Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Quality teaching is key to modernising universities – European Commission

The European Commission has launched a High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. Androulla Vassiliou, European commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, and Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland and chair of the group, explain why.

Also in Commentary, Emily R Miller and Richard A Skinner argue that imposing North American models of higher education governance elsewhere would not necessarily work. Goolam Mohamedbhai finds a pilot study for the African Quality Rating Mechanism flawed and says there will be challenges in moving forward, and Lucian J Hudson writes that now is the time for huge progress in widening access to higher education – but opening up access to content is not enough.

In Features, Lee Adendorff reports on the 24th conference, held in Bologna, of the Magna Charta Universitatum – a declaration on fundamental university principles that has now been signed by some 750 universities worldwide – and Chrissie Long investigates why a high number of medical graduates who studied in Cuba have failed licensing exams in Costa Rica.

Andrew Green probes Not In My Country, a website in Uganda dedicated to exposing corruption in higher education and rating academics, and Kounila Keo finds that despite a rapidly growing number of higher education institutions in Cambodia, they are struggling to meet growing demand and quality is a real concern.

Karen MacGregor Global Editor

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