A major academic publisher in the United Kingdom has caved in to China’s official censors and has blocked online access from that country to more than 300 articles in a leading academic journal – The China Quarterly – amid a Chinese government crackdown on 'Western' views.
Universities are facing a tough regulatory regime that has crippled expansion strategies that have seen Kenya’s universities spread their wings across most areas of the country and into neighbouring countries such as Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda.
Universities in Australia and New Zealand are stepping up investment in fundraising and alumni engagement amid growing institutional awareness of the “powerful impact” of philanthropy, and sharp rises in the size of the largest gifts, according to a new report on charitable giving to universities.
An initiative aimed at improving access to certified courses in youth work has been launched by Commonwealth countries which will support 16 universities from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe to offer a low-cost, internationally recognised Commonwealth bachelor degree in youth development work.
As it embarks on an indefinite nationwide strike over what it claims are unfulfilled government promises, the Academic Staff Union of Universities is reeling from a ban imposed on its local branch based at Kogi State University.
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The major political parties apart from the Social Democrats want to scrap the unpopular recent reform speeding up students’ time to graduation – even though it is working – and end the linking of funding of university subject study places to employment outcomes.
A recent survey which found that more than 50% of South African students felt they were not prepared for the transition from secondary school to tertiary education has highlighted ongoing debates around the causes of South Africa’s student attrition rates and how best to tackle them.
Since Drew Faust decided to step down as president at Harvard, a debate has opened up about the nature of the academic presidency, and how it is changing. Should university leaders be strategic planners, stakeholder conflict managers, fundraisers or political advocates – and do they make a difference?