Articles and reports we recommend (April 2016)
According to a recent study conducted in Australia, universities with a higher position in global rankings tend to have higher tuition fees. This particular study was focusing on international student tuition fees; the situation is probably similar/same when it comes fees for local students. Read more in the PIE NEWS…
Rajani Naidoo writes that higher education is ‘trapped in a kind of magical thinking which fetishes competition. There is a modern day magical belief that competition will provide the solution to all problems. Competition will lead to equity, enhance quality and protects us against risk.’ She stresses that we must urgently do something to stop this. She adds that ‘”there is no NO alternative.” Not when the stakes are so high. Higher education is too important to be left to a fetish.’
In Internationalisation policy for universities on the cards, Stephen Coan writes about South Africa’s higher education internationalisation policy which is still a work in progress. A draft of the policy is expected to be published in the Government Gazette by 31 March 2017. According to Chief Mabizela, chief director of policy and development support in the Department of Higher Education and Training, ‘a policy framework that enhances internationalisation of higher education is required in South Africa in order to accrue benefits both to higher education and the economy.’ Dr Nico Jooste from our unit has been involved in the development of the policy. He is quoted in the article, saying that the framework ‘would still allow for institutional nuance differences. We should have a framework that will allow for differentiation in the internationalisation strategies of each institution.’
In How universities can teach their students to respect different cultures (The Conversation), Orla Quinlan and Darla Deardorff (our research associate) write about the importance of intercultural competence. They stress that this is crucial if ‘people from different backgrounds [are] to begin to engage constructively with each other at deeper and more transformative levels. Such mutual engagement is good for university graduates, universities and the country as a whole as they work through the many issues South Africans must address.’
The Pie News published a fascinating story about the three-year-long undercover operation by the US government that led to the arrest of 21 people so far. They have been charged ‘after helping over a thousand foreign nationals obtain fraudulent student visas and foreign worker visas through a fake university created by the US government…The arrests followed a three year long investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in which agents ran a bogus institution called the University of Northern New Jersey, created in 2013.’
In African higher education development – Competing visions, Deren Temel writes that the ‘competing visions of the World Bank and UNESCO on higher education’s benefits and beneficiaries have prevented them from coordinating a united vision for higher education development.’ In the article, Temel also explains how the World Bank’s policies from 1973 to 1996 led to deterioration of the higher education sector in Africa.