Global Hindsight

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 21st, 2020 by steve

“It’s hard to take in the full impact of the coronavirus catastrophe on Higher Education in Ireland. For fifteen years, many colleges have been pursuing an ever more intensive global agenda. My own university’s strapline is famously ‘Ireland’s Global University’ and the first iteration of our newly global strategy was equally clear: ‘Forming Global Minds’. This agenda quickly became all-invasive. Not educationally, however …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 21 March]

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Will globalised research survive the age of Trump?

Posted in Research on December 16th, 2016 by steve

International“Globalisation, long regarded with suspicion by some, is now under full-scale attack. ‘Our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalisation – moving our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas’, said US president-elect Donald Trump in a speech in June. ‘Globalisation has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very, very wealthy. I used to be one of them …'” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 15 December]


Is today’s university the new multinational corporation?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2015 by steve

International“A growing number of colleges and universities are emerging as multinational organizations – creating start-up versions of themselves in foreign countries. Those vacationing in western France may drive past a campus of Georgia Tech University …” (more)

[Jason Lane and Kevin Kinser, The Conversation, 5 June]


Higher education in 2020: three key forecasts from new report

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Findings show that people (not technology) will drive change, revenue is the ultimate goal, and HE is globalising, but gradually …” (more)

[William Lawton, Guardian Professional, 2 October]

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The University and the globalised learning landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“In a post on Globalisation and the University, I picked up on William Robinson’s work on the mechanisms by which a transnational capitalist class, acting through a transnational state apparatus, and supported by a neoliberal political society, hatched from within national capitals …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 22 February]


On Globalisation and the University

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“In his Globalization: nine theses on our epoch, William Robinson argues that ‘activists and scholars have tended to underestimate the systemic nature of the changes involved in globalisation, which is redefining all the fundamental reference points of human society and social analysis, and requires a modification of all existing paradigms’ …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 18 February]


Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education: A Call for Action

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2012 by steve

“There are few higher education institutions that would report a disinterest in becoming more internationally connected, more open to international students or being able to offer more international research opportunities to their faculty …” (more)

[GlobalHigherEd, 19 April]

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Globalisation and the immobile academic

Posted in Life on August 9th, 2011 by steve

“… Over the past two or three years the number of academic jobs advertised as vacant has been a fraction of what it once was. As funding is cut almost everywhere, faculty are staying in place as long as they can retain their jobs, and those leaving due to retirement are often no longer being replaced. Just as the spread of communications technology has made intellectual globalisation more and more of a reality, the physical migration of lecturers is in decline …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 August]

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Science needs a global boost

Posted in Research on June 13th, 2011 by steve

“Australia’s Academy of Science and its international peers are calling on all governments to support collaboration. Creating the conditions for ‘true globalisation’ of knowledge in science and technology means establishing virtual collaborative research centres to advance innovations in education. So says a coalition of peak science bodies supported by the Australian Academy of Science …” (more)

[Jill Rowbotham, The Australian, 13 June]

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Royal Society Report Documents Globalization of Science

Posted in Research on March 29th, 2011 by steve

“‘Emerging nations are transforming the scene, although traditional powers remain.’ That’s how physicist and former CERN director Christopher Llewellyn Smith today summarized a new Royal Society report on the state of global science. The report, titled Knowledge, Networks and Nations: Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century, analyzes peer-reviewed science papers with abstracts in English to assess which countries were claiming slices of an expanding research pie …” (more)

[Sara Reardon, Science Insider, 28 March]


Book Review: University Challenge: the fight for HE in a profit-focused climate

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2011 by steve

“In David Lodge’s 1984 Booker-listed novel Small World, one of the main protagonists, Professor Morris Zapp, declares that ‘the world is a global campus … the American Express card has replaced the library pass’. Just over twenty-five years later Ben Wildavsky investigates the globalisation of Higher Education, and implicitly whether Lodge’s vision has come to fruition …” (more)

[Matthew Partridge, British Politics and Policy at LSE, 27 February]

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The global campus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2011 by steve

“It is not just meetings of the rich and powerful that are getting increasingly cosmopolitan. Global universities are ‘reshaping the world’, argues Ben Wildavsky, the author of The Great Brain Race. Because big problems often transcend borders, many ambitious students demand a global education …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[Economist, 20 January]


Book Review: The Great Brain Race

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2010 by steve

“Ben Wildavsky’s book The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World is well worth reading. Wildavsky places international education firmly in the context of globalisation. He makes the case for international education as free trade in minds and ideas and as a key pillar of globalisation …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary21, 27 October]


Globalised Ireland

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2010 by steve

The Irish Times and other media today carried a report on the publication of a new globalisation index produced by Ernst & Young which places Ireland third on the globalised states list. The EY index joins an increasingly crowded field, so what follows is a bluffer’s guide to globalisation indices. As always, a good starting point (but never more than that) is the relevant Wikipedia entry …” (more)

[Alan Matthews, The Irish Economy, 30 January]


Higher Ed.’s societal obligations in a globalizing economy

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2010 by steve

“The American Association and Colleges and Universities (AACU) just released a survey of employers that looks at the characteristics employers want to see in the graduates they hire, and a related paper from the AACU Board called The Quality Imperative. The survey (which does not in any way contradict others that I have seen previously) reports that only one in four employers feel that higher education is doing a good job in preparing students for success in the global economy …” (more)

[Lloyd Armstrong, Changing Higher Education, 21 January]

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Marketisation, globalisation and universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2009 by steve

“‘Despite the proclaimed virtues of globalisation, there is an all too evident closing of minds and hearts’,  said Professor Saleem Badat, Vice-chancellor of Rhodes University, at the South Africa-Nordic Centre (Sanord) conference on Inclusion and Exclusion in Higher education held at the university from 7 to 9 December. ‘Arrogant power, narrow economic interests and dubious orthodoxies’ are ruling thinking about what universities should now be and do …'” (more)

[Anthea Garman, University World News, 20 December]


Going global – the big new world of higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2009 by steve

“According to a report that has just been published in the UK, we can expect that globalisation will have a much more visible impact on universities in the near future. Until now, the international dimension of higher education in this part of the world has mainly been experienced through overseas student recruitment …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 December]

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Globalization’s Muse – New book from Berkeley

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2009 by steve

USA“Universities and national higher education systems have become Globalization’s Muse – ‘in essence, a widely recognised and worshiped route for full participation in the knowledge society’, says a new book from Berkeley edited by John Aubrey Douglass, C Judson King and Irwin Feller. With contributions from 19 US and international authors, the study describes and analyses changes in the global landscape of higher education with focuses on the themes of convergence, competition and congruity of policy and practices …” (more)

[University World News, 8 November]