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GLOBAL
Where academics are hounded as ‘enemies’ of the state
Brendan O'Malley
A new report from the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project has revealed that in many places state authorities are using violence, imprisonment and lower levels of intimidation to silence students and academics with opposing points of view.
Commentary
ISRAEL
Academic freedom versus academic freedom
John Kelly
An international academic boycott of Israel provides a chance, however slight, to bring academic freedom to Palestinian universities, which are severely restricted by the Israeli government.
ISRAEL
Why an academic boycott of Israel won’t work
David Newman
Calls for an academic boycott of Israel only serve to weaken liberal voices on campuses and allow the government to shift the spotlight away from its policies on the West Bank and the Palestinians.
EUROPE
Realities should prompt a rethink of doctoral education
Peter Tindemans
A change is needed in how we deal with doctoral education in the light of funding shortages across Europe, as the reality is that many doctorate holders will end up in non-research positions.
Special Report
GLOBAL
CODESRIA 2015
More than 500 delegates attended the 14th General Assembly of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, or CODESRIA, held in the Senegalese capital Dakar from 8-12 June under the theme “Creating African Futures in an Era of Global Transformations: Challenges and prospects”.
AFRICA
Research quality on rise in African social sciences
Karen MacGregor
This month, at Africa’s biggest gathering of social scientists, the quality of papers and depth of reflection made it clear that universities are turning a corner. “It indicated significant recovery taking place in higher education systems,” said Dr Ebrima Sall, executive secretary of CODESRIA – the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
AFRICA
Improve education quality urgently to stem brain drain
Wachira Kigotho
The quality of education in African universities must be urgently improved in order to stem the brain drain and reduce risks stemming from the internationalisation of higher education, delegates at the 14th General Assembly of CODESRIA – the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa – were told.
NIGERIA
‘Nollywood’ attracts educated audiences, comes of age
Wachira Kigotho
Nollywood, Nigeria’s vibrant film industry, has come of age by attracting tertiary educated audiences and can be used effectively as an integration tool in West Africa and beyond, says Dr Oluyemi Oyenike Fayomi, a senior lecturer at Covenant University in Nigeria.
World Round-up
INDONESIA
Students flocking to join Islamic-based institutions
The Jakarta Post
UNITED KINGDOM
Rise in student complaints against universities
The Telegraph
CHINA-UNITED STATES
Universities to launch technology and design programme
The Wall Street Journal
IRELAND
Students suffer ‘crippling’ housing shortage
The Independent
IRAN-UNITED STATES
US universities on symbolic visit to Iran
BBC
CHINA
Number of mainland students heading to Hong Kong drops
Global Times
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities under scrutiny over China ties
Financial Times
ETHIOPIA
Higher education boom built on shoddy foundations
Guardian
ARMENIA
Major universities hold rector elections
Armenia Now
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Crumbling Goma University stands up to the state
Deutsche Welle
AUSTRALIA
Scientists map hospital superbug's genome
The Age
JAPAN
Country still mulling lethal research whaling
Science
UNITED STATES
Major marijuana research barrier goes up in smoke
US News and World Report
Breaking News
UNITED KINGDOM
Minister plans incentives for improving teaching
Brendan O'Malley
The new universities minister, Jo Johnson, has pledged to bring in a teaching excellence framework that creates incentives for universities to raise the quality of teaching and to doubling the proportion of disadvantaged young people entering higher education.
CANADA
Universities adopt principles on indigenous education
Canada’s universities have adopted a set of principles outlining their shared commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for indigenous students and fostering reconciliation across Canada.
BANGLADESH
Anger as tax on private university education agreed
Mushfique Wadud
A government decision to charge 7.5% Value Added Tax or VAT on private universities, medical and engineering colleges has sparked anger among students who say it will hit middle and lower income families and curb the basic right to education.
GREECE
Tsipras et al are theorising a Greek tragedy
Martin Cohen
Academics often lament the fact that they are not consulted on policy issues. In Greece the academics have become the government, but what has been the outcome of putting theory into practice?
SWEDEN
New call for a top foreign university in Stockholm
Jan Petter Myklebust
Two leading members of the Liberal Party in the City of Stockholm Council have called for the establishment of a branch of a world-leading foreign university in Stockholm. This is the third time since 2013 that high-ranking Swedish officials have called for such a development.
News
GLOBAL
Hundreds killed in attacks on higher education – Report
Brendan O’Malley
Violent attacks on higher education students, staff and institutions around the world are occurring with “alarming frequency”, according to a new report, which documents 485 killings in 18 countries in the past four and a half years.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
Campus ‘will close’ if academic freedom is threatened
Yojana Sharma
EUROPE
EUA warns of research funds squeeze after EFSI vote
Alan Osborn
AFRICA
Talent war intensifies across Africa – Report
Wachira Kigotho
JAPAN
Universities pressed to streamline, and cut humanities
Suvendrini Kakuchi
MYANMAR
Amended law excludes autonomy, union recognition
Naw Say Phaw Waa
KENYA
German scholarships for 300 Garissa massacre survivors
Maina Waruru
NORWAY
Iranian students sue over expulsions on spying claims
Jan Petter Myklebust
FRANCE
New state secretary for higher education after hiatus
Jane Marshall
AUSTRALIA
Senator bids to break deadlock on university fees
Barbara Barkhausen
KENYA
US firm to build student hostels in US$11 million project
Gilbert Nganga
NORWAY
Merger battles begin after parliamentary vote
Jan Petter Myklebust
Features
UNITED STATES
Removing confederate flags on campus is just a start
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
It’s hard for Charles K Ross to shake his first image of the University of Mississippi. He was watching a televised football game in 1994, and the Ole Miss stadium was a sea of Confederate-flag-waving fans. Ross was appalled. A flurry of changes since then have made the campus a more welcoming and inclusive place.
GERMANY
DAAD celebrates 90 years of exchanges
Michael Gardner
The German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, celebrated its 90th anniversary this month. Although it was once hijacked by the Nazis, it now plays a key role in the academic world, and contributes to peace-building by enabling students from war-torn countries to continue their higher education.
World Blog
SOUTH KOREA
English courses could attract more international students
William Patrick Leonard
Korea offers a growing number of courses in English, which is a good draw for international students, although it can present problems for some Korean students.

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