind of life is worth wanting...
United Nations, Ireland 7th in the world on the Human Development Index
Read "Six reasons your startup should be in Ireland" (PDF, 10 pages)
The inventors were researchers from Higher Education Institutes who have used public-funding to develop innovative technologies.
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Always handy to have a Doctor on the staff in case anyone gets injured:). pic.twitter.com/o6pFi7USCz— Ray Nolan (@RayNolan) November 13, 2013
5 reasons to study in Ireland http://t.co/Z1QXXFwpK1— Education in Ireland (@EduIreland) November 14, 2013
Facebook's landmark building will have a capacity for 1,000 employees giving room for Facebook in Dublin to grow to twice its current size— IDA Ireland (@IDAIRELAND) November 7, 2013
Ireland Quarterly Update Q4 - http://t.co/W7i6SGsN2O— IDA Ireland (@IDAIRELAND) November 7, 2013
"The History and Future of Higher Education" is a multi-institutional, worldwide forum on the future of higher education that will launch in January of 2014. Below you will find a growing list of people and institutions offering courses, workshops, seminars, and reading groups on all aspects of this topic, in different onsite locations and offering online, public participation. A group wiki will be used to create a collaborative resource guide for innovations and action items by our individual and institutional partners. A MOOC on the history and future of higher ed, beginning in late January, will extend our reach to an anticipated audience of 50,000-100,000 participants worldwide.
This blog post includes: current lists of participants, information about how to join and have your course or event listed, and a selection of resources to help fuel the discussion of higher education transformation.
Jill Lepore is a professor of American history at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her latest books are The Story of America: Essays on Origins (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, forthcoming in October from Knopf. A version of these remarks was delivered at the 2013 meeting of the Association of American University Presses.
How can academics bridge the gap between academe and the public? http://t.co/PSmHJEpjM4— Chronicle (@chronicle) September 3, 2013
"European higher education in the world"
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
Find here the complete list of Erasmus Mundus projects that aim at promoting European Higher Education in the world. The projects are ordered by thematic and geographical areas. The list also contains projects that were selected during the first phase of the Erasmus Mundus Programme (2004-2008) under Action 4 - Enhancing Attractiveness.
A series of documents is available showing the main project achievements and activities of different Action 3 projects on a specific theme or in a particular region.
|2012-2014||HEIP-LINK - Promoting the international dimension of research in HEIs||Website|
|2012-2015||Social Economy - Enhancing Studies and Practice of Social Economy and Social Capital in Higher Education||Website|
|2012-2015||EM-ACE - Promoting Erasmus Mundus towards European Students: Activate, Communicate, Engage||Website|
Open_government.pdf (PDF 431 pages, 9.7MB)
January 18, 2013 radar.oreilly.com, We’re releasing the files for O’Reilly’s Open Government book
...by posting the Open Government book files for free for anyone to download, read and share. The files are posted on the O’Reilly Media GitHub account as PDF, Mobi, and EPUB files for now.
The real crisis in American higher education is that our best colleges never see a large chunk of our smartest students.
In an important recent study, the economists Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery found that very few high achievers from low-income families ever apply to top colleges, and that the missing applications from these kids largely explain why they’re underrepresented at our leading universities.
At first glance, poor students’ reluctance to aim for the Ivy League might seem to make sense. After all, there’s no way the typical low-income family can afford tuition of $50,000 a year. But in reality, they don’t have to pay anything for these schools.
SANTIAGO INIGUEZ, president, IE University, talks to Karan Gupta, study abroad consultant, about the challenges facing higher education worldwide
What are the key challenges facing higher education today?
It depends on the region you analyse because we see that the focus has now moved from the Western hemisphere to Asia and so the problems in Europe and in the US are different from those that universities face in Asia or Latin America. For example, if you look at Europe and US, you'll find that we are attending to problems of governance at most universities, financing models and how to bring innovation into the reality and maximise the learning process of users and technology in the learning process. On the other hand, if you look at Asia or Latin America (which has a lot of similarities vis-a-vis higher education ), I guess that the challenges are how to build up prestigious accredited institutions with global status, how to develop their own research and contribution to knowledge from their distinctive perspective and how to build up sustainable models of universities that can transform the world of higher education. So both worlds are complementary and up until now Western universities have been to some extent an inspiration for Asian universities. In future, it may be reverse where Asian universities will become references for many Western universities.
Any steps that you have taken to help overcome the challenges?One of the steps I have taken is to organise the Reinventing Higher Education conference...
Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.
Data from the 2012 Open Doors Report was released on November 12.
Download the 2012 Open Doors Briefing Presentation (2 MB, PDF, 38 pages)
For the first time, the annual international conference on “Reinventing
Higher Education” gave prominence to the rapidly transforming Arab
world. Changes in the higher education landscape – driven by new
technologies, shifting global forces and funding cuts – were other
The event took place from 22-23 October at Madrid-based IE University, which is a private non-profit business owned by the Instituto de Empresa SL.
“The idea is to look at the university as a whole from all angles, and try to suggest reforms for the future, for the better,” said Santiago Iñiguez, president of IE University and chair of the conference.
He pointed out that the Arab world comprises more than 400 million people in 22 countries and is experiencing profound transformation. It was significant, he said, that this change “is being supported by both public and private institutions, including individual philanthropists”.
“Philanthropy has been increasing in the Arab world, as 40- to 50-year-olds who, for example, have been very successful bankers, saw that guys of 18 were willing to give their lives for change and then thought, ‘What can I do?’” said Salah Khalil, director of the Alexandria Trust, which contributes to restoring world-class standards in education across the Arab region. (DeansTalk, October 23, 2012)
“Everyone was really excited about the Arab Spring but the reality of the situation is that we need an ‘Educational Spring’,” said Khalil.
“This is because ‘perverse institutionalism’ persists in the Arab world, whereby an organisation, whether it is a mosque or a university department, is set up to do something – and it does the exact opposite. Our biggest challenge is to create structures that can change this.”...
Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University, interviews Arnoud De Meyer, President of Singapore Management University, about the success of Asian Universities in the Global Higher Education Market and the key factors that have helped Singapore to become an international education hub.
The interview took place at the IE Madrid Campus during the Reinventing Higher Education Conference organized by IE University, where experts gathered from international institutions like Oxford University, Brown University, the World Economic Forum, Wikipedia, Alexandria Trust and the British Council to discuss the environment surrounding universities nowadays. This includes things like the demand in a globalized world, the strength of emerging markets like Asia or the Middle East, and innovation in teaching methods.
Also last week, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault declared government support for the 23-partner Campus Paris-Saclay, the most ambitious Operation Campus cluster which has now become part of the ‘Grand Paris’ urban development plan.
Concluding the 7th Forum of Research and Innovation in Paris, Ayrault confirmed funding of €1 billion for construction to unite the universities, grandes écoles and research organisations comprising Paris-Saclay; plus €850 million under Operation Campus; and an extra €1 billion under the Investments of the Future Idex (Initiatives of Excellence) programme.
Due for completion in 2014, Paris-Saclay would be a “merger remarkable for its size and quality” with “more than 10,000 researchers and academics, nearly 50,000 students, including 30,000 studying for masters and doctorates”, said Ayrault...
Speaking next Tuesday at Reinventing Higher Education, 3rd International Conference, October 22-23, 2012
The idea behind the Wikipedia Education Program is simple: Professors around the world assign their students to contribute to Wikipedia for class assignments.
Wikipedia is being used as a teaching tool in education around the world (see a list of programs). The Wikimedia Foundation currently runs four programs: Brazil, Canada, Egypt, and the United States.
In each country, volunteer Wikipedia Ambassadors assist professors as they assign their students to contribute to Wikipedia on course-related topics. The Wikimedia Foundation started the program in the United States in 2010, Canada in 2011, and Brazil and Egypt in 2012. More than 3,500 students have participated in the Wikipedia Education Program around the world, adding the equivalent of 20,000 printed pages of quality content to more than 6,000 Wikipedia articles in multiple languages.
Speaking next Tuesday at Reinventing Higher Education, 3rd International Conference, October 22-23, 2012
On Wednesday 13 June we published a report entitled ‘The shape of things to come: higher education global trends and emerging opportunities to 2020’.
On the same day we 60 representatives of the UK HE sector joined a debate about what the report findings mean for future HE.
The report studies trends that are expected to continue to shape the Higher Education landscape during the next 10 years. It identifies the drivers of HE demand:
Among other key findings, the study: