World insight

Elly Walton illustration (3 August 2017)

Before pouring more public or private money into universities, politicians must ensure that all students are properly prepared, says Warren Bebbington

Graduates sign

Yale-NUS College has just graduated its first students, writes Trisha Craig

Providing support for learners on low-cost ‘flat-pack degrees’ is key to expanding international higher education in Australia and worldwide, says Merlin Crossley

Michael Parkin illustration (20 July 2017)

US universities’ efforts to remain positive won’t wash. Trump is a disaster for recruitment, say Philip Altbach and Hans de Wit

Flags of Pakistan and China

The $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a huge opportunity to build academic capacity in Pakistan, say Abdur Rehman Cheema and Muhammad Haris

US flag, UK flag, special relationship,

The election of President Trump and Brexit have created a perception that the US and UK no longer welcome international student mobility, say Aldwyn Cooper and Marguerite Dennis

japan, japanese,

Futao Huang says that calls for Japan’s national universities to adopt more marketised leadership strategies have so far gone unheeded


The post-Gaddafi chaos has turned some campuses into war zones – with students among the fighters, says Darren Linvill

Joanne Roberts on the importance of mentoring, and understanding the needs of your staff

China, US, USA

The political changes of 2017 will benefit China, and influence the future of international student mobility, says Marguerite Dennis

Solar panel in peaches

Sara Ladrón de Guevara and Anthony Monaco on why institutions should collaborate with their neighbours to develop ideas and solve local problems

Free speech, censor, censorship

New leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, Andrew Scheer, promises research grant cuts to universities that offer safe spaces or speaker bans, says Creso Sá

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The maths just does not add up when you look at the impact of cuts on tuition fee prices, says Andrew Gillen

Dancing business people

The liberal arts approach can lead to business being done more thoughtfully, more creatively, and more sustainably, says Jeffrey Nesteruk


Removing the cap on subsidised sub-bachelor’s places in public universities will pull the rug out from under technical and further education providers offering similar qualifications, says Gavin Moodie

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As higher education costs rise inexorably, students or governments will inevitably have to pay more, says Peter Coaldrake

Dalai Lama

Chinese students’ calls for the Tibetan leader to be barred from speaking at the University of California, San Diego show a flawed conception of accommodation and respect, says Ben Medeiros 

Statue of Liberty, New York

Sir Keith Burnett writes from the US on the country’s mixed – and sometimes misleading – immigration history

Trump protester in Washington

Conservative politicians emboldened by the president’s election could exact the heaviest toll on higher education, says Matthew Hartley