Borderless Report August 2011
Issue 5, 18 August 2011
Coming at India from all directions

India is articulating the same key messages to their international partners. Recurrent and overlapping themes are joint programmes, research collaboration, credit transfer, degree recognition, skills development, and the inward mobility of teaching provision and students to India. Headlines in the Indian press are driven by visa and safety considerations but recruitment from India is rather a distraction to MHRD because any increase in it would not serve the longer-term goals of the country.

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Going global: Who benefits?

While it is laudable to pursue reciprocity and mutuality through the flow of knowledge and ideas in collaborative teaching and research partnerships, is there real evidence that the UK HE sector can change its modus operandi to create a more equitable relationship with countries and offset some of the perceived negative characteristics associated with international student recruitment? The growing differentiation in the UK higher education sector in terms of university missions, international strategies, capacities and resources makes answering this question even more challenging.   

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The Shrinking Dragon? The impact of demographic changes on higher education policies in China

Among emerging economies, China is the one with the biggest population and the most perlexing demographic landscape. Fewer babies are born than in India and China seems to be the first of the BRIC countries which will reach the tipping point of demographic maturity. But what does that mean for Chinese and non-Chinese universities?

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Interview with Christopher Ziguras, Associate Professor of International Studies at RMIT

'Given that a higher proportion of young people will be going to university in China, I would expect more people doing Master’s and PhDs. As for international education, if you think in terms of pure supply and demand, when the number of places at universities grows and the age cohort declines, it’s easier for students to get a place in a university, which means that there is less need for students to go overseas.'

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Turbulence reported!

At the end of July, the American Council on Education released a report based on meetings held way back in June 2010. Some 30 university and association leaders from North America and Europe met for the ‘12th Transatlantic Dialogue’; their deliberations are reflected in ‘Higher Education in Tumultuous Times: A Transatlantic Dialogue on Facing Market Forces and Promoting the Common Good’.

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Forthcoming reports from the Observatory

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HE news from around the world

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