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Tranformative leadership: ethical values
GLOBAL
Universities’ role in providing ethical leadership
Mervyn Frost
There have been various attempts to narrow the scope of what universities stand for, but first and foremost universities have a commitment to seeking truth, providing ethical leadership and upholding academic freedom.
Transformative Leadership
GLOBAL
Transformative Leadership: ethical values
In this Special Report University World News explores the role of universities in promoting ethical leadership and addressing ethical challenges in society and examines how higher education itself can take a lead in upholding ethical values.
GLOBAL
The importance of moral leadership at universities
Stephen Heyneman
Universities must stand up for ethical behaviour because they are the teachers of future leaders. To do so they must have courageous leaders who understand the importance of ethics in a world where they can be held to account in a way that is unprecedented.
AFRICA
Ethics and the developmental university
Eric Fredua-Kwarteng
Developmental universities are a model for developing countries and they should have a distinct, ethical way of doing research, where the power in the relationship between researcher and research participant is evenly distributed.
GLOBAL
Teaching business ethics
Margaret Andrews
After the global crash there was some soul-searching about business ethics and many courses started up. But do any of them work?
GLOBAL
Ten principles to guide ethical internationalisation
Neal King
Ethics should be at the heart of universities’ mission and yet there is no global body overseeing ethical behaviour. In its absence, the United Nations Academic Impact provides a way for universities around the world to commit to high standards.
GLOBAL
Solving the problems of medical brain drain
Gillian Brock
Carefully crafted programmes of compulsory service and taxation can reasonably balance the interests, freedoms and opportunities of all who are affected by brain drain, offsetting the losses of those who are left behind in an ethical way.
CHINA
The long battle against academic corruption
Rui Yang
There have been numerous attempts to tackle corruption in Chinese higher education, but the problems are deep rooted and require fundamental changes to the academic incentive system.
Commentary
GLOBAL
THE’s global university ranking favours US and UK
Angel Calderon
The Times Higher Education ranking, with a new inclusion of book and chapter citations, seems weighted towards United States and United Kingdom universities, with institutions from developing and emerging countries making a relatively rare appearance.
GLOBAL
Facing up to international students who cheat
Elena Denisova-Schmidt
Corruption back home, pressure on universities to accept international students and a focus on research rather than teaching contribute to a situation where overseas students are more likely to cheat than domestic ones. Universities should allocate resources to tackle this problem.
VENEZUELA
Public universities are facing a time of crisis
José Luis Mogollón
Universities in Venezuela are rapidly losing talent and are in desperate need of more funding from government and industry to prevent more academics leaving the country.
AFRICA
African research universities to create hub of expertise
Max Price
The African Research Universities Alliance is working to build strong research capacity to grow new sectors and expand existing industries across the continent over time, by aligning Africa’s leading research universities into a hub of research expertise.
World Round-up
JAPAN
University to investigate data manipulation charges
Science Magazine
MALAYSIA
MP claims national student funding body has no money
Malay Mail
INDIA
Universities ban start-ups from recruiting on campus
Mashable
CANADA
Universities use big data to improve graduation rates
The Globe and Mail
TURKEY
Spending per student among the world’s lowest – Report
Hurriyet Daily News
AUSTRALIA
Sydney university reveals real admissions scores
The Sydney Morning Herald
UNITED KINGDOM
Survey reveals universities’ fears post-Brexit
Guardian
NETHERLANDS
Dutch universities call for more research funding
Times Higher Education
SOUTH AFRICA
Fees commission weighs in on fee increase issue
eNCA
GLOBAL
Germany, Sweden top list of cheapest study destinations
Independent
UNITED STATES
University criticised for using donation on scoreboard
Time
Breaking News
RUSSIA
Minister suspends mergers, casts doubt on Project 5-100
Eugene Vorotnikov
Olga Vasilyeva, the recently appointed Minister of Education and Science, has suspended the process of consolidation of domestic universities initiated by her predecessor, and has suggested a rethink of Project 5-100, the drive to get five universities into the top 100 of the world’s leading universities by 2020.
UNITED KINGDOM
Medals system to be used to rate university teaching
Brendan O'Malley
The government has published details of how university teaching will be assessed – with ratings of gold, silver and bronze awarded – in the second year of trials of its Teaching Excellence Framework for universities in England.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
US universities in China have academic freedom – Report
Yojana Sharma
A dozen United States universities operating in China in partnership with Chinese institutions say they enjoy academic freedom, but the majority face Internet censorship and other restrictions, a just-released report by the US Government Accountability Office has found.
SINGAPORE
Survey raises questions about TNE employment outcomes
Yojana Sharma
Singaporeans graduating from degree programmes at private higher education institutions, including some providing transnational education or TNE degrees from British and Australian universities, are finding it harder to land graduate jobs compared to graduates of Singapore’s high-ranking public institutions, a survey by Singapore’s Council for Private Education has found.
GLOBAL
Data shows positive impact of African diaspora fellows
Mary Beth Marklein
A higher education initiative that taps the African diaspora in North America as a way to reverse the effects of brain drain on the continent seeks to expand amid signs that it has had a positive and sustainable impact, new data shows.
News
GLOBAL
UK takes top spot from US but slides in global ranking
Brendan O'Malley
The University of Oxford has become the first institution outside the United States to take top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but two-thirds of the United Kingdom’s top 200 universities lost ground, and some other European countries also fared badly, as a second ranking in a fortnight shows the continuing rise of Asia at Europe’s expense.
AUSTRALIA-CHINA
Donor resigns over Chinese ‘political’ links scrutiny
Yojana Sharma
Concerns over Chinese ‘soft power’ influence on Australian universities has led to the resignation of a well-connected Chinese donor as chair of a China-Australia think tank at the University of Technology Sydney.
SOUTH AFRICA
Students protest over 8% tuition fees hike decision
Munyaradzi Makoni
Several universities in South Africa shut down or faced disruptions as student protests erupted in the wake of last Monday’s long-awaited recommendation by Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to allow universities to raise fees for 2017 by up to 8%.
GLOBAL
Facebook founder ploughs $3bn into disease research
Brendan O'Malley
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced ambitious plans to invest US$3 billion over the next decade in helping scientists build new tools and technologies to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”.
GLOBAL
Global clearinghouse for refugee student scholarships
A new global clearinghouse to identify scholarships and opportunities and connect refugee students with resources they can use anywhere in the world was announced at the Institute of International Education in New York on Thursday.
AFRICA
Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa reopens
Ard Jongsma
In January 2017, the Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa will reopen its digital doors with a new set of free courses to help African university lecturers face the challenges they meet in their everyday work.
SOUTH AFRICA
Data-intensive research capacity boosted ahead of SKA
Ochieng’ O Benny
A consortium of institutions in South Africa has been formed to establish a Western Cape Data Intensive Research Facility as part of the country’s National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System. The aim is to dramatically increase data-intensive research capacity ahead of the global astronomy research initiative, the Square Kilometre Array or SKA.
UNITED STATES
Online ‘micro-masters' programmes extend their reach
Jeffrey R Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 'micro-masters' online degree is gaining momentum, with more than a dozen colleges announcing plans last week to offer an alternative credential by that name, roughly equivalent to between a quarter and a half of a typical masters degree course, and the biggest challenge may be preventing cheating and fraud.
GERMANY
Reform ‘puts student disability support in doubt’
Michael Gardner
The German Student Welfare Service remains critical of the federal government reform of the equality act to promote the integration of people with disabilities. It claims that the new law, which has now received parliamentary approval, would hamper access to higher education for many students.
SWEDEN
Business calls for rectors to be elected by boards
Jan Petter Myklebust
University rectors should be elected by the university board and not by university staff, according to a report commissioned by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise – an association of 60,000 private companies. In a damning assessment of the 'leadership problem' in Swedish universities, it says the current arrangement does not produce strong governance.
UWN Webinar
GLOBAL
How can we internationalise HE with technology?
University World News in partnership with DrEducation will be hosting a second international webinar, 'Embracing Technology for Global Engagement: A leadership challenge and opportunity' on 4 October. Participation is free if you register.
Features
SOMALIA
Proliferation of universities brings mixed fortunes
Ramadan Rajab
As guns continue to fall silent in Somalia’s waning civil conflict, exponential growth has been witnessed in the higher education sector. But there are mixed reviews of the quality of education offered by the country’s new independent universities.

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