Is the current system of English language testing sufficient preparation for non-native speakers to study English-medium degrees? Nick Pilcher and Kendall Richards present their most recent research suggesting a new way forward.
Udi Datta examines the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) and considers what it’s implications may be for universities and the higher education market.
Higher education is now at the centre of a tentative Conservative Party leadership election battle between George Osborne and Theresa May. With May ever-pandering to right-wing impulses in immigration policy, Osborne is presenting himself as a friend of universities and growth, and both are preparing the battle lines that will follow after the General Election. As universities enter the heart of this new and intense political struggle, Martin McQuillan looks at its implications for higher education.
With governments around the world looking to rankings to measure success, and perusing prestige in its various forms, is this now becoming an unhealthy distraction from creating sustainable systems that include institutions with distinctive missions able to meet the needs of the societies and economies that they serve? Jamil Salmi, the global tertiary education expert, writes about this growing tension.
Universities Minister, David Willetts, recently said that the HE sector is only at the beginning of globalisation.
Willetts, speaking at the launch of the book “Blue Skies”, assured that change will happen as the sector focuses more on globalisation. He suggested that previously small players may be growing massively, but the balance hasn’t yet set in. The UK and other players have yet to play their cards in a big way.
Does this mean that Willetts is banking on an easy — or, at least, steady — overtaking shot at an opportune time?