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THESIS: Trends in Higher Education Systems in International Spheres

THESIS: Trends in Higher Education Systems in International Spheres

By THESIS Podcast

The THESIS podcast aims to explore higher education across the globe through a range of perspectives, discuss relevant topics in a critical and digestible manner, and contribute to discourse among students, scholars and experts in the higher education field. It is organized and produced by several students in University of Oslo’s Master of Philosophy in Higher Education’s 2021 cohort who come from across the world who have an array of experiences and interests in the Higher Education field.
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Women's Empowerment in Changing Times in Saudi Arabian Higher Education
Women's Empowerment in Changing Times in Saudi Arabian Higher Education
Today we are joined by Dr. Fawziah Al-bakr to discuss the changing rules, roles, and opportunities within and beyond higher education for women in Saudi Arabia, especially in light of the Saudi Vision 2030. The Vision has opened access for women to pursue degrees in different disciplines, and changes to gender segregation in the labor force mean significantly increased opportunities for women both with and without postsecondary degrees. Dr. Fawziah Al-bakr is a professor of the Sociology of Education at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She achieved her bachelor and master degrees in Saudi Arabia and received her PhD from the University of London. Dr. Al-bakr has researched and written extensively on education and women and gender studies. In 2013, she was named as one of 125 Most Influential Women in the World by Newsweek. Relevant Works by Dr. Albakr: Al-bakr, F., Bruce, E. R., Davidson, P. M., Schlaffer, E., & Kropiunigg, U. (2017). Empowered but not Equal: Challenging the Traditional Gender Roles as Seen by University Students in Saudi Arabia. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, 4(1), 52-66. Wiseman, A. W. & Al-bakr, F. (2013). The elusiveness of teacher quality: A comparative analysis of teacher certification and student achievement in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. PROSPECTS, 43, 289-309.
33:29
February 01, 2023
Defining Academic Freedom in Governmental Policy in Québec, Canada
Defining Academic Freedom in Governmental Policy in Québec, Canada
Our guest Today is Dr. Martin Maltais, professor of financing and education policies at the Université du Québec à Rimouski, where he used to be the head of the department of Education and of the School Manager's program. He is currently a member of 3 important groups of research in Québec : the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie, the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l'enseignement supérieur  and the Observatoire du numérique en éducation. Proximity manager, Dr. Maltais is a key player in the development of higher education and digital policies in Québec (Canada). A member of the Québec Council on Science and Policy, he is the author of several papers and communications concerning education and higher education policies and funding as well as distance education. Over the last ten years, he was appointed at different moments in time as counsellor and/or chief of staff in the cabinet of four ministers, mainly with the responsibilities of Education, Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology. We will be discussing Bill 32, a bill that passed in Québec on June 3rd of 2022. This bill defines academic freedom for Québec universities and binds higher education institutions to protect academic freedom by the state. It is the first of its kind in Canada.
41:50
January 19, 2023
Student Movements, University Autonomy, and Neoliberal Reform
Student Movements, University Autonomy, and Neoliberal Reform
In today’s episode, we discuss the topic of university autonomy and student protests in past and present Nicaragua. Our discussion is focused on intense, at times emotional topics, and is information sensitive. We ask our listeners to be mindful of where they share this episode, and to avoid sharing it to social media platforms, for the sake of the safety of our guest.
35:18
January 05, 2023
Signs of Democratization? Online Student Protests in Uzbekistan
Signs of Democratization? Online Student Protests in Uzbekistan
Today’s episode features a conversation about the development of Uzbekistan’s higher education system since a change in government in 2016, looking at the parallel trends of internationalization and democratization seen through the government’s response to student protests that occurred online in the summer of 2020. Our guest and expert on these issues is Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva, who is originally from Uzbekistan and is currently a PhD candidate, Sessional Academic and a Learning Advisor at the Australian National University. Dilnoza is also a Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy. Previously Dilnoza has worked as a Lecturer in Uzbekistan's higher education system.  Her research focuses on internationalization in Uzbek higher education, as well as relationships between education, civil society, and democratization, topics which we’ll discuss today in the context of the question of how higher education impacts democratization, and vice versa. She is originally from Uzbekistan, where she achieved a masters in English Linguistics from Uzbekistan State World Languages University, and later completed her second masters in International Studies at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. UNESCO Data - Education Enrollment Rates in Uzbekistan Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva. (2021). Student online protests in Uzbekistan: democratization of higher education as concomitant to the COVID-19 crisis? Central Asian Survey, 40(3), 382-399. Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva. (2022). Ideological discourses in post-Soviet Uzbekistan: internationalisation of higher education as a threat. Journal of Political Ideologies, DOI: 10.1080/13569317.2022.2104996.  Dilnoza Ubaydullaeva. (2020). "Franchise" Branch Campuses in Uzbekistan: The Internationalisation of Higher Education as a Solution? Central Asian Affairs, 7 (2), 152-174. 
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December 14, 2022
Supporting Ukrainian Students in Norway
Supporting Ukrainian Students in Norway
Today we discuss how higher education in Norway, particularly the University of Oslo, has responded to the invasion of Ukraine in terms of providing opportunities for Ukrainians to pursue higher education degrees in Norway. Our guest is Dr. Bjørn Stensaker, who is currently the Vice-Rector at the University of Oslo, serving a 4-year term until 2025. Dr. Stensaker is also a professor of higher education organizaiton and governance, and has previously lead the Center for Learning, Innovation, and Academic Development, otherwise known as LINK.
36:03
November 30, 2022
The Impact of Conflict on Student Exchange in the Arctic Region
The Impact of Conflict on Student Exchange in the Arctic Region
Today, we have two guests. First, you will hear from Runar Kliff Berg, who is working as the international student coordinator in the faculty of social sciences at Nord university in Bodø, Norway. He is offering study guidance for all students in the Nordic area, and additionally serves as a student counselor for the circumpolar studies program. Runar is set to complete his Masters of Social Sciences, majoring in International Relations, in 2023, when he is due to complete his thesis on how authoritarian regimes use hybrid warfare against liberal democracies. Our second guest is THESIS’s very own Ekaterina Kurinskaia, known by her classmates as Katya. Katya has two bachelor degrees: one in circumpolar studies and the other in pedagogy, and a masters in European studies with an arctic focus. She is currently working on her second masters, studying higher education, at the University of Oslo.
35:03
November 16, 2022
Introduction Episode: Higher Education in Domestic and International Politics
Introduction Episode: Higher Education in Domestic and International Politics
This introductory episode sets the stage for the theme of the first season of THESIS: the role of higher education in domestic and international politics. Our guest is Dr. Peter Maassen, professor of Higher Education Studies at the University of Oslo in Norway and Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In this first episode, Dr. Maassen provides an overview of higher education’s relationship with politics. Thanks for joining us in listening to THESIS.
28:23
November 16, 2022
THESIS Trailer
THESIS Trailer
What is THESIS about, and who are the creators of THESIS? This short trailer informs the audience of the podcast's goals and aspirations, introduces the researchers and producers, and provides a brief description of the podcast's first season to be aired in the Fall of 2022. 
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November 09, 2022