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SYRIA
‘We will stop here and go no further’
The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on academics, students, and the education sector – not only in Syria but also in the neighbouring countries hosting large numbers of displaced Syrians. In a new report, the Institute of International Education and the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis review the conditions and educational needs of Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey.
World Blog
GLOBAL
Towards quality transnational education
Rahul Choudaha and Richard J Edelstein
Transnational education is booming, but quality assurance is lagging behind in many countries. A concerted international effort is needed to establish an improved quality assurance regime for transnational education.
Commentary
UNITED STATES
How to revive the California model
Simon Marginson
Clark Kerr’s multiversity has spread across the world, but at home it is fraying at the edges. A rethink on tuition fees and on the wider benefits of higher education is needed to ensure its model of balancing excellence and access continues to impact international higher education.
GLOBAL
Refugees need access to higher education
Ita Sheehy
Higher education is severely impacted at times of conflict with the risk of displacement affecting studies being much higher than that for schools. Yet graduates are necessary for any national rebuilding programme. Initiatives to help refugees continue their studies are therefore vital.
EUROPE
Roma face deteriorating prospects
William New
The best way for universities to improve the education of Roma children is through better teacher training. But because of ethnocentrism, universities in post-communist countries are not prepared for the teaching of minority students.
SOUTH AFRICA
From the margins to the table
Suellen Shay
To achieve more equal access to higher education in South Africa, it is not enough to discriminate solely on the grounds of race, and support is needed throughout the university experience to ensure students from marginalised communities succeed.
ISRAEL
The diversity of diversity
Gad Yair
Ultra-orthodox and Israeli-Palestinian Arab students require support to succeed at Israel’s elite universities. The Hebrew University has initiatives that target both groups of undergraduates, but further support is needed for postgraduate education.
World Round-up
PAKISTAN
New higher education commission ‘a turning point’
The News
UNITED STATES
Colleges’ wider search for applicants crowds out locals
The Wall Street Journal
UNITED KINGDOM
Tuition fees should rise – AC Grayling
Telegraph
BELARUS
Universities to welcome more Turkmenistan students
BelTA
UNITED STATES
Student loans have doubled over past two decades
Market Watch
MYANMAR
Students to hold emergency meeting over education law
Mizzima
UNITED KINGDOM
Labour party hints at ‘no fees’ policy
Times Higher Education
CHINA
Universities to get more autonomy
Global Times
INDIA
Panel to develop India-specific ranking framework
Hindustan Times
UNITED STATES
'US News' to issue new global university rankings
Inside Higher Ed
MEXICO
Universities call strike in solidarity with missing students
Aljazeera
AUSTRALIA
Medical degree fees may skyrocket – Medical association
The Sunday Canberra Times
GREECE
Brain drain sets in as thousands of Greeks study abroad
DeutscheWelle
NEW ZEALAND
Students a sad bunch, university study shows
Stuff.co.nz
AUSTRALIA
University divests from fossil fuels amid criticism
Blue and Green Tomorrow
JAPAN
Government pushes a divided education strategy
The New York Times
SOUTH AFRICA
Doubt over quality of Italy-based journal
Times Live
CHINA
Government bans books by pro-Hong Kong protest author
AP
UNITED STATES
Academic freedom fund awards grant to Steven Salaita
Daily Illini
GLOBAL
How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees
The Conversation
NIGERIA
Deans tell politicians to stay away from campuses
Daily Independent
Breaking News
HONG KONG
Students at top table in first democracy talks with government
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
Three weeks after a student-led university boycott escalated into full blown protests bringing parts of the city to a standstill, democracy talks between students and Hong Kong government representatives finally got underway on Tuesday.
Features
IRELAND
Making higher education financially sustainable
Art Hauptman
The biggest issue facing Irish higher education may not be the level of national investment but the mix of public and private funding. Ireland has a modest level of public investment when compared to other OECD countries and a very low level of private investment in the form of privately paid tuition fees. The key then for achieving sustainable policies in the future is for Ireland to increase its level of private investment while stabilising and maintaining public investment levels in higher education.
GLOBAL
Academic reputation affects citation count
Geoff Maslen
An academic’s reputation plays a key role in generating increases in a scientific paper’s citation count early in its citation life cycle, before a tipping point, after which his or her reputation has much less influence relative to the paper’s citation count.
News
EUROPE
Stakeholders discuss university funding futures
More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.
GLOBAL
The 2014 Nobel prize winners
DENMARK
Universities to stop admitting foreign students
Jan Petter Myklebust
UNITED STATES
Job market for new graduates looks up
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
AUSTRALIA
Graduates of top universities earn more
Alexandra Hansen
KENYA
Anger rises over government vocational directive
Gilbert Nganga
POLAND
Open access for multi-disciplinary journals
GLOBAL
US-based African immigrants more educated
Wagdy Sawahel
UNITED KINGDOM
Valuing arts and culture partnerships
TALLOIRES NETWORK 2014
GLOBAL
University engagement networks go global
Yojana Sharma
National and regional groups of universities that promote community engagement have been increasing around the world – some of them at breakneck speed – while university engagement organisations are also connecting globally to learn from one another.
Special Report
GLOBAL
CLIMATE CHANGE
A series of special reports on the changing climate by science editor Geoff Maslen
GLOBAL
World’s oceans keep getting hotter
Assessments of the amount of heat being stored in the world’s oceans have been far too low in the past. Now a team of Californian scientists report that estimates of the ocean’s heat content should be boosted by up to 152%.
GLOBAL
Public opinion should inform marine policy
Public opinion should inform policy decisions about the marine environment, and managerial, scientific and policy priorities should be more responsive to public values, according to a study by Chilean and Australian ecologists.
NEW ZEALAND
Nation experiences worst drought in 70 years
During 2012-13, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years, a costly and climatically extreme event that depressed the country’s GDP by up to 0.9%.
GLOBAL
Plankton combat Arctic warming
Australian, Brazilian, Norwegian and Spanish scientists have discovered that Arctic marine organisms are acting as a reservoir for carbon dioxide. The scientists believe that increased levels of ultraviolet B radiation support the capacity of Arctic marine organisms to sequester CO2.

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