- New Zealand: Degrees Ranked by Earning Potential
- US: More universities using Tumblr
- Internationalisation: Curriculum is the Key Step
- China: De-politicization of Universities
A study by New Zealand’s Ministry of Education has revealed the average earnings of graduates of different subjects. ‘Moving on up – What young people earn after their tertiary education’ reports that a medical graduate stands to earn around three times as much as a performing arts graduate, with the earnings of the latter standing at NZ$35,500 (around US$29,500 at today’s rates). New Zealand’s government has also launched a new tool on its careers website which allows users to compare the earnings potential of different careers
A growing number of US universities are running official Tumblr accounts as part of their use of social media to communicate with current and prospective students, Time reports. The microblogging site allows universities to share pictures of daily campus life, links to events – and, of course, pictures of cats doing funny things. It can also be used by prospective students to ask questions about admissions, anonymously if they choose. Grace Chapin, senior admissions counsellor at the University of Chicago, says, “It takes the edge off the college process when you know, ‘This is an academic place, but there will be people at this place that enjoy a good cat picture as much as I do.
“You can’t have comprehensive internationalisation without internationalisation of the curriculum,” said Professor John Hudzik to a diverse gathering of academics and managers at a recent International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) event in Brisbane, Australia. Hudzik explained that universities today have to be reminded of their core mission, namely the production of graduates who can live, work and contribute as productive citizens in an increasingly fluid and borderless global context. “The research agenda is important,” he stressed, but went on to explain that concentrating solely on research is detrimental for all stakeholders because a more balanced approach to the provision of higher education in the current globalised environment is critical to the ongoing sustainability of higher education worldwide.Discussing his conceptualisation of “comprehensive internationalisation”, Hudzik observed that while increasing attention to rankings has caused universities to place significant emphasis on and devote resources to the production of research, the institutions are still responsible for facilitating opportunities for all students to develop global perspectives and inter-cultural communication competencies.
De-politicization in Chinese universities will be a tremendous undertaking, which will be difficult to achieve, said Zhu Qingshi, president of South University of Science and Technology of China (SUST), a newly established university that is pioneering comprehensive reforms.Such de-politicization reforms mean empowering universities with more autonomy to carry out more education and research, while detaching administrative influence from academic affairs.”The obstacle mainly comes from the lack of recognition from society,” Zhu said, speaking of the difficulties. He compared the process of change to China’s household responsibility system which started some 30 years ago. “Recognition of de-politicization in universities may also take three decades,” he said.Modeling the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Zhu Qingshi founded the SUST in 2011 with the hope to build it into a first-class research-oriented higher educational institute in Asia.SUST has been regarded as ‘a pioneer in China’s higher education reform,’ and has hence been involved in all sorts of disputes since its first batch of enrollment in March, 2011, one year before China’s Ministry of Education formally recognized its status in April, 2012. The reform has also put Zhu Qingshi himself in the limelight of the public’s attention.