23 maart - “Mentors matter most in transitions. From high school to college, from college to a job.” Jean Rhodes (University of Massachussets Boston) studies mentoring programmes all over the world. In Leeuwarden she shared her experiences. “Mentoring is not for everyone.”
9 maart - “Countries that curtail academic mobility risk paying a high price.” Dirk van Damme (OECD) analyses the debate and data on the mobility of talent, in particular of master’s and doctoral students. What can we learn form the Swiss experience and other “new strongholds of global academic research”?
4 maart - The International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Berlin is coming to an end. Although teachers’ professional learning was the official theme, a lot of attention has turned towards the refugee crisis and its challenges for education.
3 maart - The European continent is going through major challenges at the moment. According to the Dutch student unions LSVb and ISO education should play a central role in tackling these crises. “Students should understand how Europe works, because the future of students is a European one.”
23 februari - edX joins forces with an open education start-up in Berlin to enable access to free higher education for refugees. “Our joint efforts will help improve the lives of thousands of newly arrived Syrian and other refugees in Europe.”
22 februari - As a major point in the Dutch EU presidency education minister Jet Bussemaker opened the conference ‘Skills for a lifetime’ in Amsterdam. In her speech she argued for flexible solutions in the labor market, a culture of life-long learning and international mobility in vocational education and training.
4 februari - Internationalization within education will always be focused on “mobility, languages, and content”, but it will also be challenged by the task to “convert allophobia into allophilia, in order to be succesful both socio-culturally and economically in tomorrow’s space and time,” says prof J.A. Bruijn.
21 januari - The EUA reacts with horror to the attack on Bacha Khan University in Pakistan. “Any act of violence or attack on education runs counter to the fundamental university values of freedom of thought and expression, tolerance and autonomy.”
12 januari - Overall, women more and more are outperforming boys in higher education. Yet, OECD-chief Dirk van Damme sees women still underrepresented in science and engineering. “Persistent gender stereotypes in work places and along career paths, prevent women from reaping the full benefits of their higher education.”
18 november - An agreement has been reached regarding new EU rules of entry and residence for non-EU student. They will have the right to stay at least 9 months after finishing their studies and the right to move within the EU during their stay, as well as the right to work at least 15 hours a week.
17 november - “Education is the first and most important tool to achieve freedom: it is the only tool that leads to freedom of thought, self-consciousness and awareness of your surroundings. It is also the only tool that, once achieved, can never be taken away from anyone,” ESU-chief Fernando Galan says.
9 november - UK’s Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson presented his Green Paper for Higher Education last. What does it entail? A call for greater transparency about teaching quality and one single organisation for teaching funding and quality assurance.
30 oktober - The European Universities Association (EUA) calls upon the EU and its member states to enable refugee students to gain access to higher education. “Urgent actions is necessary, requiring leadership and willingness to accept responsibility for addressing and managing this crisis.”
17 september - Ahmed Mohamed, an example of a bright, young student, was arrested over a self-produced clock he brought to school. The arrest of the 14 year old STEM-loving ninth-grader caused widespread criticism resulting in an ‘I stand with Ahmed’-campaign and support from Barack Obama and Steve Wozniak.
9 september - In a speech at the University of Surrey, British HE-minister Jo Johnson outlined his plans for upgrading teacher quality and widening participation in universities. Johnson aims to fulfil the potential of higher education as “engine of economic growth” as well as “driver of social mobility.”