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International education should be ethical and for all
Hans de Wit
Divisions are growing between world-class universities and others, and between students who benefit from internationalisation and those who do not. The gap is leading many universities down risky pathways where corruption and unethical behaviour are rife.
New THE ranking – Brazil 23, Chile 11 and Argentina 0
Angel Calderon
While Times Higher Education’s Latin America rankings are welcome, there is room for improvement to reflect regional issues and activities and indicators that are pertinent to development – and there are some interesting omissions.
Higher education reasserts its role as a public good
Cristina González and Liliana Pedraja
As Hillary Clinton outlines plans for free tuition for some students in the United States, Chile has unveiled its Higher Education Draft Bill. The bill has its critics, but marks an important step towards rolling back the neo-liberal movement towards greater privatisation of higher education.
Breathtaking scale of higher education internationalisation
Robert Coelen and Jiang Bo
The scale of China’s internationalisation plans for its higher education system is becoming clear. But will the country be able to achieve its goals, and how prepared is it for involvement in the global community of education?
Treat the cause, not the symptom of student protests
Tom P Abeles
Student unrest in the United States and South Africa are symptoms of deeper problems with the education system than access to knowledge. Until students and academics see that their concerns are aligned, we will continue to avoid hard questions and treat symptoms and not causes.
Sliding doors – Securing study visas to South Africa
Jenny J Lee
The metaphor of sliding doors indicates the hit-or-miss enactment of immigration policies by South Africa, in that the obstructions and eventual results seem unforeseeable. The almost haphazard nature of securing study visas might be why several international students interviewed for research described themselves as ‘lucky’.
Buyer beware – Advice for international students
Mark Ashwill
It is important, if Vietnamese students need an educational consulting company to navigate international study, that they choose one carefully and ensure it is ethical.
Locally relevant rather than world-class universities
Defta Oktafiga
World-class universities are a high cost option and Indonesia lacks resources. Instead it should invest in locally relevant institutions that deliver a number of benefits.
Change the law to seize the benefits of MOOCs
Ruwayshid Alruwaili
Saudi laws need updating so that people can experience the full benefits of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Fulbright University Vietnam – ‘Put this war behind us'
Mary Beth Marklein
Some critics are demanding that former United States senator Bob Kerrey resign as chair of the board of Fulbright University Vietnam, which will open this year. Kerrey has apologised more than once for his involvement in civilian deaths during the Vietnam war and has offered to step down as chair, but also argues for perspective – “We've got to put this war behind us”.
Universities abandon ‘colonial’ mortar boards and robes
Yojana Sharma
The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has become the latest in a raft of Indian universities to abandon Western mediaeval-style black graduation robes and mortar boards for their graduation ceremonies, switching to traditional Indian garments.
Countering growing global divisions in higher education
Karen MacGregor
In a tumultuous time of deepening divisions and inequalities, in higher education and in societies globally, it is imperative for universities to advance ‘responsible internationalisation’ and collaboration aimed at creating a better world rather than just promoting self-interest, says Leonard Engel, executive director of the European Association for International Education.
Universities respond to indigenous student needs
Nicola Jenvey
Canadian universities have scaled up programmes and services specifically designed for indigenous students, raising academic programming to accommodate this group by 33% between 2013 and 2015. These efforts are “an important pathway to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people”, says Universities Canada President Paul Davidson.
Video to play growing role in higher education – Survey
Peta Lee
Video use in higher education has increased dramatically over the years, says leading video technology provider Kaltura, which has published its third annual State of Video in Education report. An international survey with 1,500 respondents showed video usage reaching a tipping point during the 2015-16 academic year.
World Round-up
PM invokes sweeping powers to reform universities
Bangkok Post
Probes against academics declared ‘illegitimate’
Hurriyet Daily News
Texas professors sue to block guns in classrooms
Universities to get tough over foreigner admissions
The Hindu
Brexit may lead to surge in third-level students
The Irish Times
Thousands sign petition calling for professor’s release
Times Higher Education
Public colleges chase out-of-state students
The New York Times
Countries establish universities' association
China Topix
Universities studying ways to make inroads abroad
The Korea Herald
Bias in science funding favours big universities
Chemistry World
Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees
BBC News
Destination remains unpopular with foreign students
Daily News and Analysis
Revenue service to help track students owing billions
Cape Times
University plans to rewrite controversial funding deal
Businessman calls on alumni to train graduates for jobs
Daily News
University denies home students are ‘losing out’
Herald Scotland
Breaking News
Academics face purge and travel ban after coup attempt
Brendan O'Malley
The Council of Higher Education has ordered a crackdown on academics in the wake of the failed attempted military coup, suspending four university rectors, demanding the resignation of all deans and imposing a blanket travel ban on academics.
Universities to vet foreign students for ISIS links
Yojana Sharma
The Malaysian government has told universities in the country – including private universities and foreign branch campuses – to step up monitoring of students to prevent Islamic radicalisation after recent attacks in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Spotlight on private universities after ISIS attack
Mushfique Wadud
For a long time, Bangladesh’s religious education system was thought to be a recruiting ground for militant Islamic groups. However, three of the militants actively involved in a horrific attack at an upmarket café in Dhaka this month were students at elite private universities, prompting a major government rethink of its strategy to counter militancy in higher education institutions.
Theresa May at No 10 – A new prime minister for the UK
David Jobbins
One element of the maelstrom of United Kingdom politics after the historic vote to leave the European Union was crystallised last week as Theresa May replaced David Cameron as the prime minister charged with leading the Brexit negotiations.
New diversity index helps find multinational campuses
David Jobbins
An aid to international students who want to find the most culturally diverse student campuses across some of the main destination nations was launched last week by Hotcourses, the global course search website.
Accord spreads French higher education influence abroad
Jane Marshall
Double degrees, joint research and courses, and promoting massive open online courses are among the priorities of a partnership signed last week by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – the huge international French language higher education and research association – and the leaders of France’s universities, écoles and engineering schools.
East Africa credit transfers to come on line next year
Christabel Ligami
Ministers of education have agreed on a draft declaration for implementation of a harmonised higher education system for the East African Community. From next year students will be able to transfer credits to higher education institutions in five partner states.
Shooting in Dallas turned a college into a crime scene
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
When shots rang out inside El Centro College’s downtown Dallas campus shortly after 9 pm on Thursday 7 July, the 58 students and employees working there late had no way of knowing just how close the gunman was. It wasn’t until 9:36 pm that students said they received the first alert from the college warning them to take cover.
New institute to fund research and innovation
Makki Marseilles
An initial sum of €240 million (US$265 million) will be made available to a newly created national institute that will fund research and innovation in Greece, and will support government efforts to pull the country out of prolonged recession and create new jobs.
Moves to halt irregular professorial appointments
Tunde Fatunde
The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has proposed reforms to deal with the increasing number of individuals being promoted to professorships without apparently following due process.
Governance at heart of government’s universities survey
Jan Petter Myklebust
A consulting firm has secured a mandate from the government of Denmark to interview 35 stakeholders as part of a broader investigation into universities’ compliance with government policy frameworks. A researchers’ magazine sees the move as an attempt to exert more control over higher education.
New voice for private 'challenger' universities
David Jobbins
The United Kingdom’s growing for-profit higher education sector – set to expand as the government encourages so-called 'challenger' institutions to compete with established state universities – has a new voice.
Use social media to recruit refugee students – Experts
Michael Gardner
German universities should do more advertising on social media to get refugee students to enrol, says the Wissenschaftsrat – German Council of Science and Humanities, the country’s chief science policy advisory body.
Six Islamists suspended amid crackdown on academics
Ashraf Khaled
Egypt’s main state-run Cairo University has suspended – for alleged corruption – six professors linked to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, as a crackdown on Islamist academics persists.
US$20 million for university’s Confucius centre upgrade
Maina Waruru
The government of China is investing a massive US$20 million in the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute, one of the big education projects by the Chinese in Africa.

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