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CHINA
A Frankenstein recruiting system feeding off students
Mike Gow
While China’s appetite for education is insatiable, the system for recruiting Chinese students for study abroad serves neither students nor their parents and Western universities have been complicit in its creation.


Commentary
UKRAINE
Science is at the heart of the reform process
Serhiy Kvit
Scientific innovation and social reform are intrinsically linked in Ukraine but to create an effective scientific ecosystem will require systemic changes.

UNITED KINGDOM
Location is key to attracting foreign students
Maurits van Rooijen
International students are not just looking at the institution where they want to study, they are equally interested in the lifestyle they offer. And quite rightly so.

World Blog
GLOBAL
What is an International University?
Hans de Wit
The term International University is increasingly being bandied about, but what do we mean by it and how can we define it in ways that actually enhance education?
Features
GLOBAL
Even university competitors are joining forces
Geoff Maslen
The idea of universities collaborating with others around the world is no longer unusual but, increasingly, university faculties and schools are also forming alliances with their counterparts in other institutions to boost research output, improve graduation rates, attract students to potentially unpopular programmes and improve existing curricula.

SWEDEN
Tooth of `Peking Man’ found again after 90 years
Jan Petter Myklebust
It took 90 years but the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala finally located a canine tooth of Peking Man that had been stored in a box since it was excavated in a dig in China in the 1920s. First discovered in the box in 2011, the finding has now been reported in the journal Acta Anthropologica Sinica.

World Round-up
CHINA
Mainland students flock to Macau universities
South China Morning Post
CHINA
Probe starts into textbooks with ‘Western values’
MarketWatch
UNITED STATES
Oklahoma is latest to address racism at fraternities
Associated Press
JAPAN
US$15 million for Japan studies in soft power push
Reuters
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford's postponed divestment decision faces protest
BBC News
UNITED KINGDOM
Deputy PM blocks ban on extremists at universities
The Telegraph
MOROCCO
More universities seek external accreditation
Al-Fanar
SOUTH AFRICA
Rage against Rhodes heritage shifts up a gear
Times Live
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities give backing to longer degrees proposal
The Mercury
INDIA
Universities body pushes career-oriented courses
PTI
PAKISTAN
Blacklisted scholar lands ‘best research work’ award
The Express Tribune
ZIMBABWE
Government scrambles to pay striking lecturers
NewZimbabwe
Breaking News
BANGLADESH
UK distance education programmes gaining popularity
Mushfique Wadud
Amid growing concerns over higher education standards in Bangladesh, a significant number of students are opting for off-campus distance education programmes provided by UK universities rather than the on-campus courses of Bangladesh’s universities.
RUSSIA
Sharp drop in applications to study abroad
Eugene Vorotnikov
The number of Russian students applying to study abroad has dropped by between 25% and 30% this year, according to a leading consulting agency on foreign education. In some disciplines, especially languages, the numbers have dropped by 40%.
AUSTRALIA
Physical sciences contribute 22% of economy – Report
Geoff Maslen
The annual contribution of the physical sciences to the Australian economy has been estimated to be worth A$292 billion (US$230 billion), according to a report released on 25 March.
JAPAN
Branch campus ‘diplomacy’ to mend ties with China
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Against a backdrop of tense Sino-Japanese relations in recent years, a Chinese university will launch a branch campus in Tokyo in April – the first Chinese government funded higher learning institution in Japan, with officials expressing the hope that ‘education diplomacy’ will help mend bridges.
News
IRAN
More cross-border campuses in the Arab states
Wagdy Sawahel
In a move aimed at easing Western sanctions and its economic isolation, along with promoting higher education development and regional cooperation, Iran is continuing to establish more branch campuses of its universities across the Arab states.
UAE-UNITED STATES
Ban on professor raises questions for offshore campuses
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
ASIA
Region heading for HE ‘powerhouse’ status
Yojana Sharma
AUSTRALIA
Reform vote leaves universities uncertain of funding
Geoff Maslen
UNITED KINGDOM
LSE students challenge university ‘corporatisation’
Brendan O’Malley
GERMANY
New high-tech forum advises government on innovation
Michael Gardner
GLOBAL
Health websites too hard to understand
Special Report
GLOBAL
AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT
This is the third and final special report on the African Higher Education Summit held in the Senegalese capital, Dakar from 10-12 March under the theme “Revitalising Higher Education for Africa’s Future”. University World News was a media partner to the summit.
AFRICA
Higher education and Africa’s socio-political progress
Kofi Annan
AFRICA
Strategies to help fund university enrolment expansion
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
A pyramid without a higher education roof?
John Kirkland OBE
AFRICA
Lobbying for higher education on parallel agendas
Damtew Teferra
AFRICA
Africa’s talent – More valuable than gold, diamonds, oil
Karen MacGregor
AFRICA
Producing unemployable graduates wastes time and money
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
Student unrest on the wane thanks to democratisation
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
No agreed university governance model for post-2015 era
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
Harmonisation of higher education speeds up
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
Comment invited on African HE Summit declaration

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