March 23, 2017
International Association of Universities (IAU) embarks on a dedicated "Internationalization of Higher Education" Campaign
Photo: A section of UNESCO headquarters building, Paris, France. Image Credit: Anna Armstrong.
The UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions, International Association of Universities (IAU), is strengthening its Higher Education Internationalization program.
What is Internationalization of Higher Education?
Professor Hans De Wit, a well-known specialist in this field, and founding editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’, describes it as “the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society.”
While, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), defines it as “the complex of processes whose combined effect, whether planned or not, is to enhance the international dimension of the experience of higher education in universities and similar educational institutions.”
IAU has categorized the internationalization process into five areas:
- Academic mobility
- Internationalization at home, of the curriculum, and learning outcomes
- Internationalization of research
- Borderless, offshore, transnational and cross-border education
- Development cooperation and capacity building
What are the academic benefits of Internationalization of Higher Education?
According to IAU, academic benefits of internationalization include:
- Improved quality of teaching and learning as well as research.
- Deeper engagement with national, regional, and global issues and stakeholders.
- Better preparation of students as national and global citizens and as productive members of the workforce.
- Access for students to programs that are unavailable or scarce in their home countries.
- Enhanced opportunities for faculty improvement and, through mobility, decreased risk of academic ‘inbreeding’.
- Possibility to participate in international networks to conduct research on pressing issues at home and abroad and benefit from the expertise and perspectives of researchers from many parts of the world.
- Opportunity to situate institutional performance within the context of international good practice.
- Improved institutional policy-making, governance, student services, outreach, and quality assurance through sharing of experiences across national borders.
Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of Internationalization Policy at IAU, told the editor that “globalization has completely changed the environment in which Higher Education institutions around the world operate and it is a phenomenon they cannot ignore.”
IAU’s program of advisory services for advancing internationalization, called ISAS (2.0), consists of several different but complementary services offered to IAU Members, other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), individuals at HEIs, national governments and other organizations.
IAU has, meanwhile, called upon higher education institutions pursuing internationalization to adhere to the following values:
- Commitment to promote academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and social responsibility.
- Pursuit of socially responsible practices locally and internationally, such as equity in access and success, and non-discrimination.
- Adherence to accepted standards of scientific integrity and research ethics.
- Placement of academic goals such as student learning, the advancement of research, engagement with the community, and addressing global problems at the centre of their internationalization efforts.
- Pursuit of the internationalization of the curriculum as well as extra curricula activities so that non-mobile students, still the overwhelming majority, can also benefit from internationalization and gain the global competences they will need.
- Engagement in the unprecedented opportunity to create international communities of research, learning, and practice to solve pressing global problems.
- Affirmation of reciprocal benefit, respect, and fairness as the basis for partnership.
- Treatment of international students and scholars ethically and respectfully in all aspects of their relationship with the institution.
- Pursuit of innovative forms of collaboration that address resource differences and enhance human and institutional capacity across nations.
- Safeguarding and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity and respecting local concerns and practices when working outside one’s own nation.
- Continuous assessment of the impacts - intended and unintended, positive and negative - of internationalization activities on other institutions.
- Responding to new internationalization challenges through international dialogue that combines consideration of fundamental values with the search for practical solutions to facilitate interaction between higher education institutions across borders and cultures while respecting and promoting diversity.
Founded in 1950, under the auspices of UNESCO, the International Association of Universities (IAU), with headquarters at UNESCO, Paris, France, is the leading global association of higher education institutions and organisations.
Its members from India, for example, include the following among others:
- University of Delhi
- University of Mysore
- University of Jammu
- Amrita University
- Banaras Hindu University
- Birla Institute of Technology & Science
- Chandigarh University
- Indian Institute of Information Technology
- National Law University, Delhi
- PEC University of Technology Chandigarh
- Punjab Technical University
- Panjab University, Chandigarh
- Lovely Professional University
- South Asian University
International Association of Universities (IAU) chairs the editorial team of the “Internationalisation of Higher Education” handbook. This handbook, published by DUZ Academic Publishers, Berlin, Germany, is a valuable tool and source of reference for any higher education institution.
The editor, Surender Hastir MAUA, is an independent consultant and an expert in internationalization of higher education. He is currently collaborating with IAU in advancing this field.
March 16, 2017
Singapore Tops List of Best Asian Universities
Photo: University Campus. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Image Credit: Alan C.
LONDON, March 16, 2017 — The Times Higher Education (THE) today announced its Asia University Rankings. Singapore’s National University of Singapore is first overall, closely followed by Nanyang Technological University in fourth place.
For the second year running, Singapore’s National University and China’s Peking University ranked first and second respectively.
Only two Japanese institutions appear in the top 20, despite the country’s strong representation in the rankings with 69 universities in the top 300.
After Mainland China with six universities in the top 20, Hong Kong and South Korea are well-represented with five institutions each.
Of the Southeast Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said:
“Singapore is the higher education star of the Southeast Asian region, with its national university topping the ranking for the second year in a row. Its younger sister Nanyang Technological University is not far behind in fourth place, but it drops two places this year despite an improved performance due to stiff competition from China.
“Thailand is also facing a tough contest, with all seven of its established universities dropping down the table, due to other institutions improving at a faster rate.
“But the expansion of the ranking to include 300 universities, up from 200 last year, provides good news elsewhere in the region. Malaysia, for instance, has nine representatives, up from four last year, with its flagship institution, the University of Malaya, debuting at 59th place. Indonesia has also doubled its representation to two. And the Philippines make the table for the first time, with the University of the Philippines joining the 201-250 cohort.
“Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming - and the southeast Asian region is a key part of that development. It must make sure it doesn’t get left behind.”
On the South Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty continued: “India is the higher education star of the South Asian region, taking an impressive 33 places in the table this year - more than double its representation a year ago. This means that India is now the third most-represented nation in the table for the first time.”
He said that Pakistan has also made great gains, more than tripling its representation since last year, from two to seven, while Sri Lanka makes its debut with the University of Colombo making the 251+ band.
THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — Top 20
Rank — Institution — Country
- National University of Singapore — Singapore
- Peking University — Mainland China
- Tsinghua University — Mainland China
- Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
- University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- University of Tokyo — Japan
- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
- Seoul National University — South Korea
- Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea
- Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
- Kyoto University — Japan
- University of Science and Technology of China — Mainland China
- Fudan University — Mainland China
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University — Mainland China
- Zhejiang University — Mainland China
- Korea University — South Korea
THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — INDIA
Rank — Institution — No. of Full-time Students — Student.Staff Ratio — International Students — Female : Male Ratio
- =27 Indian Institute of Science 3,398 8.3 1% 20 : 80
- 42 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 9,207 16.3 1% 17 : 83
- =43 Veltech University n/a n/a n/a n/a
- =54 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 6,926 13.8 1% 19 : 81
- 62 Indian Institute of Technology Madras 8,692 15.5 1% 19 : 81
- 63 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur 6,513 16.7 1% 14 : 86
- 70 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee 8,134 14.2 1% 17 : 83
- 87 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 10,586 17.6 n/a 16 : 84
- 101-110 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 4,959 13.3 1% 15 : 85
- 101-110 Jadavpur University 11,017 16.7 n/a 32 : 68
- 111-120 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 579 2.2 1% 33 : 67
- 121-130 Panjab University Chandigarh 15,778 22.3 1% 48 : 52
- 131-140 University of Delhi 22,494 20.4 1% 49 : 51
- 131-140 Tezpur University 3,300 13.6 n/a 42 : 58
- 151-160 Aligarh Muslim University 15,627 12.3 2% 29 : 71
- 161-170 Savitribai Phule Pune University 5,493 14.7 4% 33 : 67
- 181-190 Birla Institute of Technology Pilani 12,292 17.5 n/a 19 : 81
- 191-200 University of Calcutta 18,883 34.1 n/a 50 : 50
- 191-200 National Institute of Technology Rourkela 5,675 19.2 3% 22 : 78
- 191-200 Sri Venkateswara University 6,880 15.5 n/a 25 : 75
- 201-250 Acharya Nagarjuna University 5,605 17.4 3% 27 : 73
- 201-250 Osmania University 11,921 12.2 4% 34 : 66
- 251+ Amity University 25,391 15.0 3% 38 : 62
- 251+ Amrita University 18,938 11.9 9% n/a
- 251+ Andhra University 10,882 21.0 4% 55 : 45
- 251+ Annamalai University n/a n/a n/a n/a
- 251+ Cochin University of Science and Technology 7,615 32.1 n/a 35 : 65
- 251+ Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 37,783 54.8 n/a 52 : 48
- 251+ Manipal University 24,022 9.8 10% 45 : 55
- 251+ SASTRA University 13,649 18.5 n/a 48 : 52
- 251+ SRM University 42,345 15.6 2% 23 : 77
- 251+ Sathyabama University 15,918 20.1 1% 45 : 55
- 251+ VIT University 29,572 20.0 2% 25 : 75
March 8, 2017
United Nations Marks International Women’s Day
Photo: Observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.
Anne Hathaway, UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, watches a video introducing her prior to addressing the event.
08 March 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: The UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) holds a series of events, including a roundtable on gender and sport, to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). 08 March 2017. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre.
PININFARINA Presents FITTIPALDI EF7 VISION GRAN TURISMO at Geneva Motor Show: An All Carbon Fiber Supercar Like No Other
Photos: PININFARINA FITTIPALDI EF7 VISION GRAN TURISMO. Images provided by & Copyright © PININFARINA.
Geneva, March 7, 2017: F1 racing legend and Indy 500 champion, Emerson Fittipaldi, unveiled his dream track car, the much-anticipated Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina, at the Geneva Motor Show today.
The ultra-light, all carbon fiber supercar fuses the vision of F1 and Indy Car racing champion Fittipaldi, iconic Italian design company Pininfarina and race-bred German engineering firm HWA AG, and fulfills Fittipaldi’s dream to produce a car with fierce track-racing capabilities, for drivers of all skill levels.
“I have tried for years to explain to others what it truly feels like to be behind the steering wheel of a championship racecar. There is adrenaline and elation all rolled into an awe-inspiring inner fulfillment that leaves you craving for more. This is what our dream team created in the EF7 Vision Gran Turismo by Pininfarina,” said Fittipaldi of the first car to be released under the Fittipaldi Motors marque.
Revealing a commandingly sleek design underscored by an extraordinary power-to-weight ratio, the supercar’s design theme finds astounding aerodynamic expression in the vehicle’s flowing, aggressive lines and assertive yet incredibly beautiful and pure design work.