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UNITED KINGDOM
University funding system in England is not sustainable – Report
Brendan O'Malley
The funding system for higher education in England is not sustainable and a better funding model must be developed, according to a critical report by the Higher Education Commission.
World Blog
UNITED STATES
New model needed to close widening education gap
Gene Wade
More and more jobs in the United States require degrees, but rising fees mean they are out of reach for many people unless they are prepared to accept large debts. Even online learning tends to be based on traditional models. Universities need to think more creatively about how to close the higher education gap using forms of education that are adapted to individual needs.
Commentary
GLOBAL
Aligning university investments with climate research
Grant Guilford
Universities should consider joining the campaign for disinvestment in fossil fuels and bringing investment policies in line with their research on climate change.
UNITED STATES
Is America’s 100,000 Strong China Initiative anaemic?
Joseph Stetar and Modi Li
If the United States really wants to prepare the next generation of American experts on China then its universities need to do more to encourage US students to tackle more than short-term courses in China.
CHINA
Grassroots approaches by US universities, deeper bonds
Jan Roberts-Breslin
Short-term visits by high-level administrators are the main way of starting initiatives between Chinese and American universities, but more grassroots encounters may create deeper bonds and more effective cooperation.
Features
CHINA
New push to tighten up on study abroad agents
Yojana Sharma
China is tightening up the licensing of China-based agents for overseas universities, with the sector sullied in recent years by allegations of falsified documentation and ‘conveyor belt’ essays produced as part of the application process to universities in Britain, the United States, Australia and other countries.
JAPAN
Not just international but ‘Super Global Universities’
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Japan recently unveiled its Super Global Universities initiative in a bid to boost the lacklustre world rankings of its top universities. At the forefront of this ambitious plan is the rapid internationalisation of its inward-looking higher education sector, aimed at creating global universities and internationally minded students.
MALI
World Bank plans for Mali’s tattered universities
Wachira Kigotho
The World Bank is developing a comprehensive project to rehabilitate Mali’s struggling public universities, which have been drained of highly qualified teaching staff, lack degree diversification and are housed in inappropriate rental spaces in the capital Bamako.
SOUTH AFRICA
New scientometrics centre connects science to society
Munyaradzi Makoni
The Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy – SciSTIP – outlined fields of research and how it will carry out its work at a scientific launch conference held at Stellenbosch University in South Africa earlier this month. A major aim is to produce comprehensive reviews of science and technology – the first in 20 years.
UNITED STATES
Flood of students at recession peak – But poor results
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Six years after a flood of students entered college in the United States, many seeking shelter from a sinking economy and a leg up in an uncertain job market, their progress report is in – and it isn’t encouraging. Only 55% of the students who enrolled in the autumn of 2008 had earned degrees or certificates by May 2014, according to a new report.
World Round-up
UKRAINE
Universities evacuated in occupied territories
Southeast European Times
IRAN
President introduces fifth ministry candidate
Trend
FRANCE
A tale of two economists and their rival schools
The Economist
UNITED KINGDOM
Treasury backs university campus building project
The Guardian
CHINA
Ministry quells rumours over elite university funding
Xinhua
INDIA
Employability of graduates is a big concern – Report
Business Standard
UNITED STATES
Salaita files lawsuit against University of Illinois
Chicago Tribune
UNITED STATES
Two universities sued over race-based admissions
The Washington Times
UNITED STATES
Universities body pushes campus climate surveys
Inside Higher Ed
AUSTRALIA
Push for universities bill delay intensifies
The Australian
INDIA
Coursera set to expand presence
The Press Trust of India
POLAND
Rise in foreign students at universities
Radio Poland
JAPAN
Man to sue women's university for rejecting application
The Asahi Shimbun
IRELAND
Universities ‘years behind’ US in alumni relations
The Irish Times
Breaking News
UNITED KINGDOM
Merger will give top London universities more clout
Shelagh McLoughlin
Two top British universities will join forces next week in a bid to become even more competitive on a global scale. University College London and the Institute of Education announced that they are merging from 2 December, a move that will create a new institution with more than 35,000 students.
UNITED KINGDOM
HE to stop students being drawn into terrorism – Bill
Brendan O'Malley
Britain’s Coalition government is rushing through an anti-terrorism bill that would require universities to take action to stop students and staff from being drawn into terrorist activity.
Talloires Network
GLOBAL
Engaged universities contribute to economic development
Rebecca Warden
Engaged universities – those that see engaging with the wider community as part and parcel of their mission – can use these activities to contribute to economic development too. Around the globe, universities are doing this in various ways, some in ways you might expect, others in ways that might surprise you.
GLOBAL
Strong role for universities in training entrepreneurs
Rebecca Warden
When a small-time builder did a short course on entrepreneurship at the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia, he became very enthusiastic about what he learned and went on to become a small-time contractor. For young people in countries where job opportunities are scarce, self-employment or setting up a business may be the best chance of making a living. Universities can help.
GLOBAL
Frugal innovation means a bigger role for engagement
Rebecca Warden
Economic development is all about competitive businesses that create jobs for people and efficient public institutions that can support this. Universities can contribute to both and the changing nature of the process of innovation means their role is becoming increasingly important.
News
GLOBAL
New THE split throws rankings world into turmoil
David Jobbins
The volatile world of international rankings was thrown into renewed turmoil when the Times Higher Education abruptly ditched its association with Thomson Reuters and renewed its link with Elsevier’s Scopus research citation database.
GLOBAL
China-Australia free trade to ‘strengthen HE ties’
Geoff Maslen
Whether or not it is the collective view of all universities in Australia, the lobby group representing them was enthusiastic in welcoming the signing of a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in Canberra last Monday.
MALAYSIA
Medical college closure after London campus problems
Emilia Tan and Yojana Sharma
A private Malaysian medical institution, Allianze University College of Medical Sciences based in Penang, has had to close down amid reports of many staff left unpaid and students scrambling to find alternatives. The college caused surprise when it paid some £30 million (US$47 million) for a major campus in London in 2013, acquired from Middlesex University.
EGYPT
Students suffer following unrest at Islamist university
Ashraf Khaled
On arriving in Cairo from his village in Egypt’s Delta last month to start studies as a medical freshman at the state-run Al-Azhar University, Omar Mahrus was in for a shock. On asking when he could move into the university's state-subsidised dormitories, Mahrus was told that no date had been set for re-opening the facility.
NIGERIA
Summit – ‘Spend cash on education or be left behind’
Tunde Fatunde
The four university-based unions in Nigeria recently held their first joint national education summit in Abuja, the federal capital. The main objective was to take stock of education and training since independence 54 years ago, and by the end of the summit a realistic ‘road map’ had been produced to tackle problems in the sector.
AFRICA
Second round of diaspora scholars in US head for Africa
There has been an enthusiastic response to the two-year Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, which connects African-born academics working in North America to universities in six African countries. The second round of diaspora academics will begin travelling to Africa next month.
KENYA
Government issues legitimate university courses list
Maina Waruru
Kenya’s Commission for University Education has published a list of more than 1,000 approved programmes at universities, in an effort to end rows over unaccredited courses and learners obtaining degrees that are not recognised. But the move has not resolved a row over professional bodies rejecting some degrees, which has led to violent student protests and the closure of three institutions.
KENYA
Eyebrows raised as politicos breeze through degrees
Maina Waruru
Questions are being asked about the quality and integrity of an undergraduate degree being offered by a Kenyan Christian university, which is popular with politicians and adult learners and can apparently be completed in a couple of years.
Student Mobility and America 2014
UNITED STATES
Middle East swells foreign student growth in US
Brendan O'Malley
The number of international students in American universities rose by 8% in 2013-14, with 73% of the growth accounted for by students from China and Saudi Arabia, according to the latest Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education.
GLOBAL
Australian universities to help boost US study abroad
Geoff Maslen
Five Australian universities are contributing to an initiative to encourage more United States students to go abroad by promoting education opportunities on their campuses. America’s Generation Study Abroad aims to double the number of students going overseas to study by the end of the decade.
GERMANY
Germany grows in popularity among American students
Michael Gardner
Universities in Germany are becoming increasingly attractive for students from the United States. Also, more and more Germans are doing part of their studies in America, says the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD.

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