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The pandemic has forced a major rethink of international higher education. Travel restrictions have put a huge dent in international student enrolments and after a year of doing everything remotely is International travel for students or university staff even necessary? Two scholars give us their opinions on what's next for the internationalisation of higher education, international student mobility and English as a mode of instruction. 


Joining hosts Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne are Omolabake Fakunle, a chancellor’s fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan, dean of the Li Ka Shing School of Professional and Continuing Education at the Open University of Hong Kong.


Read more from Omolabake: 

Using internationalisation to enhance digital learning experiences for all


Read more from Benjamin:


A practical guide to digital teaching and learning

Find resources and advice on internationalisation:

THE Campus spotlight: teaching across borders


Boosting employability is the biggest motivator for students completing higher education degrees yet many universities have traditionally argued their role is not to serve labour demands but to “educate”.

However, with student debts increasing alongside the cost of university, the need to be assured a good job at the end of a course is becoming more pressing. Labour automation and the changing nature of work were concerns before the pandemic, but now upheaval to the global economy over the last 12 months has added to the challenge of securing graduate level jobs.

So how should universities prepare students for the world of work post-pandemic and how should that be reflected in their delivery models and course offerings? 

Join THE's Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne as they discuss these questions with Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice-chancellor at the University of Glasgow and Nancy Gleason, associate professor of practice of political science and director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi.


Read Nancy Gelason's opinion piece "Liberal arts education must embrace employability"


Find online teaching and learning resources from faculty and staff around the world on THE Campus

In this show we're discussing the elephant in the classroom: the big gap in basic pedagogical knowledge among academic faculty. How should instructional designers work with faculty? And how can universities encourage superstar researchers to also be excellent teachers?

Bringing in their expert opinions are: Brian Schmidt, a Nobel Laureate in Physics and vice-chancellor and president of the Australian National University; and Alexandra Mihai, a learning designer with over a decade of experience in European HE.

Sara Custer, THE's associate editor, curation and Miranda Prynne, content curator for THE campus are the hosts.  


What can university leaders and academics do to take care of themselves and their campus communities during the Covid-19 crisis? What role does kindness and compassion play in university leadership?

Join THE's Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne as they discuss these questions with Thuy Thi Nguyen, president of Foothill College and June Gruber, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado and director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. 

Explore the resources in the THE Campus spotlight "Helping staff and students avoid burnout"


On 1 and 2 September THE's virtual World Academic Summit will bring together over 100 speakers to answer questions like: Is the pandemic and the shift to a more digitally-based world changing the value of “place” for higher education institutions? Does this create a new opportunity for institutions in the Global South to redefine their public value and research impact? Has the pandemic accelerated trends that were already clear and expected for higher education institutions or have we moved into uncharted territory?   

The THE World University Rankings 2021 will also be launched during the event. 

In this episode of the podcast THE's chief knowledge officer, Phil Baty, and our head of content and engagement for our world summit series, Tim Sowula, join host Sara Custer to discuss the highlights of the upcoming event and what attendees can expect from the virtual platform. 

Susan McCahan, vice-provost of academic programmes at the University of Toronto, also speaks with Sara about how the institution has seen challenges as well as opportunities during the pandemic and her vision for the future of higher education. 

Special thanks to the water fowl of Victoria park for their cameo appearances. 


Asian universities were the first institutions that had to quickly take all operations online in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Now several months into lockdown, the world’s higher education sector will be watching them to see what the next phase of online delivery will be; how assessments will be carried out; and in what ways traditional learning environments will be changed as a result of these emergency measures. 


In this episode Sara Custer speaks with THE’s Asia editor Joyce Lau about her coverage of Hong Kong universities and Hamish Coates about how Tsinghua University has responded. 


Read more about how Asian universities are responding to the coronavirus pandemic:

China’s go-ahead for entrance exam seen as sign of confidence

Asian universities face online assessment hurdles in virus crisis

Governments have ‘responsibility’ to help reimburse students

China’s coronavirus lockdown: ‘In this situation, it is important to just keep going’

Will the coronavirus make online education go viral?

THE digital editor Simon Baker speaks to Naomi Firsht about some of the biggest data stories in higher education since the beginning of 2020. As the new decade begins, Simon examines how well the sector globally has recovered from the 2008 financial crash. Meanwhile, UK HE is becoming increasingly reliant on Chinese fee income, and in Indonesia a government policy may have fuelled an increase in low-quality research.

Read more:





University leaders from around the world convened at an event co-hosted by Times Higher Education and the University of Toronto in Davos during the World Economic Forum to talk about the power of place. The event kicked off the conversation we'll be having at the World Academic Summit in Toronto in September. 


Tim Sowula head of content and engagement for the THE Summits series hosts a special post-event wrap-up with Cheryl Regehr, vice-president and provost at the University of Toronto, Raj Kumar, vice-chancellor of OP Jindal University in India and Michael Spence, vice-chancellor at the University of Sydney. We also bring you highlights of the roundtable discussion.  


Speaking in the highlights:


Co-host: Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer, THE

Co-host: Cheryl Regehr, vice-president and provost, University of Toronto

Speakers (in order): Sarah Springman, rector, ETH Zurich

Bing Yang, provost and vice-president, Tsinghua University

Peter Piot, director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Raj Kumar, vice-chancellor, OP Jindal University

Julie Bishop, chancellor, Australian National University 

Michael Spence, vice-chancellor, University of Sydney

Alicia Wilson, vice-president for economic development, Johns Hopkins University

Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor, McGill University

Shinnosuke Obi, vice-president for international collaboration, Keio University


See more coverage of the Davos event: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/sydney-v-c-sees-huge-public-support-keeping-china-ties

Find out more about the World Academic Summit: https://tes.shocklogic.com/summits/worldacademic/2020/


When it comes to community integration, is your institution in it for the long haul? That’s Johns Hopkins University's intention with its Live Near Your Work scheme. The nearly 12-year-old programme provides grants to employees to buy homes in deprived neighbourhoods around east Baltimore. 

According to Alicia Wilson vice-president for economic development at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, the success of an organisation is boosted by the health of its community. 

“We value our stake here but we also want the folks who work with us to benefit from being in this city and we’re willing to put dollars behind that,” said Ms. Wilson. 

She also gives tips for how institutions that might not have Johns Hopkins' resources can anchor themselves in their local communities. 

Boris Johnson soared to victory with a landslide win in the General Election, putting Brexit and the Conservatives’ vision for science and research very much back on the agenda. But what does a now inevitable Brexit mean for universities and those working in higher education, and has the election highlighted a graduate, non-graduate split among voters?  THE deputy news editor John Morgan and THE data editor Simon Baker speak to Naomi Firsht about the election results and discuss what the future holds for HE under Boris Johnson’s government.

Read more: 

Tory election victory sets scene for UK research funding battle

Tory campus free speech bill would ‘stoke new culture war’

Split between graduate, non-graduate voters has bearing on universities

UK universities face up to Brexit after Tory election win

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