September 14, 2015
Yet recently, as I talked with two education reporters about what they considered the "big" issues in higher education, they rolled their eyes when I mentioned competency-based education. One characterized the term as incomprehensible jargon, a buzzword, and the other dismissed it as the latest education fad. The MOOC of 2015.
Their skepticism is not surprising. Thirty years of a national school-reform movement have produced a seemingly endless number of silver bullets. But competency-based education is not the fad du jour. It’s here to stay, and it promises to become the norm in education. Here are a few reasons why.
What do we know about international education research – in Europe and elsewhere? - via... http://t.co/nhxJ6ua4Cg— The EAIE (@TheEAIE) June 2, 2015
The 27th Annual EAIE Conference - www.eaie.org/home/conference/glasgow.html
In September 2015, Europe's largest international higher education conference is heading to Glasgow, Scotland. Next to an innovative and cutting-edge conference programme, you can expect more than a 'wee dash' of the famous Glaswegian culture, hospitality, and even some EAIE tartan thrown into the mix!
Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC, barrister, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords
Among her many accomplishments, Glasgow native Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC is well-known for her work promoting education matters, with her report for the Further Education Funding Council having been widely recognised as a driving force behind changes in education policy. Helena will speak at the Opening Plenary in the morning on Wednesday 16 September.
Donald Clark, e-learning entrepreneur and blogger
...My frustration is born of the fact that it’s all too easy to mouth abstract terms as a substitute for detail, evidence and practical ideas...
+ Monday, May 18, 2015, "Education not the panacea for all economic problems" donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/education-not-panacea-for-all-economic.html
Whenever league tables are announced, cue the current OECD table, outrageous claims are made linking education to economic health and growth. Yet the evidence that education, in particular Higher Education, is the key driver of economic growth is dubious...)
As one of the original founders of the e-learning company Epic Group plc and an investor and board member of the e-learning platforms LearningPool and Cogbooks, Donald is an e-learning guru. His expertise is in high demand as a consultant and public speaker in a number of fields. Donald will speak at this year's brand new Wake-up Plenary in the morning on Thursday 17 September.
Terry Waite, humanitarian and best-selling author
Terry became well-known for his role as a negotiator in the release of hostages in Iran and Libya in the 1980s, and was himself taken hostage. Since his release, he has changed his career path to fully dedicate himself to humanitarian issues, and has been in constant demand as a speaker, writer and broadcaster all over the world. Terry will speak at the Closing Plenary in the afternoon on Friday 18 September.
That is why AAI is collaborating with local institutional partners across Africa to launch the Future Leaders Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund will provide academically motivated and under-resourced students with scholarships to study in high-performing African universities and technical colleges to earn bachelors degrees, as well as vocational and technical training certifications. The Fund will also ensure that African universities benefit by receiving increased resources to retain and educate students.
We’re also inviting educators and innovators from Africa and worldwide to join with us this September 2 in Lagos, Nigeria for the 2nd Annual State of Education in Africa conference, to highlight bold approaches to improving the quality of education at all levels.
Amini Kajunju is the President and CEO of The Africa-America Institute, a a premier U.S.-based international organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management.
Over the past 15 years, the Bologna Process has turned into the most far-reaching reform the education community has ever experienced – creating a European space of university cooperation based on quality, openness and mutual trust: the European Higher Education Area.
Today, in Europe and across the globe, 'Bologna' continues to signify a highly ambitious, successful example of pan-European cooperation – one where the European Commission is playing an active part.
Instituted in 1999 as an intergovernmental process, now encompassing 47 European countries as well as the European Commission, with consultative stakeholder members, in most people's minds the Bologna Process is closely identified with the switch to the Bachelor-Masters-Doctorate model of higher education.
Twenty six different Dutch higher education institutions are contributing to the OTS program for 2015. There will be 39 different scholarship schemes and 69 individual scholarships available that represent a total value of €713,250.
Taking an unfashionable standpoint in the light of rising anti-European sentiment in Britain and some other countries, Kurt Deketelaere, secretary general of the League of European Research Universities, told a conference that EU-wide legislation may be required to enable the truly free movement of students and researchers.
Speaking at the Reinventing Higher Education conference at IE University in Madrid last week, Deketelaere warned that “we are not going to survive” if Europe continues with 28 separate sets of research systems and funding arrangements...
"Mary Robinson: Why Europe needs to set the pace on climate change", Irish Times, October 20, 2014
Opinion: The importance of acting now cannot be overstated: every euro spent on fossil fuels today condemns parts of the world to hurricanes, drought and infectious diseases
The meeting of the European Council – the gathering of the EU member states – in Brussels on Thursday and Friday will lead to a decision that will have far-reaching consequences. The summit is expected to see the adoption of a new framework for Europe’s climate and energy policy, including a set of targets for 2030 to cut our greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewable energy use and reduce overall energy use. These pledges matter, for Europe and the international community.
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, is the United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change and a member of the European Climate Foundation’s advisory board
"The future is green for business schools", FT Soapbox, October 5, 2014
Business education needs to be more integrated, more interdisciplinary and more oriented towards thinking about the bigger “system-level” picture. A second order level of thinking is required. Moving beyond the direct relationship between action and value, business schools must offer education that addresses the complex systemic challenges we are all facing.
New organisational forms have evolved in Europe. My own organisation, Climate-KIC, is Europe’s largest public-private partnership with more than 230 partners drawn from prestigious universities, research institutions, blue-chips and SMEs. The EU created the KICs to address the innovation challenge of Europe and make existing models obsolete. These organisations are creating new knowledge and will be a stimulus for business schools to evolve and change.
...As reported last week in University World News, the EUA also used the occasion to launch the 2014 edition of its Public Funding Observatory report , which monitors the evolution of public funding to higher education institutions in nearly 30 European countries...
UC Berkeley Chancellor Dirks on what the movie "Ivory Tower" gets wrong. http://t.co/lWT3UedFxG— Rich Lyons (@richlyons) 23 Juillet 2014
Haas-founded Kabam comes in with valuation over $1 billion. http://t.co/C40tWRRHNV— Rich Lyons (@richlyons) 1 Août 2014
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The Hi-Tech Mess of Higher Education, The New York Review of Books, August 14, 2014 Issue
Andrew Rossi’s documentary Ivory Tower prods us to think about the crisis of higher education. But is there a crisis? Expensive gambles, unforeseen losses, and investments whose soundness has yet to be decided have raised the price of a college education so high that today on average it costs eleven times as much as it did in 1978. Underlying the anxiety about the worth of a college degree is a suspicion that old methods and the old knowledge will soon be eclipsed by technology....
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.
Big Ideas 2013 Presenters Pitches on YouTube
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: