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World-class universities and the global common good
Simon Marginson
At a time of growing nationalism, it is both more difficult and more crucial to balance the global, national and local contributions of world-class universities, while advancing their essential role in building the global common good.
The politics of quality assurance in higher education
Aurelija Valeikienė
Quality assurance is being held back by institutional leaders' and government's need to demonstrate impact and by constant changes and differences of opinion about what quality means at any given time.
Why a boycott of universities does not make sense
Roger Chao Jr
Cutting ties with Myanmar’s universities due to the Rohingya issue will set back attempts to rebuild the country’s higher education system – a system which could ultimately contribute to peacebuilding.
Linking female students' access to success
Wondwosen Tamrat
Since 2000 the Ethiopian higher education sector has been experiencing an expansion rate unprecedented in the country’s history. While significant improvements have been made in female student access rates in universities in Ethiopia, high attrition rates remain a challenge.
World Blog
What to do about sexual harassment on campuses
Ashwini Deshpande
Universities have been caught up in recent accusations about sexual harassment. How can campuses around the world tackle the problem?
Dispute over first veterinary school in half a century
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Heated debate – both political and academic – over the establishment of a new veterinary school in Japan after a lacuna of 52 years has highlighted the excruciating challenges that face the country in its push to reform higher education.
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World Round-up
Massive surge in foreign student numbers
Universities to be allowed to hire on higher salaries
The Irish Times
A last-minute fight against graduate student tax hike
Government announces tax relief for private universities
Government mulls income-contingent student loans
East Asia Forum
Australian academic claims China book was ‘censored’
BBC News
Scientists point to increasing pressure to publish
The Straits Times
Dejection as university entrance exam postponed by quake
Top university’s law programme under existential threat
Daily Maverick
National meeting held to discuss university media course
Associated Press of Pakistan
Scottish universities to widen student access
The Scotsman
Universities urged to overhaul mental health support
The Telegraph
Beijing universities offer HIV self-test kits
People’s Daily Online
Deemed institutions told to drop the word ‘university’
Six universities told to change advertising claims
BBC News
65% of university seniors rejected job offer – Survey
The Japan Times
Ministry boosts job opportunities for disabled graduates
Universities warned against issuing fake degrees
New Vision
Special Report
Open Doors 2017
The Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange, charting international students in the United States and American study abroad, was published on 13 November by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. University World News reports.
Crisis to opportunity: Rehumanising internationalisation
Jenny J Lee
The looming international enrolment crisis at American universities and colleges illustrated by the Open Doors survey could make way for rethinking what internationalisation can be. I propose a bigger vision than competing for a dwindling supply – rehumanising, politicising and conscious-raising international education by asking new questions that extend beyond bottom-lines and towards synergistic possibilities.
How the US can stem decline in international students
Rahul Choudaha
New figures show a decline in international students going to the United States. Universities need to work harder to differentiate their offering and diversify their source countries.
New international student numbers decline for first time
Karen MacGregor
The number of new international students in the United States declined by 3% in 2016-17 – dropping for the first time in the 12 years since the Open Doors survey of the Institute of International Education has reported new enrolments. But the overall number of international students rose by 3% to 1.08 million and Americans studying abroad increased by 4%.
Over 186,000 Indian students in US, but growth rate drops
Shuriah Niazi
The number of Indian students studying in the United States has nearly doubled in the last five years to more than 186,000, according to Open Doors data published last week. However, the growth rate of 12.3% in 2016-17 was the lowest in three years.
Some subjects 'could lose half their EU staff’
Brendan O’Malley
Some regions in the United Kingdom risk losing up to half of some university subjects’ European Union staff, due to uncertainty over immigration rules after Brexit, according to a new report from the British Academy.
UK tumbles, Asia rises in THE employability ranking
Nicola Jenvey
Higher education institutions in the United Kingdom have tumbled in Times Higher Education’s just-published Global University Employability Ranking, while Asian universities – specifically in mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea – have made significant strides in respectability.
Huge university expansion but drop-out rate unchanged
Geoff Maslen
The proportion of students dropping out of Australia’s universities is about the same as it was a decade ago – despite a dramatic expansion of access to a larger and more diverse group of students than ever before.
Science academy launches open access publishing platform
Maina Waruru
The African Academy of Sciences is launching its own publication platform early next year that guarantees researchers immediate publication of articles and other research outputs without editorial bias, and a transparent post-publication peer review.
Universities brace for workforce review and job cuts
Gilbert Nganga
The Kenyan government has kicked off a fresh round of audits of state universities which will see campus closures, prosecution of top managers in defaulting institutions, massive job cuts and a radical change in the conditions of service for lower-level and non-teaching staff.
First university ranking prompts mixed reaction
Mushfique Wadud
A ranking of Bangladesh’s private universities, published by two prominent media outlets, prompted mixed reactions in Bangladesh.
Zuma releases long-awaited fees commission report
Sharon Dell
The long-awaited Heher Commission report into the feasibility of fee-free higher education and training has finally been released to the public by President Jacob Zuma, although South Africa still awaits his pronouncement on its contents.
Army takeover disrupts university lectures, examinations
Kudzai Mashininga
The University of Zimbabwe deferred examinations scheduled for Wednesday, and at least two other universities advised students to stay at home last week, according to news reports and local sources. This came as the military staged what appeared to be a coup to end President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
Universities clarify cooperation with industry, society
Michael Gardner
University heads in Germany have adopted a resolution clarifying cooperation between higher education, industry and society at their members’ assembly in Potsdam.
Paul Simon study abroad act back on legislative cards
America’s influential Association of International Educators, known as NAFSA, has welcomed the introduction of the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act to the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, also introduced to the Senate in September, is aimed at expanding study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.
Academics at one more university resist online courses
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Professors at Eastern Michigan University in the United States are objecting to its partnership with a private company to market and support online programmes, making it the latest institution to grapple with questions about the quality of online instruction.
Foreign students ‘sent from heaven’ – former minister
Jan Petter Myklebust
Sofie Carsten Nielsen, Denmark’s minister for higher education and science in 2014-15 and now a spokesperson for the radical left party, has proposed a grant order to encourage international students receiving Danish financing to stay and work in the country after graduating.

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