One Thought To Start Your Day
I’ve been working a lot lately on two big projects that touch on the issue of secondary school guidance. The first is a large project for the European Commission on admission systems across Europe and the second is one of HESA’s own projects looking at how students in their junior year of high school process information about post-secondary education (the latter is a product for sale – drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re an institution interested in insights in how … [ Read More ]
To Tokyo, where the ruling Liberal Democrats are considering adopting a proposal from a small right-wing party (Nippon Ishin no Kai – roughly, Japan Restoration Party) to enshrine a constitutional right to free tuition. This is not, it is safe to say, because of any principled attachment to accessible education – the party opposed free secondary education (which the Democratic Party implemented during its brief, mostly hapless, stint in government which ended five years ago) as recently as a couple … [ Read More ]
In developed Anglophone countries, we basically take it for granted that Universities are run by Presidents (or occasionally Principals) who are not only responsible to a Board of Governors, but are also selected by them. But this is not the only way to select institutional heads. They can be selected directly by the Ministry of Education (which still happens in many places, including China). Or they can be elected, which is the case in much of Europe. Indeed, in much of Europe, the concept … [ Read More ]
One of the hot topics in Ottawa over the past couple of months is the issue of increasing diversity among researchers. Top posts in academia are still disproportionately occupied by white dudes, and the federal minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, would like to change that by threatening institutions with a loss of research funding.
There’s no doubt about the nature of the problem. As in other countries, women and minorities have trouble making it up the career ladder in academia … [ Read More ]
Remember when everyone was freaking out because there were too many sociology graduates and not enough welders? When otherwise serious people like Ken Coates complained about the labour market being distorted by the uninformed choices of 17-19 year-olds? 2015 seems like a long time ago.
Just for fun the other day, I decided to look at which occupations have fared best and worst in Canada over the past ten years (ok, I grant you my definition of fun may not be universal). … [ Read More ]