One Thought To Start Your Day
The South China Morning Post ran an interesting piece recently on the roll-out of China’s Thirteenth Five-Year Plan for Education. It suggested that in the central and western regions of the country – that is, the poorer, non-coastal bits – the bulk of the task of educational development , including higher education, is going to fall on the private sector. And yes, this is communist China we’re talking about.
Now at one level this might look like a smart move. Across … [ Read More ]
Stop me if you’ve heard this story before: Canada is not sufficiently innovative, and part of the reason is that we don’t spend enough on research. It’s not that we don’t spend enough on *public* research; adjusted for GDP, we actually do above-average on that. What pulls us down is in international comparisons corporate R & D. Our narrow-minded, short-sighted, resource-obsessed business class spends far less on R&D than its equivalents in most other country, and that is what gives … [ Read More ]
Some light reading today, after a heavy week.
There’s a lot of talk these days about the political divide between those with higher education and those without. But I want to take you back to a time, where that political divide was made real. A time when universities actually had their own seats in Parliament, non-physical constituencies where the electors were made up entirely of alumni.
The practice of granting universities representation in Parliament seems to originate in Scotland sometime … [ Read More ]
Morning all. A long night last night at HESA Towers as we covered Budget 2017, which contained an exhaustingly large list of little programs (as well as a few big ones) affecting post-secondary institutions. You can find our full budget analysis here. My thanks to the HESA crew – Paul, Melonie, Johnathan and Jackie – for sticking it through the evening. Just a few thoughts, from very late last night: Budget 2017 is uneven: some parts are good, others not … [ Read More ]
So today is budget day. If the papers are anything to go by, there’s something big-ish in there about “skills” which will no doubt be presented as some massive benefit to the country’s middle class (and those trying to join it). I have difficulty imagining what might be announced since most skills policies are in the hands of the provinces. But what I do know is that skills policy is an area long overdue a makeover.
The labour force is … [ Read More ]