Journalism schools proliferate, jobs disappear

The proliferation of journalism programmes around the world came under scathing attack at the Worldviews conference for unscrupulously recruiting too many students for the limited jobs available, and for being ossified in their curricula. The attack was made by Adrian Monck, former dean of City University of London’s journalism school… Read more…


Speaking out – Women academics (not) in the media

Research in Canada has revealed that although women make up a growing proportion of the academy, including in senior positions, men’s voices still outnumber women’s in the media by four to one. Women scholars are being trained to raise their public presence in a project that has wider implications for… Read more…


Could democracy help India beat China in internationalisation?

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford, wrote an article titled “C’mon India: Freedom must beat tyranny” in The Globe & Mail this January. In it, Garton Ash compares the performance of India and China and asks: “So is China bound to go on winning?” To which he answers: “… Read more…


Integrity risks and accountability in collaborations

Universities must address risks to their integrity when embarking on overseas branch campuses and collaborations, and should involve their faculty throughout the planning, delegates at the Worldviews conference agreed. While institutions normally had other motivations beyond immediate profit from such ventures, there were still financial risks, and risks to their… Read more…


Higher education hubs could become ‘enclaves of privilege’

Higher education hubs, and particularly those in poorer developing countries in Africa that are set up to attract foreign institutions and international students, could have unforeseen economic and social impacts on surrounding areas, the Worldviews conference heard. In particular, international higher education hubs risked becoming privileged enclaves rather than contributing… Read more…


Coursera under fire in MOOCs licensing row

  A prominent member of the open education movement, former Open University Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel, has criticised online education provider Coursera for not making its materials available under creative commons licensing. Coursera is one of the largest providers of MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – which allow students… Read more…


Journalists urged to expand coverage of women in higher education

 

Media practitioners have been urged to expand the coverage of women in higher education.
The call was made by speakers including Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University, Teboho Moja, Researcher, New York University, Zukiswa Kakana and Director, Education Link Limited, Katherine Forestier, at the 2013 Worldviews Conference in Toronto, Canada.