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INDIA
Call for flexible minimum standards
Ranjit Goswami
Two conflicting currents can be seen in higher education: the push to standardisation through rankings and other methods and the move to commoditisation through the idea of higher education being open to all. How can we create minimum standards without erecting barriers to higher education?
Commentary
GLOBAL
Where is the global leadership on HE access for all?
Graeme Atherton
Equitable access to higher education for those in poor, marginalised communities and those who are discriminated against can't be achieved without global leadership on the issue. But who will step up?
AFRICA
HE cannot wait for 2030 global goals
Deren Temel
Africa cannot wait until 2030 for the next round of global goals to address the urgent need for quality higher education. The Sustainable Development Goals in which higher education targets are included sideline quality and instead focus on incremental development, enrolment rates, unsustainable practices and international dependency.
IRAQ
National ranking encourages development of quality
Sameerah T Saeed
Kurdistan’s new national ranking aims to introduce a culture of academic competition between higher education institutions in the region and raise standards.
Transformative Leadership
BRAZIL
The challenge of building a research university
Marcelo Knobel and Renato HL Pedrosa
Creating universities that can compete with the world’s best has required both transformative thinking and transformative leadership in Brazil.
UWN Webinar
GLOBAL
Will TNE growth come at the expense of quality?
Is the growth of transnational education, or TNE, dependent on more flexible standards of quality? Or are we stifling innovation in TNE by putting up too many barriers for experimentation? In a webinar hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation on 24 May, a panel of global experts will debate and discuss the emerging issues.
World Blog
GLOBAL
Strategy session in a box – Part two
Margaret Andrews
How do you promote your academic programmes in an increasingly competitive world? Going back to your foundations and asking questions is a good starting point.
World Round-up
AUSTRALIA
Cries of Beijing meddling follow academic’s ouster
Reuters
SOUTH AFRICA
Foreign graduates can soon apply for permanent residence
BDLive
THAILAND
Demand for international universities expected to rise
Bangkok Post
HONG KONG
Names put forward to review Hong Kong university council
South China Morning Post
GERMANY
Programme to create ‘Ivy League’ gets extra funds
Science
BRAZIL-UNITED STATES
Foundation to expand aid to Harvard’s Brazil programme
Forbes
AUSTRALIA
Sydney universities crack down on cheating students
The Sydney Morning Herald
UNITED KINGDOM
Students threaten split from union over new leader
BBC
GERMANY
Anti-Semitic fliers mysteriously produced at universities
The New York Times
GULF STATES
Region’s market lacks suitable graduates
Arab News
INDONESIA
Lag in scientific papers not only about language
The Jakarta Post
CHINA
Xi may target league’s university ahead of reshuffle
Bloomberg News
BANGLADESH
Professor hacked to death by suspected militants
The Associated Press
NAMIBIA
International bodies to overhaul higher education
The Southern Times
UNITED KINGDOM
Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?
Guardian
CYPRUS
Country to become regional training centre – Minister
Greek Reporter
News
UNITED KINGDOM
English students have highest debt in Anglophone world
Brendan O'Malley
English students in universities in England now face some of the highest tuition fees in the world – higher than in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – and the highest average debts at graduation, according to a new study. The typical English student faces debts of over £44,000 (US$64,500) at graduation, £15,000 more even than graduates of US private for-profit universities.
MEXICO
Probe into student massacre suspects drug traffickers
Paul Rigg
A report published last week by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts on the killing and disappearance of dozens of students in Iguala, Mexico, suggests a clash with drug traffickers over the use of buses on narcotics routes may have led to the attack.
SWEDEN
Nobel decision paves way for advanced research centre
Jan Petter Myklebust
The three major universities in Stockholm plan to form a new research centre for advanced studies following the decision by the City of Stockholm to give the go-ahead for a Nobel Centre to be built on its waterfront. University leaders said the research centre, to be located inside the Nobel Centre, would be “an institution of the highest international rank”, enabling the region to "compete with Oxford and Cambridge".
AFRICA
Ghana’s vice-president calls for move from liberal arts
Francis Kokutse
Universities across Africa must move away from liberal arts courses in order to make higher education relevant and ensure the continent is not left behind in today’s technological world, Ghana’s Vice-president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said while opening the second Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit in the capital Accra.
RUSSIA
Industry presses ministry to address HE jobs outcomes
Eugene Vorotnikov
Russia's largest employers are demanding improvements in higher education teaching and changes to university curricula to address the low demand for graduates in the jobs market. In Moscow, for instance, one in two young graduates are unemployed.
SUDAN
Another ‘opposition’ student killed as protests spread
Karen MacGregor
One student was killed and three wounded last Wednesday in clashes between government and opposition supporters at Sudan’s Omdurman Ahlia University. Just a week earlier, at the University of Kordofan, a student was killed – reportedly by security agents – and more than 20 injured, triggering protests at universities across the country.
SOUTH AFRICA
Rhodes student ‘rape’ protests end but debates continue
Munyaradzi Makoni
Student protests at Rhodes University, nestled in the small South African town of Grahamstown, ended with the resumption of lectures last Monday after a week of dramatic disruption and disturbances over a ‘rape culture’ at the institution – but the conversation is far from over.
AUSTRALIA
Report finds extra value in international education
Brendan O'Malley
International education contributes nearly A$1 billion (US$764 million) more to the economy than previously estimated, according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by the Department of Education and Training and released on Friday. The government said the finding puts the current real value of the industry closer to A$21 billion.
UGANDA
Gambling students renege on fees, strike over policy
Esther Nakkazi
Many students at Uganda’s flagship Makerere University are diverting money into gambling and are failing to pay tuition fees on time, according to staff. Students went on a week-long strike in April in protest against the debt-ridden university’s controversial fee payment policy.
GLOBAL
Terrorism and migration seen as world’s top challenges
Nick Holdsworth
Terrorism is cited as the biggest challenge facing the world today, closely followed by migration, according to research unveiled at a new international humanitarian award ceremony, but there is a global 'compassion gap' in public perceptions of contemporary refugees.
EUROPE
EU to fund hundreds of scholarships for Syrians
Michael Gardner
French, German, Dutch and United Kingdom organisations supporting international cooperation in higher education are administering a new programme funded by the European Union to facilitate access to education for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
Features
EUROPE
Audit casts shadow over bidding for EIT’s networks
Jan Petter Myklebust
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, or EIT, in Budapest is reeling from a negative assessment by the European Court of Auditors, which says its basis of operation and experimental structure, comprising Knowledge and Innovation Communities, each involving several universities, to leverage extra funding beyond its core funding, is unrealistic.
AFRICA
Africa needs ‘innovation universities’ to develop – Juma
Esther Nakkazi
Africa must create ‘innovation universities’ if it is to achieve economic transformation, sustainable development and inclusive growth, says Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government. Universities should combine research, teaching, outreach and commercialisation in a coordinated way.
UNITED STATES
How colleges help foreign grad students with teaching
Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
As a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio University, Noora Mahboubeh, an Iranian doctoral student, often struggled to understand her students’ questions, and they weren’t always sympathetic to her difficulties with English. The language problem is a stubborn one, but some institutions have sought creative solutions.
GLOBAL
Black market in academic papers is spooking publishers
Dana Ruggiero
Academics are stuck: they can’t afford to read their own work but they can’t afford not to publish in expensive prestigious journals if they want to advance their careers. Sci-Hub has provided a new path and it’s “a bit like distant thunder at a picnic for publishers”.

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