19 maart - “How could you start an awesome company when you’re making homework the whole night?” What can policy-makers and educators learn from the brightest teenage inventors? A lot it seems, education should be tailor-made, not only for pupils with difficulties.
19 maart - Honours education elitist? Dr. Kevin William Dean from West Chester University refutes this. Invited by Hanze-professor Marca Wolfensberger, the expert in honours stresses the role of students as change agents.”I hope you’ll never get a job. Instead you should get a vocation.”
21 februari - Does the profession of parents have an impact on student performance? Also in this week’s ‘On the agenda': shy Open Access should be a key issue for university leaders and snow days do not impact student learning.
14 februari - The British government is likely to underestimate the value of student loans that will never be paid back. Also in this week’s ‘On the Agenda’: 86 percent of American Millenials with a college degree and a student loan say school is worth the price.
14 februari - While Saravejo currently is facing a quasi-Bosnia spring, in Kosovo the University of Prishtina has its own share of public anger. According to Farbod Saatsaz van Driel, intern at the European Union Rule of Law Mission, “Kosovo might very well find itself at an important crossroads right now.”
7 februari - How is second chance education regulated around the world. Also in this week’s ‘on the agenda’: Why does South Korea hate its world-class education system?
27 januari - What do universities contribute to regional innovation and employment, and how can it be boosted? Spin-offs and highly mobile students and researchers play a key role, research from the European Network on Economics of Education shows.
21 januari - When thirty percent of all international students would find a job in their host country, they would soon become a net contributor to the economy, research by the ‘German Academic Exchange Service shows. However, differences exist between countries, in Germany it will take 5 years, in Switzerland 17.
20 januari - Youth unemployment in the EU remains shockingly high. “Change has been so fast and so drastic as to be unprecedented in the post-war era. Europe faces the possibility of a ‘lost generation’, a team from McKinsey concludes. To prevent this, they plead for a “Bologna process” for vocational training.
15 januari - Luc Soete (rector magnificus of Maastricht University) predicts “radical processes of creative destruction” in academia, whereby young players will challenge the protected insiders.
16 december - In the last months the OECD presented two major reports, PISA and PIAAC. OECD Vice-President Yves Leterme sees many similarities between the two. “Good school performance is the money, and wealth of the future.”
31 oktober - More and more English youths go to university. However, this increase has not been equally distributed among gender, geography and socioeconomic status. “Young people in the most disadvantaged areas would need to treble their participation rate to match the rate of those from the most advantaged areas.”
30 oktober - “Divestments brought the apartheid regime down, now it is time to do the same to oil companies,” climate guru Bill McKibben says. He urges students to campaign for ‘fossil free’ universities. “The stakes were high during apartheid, but now they are even higher. Climate change affects everybody, everywhere.”
4 oktober - After the hype is over, e-learning will be the norm, Stephen Haggard predicts. Also in this week’s ‘on the agenda: Pupils who rank higher in a subject go on achieve more than similar pupils who had the same test score but lower rank.
25 september - Skills students learn “will have a tremendous impact, not just on their lives but also on the future of societies at large,” the OECD reports in its report ‘Skills Beyond Schools’. While the world is studying ‘Business and Law’, the Fins study ‘Engineering and Science’. Will this benefit Finland in the future?