Globally, English has been key to academic collaboration, through research activity, events and communications, both inside and between institutions themselves. English´s position as the lingua franca of higher education is met with more positive response than negative, finds researcher Michael John Paton, who also suggests that if (or when) the English language becomes "inconvenient", another will take its place. With the rapid expansion of higher education in regions such as China, the Middle East and Latin America, it´s not hard to see which languages are waiting in the wings.
Panel of experts
English as the dominant language of international higher education
There has been extensive research into its effects on recruitment (both of staff and students), teaching and learning methods, and its impact on academic writing and publishing the world over. A panel of experts organised by the british newspaper "The Guardian" in partnership with "ETS TOEFL" will debate this issue.