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GLOBAL
Is this the death of the equal opportunity era?
Simon Marginson
Worldwide there is an ever-growing emphasis on World-Class Universities. But socially differentiated access to higher education overall, and in particular to its upper reaches, is contributing to growing social and economic inequality in English-speaking countries – and will continue to do so unless we rebuild a more egalitarian higher education system.
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EUROPE
False barriers are hindering innovative research
Patrick Prendergast
We need to stop creating artificial dichotomies between private and public or between blue skies and applied research and admit that each is dependent on the other.
AUSTRALIA
Stereotyping international students is unjust
Ly Tran and Catherine Gomes
Suggesting all international students are only interested in gaining permanent residence rather than pursuing an education in a country they highly respect leads to them being marginalised and unable to be a useful resource for their fellow students.
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GLOBAL
Academics must have key role in internationalisation
Hans de Wit
While there is still a strong focus on the ‘abroad’ side of internationalisation, there is an ever stronger call to pay attention to internationalisation of the curriculum at home, but studies are scarce and academic voices are rarely heard.
Features
UAE
Labour guidelines 'violated' on NYU Abu Dhabi campus
Brendan O’Malley
An independent investigator has found substantial evidence of mistreatment of workers engaged in the building of New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. Its report shines a light on the complex challenges universities can face in setting up foreign campuses.
AFRICA
Progress and problems for agricultural research – Study
Wachira Kigotho
SPAIN
Universities hail town’s regeneration by ‘graffiti’
Paul Rigg
World Round-up
GREECE
Government raids research funds to pay public salaries
Science
EUROPE
EU edges closer to higher education targets
Prague Post
INDIA
Action against 21 fake universities
India Today
UNITED STATES
Mental-health crunch on campus
The Wall Street Journal
UNITED KINGDOM
Warning on loss of part-time students
BBC News
IRELAND
Alternatives to higher education needed
The Irish Times
UNITED STATES
Columbia student accused of rape sues university
msnbc
AUSTRALIA
Dispute over deeper business links to research
Australian Financial Review
EUROPE
Language accreditation up in universities
The PIE News
CANADA
Research advocates criticise ‘big science’ budget
The Globe and Mail
GLOBAL
Barred minister calls for freeze of Israeli university links
Haaretz
UNITED STATES
Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses
Associated Press
UNITED KINGDOM
SOAS divests from fossil fuels
Guardian
SOUTH AFRICA
Cost of education rises double that of inflation
BDLive
UNITED STATES
Top Alaskan administrators to take unpaid leave
Alaska Dispatch News
News
GLOBAL
US and UK dominate global subject rankings
David Jobbins
The US and the UK together dominate the rest of the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, released last week. The two countries together have 50% of the top 50 places, ahead of regions such as Asia (17%) and mainland Europe (15.5%). The US has 36.6% of top 50 places and the UK 14%.
NEPAL
Earthquake hits university and school buildings
Binod Ghimire
The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday 25 April has caused widespread damage to education buildings, including to the facilities and colleges of Nepal’s main university, and all colleges and schools have closed until mid-May.
RUSSIA
Government to raise quota of foreign students by 33%
Eugene Vorotnikov
The Russian government plans to increase the number of state-funded university places allocated to foreign students from 15,000 to 20,000, a rise of 33%, starting from January next year. The extra places will be set in the Moscow State University, the Saint Petersburg State University, the Higher School of Economics and other top universities.
JAPAN
Government funds soft power push in US universities
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Japan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has announced it will extend some US$15 million this fiscal year starting in April to support Japanese studies in nine selected US universities, in a bid to counter the growing cultural influence of China and South Korea internationally.
KENYA
Security chiefs ignored intelligence on Garissa attack
Wachira Kigotho
Almost a month after al-Shabaab Islamist militants stormed Garissa University College and killed 148 people, Kenya’s government has admitted that there was actionable intelligence that the college would be attacked – but security chiefs ignored the threat.
GLOBAL
Ministers seek Asia-Europe cooperation on skills gap
Yojana Sharma
Collaboration between universities in Europe and Asia can help improve quality of education, student mobility and ultimately the employability of graduates, a conference of Asian and European higher education ministers held in Riga, Latvia heard last week.
SWEDEN
Foreign student sues university over course quality
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Centre for Justice is suing Mälardalen University College on behalf of a US student whose course allegedly did not match the level of quality promised, the first such case since tuition fees were brought in for non-EU foreign students.
KENYA
International collaboration could land academics in jail
Maina Waruru
Kenyan universities entering into collaborations with foreign higher education institutions without express permission from the country’s university education authority risk severe punishment – including up to two years in jail or a US$11,000 fine, or both.
UNITED STATES
New Brookings rankings gauge colleges’ ‘value added’
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Brookings Institution has released a new ‘value added’ ranking of colleges, which takes into account alumni’s mid-career earnings, student-loan repayment and average salary.
EGYPT
US$250 million US-Egypt higher education initiative
Wagdy Sawahel
Egypt and the United States have launched a US$250 million, three-year initiative to enhance university partnerships and provide nearly 2,000 scholarships and exchanges for high-achieving Egyptians to study at home and in America.
NIGERIA
Academics urge reform of university leader selection
Tunde Fatunde
Members of Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities are demanding a review of processes used to select vice-chancellors and councils in public universities with a view to enhancing university autonomy.

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