Tino Brömme and Barnaby Britten
Agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the economies of the European Union and the United States pose "significant risks to public education... and could have the effect of locking in and intensifying the pressures of privatisation and commercialisation", European trade unionists warn.
Jason A Scorza
Academic leaders must take very seriously their moral obligations to posterity – factoring into their discussions and decisions the well-being of generations yet to come. It means taking an adaptive view toward the future by performing the valuable, rewarding but often hard, even grinding and unglamorous work needed to preserve and improve their institutions.
Russian PhD holders need to look to simultaneous academic mobility, whereby they work with international institutions but maintain links with their home country, if they want to increase their chances of career progression.
What do the rankings tell us about the progress of higher education in India and China? China seems to have a more even spread of quality institutions, but India needs to do more to spread excellence and be more outward looking.
University career services need to be reformed so they are relevant to a world where jobs are changing fast as a result of digital disruption.
Study abroad works better when students are properly prepared, do their reading and understand a little about the complexities of where they are going.
New Straits Times
The PIE News
United States universities again dominate the US News & World Report Rankings, claiming the five top spots for the first time and taking 210 places out of 1,000 research universities evaluated, expanded from 750 last year – from 65 countries.
The coming year will see almost 20% slashed from the combined operating budgets of Malaysia’s public universities, according to the 2017 budget announced on Friday. It will be an even bigger cutback than the 16% drop universities suffered from the 2016 budget, which led to a public outcry.
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.
Jan Petter Myklebust
The ambition for Horizon 2020 to raise international collaboration in its work programmes from 12% to 27% of the calls for proposals has not been reached and the share of non-European Union or European Economic Area partners in grant agreements for collaborative actions has halved in the first two years of the flagship European research programme.
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.
The Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation launched the pilot phase of the 'TAFAHUM' project to enhance quality by promoting collaboration between a number of Maghreb universities and the France-based Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.
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.
In what seems to be a growing trend in Kenya, public universities are actively seeking investments in a range of sectors including manufacturing, real estate and agriculture. The latest is Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, which has announced plans to open an instant noodle-making factory in partnership with a Japanese firm.
The African Virtual University, in partnership with the African Development Bank, has launched phase two of its multinational project aimed at expanding its network of centres of open, distance and e-learning and which will see 27 facilities opened in 21 countries.
A consortium has launched an open call for proposals for a bold initiative funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, or DFID, aimed at catalysing innovation and reform in higher education systems in developing countries, including fragile and conflict-affected states.
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.
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".
Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Speaking to college students in Columbus, Ohio, Donald J Trump told conservative watchers of higher education that political correctness has transformed universities into places of extreme censorship and pledged to end it. But could any president keep that promise?
Austria’s MORE initiative, offering refugees support at the country’s universities, has been given a positive appraisal by Iraqi student Basma al-Robai in an interview with the university magazine UniStandard.
The internationalisation of higher education is a key driver of innovation and is seen as indispensable for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the United Nations. However, forging successful, equal and sustainable partnerships to realise these goals in the context of historical injustices and global structural inequality calls for a careful approach.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang to be a world-class institution. Here’s how to play the rankings game and succeed.