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EUROPE
Time for Bologna to stand up for academic freedom
Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon
The attack on the Central European University marks a critical moment for the European Union. Silence implies weakness. It is time for Bologna to break with the convention of not making announcements between political meetings and seize the opportunity to defend academic freedom. Photo credit: EPA
Commentary
MALAYSIA
Steps to counter radicalisation of students by IS
Mohd Mizan bin Mohammad Aslam
Young people are particular targets for Islamic State or IS recruitment drives and several university and college students have been arrested in Malaysia for links with the terrorist organisation. More can and needs to be done to dissuade students from being radicalised.
GLOBAL
Why universities need to embrace all types of ‘other’
Gary Rhoades
In response to the rise of right-wing populism, universities need to do more to democratise the societies in which they are situated by improving the opportunities and lives of social class ‘others’ both nationally and internationally, instead of relegating them to educational oblivion via policies, practices and belief systems in academe.
UNITED STATES
Can Vietnam buck the Trump effect on recruitment?
Mark Ashwill
Latest figures for international students in the United States show significant decreases in students recruited from seven of the top 10 places of origin. The ‘Trump effect’ and the price of oil are among the forces at play. Vietnam is one of the few countries with rising enrolments. Will the trend continue?
UNITED KINGDOM
Confronting racial inequality in the academy
Jason Arday
Racial discrimination within United Kingdom universities remains problematic and continues to be a persistent barrier for Black and minority ethnic individuals attempting to progress in postgraduate study or in an academic career. University administrators must be held accountable for advancing diversity of staff and student populations.
World Blog
GLOBAL
How to avoid being on the wrong side of history
Grace Karram Stephenson
Charged with elitism and being out of touch, there are a number of things universities can do to address some of the issues thrown up by the political upheavals of the past year, including realigning research to tackle societal challenges, promoting independent thought and becoming more open institutions.
Features
AFRICA-INDIA
Racist attacks – Will African students shun India?
Maina Waruru
Following what are widely regarded as racist attacks on Nigerian students in India in March, there are concerns that the violence could contribute to making the country a less attractive destination for African students seeking higher education outside the continent.
World Round-up
CHINA
Province appoints Party chiefs in private universities
Xinhua
BRAZIL
New HE internationalisation scheme unveiled
The PIE News
IRAQ
Shiite militias prepare for education 'revolution'
Al-Monitor
MALAYSIA
Minister predicts reduced need to send students abroad
New Straits Times
CHINA
More college graduates are coming home, figures show
Forbes
RUSSIA
‘We’re in a desperate fight to keep our university open’
ScienceBusiness
UNITED KINGDOM
PM forced to soften stance on foreign student numbers
Independent
UNITED STATES
Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century
Los Angeles Times
VIETNAM
Private universities urged to improve training, brand
VietNamNet Bridge
PHILIPPINES
Senate approves free public universities
Masterstudies.com
TANZANIA
Students could soon get to choose their university
Tanzania Daily News
INDONESIA
Call for stronger education partnerships with Europe
Jakarta Globe
SOUTH AFRICA
University law programmes to make changes after review
Eye Witness News
AUSTRALIA
First-in-family data ‘lacks robustness’
The Australian
Breaking News
CHINA-UNITED STATES
Close Confucius Institutes on US campuses, NAS says
Yojana Sharma
Universities in the United States should close down their Confucius Institutes – teaching and research centres funded directly by the Chinese government – says a report by the National Association of Scholars or NAS, which examines details of the institutes' often-secret operations from contracts signed with dozens of US universities.
LATIN AMERICA
Governments must take responsibility for HE – Rectors
Maria Elena Hurtado
Rectors of the 37 universities that make up the Network of Macro-universities of Latin America and the Caribbean have expressed concern that some governments and parliaments are trying to avoid fulfilling their obligation towards public universities and are delegating responsibility to the private sector.
UNITED KINGDOM
MPs warn against Brexit brain drain of EU academics
Brendan O'Malley
The government must end the uncertainty for European Union staff, to avoid a brain drain, and seek continued involvement in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ – but develop contingency plans in case agreement is not reached – if it is to avoid damage to the international competitiveness of United Kingdom universities from Brexit, the parliamentary Education Select Committee has warned.
AUSTRALIA
Universities demand ‘No more cuts’ after AU$4bn saved
Geoff Maslen
As Australians prepare for the release of the annual federal budget on 9 May, universities point out that over the past six years they and their students have faced cuts that have contributed AU$3.9 billion (US$2.95 billion) in net savings in government spending and are now saying “enough is enough”.
News
GLOBAL
UNESCO – Affordability is key to inclusive HE expansion
Brendan O'Malley
UNESCO has called on governments never to allow student loan repayments to rise above 15% of their monthly incomes and has recommended a package of measures to ensure that the current rapid expansion of higher education globally does not leave the disadvantaged behind.
AUSTRALIA
Government listens to universities’ fears over visas
Brendan O'Malley
The government has agreed to address concerns raised by universities over proposed changes to 457 work visas, Universities Australia said on Thursday. The Group of Eight, comprising Australia’s eight leading research-intensive universities, voiced fears that the changes would put at risk Australia’s AU$21.8 billion (US$16 billion) international education industry.
PAKISTAN
University officials linked to lynching of student
Ameen Amjad Khan
Pakistan's apex court has started hearing of the case of the mob lynching of Mashal Khan, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, after the crowd heard false accusations that he committed blasphemy. One student has alleged that university officials put pressure on him to testify that Mashal had committed blasphemy, which helped to stir up the mob.
DENMARK
Ministry backs down on greater control of universities
Jan Petter Myklebust
Minister of Higher Education and Science Søren Pind has dropped the ministry’s controversial proposal to select the heads of the governing boards of universities after an agreement in parliament with the Danish People’s Party and the Social Democratic Party. The proposal was strongly opposed by universities and professional organisations.
ZIMBABWE
New bill seeks to turn universities into industrial hubs
Kudzai Mashininga
Zimbabwe’s cabinet has approved a new Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Bill that will, among other impacts, turn universities into industrial hubs and criminalise the issuing or receiving of degrees from unaccredited institutions, according to the country’s higher education minister.
GERMANY
Refugee university student numbers rising steeply
Michael Gardner
Whereas overall numbers of refugees entering Germany have been on the decline since last year, five times more are enrolled on university courses than six months ago, says a survey by the German Rectors' Conference.
AFRICA
World Bank forum calls for private sector to build skills
Christabel Ligami
The private sector should expand its support for skills-building in Africa, with both resources and technology, the World Bank said at its Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology forum in Nairobi.
UNITED KINGDOM
EU students given pledge on loans and fee status
The government on Friday confirmed that European Union students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, masters, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in the academic year 2018-19 and will pay the same fees as United Kingdom students throughout their course, including after the UK leaves the EU.
SWEDEN
Employment status given to nearly all PhD candidates
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Swedish government has changed the university law to ensure all doctoral candidates – except a few who are on scholarships – are made an employee of the university with a salary. This should strengthen the position of PhD students, including international students, who typically make up 40% to 50% of the country’s 19,000 doctoral candidates.
GLOBAL
Europe-North Africa HE cooperation plan unveiled
Wagdy Sawahel
In efforts to promote cooperation in science, technology, innovation and higher education, five countries of the Arab Maghreb Union and five European countries have approved a two-year cooperation plan aimed at stimulating economic growth, job creation and social cohesion in the Western Mediterranean region.
UNITED STATES
Visa change could hit recruitment of foreign students
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A new Trump administration executive order clamping down on the H-1B visa programme for highly skilled foreigners has the potential to roil American campuses and depress their recruitment of international students. For the latter, the opportunity to stay on and work in the United States, even temporarily, after graduation is a key attraction.
NORWAY
Row over politician meddling in university positions
Jan Petter Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley
A secretary of state has demanded that a PhD student give up his grant because of views he gave to a magazine questioning the value to society of people with Down’s Syndrome, but academics say it is unheard of for a politician to interfere in university recruitments.

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