If we have more of a market in higher education, brands will become more important, says Peter Scott – to the detriment of diversity.
The trouble with "markets" in higher educationis that most of the people designing them haven't a clue about real markets. With few exceptions, ministers, civil servants, quangocrats and senior university managers have all spent their careers in the very public sector they seem determined to subvert. (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 3 June 2013
Countries outside the world's elite university systems are better at transforming research capacity into citations, a report suggests.
While the U.S. and the U.K. are good at converting research inputs into outputs and are improving, the likes of Denmark, Switzerland, France and Ireland are making the most of their resources and improving efficiency at a greater rate, the study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found. (...) - by Elizabeth Gibney for Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2013
Swedish politicians and administrators recently attempted to hijack the peer review concept, and their proposals would make peer review more synonymous with an open and casual discussion between reviewers and reviews, with poorly defined criteria for what is good and bad. They propose site visits and personal meetings that will affect evaluators’ judgements.
Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education and the OECD recently hosted an international working conference under the aegis of its new Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) programme. The conference examined the role of research universities in global knowledge networks
A group of research funding organizations from around the world today put its weight behind open access to scientific literature but stopped short of making concrete policy recommendations for its members. The landscape for research and publishing is too varied to come up with general solutions, leaders of the Global Research Council (GRC) said today at the end of the group's second annual meeting in Berlin.
Here are the basic things you need to know about Africa as a higher education market... Conclusion: "Small investments in Africa now could pay off very big in the future..." Question: Pay off for whom? For Canadian HE or for African citizens? Article reads like a strategy for colonising Africa HE.