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Supporting victims of sexual assault at university
Grace Karram Stephenson
Community advocacy, education and the development of a culture of ‘intervening’ are essential tools for dealing with the number of sexual assaults reported on campus. A strategic study on enhancing care for sexual assault victims was recently released by the University of Saskatchewan.

Transformative Leadership
Could HE rankings be socially transformative?
Ellen Hazelkorn
Brexit has shown the dangers of a globalisation that only works for the elite. Rankings of elite institutions show how harmful this can be, but ranking higher education systems instead could be truly transformative.
Academic Freedom
Turkey’s trampling of freedoms is Europe’s problem too
Johanna Vuorelma
The threats to academics in Turkey are part of a wider European problem of a growing illiberalism that we must all confront. Academic freedom is an ongoing process that must be constantly fought for.
Of spies, academic freedom and institutional autonomy
Zachariah Mushawatu
At the start of his first lecture with a group of new students a prominent University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer always used to say: “I know there are spies among you sent to record what I say in my lectures – go ahead, I don’t care.” But he was an exception and today there remain many reasons for academics to fear criticising the government.
Academic faces up to 15 years in jail for tweets
United Arab Emirates authorities have violated basic rights and academic freedom in their prosecution of the Emirati academic Dr Nasser bin Ghaith, a coalition of nine human rights organisations said on 13 October.
Changes to academic contracts threaten free speech
Katharine Gelber
Some universities are attempting to insert new clauses into their employment contracts that aim to limit academics’ ability to speak freely in public debate.
The importance of keeping globally engaged
Alan Ruby
As the reaction against globalisation increases, there are ways that universities can maintain an outward focus through making a strong case for the benefits of global engagement.
Internationalisation ambitions and funding realities
Darren McDermott
Ireland has big ambitions for attracting international students and capitalising on Brexit, but without proper funding these may well not be achieved.
The five stages of Brexit grief for universities
Christopher Ziguras
United Kingdom and European universities should treat Brexit as a death and recognise the phases of grieving that are involved in coming to terms with such a tragedy.
Universities and the quest for employable graduates
Christabel Ligami
While an emphasis on expansion has seen the higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa grow from 2.3 million in 1999 to 6.6 million in 2013, quality of offerings has received less emphasis, with more recent concerns about quality translating into dissatisfaction with the calibre of graduates hitting the labour market.
ANIE Conference
ANIE Conference
The 7th African Network for Internationalisation of Education – ANIE – conference was held in Accra, Ghana, from 5-7 October. It probed the drivers, nature and challenges of international partnerships in higher education in Africa, and the role they play in knowledge production and sustainable development. University World News was there.
More data needed on transnational education in Africa
Brennan Weiss
For emerging markets in Africa, transnational education may be an appealing concept for universities looking to expand access to education and offer students cross-border learning experiences. But a lack of reliable data on its current presence and impact across the continent leaves many African educators unclear about how to move forward.
The ‘infinite’ benefits of internationalisation
Francis Kokutse
The world has become more interconnected because of globalisation and African universities need to find a way of taking advantage of efforts to globalise higher education in order to become relevant to the people they serve, according to the secretary general of the Association of African Universities, Etienne Ehouan Ehile.
Blended learning – From ancient Greece to the digital age
Brennan Weiss
In ancient Greece, citizens converged in city squares called agoras, which were the political, economic, cultural and philosophical hubs of Greek civilisation and the exchanges that took place there altered the course of history. In today’s more globalised world, agoras are online, where people from all over the world can share knowledge over social media.
PhD programme empowers women in Sudan – A case study

Brennan Weiss
In 2011, Izzeldin Osman founded a PhD programme in computer science and information technology at Sudan University of Science and Technology, aimed at empowering women to enter more senior academic positions. So far, 12 women have graduated. Another 113 women are currently enrolled.
Urgent need to narrow the gender gap in African academia
Francis Kokutse
African universities need to narrow the gap between men and women in academic positions by creating opportunities and encouraging more females to enter academia, says Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, vice-provost for international affairs and global strategic studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States.
World Round-up
Anti-graft chief targets country's universities
19 EU countries sign agreements on degree recognition
Ministry aims to boost foreign student numbers
Taipei Times
Gandhi statue to be removed from campus after protests
Government links equity requirements to research chairs
The Canadian Press
Amity University buys college in the US, eyes two more
Student leaders reject new higher education task team
Are foreign experts barred from Brexit projects?
The Telegraph
Cabinet approves draft higher education quality bill
Dhaka Tribune
NGO body asks for rethink on university freeze order
Nobel laureate recommends universities restructuring
Huge increase in number of graduates 'bad for economy'
Breaking News
Minister in storm after overriding university autonomy
Jan Petter Myklebust
Thirty-five university rectors, including the rectors of the major universities – Lund, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Chalmers University of Technology and the Karolinska Institute – as well as the Swedish National Union of Students have criticised the government for a decision which sets aside the principle of autonomy for universities.
Stricter controls on private institutions offering TNE
Yojana Sharma
New measures to tighten up on the quality, financial viability and information provided by private higher education institutions in Singapore, including foreign branch campuses, that offer external degrees from foreign institutions – also known as transnational education or TNE – have been published by the Singapore government.
Trump’s ‘wall’ is already hindering HE collaboration
Yojana Sharma
Whether or not it ever materialises, talk of building a wall separating Mexico and the United States has created a worrying atmosphere for higher education on both sides of the existing border fence – and student and faculty exchanges and any future prospects for Mexican-US joint degrees could be jeopardised.
HE leaders urge voters to back global engagement
Mary Beth Marklein
An alliance of United States higher education, foreign policy, peace-building and national security leaders last week published an open letter urging America’s next president to pursue policies and practices that it said will make the United States "a more welcoming and globally engaged country".
Zero tolerance to sexual violence required on campus
Brendan O'Malley
Universities should embed a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence, harassment and hate crime, highlighting up-front the behaviours that are expected from all students, as well as ensuring staff understand the importance of fostering a zero-tolerance culture, according to a universities task force. But their report has been criticised for barely addressing staff-to-student harassment.
Academy of Sciences in revolt over political silence
Brendan O'Malley
More than 150 internal members and doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have signed an open letter voicing concern about the “anti-democratic processes” that have taken place in the country and demanding that the body investigate or initiate debate about them.
IITs plan to lure top foreign academics and students
Ranjit Devraj
As part of a plan to internationalise the Indian Institutes of Technology or IITs, the country’s top institutions are stepping up efforts to attract top academics from overseas and have agreed a new programme to open up to foreign students, with the aim of luring an additional 10,000 students.
Deal breaks impasse on masters students' selection
Jane Marshall
Ministers have secured a landmark compromise agreement with university presidents, students’ organisations, and lecturers’ and researchers’ unions, to settle the thorny issue of selection of students for masters degree courses.
New targets set to expand internationalisation of HE
Brendan O'Malley
The Irish government has unveiled a new strategy on international education designed to help the country become recognised for developing global citizens through its internationalised education system and a market leader in attracting international student talent.
Rights fears over spread of cameras in lecture halls
Mimi Leung
The use of surveillance cameras in university classrooms is spreading in China, and although some university officials say they are only being used to monitor teaching quality, students are expressing concerns over lack of privacy, and lawyers say they could violate the constitutional rights of university teachers and fear their purpose is to enforce compliance with official ideology.
Outcry as ministry plans control of university boards
Jan Petter Myklebust
Opposition is mounting to the government’s attempts to take greater political control of universities, reportedly by allowing the minister of higher education and science to decide who should be chair of each university’s board.
Case for crackdown on student immigration unravels
Brendan O'Malley
The rationale behind the government’s plans to cut back international student numbers as a way to tackle immigration problems has been undermined by a government leak and a new poll showing that the vast majority of people do not want their numbers to be cut.
Government issues funding reassurance to EU students
Students applying for places at English universities for the academic year 2017-18 will still be eligible for loans and grants – as they are now – throughout their course even if the United Kingdom exits the European Union, the government has announced.
Criticism as Cairo University blocks religion disclosure
Ashraf Khaled
Cairo University, Egypt’s biggest public higher education institution, has removed the category of 'religion' from its documents to prevent discrimination, becoming the mostly-Muslim country’s first education institution to take the controversial step.
Donald Trump finally talks about higher education
Steve Kolowich and Andy Thomason, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Donald J Trump did something shocking last week, something he hasn’t done in the entirety of his unusual campaign for United States president: He talked with some substance about his plans for higher education and proposed simplifying income-based repayment plans for student loans.

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