The following is by Philip G. Altbach, research professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College.
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are the latest effort to harness information technology for higher education. While they are still in a nascent stage of development, many in academe are enthusiastic about their potential to be an inexpensive way of delivering an education to vast audiences.
Yet one aspect of th…
This post is by Marion Lloyd, a higher-education researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a former correspondent in Mexico for The Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Paulo Speller, Brazil’s secretary for higher education.
I recently sat down with Paulo Speller, Brazil’s higher-education secretary, during the Conference of the Americas on International Education, which was held in Monterrey, Mex…
The following is by Perry Link, a professor of comparative literature and foreign languages at the University of California at Riverside.
A blacklist somewhere in the Ministry of State Security in Beijing bears my name. I study Chinese language and literature, and since 1996 have been denied visas to the People’s Republic.
The news media have recently reported on China’s decision to deny visas to American journalists and put pressure on compani…
The following is by Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president for research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education.
My first taste of the United States was a shrink-wrapped chocolate-chip cookie and a can of chilled Coke on an American Airlines flight to Raleigh, N.C. It was 1992, and I was one of 36,000 Indian students studying in the United States that year, according to the Institute of International Education’s “Open Doors” report. That fli…
The following is a guest post by Jonathan Levine, a freelance journalist and a former lecturer in American studies and English at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. The names of students have been changed for their protection.
A mural depicting Kim Il Sung in Wonsan, North Korea.
Clarissa was one of the smartest students I ever taught at Tsinghua University. An English-literature major fluent in Chinese, Korean, and English, she could discuss at length issues as varied as gay …
The following is by Robert Quinn, executive director of the Scholars at Risk Network, which promotes academic freedom and advocates on behalf of threatened scholars worldwide. The nonprofit organization is based at New York University and has member institutions in 35 countries.
Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran
Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, recently called for the lifting of restrictions on academic freedom in his country. He told students and professors …
The following is by Rick Ostrander, provost of Cornerstone University.
A classroom at Uganda Christian U.
My plane touches down just before midnight at Entebbe airport, by the shores of Lake Victoria, on a warm humid evening in East Africa. I walk through a drab, tired-looking terminal and out to a waiting vehicle in a dimly lit parking lot. I have arrived in Kampala, Uganda, for a four-day visit to Uganda Christian University and a front-row seat to a global revolut…
The following is a guest post by Thomas Cushman, a professor of sociology at Wellesley College.
Yeliang Xia, an economics professor at Peking U. (left), with Thomas Cushman, a professor of sociology at Wellesley College
Earlier this month, faculty members at Wellesley College took an unusual step to protect academic freedom in China: 136 of us signed a public letter addressed to officers of Peking University. The letter expressed grave concern over the fate of Ye…
The following is by Diane M. Kellogg, an associate professor of management at Bentley University.
Bentley U. students learn from a cocoa farmer in Ghana about sustainable agriculture efforts.
It started with a phone call. For a few years I had been helping my friend Carol Gray raise money to build an orphanage in Ghana, but everything changed when Carol called with news of her third diagnosis of cancer. “I want to die knowing the orphanage can support itself…
The following is by Marilyn Pifer, director of capacity-building programs at CRDF Global, a nonprofit organization that promotes international science and technology collaboration.
The inner courtyard of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow
It’s been a hot summer in Moscow, at least under the collars of Russian scientists. In late May, the Russian Academy of Sciences—a venerable institution established by Peter the Great nearly 300 years ago—elected its fir…