May 19, 2014
José Luis Mateos
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U-Multirank: SIRIS Academic first impressions

After the contentious launching of the European Comission-powered U-Multirank, press and stakeholders have raised their voice with both positive and negative comments on the system. We have also decided to put forward our preliminar views on U-Multirank in this post. Last Tuesday 13 May, the European Commission officially launched the U-Multirank, an international higher education ranking that allows “users to compare the performance of institutions” out of 30 indicators “across five dimensions of higher education and research activities: a) teaching and learning, ...
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April 24, 2014
Solange Chavel
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Internationalisation of higher education: what are we talking about?

Internationalisation of higher education is a trend. It appears as a necessity and attracts a considerable amount of attention, both within academia and politics. But as all buzzwords, it thrives with ambiguity. Here we will attempt to clarify the concept by distinguishing three different reasons a higher education institution might be called “international”.  1. International = star player A higher education institution may first be called “international” if it is globally attractive and has a reputation of excellence in what it does. The ...
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