While the branch campus phenomenon has been documented as expanding around the world with U.S. institutions as the donor and foreign governments or private entities as the hosts, Berkeley has proposed that it establish an international education hub where international universities come to them. Depicted by Jason Lane as a new form of internationalization partnership, Berkeley officials indicate that hosting foreign universities will counteract the problems of academic freedom sometimes encountered in another country. The article also indicates that Berkeley will cash in on its reputation and location in order to make this new model work.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Perhaps the separation that some educators have observed between Chinese international students and their U.S.A. colleagues may be due to alienation resulting from questions or challenges they encounter. A new study reported in Inside Higher Education revealed that comments of U.S. students are sometimes perceived to be hostile or at least reflecting bias and stereotypes, putting Chinese students in an uncomfortable defensive posture. Faculty and staff could help buffer these interactions if they were better informed about China and were ready to engage in fostering dialogue.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
While many in higher education bristle at the suggestion that gaining a university degree should lead to a job, unemployment rates of young people with university degrees in many countries is troubling. While career guidance/development practices will necessarily vary by country/culture, international higher education would do well to look at what they can do to help students clarify their intent. Particularly in cultures where family and status have a strong influence on career decision making, it is important to raise the question of interest and expertise so that young people have ways to negotiate these pressures and/or make changes as their work-lives unfold.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Inside Higher Education provides an article on the University of Illinois and its raising international student numbers. Elizabeth Redden's article poses important possibilities and challenges, particularly in relation to including international students in the full experience of an American university.