While discussion papers around a new higher education policy contain some positive proposals, there is a lack of an overarching vision to address fundamental problems within the system.
Ka Ho Mok and Jin Jiang
A new governance system is needed to address concerns that massification of higher education is leading to a growing divide between rich and poor rather than the contrary.
The growth of private higher education provision, especially via for-profit providers, requires better regulation to reduce the “often considerable” risk to students, according to a six-country study. It warns that there is little evidence that opening up higher education to more private providers, as proposed in the United Kingdom, will improve the quality of provision.
Jan Petter Myklebust
The factors behind Denmark's position as a leading producer of high-class scientific research are discussed in a report and conference comparing data from Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, with the warning that future success cannot be guaranteed without recruitment of new talent, continuing international collaboration and maintaining an innovative research culture.
Some 1,600 policemen gathered on the Ewha Womans University campus in Seoul in late July, some of them forcing past protesting students to escort four professors and a staff member out of the main hall where they had been trapped for almost 46 hours due to a student sit-in over plans to offer two-year degrees in new media, health, beauty and fashion in return for government financial aid.
Hurriyet Daily News
Times Higher Education
South China Morning Post
The Washington Post
When Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying met with leaders of the governing councils of Hong Kong’s eight public universities last week, just weeks before Hong Kong’s Legislative Council elections on 4 September, students were alarmed it was an attempt by China to put pressure on universities to curb overt displays of “pro-independence” sentiment on campuses.
In a promising moment for cross-continental tertiary learning, 20 August saw the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America officially launched in Durban on South Africa’s east coast before 60 delegates from 18 nations.
British universities and scientists say a United Kingdom government statement promising to underwrite funding for approved European Union science projects “applied for before the UK leaves the EU” will only partially address concerns that they are being excluded from EU consortia following the British referendum to leave the EU.
Foreign students who received generous scholarships from the Singapore government could be banned from living and working in Singapore if they deliberately default on their ‘bond’ obligations, a senior education ministry official said last week after it was revealed that a number of students were in default.
Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has bowed to pressure and slashed university fees following nationwide student protests that began last month and resulted in the arrest of more than 30 students.
The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has officially denied reports in some Russian media outlets that the national government plans to fire about 10,000 scientists over the next three years, due to lack of funds in the Russian federal budget.
Prospective students with smartphones will soon be able to access and undertake degree programmes from anywhere in the world under an innovative new distance learning initiative offered by a Kenyan private university and a United States company.
There was little change at the top of the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, or Shanghai ranking, published last week, but China and Singapore both broke into the top 100 for the first time.
Two universities closed in South Africa last week following student protests against possible tuition fee hikes for 2017. Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande warned that universities could face financial crisis, retrenchments and operational cuts.
Indian officials say Australia is treating the country like a "rogue state" by barring its researchers, following the denial of a visa to a top Indian researcher seeking to take up a prestigious scholarship award at the University of Melbourne, ostensibly due to fears his work could be "associated with weapons of mass destruction".
After study abroad, United Kingdom students gain confidence, develop communication skills and seek to share experience with their peers, to the benefit of their peers and UK institution, new research has found. It concluded that the impact of study abroad is vast, varied and transformative.
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The US Department of Education has chosen four computer coding boot camps and the global conglomerate General Electric to take part in an experiment partly using unaccredited providers to supply higher education but also employing some very unusual quality assurance providers to measure quality.
Grace Karram Stephenson
The influx of foreign private higher education providers is creating a new divide, where wealthy minority groups gravitate towards institutions that are linked closely to the business sector, reinforcing their position of relative wealth.