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.
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.
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.
After the global crash there was some soul-searching about business ethics and many courses started up. But do any of them work?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Globe and Mail
Hurriyet Daily News
The Sydney Morning Herald
Times Higher Education
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 show.
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.
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.
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%.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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