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.

Media, students and higher education


Zane Schwartz is a student at the University of Toronto, news editor of The Varsity and one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20.

Along with Maclean’s editor Josh Dehaas, U of T studentSarah Rankin, and student activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Schwartz was a panelist at the Worldviews 2013 conference: Global Trends in Media and Higher Education, hosted by U of T June 19 – 21.

While the journalism industry contracts, journalism programs continue to expand

If you take a look at Canada’s J-Sourcejournalism website, under the “business of journalism” category, you would quickly conclude that journalism as an industry continues to decline. On the site you’ll find article after article on media layoffsbuyouts,dropping advertising revenue, the shuttering of regional and ethnic newspapers, and on and on (and those examples are from just the last six weeks). However, journalism programs at colleges and universities are a growth industry, said Janice Neil, an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University and editor-in-chief of J-Source.