UK universities in Uzbekistan: what is the ‘right thing’ to do?

Trying to catch up on reporting on Central Asian higher education, here's an article from the UK's The Guardian newspaper from October 2013 (thanks to David Wolfson for bringing it to my attention).  It's on partnerships between UK universities and institutions in Uzbekistan. Full text here: UK universities move into Uzbekistan even as human rights fears grow …

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International students, international communities

I recently started a new job as Registrar at St Antony's College, which is part of the University of Oxford. Each student at the University is a member of a College, and the College provides residential, pastoral and social facilities as well as providing teaching (for undergraduate students) and a base for researchers, seminars, conferences …

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My first journal article has been published!

I'm delighted to let you know that my first article has just been published online! Entitled Understanding universities' responsibilities to their wider communities, the article investigates what responsibilities universities have to the communities around them beyond their immediate constituents of students and staff. Using a framework developed by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement to highlight some …

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Attention-grabbing headline further degrades the value of universities

I've just seen this article in the UK's Telegraph newspaper and I am seething. The headline - 'Students to pay up to £50 an hour to attend lectures' - is probably the worst part of it. It's quite literally a cheap shot at universities by trying to demonstrate their worth through some kind of twisted …

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