Monthly Archives: September 2016

The ban on ivory sales has been an abject failure. A rethink is needed

The ban on ivory sales has been an abject failure. A rethink is needed

The issue of trade in African elephant ivory will dominate the 2016 CITES Conference of the Parties meeting. Debate will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade, but with little chance of addressing the overarching human element. For example, what impact has the trade ban had on local communities? And what is the […] … learn more→

Technology is key if universities want to perform well in world university

Technology is key if universities want to perform well in world university

Congratulations are certainly in order for The University of Oxford. Becomingthe first UK university in 12 years to reach the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings is a phenomenal achievement. I was also extremely pleased to see the University of Cambridge remain in the top 10 and Imperial College London hold on to […] … learn more→

Education for the common good

Education for the common good

How would a university devoted to the common good differ from one dedicated to promoting individual success? To begin to answer this question, and to create such a university, we must take seriously the greatest threat to our common good: human-caused environmental disruption. Our common good as Americans, and as a species, is intimately connected […] … learn more→

Four threats to global food security and what we can do about them

Four threats to global food security and what we can do about them

Can we really feed nine billion people? That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050. It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming. These are some of the current threats to food security and what we could do about […] … learn more→

Professor sues over required gibberish

Professor sues over required gibberish

Admin:“Be sure to pass out your syllabus on the first day of class…” Every college course must have a syllabus, a summary of the course material. It isn’t just mindless paperwork, the syllabus is important when the student tries to transfer his course to another institution, which is entitled to know what, exactly, the student […] … learn more→

We need a new type of internationalisation in education

We need a new type of internationalisation in education

It is four years since the University of Liverpool joined the city’s other three universities in a successful bid to host the 2016 European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference, and it is a certainty that none of us foresaw that by the time it came to fruition, the UK would be negotiating to leave […] … learn more→

One of them Good Problems

One of them Good Problems

One of the joys of Whispering is the letters I receive from PhD candidates from all over the world, thanking me and asking for advice. The Whisperer runs on love – and I am grateful everytime someone takes the time to write me and tell me that it was useful. Some of these letters make […] … learn more→

Why teen brains need later school start time

Why teen brains need later school start time

Millions of high schoolers are having to wake up early as they start another academic year. It is not uncommon to hear comments from parents such as, “I have a battle every morning to get my teenager out of bed and off to school. It’s a hard way to start every day. Sleep deprivation in […] … learn more→

How to buy a trench coat you’ll love to wear

How to buy a trench coat you’ll love to wear

One of the trendiest supplements to your everyday wear is a Trench Coat. It brings a suave look to your overall style and also is very handy because of the many pockets it has. It can never go wrong even if it doesn’t match your outfit and also keeps you warm! Trench Coats are now […] … learn more→