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Academic Freedom Overseas: Hopes and Obstacles

The following is by Robert Epstein, a former editor in chief of Psychology Today and author of 15 books on psychology.

Early in 2013, I was appointed the first full professor of psychology at the University of the South Pacific, which serves more than 25,000 students throughout the 12 island nations in this vast and often breathtakingly beautiful part of the world. It was a late-career adventure for me and my wife. Full professorships are rare here, and my appo…


A Syrian Student’s Fragile Hope for Higher Education

The following is by Xanthe Ackerman, a senior fellow at the Syria Research and Evaluation Organization.

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Mohiaddin Binanah, the interim minister of education for the Syrian opposition movement, examines a Syrian high-school student’s graduation test. Photo by Xanthe Ackerman.

On a recent Tuesday morning, Muhammad Adib woke up early, ate breakfast, and walked the bombed-out streets of rebel-controlled Aleppo in Syria to a testing center for male high-school students.


Reflections From a Global Provost

The following is by Peter N. Stearns, provost of George Mason University. Mr. Stearns plans to retire this summer after more than 14 years in the role.

One of the reasons I wanted to become the provost of George Mason was the opportunity to help shape a more global university. Of course, given Mason’s Northern Virginia location near the nation’s capital and faculty talent, a good bit was going on already, but as an institution we had the chance to accelerate …


A Failure to Capitalize on Globalization

The following is by Harvey Charles,  president of the Association of International Education Administrators and vice provost for international initiatives at Northern Arizona University, and Darla K. Deardorff, executive director of the association.

Globus_im_GeographieunterrichtGlobalization is one of the most dominant forces facing higher education in the 21st century. Many colleges have responded to it with plans to internationalize their campuses and academic programs.

Yet all too often, …


Down Under or Upside Down? Higher-Education Reforms in Australia

The following is by Jamie Miller, an incoming postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University and a graduate of the University of Sydney.

It’s not news that higher education in the United States is in crisis. Student fees are out of control. Enrollment growth is slowing. Executive pay is skyrocketing. Faculty hiring and job security are plummeting. Nothing is working the way it is supposed to. Looking closely a…


NYU’s Promise of Academic Freedom in Abu Dhabi Is ‘Essentially Worthless’

The following is by Matt J. Duffy, who previously taught journalism and media law at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi. He will join the faculty of Berry College’s department of communication this fall, and his book Media Law in the United Arab Emirates was recently published by Wolters Kluwer.
May’s been a bad month for New York University and its branch in Abu Dhabi.

The New York Times reported on a litany of human-rights abuses at the construction site of NYU…


The Humanities Are Awash in Wasteful Research

The following is by Paul Dicken, an adjunct lecturer in philosophy at the University of New South Wales, in Australia.

When a new government came to power in Australia last year, it promised a shake-up of academic funding. In predictable political rhetoric, officials said that taxpayers’ money would no longer be squandered on “wasteful” research, but would instead be channeled into more deserving ventures—meaning, of course, those areas of science and en…


Why Europe Still Matters in Study Abroad

The following is by Michael Woolf, deputy president for strategic development at CAPA International Education, a study-abroad provider.

In a previous post, I raised a skeptical eyebrow at what I take to be a faddish enthusiasm for “nontraditional” locations in study abroad, usually meaning trips to developing countries. As the cliché goes, a lively discussion ensued.

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In outbursts of rhetorical outrage and alliterative spittle, some comment…


Embracing the New Globalism: a Challenge to Rethink Study Abroad

The following is by William G. Durden, former president of Dickinson College. It is adapted from a speech he gave Wednesday at the Forum on Education Abroad’s annual meeting in San Diego.


GlobeHigher education in the United States is not prepared to lead the future of study abroad.

It is mired in past assumptions and internal professional disputes disconnected from public demand and opportunity. And despite “cosmetic” tweaks to traditional programs,…


3 Ways to Help Make ‘Generation Study Abroad’ a Success

The following is by Mark Salisbury, director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College, in Illinois.


A Roanoke College student during her study-abroad trip to Fiji in 2012.

The Institute of International Education recently announced a new effort, Generation Study Abroad, to double the number of undergraduates going overseas annually by 2020. It seems to have once again ignited the passions of international educators and colleges.

I say “once again” because, intentionall…