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22 May 18
It was the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus who proclaimed that the 'only constant is change', an adage that holds true for India's vast higher education system. For thousands of years, since the founding of the ancient universities of Takshashila and Nalanda, India has defined itself as a land of learning, producing some of the brightest minds in the world. For a number of decades, however, it has struggled with ...
17 May 18
In the days to come, Prince Harry will no doubt find himself the focus of almost unimaginable levels of public interest. No detail of his forthcoming nuptials – from the cake (purportedly a lemon and elderflower creation, with buttercream topping) to flower arrangements (peonies and foxgloves from the Crown Estate…) will escape the public gaze. Just a few weeks ago, however, Prince Harry hit the headlines for a very ...
04 May 18
From government to industry, and in every part of the world, women remain under-represented in positions of power, responsibility, and leadership. Regrettably, this is no less true in universities – so often progressive and enlightened institutions in other respects. In South Africa, for example, there are just four female vice-chancellors – of which I am one. Addressing the stark absence of women in senior leadership ...
03 May 18
How can global tertiary networks contribute to institutional achievement? That was one of the questions posed to delegates at this week’s Going Global conference in Malaysia – and one that the ACU is uniquely well-placed to answer. As the oldest international university network in the world, the ACU has been serving its members for more than 100 years. So, why is it that ACU membership continues to thrive and grow? And ...
26 April 18
I can hardly believe it, but the ACU’s HR in HE Community, formerly the Human Resource Management (HRM) Network, is now in its 15th year of existence! I was present when the very first Steering Committee met way back in July 2002 in Trinidad and Tobago, and we launched the network the following year. During that first meeting, new Steering Committee members presented papers on HR in HE in their respective countries and ...
20 April 18
With London hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this week, all eyes have been on the Commonwealth. Over the last two weeks every newspaper in the UK has offered their thoughts on the value of the Commonwealth – is it merely an outmoded relic of empire? Most have viewed the issue through UK eyes, asking questions like can the Commonwealth offer the UK its trading future post-Brexit? And will Prince ...
19 April 18
'As long as we invest in young people they will innovate in ways we never imagined...' – Bill Gates, speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. The Commonwealth's youth have been in the spotlight this week, with a three-day Youth Forum taking place at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and HRH Prince Harry taking up the mantle of Youth Ambassador. And with good reason: 60% of the ...
13 April 18
After a year in post as Secretary General, and a few days ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), this seems a good time to reflect on the role of universities in the world and how the ACU – as the voice of higher education across the Commonwealth – is making a difference. Debates about education funding often focus on the necessity to focus on primary and secondary levels. But as we know, without ...
05 April 18
Attracting and retaining faculty is a key strategic concern for universities, as a university’s most valuable intellectual asset – its faculty – is responsible for teaching the next generation and conducting research that enhances their institution’s profile and revenue. Staff recruitment and retention is particularly pressing for Commonwealth countries facing staff shortages due to ageing workforces and ...
28 March 18
In February 2018 ACU Secretary General, Dr Joanna Newman, and the ACU Membership team travelled to Canberra, Australia, to attend the Universities Australia (UA) Higher Education Conference 2018. As the representative body for all of Australia's 39 comprehensive universities, the UA conference was a great opportunity to meet our Australian members and also connect with other Australian universities who are not members of the ACU. ...
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