Universalizing Access to the University: Earl Lewis on Marginalization in American Higher Education

Earl Lewis is the Provost of Emory University. Earl Lewis previously served as the University of Michigan Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the University’s Center for Afro-American and African Studies. Nicholas Rice, a writer currently based in London, conducted these interviews. In addition to this work, he has produced a UNFPA report, “Unseen, […]

Interview on the Rhodes Trust and Global Higher Education with Sir Colin Lucas

Sir Colin Lucas was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1997 to 2004. He is now the Warden of Rhodes House and Chief Executive of the Rhodes Trust. Nicholas Rice, a writer currently based in London, conducted these interviews. In addition to this work, he has produced a UNFPA report, “Unseen, Unheard and […]

The Case for Public Universities

Peter Scott is Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University in London and formerly Professor of Education at the University of Leeds and Editor of ‘The Times Higher Education Supplement’. Public universities, to borrow the campaign phrase of a former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, ‘have never had it so good’. In the first decade of the 21st century they […]

Public Protest, Private Growth: A Discussion of Higher Education in Chile with Jose Joaquin Brunner

Jose Joaquin Brunner is the director of the education program at the Fundación Chile, academic director of the School of Government at Adolfo Ibáñez University and a professor in the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), in Santiago, Chile. A sociologist by training, Brunner has been both an academic and a political leader. He held […]

Removing the Veils: A Conversation with Kemal Gürüz on the Realities of Turkish Higher Education

Kemal Gürüz is the former President of the Turkish Council of Higher Education, a cabinet-level post to which he was appointed by Turkish President Süleyman Demirel in 1995 and in which he served until 2003. Dr. Gürüz spent 2004-05 as a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Dr. Gürüz also served […]

The Scramble for Equal Education in Africa: A Conversation with Akilagpa Sawyerr, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities

Nicholas Rice, a writer currently based in London, conducted these interviews. In addition to this work, he has produced a UNFPA report, “Unseen, Unheard and Unreported,” about donors’ perceptions of the fight against sexual and gender based violence worldwide. He has also co-edited Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” for Barnes and Noble Classics. He holds a […]

The Ethical Regimes Necessary to an ‘Idea’ of a University’ in a More Global Era

Simon Marginson is a chair in higher education at the University of Melbourne. He is also editor of the Australian Journal of Education, fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and a government-funded Australian Professorial Fellow. Marginson’s article with Marcela Mollis on theory and methodology in comparative education was awarded the Comparative and International Education Society’s […]

European Universities Must Get Their Act Together

Rick van der Ploeg As The Economist (The Brains Business, 10 September 2005) points out, academia in Europe is not ready for the challenges ahead. Realising mass access without sacrificing excellence demands a dynamic and competitive university system. The European challenge is to get the diversity and quality of the US without hurting accessibility. A […]

Fees Please: A Conversation with Nicholas Barr about Higher Education Funding in Europe and North America

Nicholas Barr is a professor or public economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Barr has been active in the UK debate on higher education since 1988, advocating a wide- ranging system of income-contingent student loans. He has submitted invited evidence to the Dearing Committee and the Education Select Committee, was […]