Tag Archives: Higher education policy

After the UK REF, the IREF…the Intergalactic Research Excellence Framework


For the last couple of decades, exercises to assess the extent to which university research is excellent have been all the rage. The UK led the way with the RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) to be followed by Australia, New Zealand, … Continue reading

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Higher Education in Australia and England: policy transfer and a race nobody can win?


The last couple of decades or so have seen significant change in the higher education systems of both Australia and England. From systems that were essentially free to undergraduate students with no charges for fees and which also provided non-repayable … Continue reading

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US and European debates on doctoral education – The doctorate and Bologna


An EU-funded project, UNIKE (Universities in the Knowledge Economy), has just published a report containing its first set of notes. The report looks at European policy on doctoral education over the last 15 years or so and at US policy … Continue reading

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The market for higher education


Higher education is increasingly being seen as a commodity, as something to be bought and sold, as something which should operate in a market. Moves in this direction have gone furthest in the USA and UK and the recently elected … Continue reading

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More on university rankings – the impact on institutional strategies and processes


After two posts on university rankings and ranking systems, you might be forgiven for thinking you’d seen the last of them at least until the next year’s crop emerges, but no. For the lovers of positional relationships, league tables and … Continue reading

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Movements in university ranking placements – how real are they?


Every year, university managers (and, if the truth were told, many of the academics who work in universities) eagerly await the results of the various ranking agencies that have grown up in the last two decades. There is now a … Continue reading

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Global university ranking war hots up… ‘Russian Masterplan’ to take on the world unveiled


Just when you thought global higher education couldn’t get any more competitive…it does! The Center for Institutional Studies at Russia’s National Research University Higher School of Economics has launched a new newsletter with a special edition titled Making Way to … Continue reading

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