How outbound student mobility is changing in Australia

Within a couple of years, the Australian Government has transformed outbound student mobility with its ambitious New Colombo Plan, supplemented by a range of scholarships and loans. With an investment of over $100 million over 5 years, the New Colombo Plan itself has influenced the way universities approach overseas study experience.

Universities are smart investments – new report

Australian universities play a critical role in supporting economic growth. From preparing graduates for the labour force by training scientists, professionals, technicians, teachers, civil service and business leaders. Conducting research that leads to new knowledge, supports innovation, entrepreneurship and even spin-off technologies and companies. To generating more than $16 billion a year in export income…

Transnational education strategies: what works, what doesn’t? An overview – Part 1 of 4

A Europe Association of International Education Conference panel addressing the question, ‘Transnational education strategies: what works, what doesn’t? The conference was held from 16-19 September 2014. Over the next week, I will upload a series of papers published from the conference addressing this topic. To kickstart, Dr Rahul Choudaha provides an overview and context of the discussion.

Japanese universities reach for global status

Look at any global ranking of universities worldwide and Japan’s ‘big-name’ universities will feature in the top 100. University of Tokyo, for example, ranks well within the top 50 universities in the world for science and technology and sits at number nine among universities in Asia for overall performance in the QS rankings.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Monash Latin America strategy recognised at business awards

Monash University has been recognised at the 2014 Australian Latin American Business Council business excellence awards in Brisbane this week. The Council singled out Monash for the depth and breadth of its extensive connections in the Latin America. The council also recognised Monash for the clear and innovative approaches it is taking in cultivating long-term and strategic relations in the region.

Jokowi plans to set up a new Ministry of Research and Higher Education

Originally posted on GoLive Indonesia:
President elect Joko Widodo recently spoke to the media about his plan to merge Research and Development (R&D) agencies in differing ministries into a new Ministry of Research and Higher Education (Link: Vivanews 16 September 2014). His reason is clear- that is to improve efficiency, transparency and research impacts’ ‘measurability’.…

Japan’s universities can’t win

By Takamitsu Sawa In January last year, shortly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power, the government created the Industrial Competitiveness Council to study concrete steps to strengthen Japanese industry’s international competitiveness, which has weakened in recent years. Indeed, many Japanese manufacturers were forced to retreat from the market of fast-selling smartphones and tablets…

Russia’s higher education: Tipping point?

In this week’s Smart Societies blog we look at Russia’s higher education challenge. Our article focuses on Russia’s renewed efforts to internationalise its higher education sector. But a paper published in the Studies in Higher Education by Maria Yudkevich from the National Research University Higher School of Economics identifies inherent challenges to Russian ambition. Russia’s…

Scientific ties that bind?

By Eugene Sebastian Governments in Asia are spending big on science, technology and innovation to drive their economies. These governments also recognise that investing in system reforms alone is not enough. Spending on having programmes that help strengthen links is also important. Can closer international scientific ties help strengthen international links? The Royal Society in…