January 12, 2016, by Blog Administrator
Predictions for the 2016 international education industry
Many factors help shape the landscape of international education every year. The factors can create an impact at all levels of the international higher education industry. Prominent international higher education websites and a key figure, Times Higher Education, THE PIE News and Hans de Wit made their predictions on the trends that will have an impact to the international higher education industry in 2016.
Brexit, employability rankings and gender equality movement in HE are the few key predictions made by bloggers and social media followers in the Times Higher Education post. THE PIE News sees 2016 will be about finding innovative ways to focus on providing better international student support, especially in enhancing their student experience and learning outcomes while at the university. Professor de Wit views that the few dominant developments in 2015 such as lower tuition fees or tuition-free higher education, other forms of internationalisation and global instability, terrorism and the refugee crisis will have a strong impact in the year 2016 as well.
The blog posts on
- What does 2016 have in store for higher education appeared first on Times Higher Education on January 6, 2016.
- What will shape international education in 2016 appeared first on THE PIE News on January 8, 2016.
- Looking forward to 2016 appeared first on UniversityWorldNews on January 8, 2016.
Yeong Woon Chin is currently the Research & Executive Administrator for Knowledge Without Borders Network and a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.
I think the education industry especially in Malaysia need to intensify more “free learning” to the public. Why should we pay more for education when we can’t find an employment opportunities?
The mismatch in education and employment opportunities is still prevalent even until today in countries like Malaysia and the UK. For example, uneven standards among higher education institutions in Malaysia are seen by industry players as another cause of skills gap in many industries, especially in the areas of graduates English language proficiency and STEM education. Overqualified graduates in the UK has reached its peak and are squeezing lower qualified workers out of job in the UK job market. This continuing trend also has serious consequences for the UK’s already poor productivity performance.
With the two examples in mind, we can continue to advocate for the expansion of the “free learning” education model, by asking more purposeful questions.
. Who can benefit from free learning in Malaysia?
. How can we transform the existing system to be more accountable in advocating more affordable education to produce highly sought after graduates for the current job market?
. What can we (as citizens) do with the existing system that provides greater equality of opportunities to all?
Hope this can be something for us to ponder on…-Woon Chin-