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TURKEY
Descent into ignorance as critical voices are silenced
Eda Erdener
Last year’s coup attempt is being used by the Turkish government to silence critical voices and transform the education system. Some 28,000 school teachers and more than 4,000 academics have been fired. It must be possible to be both against the coup and critical of government.
Commentary
GLOBAL
Future of outward higher education internationalisation
Gabriel Hawawini
Internationalisation of higher education can be interpreted in different ways, according to how universities view the process of knowledge generation and dissemination. But the world is still waiting for the full development of a global knowledge and learning network.
ASIA
Support teaching to build a stronger ASEAN community
Roger Chao Jr
A mutual recognition agreement for teaching services would improve the quality and status of the teaching profession across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and teacher mobility would help build a sense of community, ensuring that the ASEAN region reaches the Sustainable Development Goals on education.
GLOBAL
Changing times, challenging university structures
Tom Abeles
Education needs to take account of the fact that people learn at different speeds and that traditional ways of learning do not get the most out of students. New ways could reduce costs, and increase availability and widen access.
World Blog
UNITED KINGDOM
Against a managerialist approach to higher education
Ming Cheng
Academics need to reclaim the idea of educational quality from a purely managerialist approach by emphasising the moral basis of learning and teaching.
Student View
UNITED STATES
United we stand – Student resistance to Donald Trump
Casey O’Brien
United States universities should support students in resisting the Donald Trump administration’s policies. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
World Round-up
FRANCE
Auditors criticise science super-campus near Paris
Nature
UNITED KINGDOM
Legal academics urge PM to cancel Trump visit
Guardian
UNITED KINGDOM
More than nine in 10 universities restrict free speech
Independent
PAKISTAN
Campus violence rising across the country
The Express Tribune
GLOBAL
Dalai Lama invite by US-Indian chancellor angers China
Hindustan Times
KENYA
Students gives state deadline to end lecturer strike
The Star
AUSTRALIA
International student completion rates remain high
The PIE News
SOUTH AFRICA
Minister calls arson attacks at universities 'barbaric'
African News Agency
CZECH REPUBLIC
Young women have higher education levels than men
CTK
CHINA
Universities lagging in race for donations
South China Morning Post
VIETNAM
Unemployed graduates ‘still at acceptable level’
VietNamNet Bridge
IRELAND
Universities turn a blind eye to disability
The Irish Sun
INDONESIA
Ministry urges private higher institutions to merge
Jakarta Globe
PHILIPPINES
Economists reject full higher education tuition subsidy
The Philippine Star
COSTA RICA-SOUTH KOREA
University president seeks exchanges in the sciences
The Korea Times
NIGERIA
Idle research network reactivated after more than a year
The Guardian Nigeria
CANADA
Education students being 'thrown under the bus' – Judge
CBC News
MALAYSIA
Student fund not in financial trouble – Minister
Bernama
NIGERIA
Nigerian Open University expanding to meet high demand
Premium Times
SOUTH AFRICA
Stellenbosch University adopts redress admissions policy
News24
Breaking News
AUSTRALIA
International student numbers surge to record high
Brendan O’Malley
Australia saw a surge in international student numbers, up 10% to 554,179 last year, according to Department of Education figures – and a new student satisfaction survey shows a record nine out of 10 international tertiary students were satisfied or very satisfied with the education they have received.
SWEDEN
Expert appointed to review internationalisation of HE
Jan Petter Myklebust
Minister of Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson last week appointed Agneta Bladh, chair of the Swedish Research Council, as a special examiner of the internationalisation of higher education and research, charged with addressing the low international mobility rates of students, university teachers and researchers.
CHINA
Row over ‘easy’ admission for international students
Yojana Sharma
New rules for the admission of foreign students to one of China’s top universities in Beijing has sparked a heated debate in the country over standards being lowered for international students and the perception that Chinese students who have obtained foreign nationality are getting into prestigious institutions by the back door.
UNITED KINGDOM
Minister demands stiff penalties for student cheats
Brendan O'Malley
The Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson on Tuesday demanded tough new penalties for university students who use essay mills – websites that provide custom written essays – and called on university and student bodies to do more to address the growth of such services.
UNITED STATES
US university will not back down on Dalai Lama invite
Yojana Sharma
A university in California has said it will not back down over its decision to invite the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, to this year’s commencement ceremony, despite strenuous objections among mainland Chinese student groups.
News
HONG KONG
Row over funds for mainland Chinese, overseas students
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
Lawmakers have criticised Hong Kong’s higher education funding body, the University Grants Committee, for subsidising students from mainland China and from overseas while thousands of local students are unable to receive government assistance.
RUSSIA
Government raises foreign student quota to 200,000
Eugene Vorotnikov
The Russian government plans to increase the quota for international students studying at domestic higher education institutions by 30% this year – up to 200,000 places, according to the official press service.
BULGARIA
Row over mismanagement of EU research funding
Jan Petter Myklebust
European Commission officials are expected to hold talks with government representatives in Bulgaria over the alleged mismanagement of funds in the operational programme Science and Education for Smart Growth in the European Union budget.
ASIA
Low mobility of young scientists may hamper innovation
Yojana Sharma
Low mobility among young researchers within Asia and globally may be hampering wider research collaboration, exchange of ideas and more creative and innovative research, says a wide-ranging new study of young scientists in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
UNITED STATES
Undocumented students’ fears escalate after arrest
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The arrest and threatened deportation of a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States illegally when he was seven – but had a valid work permit under Barack Obama’s deferred action programme – has rekindled the fears of undocumented college students nationwide.
GLOBAL
Montreal pips Paris in global ‘best student city’ ranking
Karen MacGregor
There is something about the French that appeals to students, it seems. Though there are proportionately few major French-speaking cities, Montreal topped this year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking, knocking Paris into second place after five years at the top.
NIGERIA
Universities body moves to curtail religious tensions
Tunde Fatunde
An order in Nigeria emanating from a state university management team, which seemed to ban the activities of any student society other than a Muslim-aligned organisation, is likely to be rescinded following an intervention by the National Universities Commission.
AFRICA-GERMANY
Germany, Kenya to launch a regional science university
Michael Gardner
Kenya and Germany are to establish an East African-German University of Sciences. The new institution will respond to education and training requirements across the region. The scheme was announced at the German-African Business Summit in Nairobi earlier this month.
EGYPT
Knowledge City to boost science education and research
Wagdy Sawahel
In an effort to establish itself as a regional hub for higher education, science and technology, Egypt plans to set up a Knowledge City in the new administrative capital east of Cairo that will host branches of foreign universities and research, innovation and entrepreneurship centres along with a science park.
KENYA
Eleven universities face insolvency – Report
Christabel Ligami
Eleven Kenyan universities, including the country’s flagship institution, are insolvent and unable to meet their financial obligations, according to a new auditor general’s report.
GLOBAL
Students not abandoning pen and paper – 10-nation study
Karen MacGregor
Reading and writing skills are changing with the use of digital technologies, “but students still see benefits of reading and writing with paper which they continue to use, especially to convey private emotions and intimate feelings”, according to a 10-country study. Students also found handwriting helps to retain knowledge.
Features
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities take their own inventions to market
Lucy Haire
Ten years after the United Kingdom's then chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown told universities to earn income by setting up businesses based on their own research discoveries and inventions, there are now 2,000 university spin-outs generating more than £1 billion (US$1.2 billion) a year.
PHILIPPINES
Universities develop approach to fighting fake news
Brennan Weiss
One of the Philippines’ most prestigious universities is working to combat the spread of misinformation online as academics use their subject knowledge and authoritative expertise to fight against fake news on the internet. Fake articles played a crucial role in the Philippines election last year.
AFRICA
Preparing Arab-nation students for study in the West
Wagdy Sawahel
Despite facilitating several scholarship initiatives aimed at students, most Arab universities in Africa are not adequately preparing students to optimise learning opportunities at foreign universities or serve as cultural ambassadors, according to higher education experts, scholars and students.

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