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UNITED STATES
The turn to nativism hinders international education
Mark Ashwill
The new US administration is no more nationalist than any other. The US has always been nationalist. Donald Trump's election instead represents a turn to nativism, which will make it harder for universities to build bridges of respect and trust around the world. Image credit: Maya Spielman

Commentary
GLOBAL
A new way of planning international recruitment
Marguerite Dennis
How do you recruit international students in 2017 when the whole landscape is shifting so fast? International deans planning for future international outreach should look at countries with a rising middle class as well as strong projected growth of gross domestic product. Strategic planners should also take into account the geopolitical and economic changes sweeping across the globe.
ECUADOR
Neoliberalism meets populism in HE reforms
Marion Lloyd
Ecuador is implementing ambitious and innovative higher education reforms, including legislation that enables the government to close for-profit universities, requirements for academics to have PhDs and strict rules for biopiracy that protect indigenous knowledge and species – but the changes have stirred controversy.
GLOBAL
The next big thing in HE country groupings?
Anand Kulkarni
TACTICS is the latest in a line of acronyms for emerging nations in higher education, but do these countries really have that much in common – compared to BRICS countries, for instance?
MIDDLE EAST
Do foreign universities just serve the global elite?
Lisa Anderson
A chasm exists between the international institutions introduced to improve higher education in the Arab world and the societies they were supposed to benefit. Their applicants are from a cosmopolitan elite quite distant from the communities outside their walls.
World Blog
CANADA
How to find the next president of your university
Grace Karram Stephenson
Don’t leave it to trial and error. Higher education institutions that prepare the ground for their next leader are likely to ensure a smoother transition. That means build strong systems for knowledge transfer between successive generations of board members in advance of the next search.
UWN Webinar
GLOBAL
How can universities develop leaders for social change?
As part of its Transformative Leadership series published in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, University World News is joining DrEducation to host a free international webinar on 8 February entitled “Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?”.
World Round-up
NIGERIA
Suicide attack hits University of Maiduguri
Al Jazeera
EGYPT
Two universities start religion-blind admissions
Al-Fanar Media
GLOBAL
South Korea tops the charts in research and development
Bloomberg
UNITED KINGDOM
Lords call for ban on 'contract cheating'
The Telegraph
VIETNAM
Ministry sets stricter requirements for doctorates
VietNamNet Bridge
CHINA
Officials announce plans for 16 new top universities
China.org.cn
UNITED STATES
Concerns over bid to end university tenure
Inside Higher Ed
INDIA
Education institutions to adopt villages for development
PTI
TAIWAN
Associations urge Tsai to address talent ‘drought’
Taipei Times
IRAQ
Iraqi forces raise flag at university in push against IS
Fox News
UAE
Eight universities sign link with UAE Space Agency
The National
AFGHANISTAN
Private universities asked not to hire foreign teachers
Pajhwok Afghan News
UNITED KINGDOM
Brexit studies centre opens at Birmingham university
Independent
EAST AFRICA
New model to harmonise higher education fees
The New Times
GERMANY
Private money stirs up sceptical German universities
Handelsblatt Global
News
PAKISTAN
Authorities reopen Axact fake degrees investigation
Ameen Amjad Khan
After a United States court charged Umair Hamid, an executive of Axact, a Pakistan-based IT company that allegedly defrauded tens of thousands of people in many countries including the US by selling fake diplomas and degrees, Pakistani authorities decided this month to revisit the case.
EUROPE
Brexit strategy 'offers hope on Horizon 2020, Erasmus+'
Brendan O’Malley
The European University Association sees positive signals on United Kingdom participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. The Scientists for EU group is less optimistic but sees other ways the UK can strengthen its partnership with the European Union – by collaborating to build up Europe’s science infrastructure.

EUROPE
Research guild calls for radical improvements to H2020
The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities has called for significant increases in European funding through Horizon 2020 and the next Framework Programme, FP9, and improved success rates for applicants, to ensure continued applications and optimal impact.
UNITED STATES
‘Uncharted waters’ for higher education in Trump era
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
There has been no shortage of predictions about what to expect under the administration of President Donald J Trump. But any forecast of how a man with no experience in elected office, no demonstrated interest in the process of policy-making, and a record of contradictory and dishonest pronouncements will govern should be read with caution.
CHINA-HONG KONG
New HE and technology park for ‘disputed territory’
Yojana Sharma
A new technology park is to be set up on formerly disputed territory along Hong Kong’s border with China to enhance research collaboration between universities on both sides and establish an international higher education and technology hub.
KENYA
Drop in student numbers rattles private universities
Maina Waruru
A massive drop in the number of secondary school leavers qualifying for entry into universities in 2017 means that Kenyan private universities may have to turn to fee-paying foreign students or offer more diploma courses to keep themselves afloat.
KENYA
Massive audit set to shake up universities
Christabel Ligami and Gilbert Nganga
In what is being billed as one of the most comprehensive institutional reviews in Kenyan higher education history, the Kenyan Commission for University Education is to start the process of auditing all public and private universities on 23 January.
AUSTRIA
Austrian chancellor presents ‘Plan A’ for universities
Michael Gardner
Higher education funding in Austria is to be based more strongly on enrolment and performance agreements, according to a new paper submitted by the country’s Chancellor Christian Kern. Entry restrictions would be applied where necessary, although tuition fees are ruled out.
AUSTRALIA
Minister strives to lift student success rate
The federal Education and Training Minister has urged students to research where they choose to study if they plan to go to university, as the government released new data on Wednesday showing university student completion rates have dipped and a third of students do not complete their studies within six years.
UGANDA
Makerere students struggle to meet fee payment deadlines
Esther Nakkazi
Just weeks after Uganda’s flagship Makerere University recommenced operations after a government-ordered shutdown, thousands of its final-year students now face the possibility of failing to graduate as they struggle to meet stringent new fee payment policy requirements.
Features
UNITED STATES
The challenge libraries face in an era of fake news
Donald A Barclay
Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role? A new approach is to teach students to put in the time and effort required to determine the credibility and appropriateness of each information source for the use to which they intend to put it.
AFRICA
Urgent need to decolonise intellectual property curricula
Munyaradzi Makoni
There is an urgent need for decolonised intellectual property law curricula in order for African states to build intellectual property expertise that is Afrocentric and development oriented. A South African university is making progress in developing an appropriate model.

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