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EUROPE
Research reveals secret to better international-isation
Brendan O’Malley
Higher education institutions which are regarded as “leading” in internationalisation have elaborated “separate strategic plans for internationalisation, as opposed to having internationalisation incorporated into the overall institutional strategy”, according to new research.
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INDIA
Higher education policy lacks direction, say academics
Alya Mishra
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014, many academics were hopeful about the future of India’s higher education system after years of seeing the quality of university education undermined by political and bureaucratic interference. One year on, there is disappointment over continued meddling and the lack of a clear higher education direction.
HONG KONG
Student federation faces uncertain future
Yojana Sharma
The Hong Kong Federation of Students shot to the limelight during pro-democracy protests last year, but the university student alliance is facing an uncertain future and a severely curbed political role after four of its eight constituent university unions recently voted to leave the Federation.
UGANDA
Entrepreneurship mentors help graduates to create jobs
Andrew Green
In Uganda as elsewhere, recent graduates are learning a tough lesson – a university education is no guarantee of a job. More than half of people under 30 are without full-time employment, and the problem is particularly acute among degree holders. Now new initiatives are teaching graduates and students the entrepreneurial skills they need to survive.
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GLOBAL
A need to address the ladders into tertiary education
Graeme Atherton
Access and equity in higher education should be seen as an equally important grand challenge for the 21st century as increasing participation at the primary and secondary education levels. As higher education expands, a strategy is needed to propel equity up institutional, national and global policy agendas.
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CHILE
Two students killed amid huge education protests
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AUSTRALIA
Thousands of students protest against federal budget
The Age
EUROPE
Language laws repress many universities – Rector
Day News
FINLAND
Universities support intention to charge tuition fees
Xinhua
SOUTH KOREA
Universities in hot seat over use of reserve funds
Korea JoongAng Daily
UNITED KINGDOM
Academics feel pressure to bump up student grades
Guardian
VENEZUELA
University students running out of resources
Fox News Latino
SOUTH KOREA-UNITED KINGDOM
Aberdeen University opens campus in South Korea
The Independent
UNITED STATES
Six Chinese citizens, academics face espionage charges
Reuters
SWITZERLAND
‘Outward looking’ universities boost sector rankings
Swissinfo.ch
MALTA
Act ushers in lower requirements for university status
Malta Independent
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EUROPE
Bologna progress report says ‘much more to be done’
Brendan O’Malley
Much more needs to be done to harmonise Europe’s higher education system, according to a new report into the state of implementation of the Bologna Process across the European Higher Education Area. There has been progress on quality assurance and the credit transfer system, but in other spheres, including equity of access, the record of progress is patchy.
PAKISTAN
Authorities raid firm over fake degree claims
Ameen Amjad Khan
Following an investigation by The New York Times into an alleged global fake degrees business, Pakistan law enforcement agencies have raided the offices of Karachi-based IT company Axact and have also begun probing the company’s accounts. Records, computers and electronic devices were seized for forensic investigation. Axact denied the allegations.
AFRICA
Talent of study abroad graduates is under-used – Study
Munyaradzi Makoni
African and European cooperation has produced a growing number of African graduates who have studied abroad. But the continent is not benefitting as much as it should from their world-class talent because, although the graduates want to contribute to capacity building in their fields, local conditions are not conducive, a recent study found.
UNITED STATES
Foreign students take high school route to university
Mary Beth Marklein
Fed by growing demand abroad among parents who hope a US high school education will boost their child's attractiveness to top US universities, a small but growing number of US secondary schools are recruiting international students. But a new report suggests school counsellors are uncertain of giving them the advice they need to progress.
NIGERIA
Lecturers urge new president to solve security crisis
Tunde Fatunde
University lecturers in Nigeria are increasingly concerned about the destruction of lives and property on campuses and the disruption of academic activities by the extremist Islamic sect Boko Haram, especially in the northeast. The university community has urged President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former general, to find urgent short- and long-term solutions to security challenges in the region.
NEPAL
Devastated university takes self-help route to reconstruction
Binod Ghimire
In the wake of the 25 April earthquake and huge aftershocks that jolted the country, Nepal’s largest public university has set up a fund – and staff are donating a proportion of their own salaries – to help with reconstruction. Students and alumni are helping to clear rubble, salvage materials and perform other tasks.
NORWAY
Mergers might ‘never succeed with an elected rector’
Jan Petter Myklebust
Having an elected rector could be a barrier to university mergers succeeding, a leading expert told the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education last week. Experts on university mergers in other countries were invited to add to the national debate on government plans to merge 14 universities and colleges into five institutions.
SOUTH AFRICA
Government to accelerate transformation in universities
Karen MacGregor
South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced that he is paying close attention to “accelerated transformation in universities, including setting concrete targets and transformation indicators”. The demographics of the professoriate needs to be radically changed, discrimination eliminated and student success and support improved.
UNITED STATES
Groups allege systematic anti-Asian bias in Harvard
Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education
More than 60 Asian-American groups have accused Harvard University of discriminating against applicants for their ethnic backgrounds in complaints filed with the Justice Department and the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights. Harvard said it has a strong record of recruiting and admitting Asian-American students.
UNITED KINGDOM
Income from non-EU foreign students dwarfs costs – Study
Brendan O’Malley
International students in London are contributing £2.8 billion (US$4.3 billion) a year to the UK economy through fees and spending that they, their friends and families bring to the UK. Although they do consume public services, this is dwarfed by their contribution to the economy.
AFRICA
UK foundation launches health research excellence fund
Munyaradzi Makoni
Britain’s Medical Research Foundation has launched a new £2.7 million (US$4.2 million) health research fund for Africa. The fund will support scientists to pursue projects at centres of excellence outside their current places of work. The Africa Research Excellence Fund will promote outstanding health research by Africans in Africa.
Commentary
EUROPE
Supporting human rights through higher education
Anne Corbett
The Yerevan meeting of European Higher Education Area Ministers and the Bologna Policy Forum recently took the controversial decision to admit Belarus in a move to promote human rights.
EUROPE
Universities crucial in fight against climate change
Lidia Borrell-Damian
Universities play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, through research and innovation and also through educating other members of society about behavioural and social change.
AUSTRALIA
Why learning abroad matters
Davina Potts
A new study shows that learning abroad programmes play a more important role in the career development of graduates than is currently recognised by many institutions.
AFRICA
Enhancing university-industry linkages for ‘rising Africa’
Patrick Mbataru
While the number of students graduating from African universities is increasing, the Sub-Saharan region has a lot of ground to cover in improving higher education stock to match the rest of the world. As an ‘Africa rising’ seeks ways to expand university enrolments, it must also provide more high-quality, technically oriented training to students.

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