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Universities divided on value of new rankings
Brendan O’Malley
Universities remain divided on the value of U-Multirank, the new multidimensional ranking of universities, although most will continue to contribute data to it, a consultation of European University Association members has found. U-Multirank appears to be struggling with many of the same challenges as other rankings.
World Blog
SOUTH KOREA
Price and rise of China behind decline in mobility
William Patrick Leonard
The number of students travelling abroad to study is falling, and demographic changes, coupled with new developments in Korea and a thriving Chinese market, mean that the decline is likely to continue.
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GLOBAL
Going Global 2015: Challenges facing the world’s largest HE systems
NV Varghese, Jinusha Panigrahi and Lynne Heslop
Nine of the largest higher education systems in the world will convene at the Going Global conference in London this year to debate the impact of the greatest global massification of higher education ever experienced. They are facing unprecedented challenges.
Commentary
UNITED STATES
Why we need ‘free’ community colleges
Nicholas Wyman
US students are turning their backs on university education due to high fees and a lack of jobs. Community colleges offer an alternative and President Barack Obama is right to expand funding for them.
GLOBAL
What’s wrong with today’s business schools?
Ashish Jaiswal
Business schools need to be reformed to reflect global complexities and MBAs need to bring business ethics out of the shadows.
INDIA
India needs a GIAN-Plus strategy
Pushkar
India’s GIAN initiative aims to attract US scholars to the country to boost its higher education system, yet the government does not appear to have considered using resources closer to home.
Features
UNITED KINGDOM
Time off for baby need not stall a research career
Mandy Garner
The London School of Economics is pioneering new ways to ensure that research careers are not stalled by maternity or paternity leave, including allowing a term free of teaching to catch up on research, a phased return to work and taking into account the impact of leave on output in decisions on probationary periods and promotion.
MIDDLE EAST
Does new ranking ignore Middle East progress?
Wagdy Sawahel
World Round-up
CHILE
Government set to honour free higher education pledge
IANS
GLOBAL
US universities reap benefits of surge in overseas study
The Economist
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities 'impose illegal contracts on students'
The Telegraph
LIBYA
Pro-Islamic State militants seize university – Residents
Reuters
ISRAEL
Gaza students still barred from West Bank universities
Middle East Monitor
JORDAN
Higher education flunks a national test
Al-Fanar Media
GLOBAL
Web of ‘diploma mills’ preys on Arab students
Al-Fanar Media
GERMANY
Bertelsmann moves into university business
Reuters
NEPAL
World Bank approves funds for higher education reform
Financial
CYPRUS
Losing the student dollar
Cyprus Mail
TURKEY
Anger grows at universities over killing of nationalist student
Today’s Zaman
UNITED STATES
University reverses Iranian admissions ban
Inside Higher Ed
African HE Summit
AFRICA
Scholars call on HE summit to ‘reinvigorate’ humanities
Karen MacGregor
Academics from across Africa and the world have described the “parlous” state of the humanities and submitted recommendations for their reinvigoration to policy-makers attending the major African Higher Education Summit in Senegal from 10-12 March. Among other things the academics have called for higher quality doctoral education, the participation of scholars in national debates and an end to funding and promotion discrimination.
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SINGAPORE
Ministry culls UK law degrees, using rankings
Yojana Sharma
Law degrees from eight universities in England will no longer be recognised for admission to the Singapore bar, according to an announcement by the Singapore Ministry of Law last week, in a move seen by some as protecting graduates from Singapore’s own universities in an over-supplied market.
MYANMAR
Anger at ‘broken promises’ in education bill
Naw Say Phaw Waa
A new National Education Bill has been presented to Myanmar’s parliament after months of protests over the previous education law, but students are angry at what they say is government broken promises regarding the amended bill.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities ‘over-reliant’ on Chinese students: HEFCE
Brendan O’Malley
English universities have become over-reliant on growth in recruitment of full-time postgraduate students from China and have developed a risky dependence on scholars funded by their own governments, according to new analysis by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, or HEFCE.
THAILAND
Activists sentenced to prison for university play
Suluck Lamubol
Two activists have been sentenced to prison terms for performing a play on campus that was deemed to have defamed the Thai royal family.
INDIA
Amartya Sen row with government over ‘dream’ university
Suchitra Behal
Nalanda University, set up on the initiative of India with international support, is at the centre of a political storm over the resignation of its Chancellor, Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, who blames Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led government for delaying confirmation of his continuance in the post.
SOUTH AFRICA
Parliament joins university calls for more student aid
Munyaradzi Makoni
South Africa’s parliamentary committee on higher education has joined vice-chancellors in calling for more money for student bursaries and loans, in the interests of equity and access and against a backdrop of patchy student unrest and fundraising campaigns by universities.
KENYA
Loans agency tightens noose on graduates seeking jobs
Gilbert Nganga
University graduates in Kenya may be required to seek clearance from the government’s student loan agency before they can secure a job. The Higher Education Loans Board has drafted new guidelines that will make it mandatory for companies to demand clearance certificates from graduates, as part of efforts to curb student loan defaulting.
AUSTRALIA
‘All students should get public subsidy’ – Report
Geoff Maslen
All post-secondary students should be entitled to a public subsidy that would enable them to undertake tertiary studies in the vocational education and training area or in higher education, says a new report.
UNITED STATES
Climate crusader’s profitable link to Harvard exposed
Paul Basken, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Years of using a Harvard nameplate to flog his insistence that polar bears are doing fine, and that sunspots might explain planetary warming better than the Industrial Revolution does, may finally have caught up with Wei-Hock Soon.
EGYPT
Government urged to allow university student elections
Ashraf Khaled
Students in Egypt are pushing the government to hold university student elections more than a year after their original due date, amid increasing on-campus restrictions.

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