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GLOBAL
International education should be ethical and for all
Hans de Wit
Divisions are growing between world-class universities and others, and between students who benefit from internationalisation and those who do not. The gap is leading many universities down risky pathways where corruption and unethical behaviour are rife.
Africa News
AFRICA
East Africa credit transfers to come on line next year
Christabel Ligami
Ministers of education have agreed on a draft declaration for implementation of a harmonised higher education system for the East African Community. From next year students will be able to transfer credits to higher education institutions in five partner states.
NIGERIA
Moves to halt irregular professorial appointments
Tunde Fatunde
The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has proposed reforms to deal with the increasing number of individuals being promoted to professorships without apparently following due process.
EGYPT
Six Islamists suspended amid crackdown on academics
Ashraf Khaled
Egypt’s main state-run Cairo University has suspended – for alleged corruption – six professors linked to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, as a crackdown on Islamist academics persists.
TUNISIA
Jobless academic self-immolates after wares confiscated
Wagdy Sawahel
Jobless academic Imad Al Ghanimi died after dousing himself with petrol and setting himself alight in response to having the goods he intended to sell as an informal trader confiscated by Tunisian police.
SOUTH AFRICA
Students support (cautious) data mining to boost success
Nicola Jenvey
Mining big data as a mechanism for boosting student success may be an acceptable tool for South African higher education institutions – provided the person collating that personal information is trustworthy in the students’ eyes.
KENYA
US$20 million for university’s Confucius centre upgrade
Maina Waruru
The government of China is investing a massive US$20 million in the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute, one of the big education projects by the Chinese in Africa.
COTE D'IVOIRE
New AUF accord to develop digital higher education
Jane Marshall
The government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie have signed a framework agreement to develop digital higher education through a programme to provide equipment and training, and to increase the skills of teaching staff.
COMOROS
Higher education struggles under multiple pressures
Wagdy Sawahel
Higher education in Comoros continues to struggle under growing student demand, high graduate unemployment, poor infrastructure, brain drain and inadequate levels of teaching, learning and research, according to experts. But support is on the way, with plans for branch campuses of two foreign universities.
Global Features
UNITED STATES-VIETNAM
Fulbright University Vietnam – ‘Put this war behind us'
Mary Beth Marklein
Some critics are demanding that former United States senator Bob Kerrey resign as chair of the board of Fulbright University Vietnam, which will open this year. Kerrey has apologised more than once for his involvement in civilian deaths during the Vietnam war and has offered to step down as chair, but also argues for perspective – “We've got to put this war behind us”.
INDIA
Universities abandon ‘colonial’ mortar boards and robes
Yojana Sharma
The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has become the latest in a raft of Indian universities to abandon Western mediaeval-style black graduation robes and mortar boards for their graduation ceremonies, switching to traditional Indian garments.
CANADA
Universities respond to indigenous student needs
Nicola Jenvey
Canadian universities have scaled up programmes and services specifically designed for indigenous students, raising academic programming to accommodate this group by 33% between 2013 and 2015. These efforts are “an important pathway to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people”, says Universities Canada President Paul Davidson.
GLOBAL
Video to play growing role in higher education – Survey
Peta Lee
Video use in higher education has increased dramatically over the years, says leading video technology provider Kaltura, which has published its third annual State of Video in Education report. An international survey with 1,500 respondents showed video usage reaching a tipping point during the 2015-16 academic year.
World Round-up
THAILAND
PM invokes sweeping powers to reform universities
Bangkok Post
TURKEY
Probes against academics declared ‘illegitimate’
Hurriyet Daily News
UNITED STATES
Texas professors sue to block guns in classrooms
Reuters
AUSTRALIA
Universities to get tough over foreigner admissions
The Hindu
IRELAND
Brexit may lead to surge in third-level students
The Irish Times
IRAN
Thousands sign petition calling for professor’s release
Times Higher Education
UNITED STATES
Public colleges chase out-of-state students
The New York Times
CHINA-RUSSIA
Countries establish universities' association
China Topix
SOUTH KOREA
Universities studying ways to make inroads abroad
The Korea Herald
CANADA
Bias in science funding favours big universities
Chemistry World
GLOBAL
Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees
BBC News
INDIA
Destination remains unpopular with foreign students
Daily News and Analysis
SOUTH AFRICA
Revenue service to help track students owing billions
Cape Times
GERMANY
University plans to rewrite controversial funding deal
Science
SRI LANKA
Businessman calls on alumni to train graduates for jobs
Daily News
UNITED KINGDOM
University denies home students are ‘losing out’
Herald Scotland
Africa Features
GLOBAL
Countering growing global divisions in higher education
Karen MacGregor
In a tumultuous time of deepening divisions and inequalities, in higher education and in societies globally, it is imperative for universities to advance ‘responsible internationalisation’ and collaboration aimed at creating a better world rather than just promoting self-interest, says Leonard Engel, executive director of the European Association for International Education.
SOUTH AFRICA
Ending Aids in South Africa is ‘ambitious but plausible’
Stephen Coan
“You have to have chutzpah” to be a professional in the field of HIV-AIDS, quips Linda-Gail Bekker, a professor of medicine at the University of Cape Town and chief operating officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Bekker is about to become the first female president from Africa of the International AIDS Society.
EGYPT
Universities worsen high youth unemployment – Report
Wachira Kigotho
Egypt’s universities have failed to provide graduates with high-level, job market-related skills to fill more than 600,000 vacancies in the private sector, contributing to high levels of educated youth unemployment – and in some cases ‘wilful’ joblessness – according to the African Development Bank.
Africa Analysis
SOUTH AFRICA
Sliding doors – Securing study visas to South Africa
Jenny J Lee
The metaphor of sliding doors indicates the hit-or-miss enactment of immigration policies by South Africa, in that the obstructions and eventual results seem unforeseeable. The almost haphazard nature of securing study visas might be why several international students interviewed for research described themselves as ‘lucky’.
GLOBAL
Treat the cause, not the symptom of student protests
Tom P Abeles
Student unrest in the United States and South Africa are symptoms of deeper problems with the education system than access to knowledge. Until students and academics see that their concerns are aligned, we will continue to avoid hard questions and treat symptoms and not causes.
Africa Briefs
ALGERIA
Two new university institutes will relieve pressure
Two new university institutes in Algeria, one specialising in social sciences and the other in sports activities, will be completed in Ghardaïa before the end of October. They will improve higher education conditions and relieve pressure on lecture halls.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Thirteen students injured in fight over tree
A fight over a tree between students from two higher education institutions that share premises resulted in 13 serious casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
ETHIOPIA
Access to social networks blocked to avert exam fraud
Ethiopia’s government has blocked access to social networks throughout the country, an unprecedented measure it has justified by the need to prevent fraud during the period of university exams. But internet users have suggested the government is experimenting with new software filters to cut off political protesters.
Global News
MALAYSIA
Universities to vet foreign students for ISIS links
Yojana Sharma
The Malaysian government has told universities in the country – including private universities and foreign branch campuses – to step up monitoring of students to prevent Islamic radicalisation after recent attacks in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
BANGLADESH
Spotlight on private universities after ISIS attack
Mushfique Wadud
UNITED KINGDOM
Theresa May at No 10 – A new prime minister for the UK
David Jobbins
GLOBAL
New diversity index helps find multinational campuses
David Jobbins
GLOBAL
Accord spreads French higher education influence abroad
Jane Marshall
UNITED STATES
Shooting in Dallas turned a college into a crime scene
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
GREECE
New institute to fund research and innovation
Makki Marseilles
DENMARK
Governance at heart of government’s universities survey
Jan Petter Myklebust
UNITED KINGDOM
New voice for private 'challenger' universities
David Jobbins
GERMANY
Use social media to recruit refugee students – Experts
Michael Gardner
Global Commentary
LATIN AMERICA
New THE ranking – Brazil 23, Chile 11 and Argentina 0
Angel Calderon
While Times Higher Education’s Latin America rankings are welcome, there is room for improvement to reflect regional issues and activities and indicators that are pertinent to development – and there are some interesting omissions.
CHILE-UNITED STATES
Higher education reasserts its role as a public good
Cristina González and Liliana Pedraja
As Hillary Clinton outlines plans for free tuition for some students in the United States, Chile has unveiled its Higher Education Draft Bill. The bill has its critics, but marks an important step towards rolling back the neo-liberal movement towards greater privatisation of higher education.
CHINA
Breathtaking scale of higher education internationalisation
Robert Coelen and Jiang Bo
The scale of China’s internationalisation plans for its higher education system is becoming clear. But will the country be able to achieve its goals, and how prepared is it for involvement in the global community of education?
VIETNAM
Buyer beware – Advice for international students
Mark Ashwill
It is important, if Vietnamese students need an educational consulting company to navigate international study, that they choose one carefully and ensure it is ethical.
INDONESIA
Locally relevant rather than world-class universities
Defta Oktafiga
World-class universities are a high cost option and Indonesia lacks resources. Instead it should invest in locally relevant institutions that deliver a number of benefits.
SAUDI ARABIA
Change the law to seize the benefits of MOOCs
Ruwayshid Alruwaili
Saudi laws need updating so that people can experience the full benefits of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

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