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Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out

Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two-storey addition on top of Thompson Rivers University building gives B.C. law school sweeping style and space
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Using some additional examples, this also explores the growth in "vertical campuses," in Canada.

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SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile

SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CIES, Congreso de Infraestructura trata sobre gestión y desarrollo de infraestructura, compartiendo e intercambiando experiencias de gestión, financiamiento, servicios, administración y tecnología."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

That translates (Thanks, Google!) into: "CIES , Infrastructure Congress is about management and infrastructure development, sharing and exchanging experiences in management, financing , services, management and technology."

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Transnational education delivers for the future expansion of international higher education

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"We set out to investigate the impacts of TNE on the host country, both positive and negative. One of the most striking findings in the study is that, overall, respondents did not believe that the negative features or potential risks of TNE were important or applicable, the exception being the high cost of TNE programmes compared with local programmes. What has come out is that survey respondents believe that TNE is providing increased access to higher education for local students and contributing to improvement of the overall quality of higher education provision. For students, the number-one rationale driving them to enroll in TNE is to improve professional skills for career development, and 61 per cent of respondents believed that studying a TNE programme would increase their earning potential relative to studying a local programme. The research also provides evidence that TNE students understand the importance of awareness and knowledge about international issues and events and they believe that TNE can help them gain this international understanding."
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South African dorms are made from shipping containers and old silos

For students, the building provides a much-needed option for convenient housing. Only about 5% of university students in South Africa live in official dorms, despite demand, and at least one government report blames a lack of housing for the country's incredibly high dropout rate (only about 15% of South African university students end up graduating).

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Indian Universities Still Lag in World Rankings

Indian Universities Still Lag in World Rankings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The three ranking surveys use methodologies that emphasize academic research and faculty citation in journals, followed by other measures like employer reputation, academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, and the international composition of faculty and students. Indian universities lose out on many of these fronts. In addition to lack of research citations, they perform badly on other metrics like faculty-to-student ratios and lack of internationalism.


To be sure, there is a debate around rankings methodology and whether it is fair to rate Indian universities against older and richer Western institutions.


“India has domestic priorities to educate more young people,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Still, he said, “there should be an elite group of institutions that focus on global competitiveness.”

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Intense: "Competition to get into elite state-run colleges is fierce. Last year, 512,000 applicants sought admission for 9,647 spots in the 15 technology institutes and the Indian School of Mines. Indian news media regularly report on the exorbitant percentages required of graduating high school students to gain a spot at state-run institutions like Delhi University or Bombay University, sometimes upward of 99 percent in certain colleges for degrees in commerce or technology."

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Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The "Starpath" absorbs sunlight during the day and glows with a supernatural-looking topaz aura at night."

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We bet that there will be at least one US campus with a path like this by October 2014!

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Higher Education in India & Its challenges :

State Government Victoria Australia presents India Education Summit 2014: conceived and organized by Businessworld. Over the past decade, India has made laud...
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APM Group's curator insight, September 11, 2014 7:52 AM

Education in India despite of high quality is always questioned for its practicability. Most of the basic schools are yet to be modernizing in their approach. The basic thing that I found in Indian school is the absenteeism of the latest trends like facility management, housekeeping services and others.

 

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Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating is a joint publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


The goal of this publication is to provide a definition and rationale for “global learning,” which is a term widely used across higher education, although faculty, staff, and practitioners do not always agree about what it means.  By exploring how the term and the ideas behind it are evolving, global learning is placed in the context of several important overlapping higher education change efforts."

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Internationalisation—A student-centred approach is key

Internationalisation—A student-centred approach is key | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Various views have been expressed about the purpose and motive behind the internationalisation of higher education.

On one side of the debate are those who claim that internationalisation is nothing more than a way for traditional exporting countries of higher education, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, to expand their market reach and promote the globalisation of their higher education agenda.

On the other side of the debate are those who see internationalisation as a way to contribute to the capacity-building of developing countries in their efforts to meet the rapidly expanding demand for higher education and a way to promote multicultural understanding and respect.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Well worth a read, as it provides an informed POV that is, we think, uncommon: "Instead of the current supply-side focus, the transformation of internationalisation strategy in higher education should start by refocusing on students and their longer-term benefits."

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U.S. Colleges Finding Ideals Tested Abroad

U.S. Colleges Finding Ideals Tested Abroad | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Universities with programs in countries with autocratic governments are wrestling with how to respond to actions that fly in the face of democratic principles.
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“I think engagement is more important than rules right now,” said Allan Goodman, the president of the Institute of International Education. “It’s in our institute’s DNA to advocate engagement, because that process is what brings change.”

Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, cautioned that universities must be prepared to revoke partnerships that violate basic principles of freedom. “I do see value in liberal education, but you have to ask on what terms,” he said. “If a country like China wants to legitimize a cramped version of liberal education by attracting prestigious Western universities, there’s a real possibility of those universities compromising the values on which they were built because they’re so eager to get into China.”

Some universities, including Columbia, have created study centers rather than branch campuses, in part to avoid commitments that would be hard to break.

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Mikeyy's curator insight, December 19, 2013 10:29 AM

 It is interesting to gather some information of other countries college programs and the different styles of learning they use. CIS120 Michael Gonzalez

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for New Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for New Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “To be able to pull this off in a contemporary language in the desert is pretty amazing . . . both symbolic image and environmen­tally derived, integrated and aesthetically pure . . .”

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This project is at Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN), in Angola. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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