The arrest and release of a Tajik research student linked to a Canadian and UK university highlighted the need for universities to support their international students in an age of transnational and sometimes dangerous research.
Naw Say Phaw Waa
A national education bill passed by Myanmar’s parliament on 30 July has been criticised for maintaining centralised control of universities and for not going far enough to reform higher education. But student groups said the exact content of the bill covering all sectors from primary to tertiary is still shrouded in mystery, leaving many citizens perplexed.
María Elena Hurtado
Peru’s new university law, promulgated by President Ollanta Humala on 8 July, has become a political hot potato in this South American country. The president called it a “fundamental step” on the road to quality higher education.
Jan Petter Myklebust
In the past year there has been intense debate about masters degrees in Norway. The debate was launched by Professor Linda Lai at the BI Norwegian Business School, who introduced the concept of mastersyke – which in Norwegian means ‘masters degree illness’, with criticism of the degree supported by major surveys by Lai and Norwegian business.
Internationally respected Carnegie Mellon University became the first highly ranked American institution to operate a fully-fledged campus in Africa when it set up in tiny, post-conflict Rwanda in September 2011. The first batch of students graduated last month.
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John R Barker paces the front of the lecture hall, gesturing at slides with a laser pointer and explaining to a room full of undergraduates how scientists use data to make predictions about global climate change. At the moment Barker, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Michigan, is facing a climate crisis of his own: the atmosphere in this lecture hall is dead.
There are two main arguments for charging international students in Finland tuition fees, but both are based on fallacies. Indeed, charging fees may prove more costly than offering tuition-free education.
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The end of a government-imposed five-year ban on university tuition fee rises has seen annual fees for some degrees rise by up to 50% this year in China, official sources have reported.
A dispute with Johns Hopkins University in the United States, ostensibly over “frequent late payments”, has led to a termination of the American institution’s partnership with Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine in Malaysia, both sides have confirmed.
A leading German higher education official has spoken out against the European Union’s funding priorities for next year. According to Professor Horst Hippler, president of the German Rectors’ Conference, the EU is doing too much for agriculture while neglecting research and innovation.
Myanmar has an opportunity to undertake major reform of its higher education system. But what type of investment should it seek to attract? Both public and private investment carry risks. The important thing is to get the balance right and support institutional autonomy.
Peer review needs to be submitted to a thorough review that takes into account all aspects of how we conceive of the process and questions the boundaries of our knowledge.
Participation in higher education in Kosovo has shot from 15% of the school-leaving cohort in 1999 to over 60% now. But funding has not matched expansion, there are concerns over shortages of academics and there is a need for much greater collaboration between academia and industry in teaching and research.
Tens of thousands of foreign students have become permanent residents in Australia as a result of fraud and corruption within the federal Immigration Department. Investigations by academics and journalists revealed that foreigners have avoided federal regulations and been granted illegal permanent residency visas – and that the huge numbers involved has led directly to rising unemployment levels among young Australians.
Rectors from nine of Thailand’s top public universities have joined the junta-picked lawmaking assembly established three months after the military staged the country’s 13th coup d'état on 22 May.
A global quality platform to review non-institutional education providers is to be piloted by America’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation and its International Quality Group. The platform is aimed at protecting students and is a response to the explosion of non-traditional provision – including MOOCs – and increasingly international higher education.
Dozens of lecturers and students recently held a protest at Cairo University against the public institution’s decision to expel 94 anti-government students. The action by Egypt’s top institution follows the expulsion of 160 students from the University of Al-Azhar.
A study of trends in student digital use has confirmed the need for universities to deploy a range of tools in communicating with prospective students. Laura Bridgestock, author of the report just published by university rankings body QS, warned institutions not to “underestimate the importance of traditional communication methods even in the Web 3.0 era”.
At a Lagos State University graduation ceremony this month, the state’s Governor Babatunde Fashola – who is also the university visitor – ordered a sharp rise in tuition fees to be reversed. The announcement was unprecedented in the annals of higher education fee regimes in Nigeria and is bound to have far-reaching effects.
Kenya’s higher education regulator has raised a red flag over growing inequality in the sector that it worries could reach crisis levels in the next four years, locking out thousands of women and vulnerable groups.
A five-year agreement between the United Nations Global Compact and RMIT University in Melbourne will strengthen efforts to tackle the world’s urban challenges.
The just launched Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network is calling for case studies that use “innovative and transformative open processes in generating knowledge and actions” aimed at tackling challenges in the Global South. The broad aim of OCSDNet is to see whether and how open and networked research could support development.
In an effort to provide African learners with greater access to higher education opportunities, the African Virtual University, in partnership with the African Development Bank, is launching 29 new open, distance and e-learning centres in 21 African countries.