Dignity in Teaching

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As a new revolution in post-secondary education unfolds in Asian countries, the most critical constraint will be the preparation of teachers in numbers hitherto unimaginable. In countries like India, the greatest constraint in rapid expansion of post-secondary education is the non-availability of teachers in numbers (and quality, hopefully) that such an expansion warrants. Policy-makers in […]

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Reforming Post-secondary Education Taking a Holistic Perspective

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The discourse on reforming post-secondary education has suddenly acquired a global urgency. Two decades ago, the gurus of development and poverty eradication decried investment in post-secondary education, arguing for full and complete attention to primary and secondary education in developing countries first. As globalisation has run its full course in these two decades, it is […]

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Cities and Lifelong Learning

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The Shanghai Expo has been described as one of the most important gathering events of 2010 where future of cities is being explored. The Mayor of Shanghai is stated to have thrown a challenge to educationists to create a lifelong learning environment in the city such that it can attract the most talented and educated […]

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Right To Learn or Right To Education?

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With much fanfare, the Government of India has enacted one more ‘right’ in this race to ensure that all possible human endeavours soon get converted into the ‘rights to be demanded from the state’. This is called the Right To Education! In operationalising this Right, all kinds of challenges are already emerging, including those related […]

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Community-University Alliance?

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University Sains Malaysia (USM) Penang hosted the first Asian conference on University-Community Partnerships last year; present in that conference were a number of grassroots community groups and medium-sized manufacturing companies from Penang. We learnt about the manner in which partnerships around training and employment of people with learning disability have been successful there. A partnership […]

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Academia and Civil Society

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In conceptualizations of civil society, universities and other institutions of post-secondary education are dealt with rather ambiguously. Academia is generally considered part of civil society, as part of the ‘third sector’, beyond the state and the market. However, many state-funded, state-governed and state-controlled academic institutions tend to behave more as extensions of the state. Applying […]

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Civil Society and the G20

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This post arises from my role as Chair, FIM-Forum for Democratic Global Governance Twenty civil society leaders from around the world engaged Canadian host Sherpa* Leonard Edwards and Sous Sherpa Graham Flack on 11 June 2010 in Ottawa around the issues of accountability of the G20 to the citizens of the world (in preparation for […]

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Civil Society and the G20

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This post arises from my role as Chair, FIM-Forum for Democratic Global Governance Twenty civil society leaders from around the world engaged Canadian host Sherpa* Leonard Edwards and Sous Sherpa Graham Flack on 11 June 2010 in Ottawa around the issues of accountability of the G20 to the citizens of the world (in preparation for […]

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Expanding Access or Regulating Innovations?

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The recently announced draft Bill for Foreign Institutions of Post-Secondary Education in India has received mixed responses from educationists and policy-makers. While some have welcomed this proposal, many others have questioned the incongruence between the stated purposes and the various provisions and rules in the draft Bill. These debates have brought into focus a range […]

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Expanding Access or Regulating Innovations?

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The recently announced draft Bill for Foreign Institutions of Post-Secondary Education in India has received mixed responses from educationists and policy-makers. While some have welcomed this proposal, many others have questioned the incongruence between the stated purposes and the various provisions and rules in the draft Bill. These debates have brought into focus a range […]

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