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Whatever you call it- online, digital, virtual, e-learning- it has been a rough ride. In the 1990's, champions imagined a near-future of dramatically better access to higher education, a wealth of online learning resources and plummeting costs. All over the world, students would be able to enrol at the best universities, and all but the top institutions would perish. Reality proved a bit more complicated.

Twenty years on, bricks-and-mortar universities are very much alive, and most international students still travel, but it is undeniable that online learning is growing in popularity. Internet access has surged, bandwidth exploded and smartphones are ubiquitous. MOOCs, adaptive learning and AI-based student advising are the latest examples of online education. A growing number of traditional universities are partnering with the private sector to launch online degrees.

Is online higher education about to realise its promise?

The OBHE's 2017 Global Forum will reassess the potential of online and blended learning in higher education, to meet the needs of domestic and international students. Drawing on a unique series of country studies from around the world, this event is an opportunity to engage with the latest data, learn from experience, and consider new models and technologies.


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2 October 2017

Online higher education in South Korea -
The cyber-universities 20 years on

Richard Garrett, Director, OBHE
Rachael Merola, Sr Researcher, OBHE

South Korea took an interest in online learning early on. As part of a wide-ranging Cyber Korea strategy in the 1990s, turning the country into the most wired nation in the world, the government encouraged universities to establish online or so-called cyber-universities. An emphasis on lifelong learning, to help the country cement its rapid economic rise, positioned cyber-universities as a way to reach working adults and experiment with new technology.

Today, Korea enjoys a particular combination of circumstances. Young adults boast the top tertiary education attainment rate in the OECD but live in a country where graduate unemployment is seen as too high. Korea is rapidly ageing. This means a surfeit of universities and worries about return on investment. At the same time, tens of thousands of Koreans still study abroad, and the government is trying to create a regional hub for foreign higher education institutions.

In a country with excess higher education capacity, where does online learning fit in? How have cyber-universities fared over the past twenty years?

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5 September 2017

Just a Delivery Mode?
Online Higher Education in Mexico

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher, OBHE

Mexico boasts a large and fast-growing higher education system, with a plethora of public, private and for-profit providers. Government sees online learning as part of the system’s future, and many institutions are now active. This article examines the size, shape and status of online higher education in Mexico. Can online help Mexico enhance quality and access in higher education?

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5 September 2017

Using online learning to internationalise the curriculum: CETYS University Case Study

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher, OBHE

Based on an interview with Fernando León García, President of CETYS (Spring 2017)

The Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior, commonly referred to as CETYS University, is an example of a prestigious university taking steps to internationalise curriculum, with online learning as a lever to do so. An interview with Fernando León García, President of CETYS, sheds light on the process and why it is important.





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QAA publish guide on essay cheats, The PIE News, 23 October 2017

Finnish universities push for international student growth, The Times Higher Education, 23 October 2017

Improve Links Between Business and Higher Education, Says New International Report, University Times (Republic of Ireland), 23 October 2017

New education policy in December: Union minister, The Economic Times (India), 23 October 2017

Education in brief, Myanmar Times, 20 October 2017

British Accreditation Council new scheme for offshore ELT, The PIE News, 20 October 2017

Politics puts Aussie uni fees hike for NZers on hold, Radio New Zealand, 20 October 2017

Are current UK graduates properly prepared for the global workplace?, The Times Higher Education, 19 October 2017

Authorities tighten rules for foreign student admissions, University World News, 19 October 2017

Macron’s Vision for a New Type of European University, Inside Higher Ed, 19 October 2017

Foreign students and higher education in Turkey, Yeni Şafak (Turkey), 18 October 2017

In Europa studieren, Der Tagesspiegel (Germany), 18 October 2017


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25 – 27 October 2017:  The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (OOFHEC2017), Higher education for the future: 'accelerating and strengthening innovation', Milton Keynes, England

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2-4 November 2017:  Global  Access to Postsecondary Education (GAPS)2nd World Congress on Global Access to Postsecondary Education: Working Together for a Democratized Postsecondary Education, São Paulo, BRAZIL

14 November 2017:  Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework', London, ENGLAND

14-16 November 2017:  MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum: 'Strengthening the Dialogue between Higher Education, Government and Industry – Working Together towards a Common Vision', Dubai, UAE

21 November 2017:  Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Next steps for international student recruitment in the UK - changes to the visa system and promoting the UK as a destination post-Brexit, London, England

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11-12 December 2017:  OBHE Global Forum, 'Ready or Not - The Role of Online and Blended Learning in Higher Education'Draft Programme, London, England


16 January 2018:  Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, 'The future of Transnational Education - developing international branch campuses, cross-border quality assurance and priorities for growth', London, England

30 January 2018:  The future of UK science and innovation - Brexit, the Industrial Strategy and the HE and Research Act, London, England

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21-23 March 2018:  The Forum on Education Abroad's 14th Annual Conference, 'Building on Strong Foundations: Best Practices for an Evolving Field', Boston, MA, USA

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23-26 April 2018:  Scholars at Risk Global Congress, Berlin, GERMANY

2-4 May 2018:  Going Global, 'Redesigning Excellence: Higher Education for Global Societal Impact', Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

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