Goodbye to AHELO?

This article was written for 'HE - Policy and markets in higher education' from Research Fortnight and was published there on 24 June. “It is hard to improve what isn’t measured.” So said Andreas Schleicher, who runs a programme to identify the abilities of school children in different countries on behalf of the OECD. Eight years ago, a similar measurement for higher education was proposed. The Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHLEO), as it is known, was due to be discussed this week at the sixth annual international symposium on university rankings and quality…Read more …

Internationalisering: meer dan arbeidsmarktbeleid

This article (Internationalisation: more than labour market policy) was earlier published in Transfer the internationalisation magazine of Nuffic Het is inmiddels twee jaar gelden dat oud-OCW topambtenaar Ferdinand Mertens in Transfer de kosten van ‘de Duitse student’ ter discussie stelde. Ik vond dat hij een punt had en ben blij dat dit in de afgelopen jaren heeft geleid tot een brede discussie en grondige analyse van de kosten en baten van internationale mobiliteit. Via het CPB en het Agentschap NL leidde dat uiteindelijk begin deze maand tot Make it in the Netherlands, een…Read more …

Global University Models

[This post was first published in University World News] Universities throughout the world are becoming part of a global community, not just of scholars or students, but also of leaders, managers and administrators. This is sometimes referred to as Westernisation or Americanisation, or even 'McDonaldisation', and is frequently seen as a negative phenomenon. This homogenisation is linked to the debate on the knowledge-based economy and knowledge society, which has provided new models for teaching and research and also for the governance of institutions. Both education and research in the university are increasingly determined by…Read more …