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So, here’s the problem: Canadian governments are mostly broke. Even the ones that didn’t look broke a couple of months ago (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland) are now very definitely broke (especially Newfoundland). There’s no money for PSE. Everybody knows that.
So, equally, everyone knows that the only way institutions are going to avoid a crunch is either by turning themselves into finishing schools for the Asian middle class, or by charging domestic students higher tuition fees. No one genuinely thinks the … [ Read More ]
I was in Bucharest last week at the Bologna Process Researchers Conference (I chaired the Social Dimension/Equity Track), hosted by Romania’s amazingly productive higher education agency, UEFISCDI (don’t ask what it stands for). So I thought it would be a good time to talk about where Bologna is at these days.
The Bologna Process started back in 1998, essentially as a labour mobility measure. Prior to Bologna, Europe had a bewildering variety of first degrees, lasting anywhere from two to six … [ Read More ]
The basic situation in Indian higher education right now is as follows:
The national government is putting most of its new money into the creation of new institutions (IITs, mainly), which are elite in local – but not international – terms. That placates the politically powerful upper-middle class, but does very little for access. The rest of the public sector is required to chug along with limited funds.
Capacity-absorption (that is, dealing with the growth in demand) is essentially being left to … [ Read More ]
If you look at India’s higher education system, there are essentially two problems.
1) Access. This is a big country. And so while 13 million or so students sounds like a lot, it’s only about half what China has – and sure, China’s a little bigger than India (1.36 billion vs. 1.25 billion), but thanks to its one-child policy, it’s youth population is actually smaller, meaning that the gap in participation rates is even bigger. And, as in any rapidly modernizing … [ Read More ]
India is a big, crazy, multi-faceted, barely-functioning-but-still-impressive-it’s-functioning-at-all kind of country. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that its higher education system is a big, crazy, multi-faceted, barely-functioning- but-still-impressive-it’s-functioning-at-all kind of system.
The indigenous tradition of higher education stretches back to the 6th century AD. Back then, Nalanda University was a world-centre of (mostly) Buddhist learning, which attracted students from Nepal, China, Southeast Asia, and Tibet. Nalanda was also the first university with student dorms, and (allegedly) developed the first … [ Read More ]