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African HE Summit
AFRICA
Higher education and Africa’s socio-political progress
Kofi Annan
In a thought-provoking keynote at the African Higher Education Summit, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan outlined three priorities that he believes should guide the revitalisation of universities – partnerships, strong data and better-prepared students.
Special Report
GLOBAL
AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT
This is the third and final special report on the African Higher Education Summit held in the Senegalese capital, Dakar from 10-12 March under the theme “Revitalising Higher Education for Africa’s Future”. University World News was a media partner to the summit.
AFRICA
Strategies to help fund university enrolment expansion
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
A pyramid without a higher education roof?
John Kirkland OBE
AFRICA
Lobbying for higher education on parallel agendas
Damtew Teferra
AFRICA
Africa’s talent – More valuable than gold, diamonds, oil
Karen MacGregor
AFRICA
Producing unemployable graduates wastes time and money
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
Student unrest on the wane thanks to democratisation
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
No agreed university governance model for post-2015 era
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
Harmonisation of higher education speeds up
Wachira Kigotho
AFRICA
Comment invited on African HE Summit declaration
World Blog
ASIA
How can Asia compete for international students?
Rahul Choudaha
Asian universities will only attract more foreign students if they align student needs with innovative approaches that emphasise student learning and a supportive policy environment.
Global Commentary
UKRAINE
Science is at the heart of the reform process
Serhiy Kvit
Scientific innovation and social reform are intrinsically linked in Ukraine but to create an effective scientific ecosystem will require systemic changes.

CHINA
A Frankenstein recruiting system feeding off students
Mike Gow
While China’s appetite for education is insatiable, the system for recruiting Chinese students for study abroad serves neither students nor their parents and Western universities have been complicit in its creation.


UNITED KINGDOM
Location is key to attracting foreign students
Maurits van Rooijen
International students are not just looking at the institution where they want to study, they are equally interested in the lifestyle they offer. And quite rightly so.

World Round-up
JAPAN
Government looks to end taboo on military research
The Wall Street Journal
UNITED KINGDOM
Overseas students queue en masse to collect visas
Guardian
MALAYSIA
Police and universities monitor students' IS links
Bernama
MIDDLE EAST
Report shows limited social sciences in universities
Al-Fanar
UNITED KINGDOM
Welsh ministers to monitor vice-chancellors’ pay
Wales Online
TURKEY
Probe into favouritism claim at Istanbul University
Today’s Zaman
INDIA
University lures more foreigners despite rape case
Press Trust of India
AFGHANISTAN
Private universities meet rising demand for education
World Bulletin
GLOBAL
US again increases lead in patent applications
McClatchy DC
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities under fire over zero-hours contracts
Herald Scotland
Africa News
AFRICA
Continental platform to accelerate science excellence
Munyaradzi Makoni
The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, or AESA, has started operations and there are plans to run funding grants before the end of the year. AESA is a pan-African platform to source funding for science and health research, created by the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for Africa's Development agency.
ZIMBABWE
Lecturers at four public universities strike over pay
Munyaradzi Makoni
Riled by non-payment of February salaries and bonuses from December, lecturers at some public universities in Zimbabwe have gone on strike over the last two weeks. At least four universities across the country saw anger spill into the streets – but the government quickly resolved the problem before it spiralled out of control by providing much-needed funds.
SENEGAL
Union protest over new law ends in deal with government
Jane Marshall
Senegal’s higher education union Syndicat Autonome de l’Enseignement Supérieur has signed an agreement with the government, bringing to an end a long-running dispute over new higher education legislation. The signing of the accord took place on 16 March, after ministers accepted a union amendment on the composition of governing boards in public universities.
AFRICA
East Africa credit transfer scheme enters new phase
Maina Waruru
The East African Credit Accumulation and Transfer project undertaken by higher education authorities in the region’s five countries has entered a fifth phase, with experts agreeing on minimum standards for psychology, counselling, community development, developmental studies and social work programmes.
Africa Briefs
COTE D'IVOIRE
Digital university takes shape
A first assessment of Côte d’Ivoire’s national digital university, Université Numérique de Côte d’Ivoire, has taken place, with plans to launch a teacher-training programme for the production of open online courses in September.
Global News
IRAN
More cross-border campuses in the Arab states
Wagdy Sawahel
In a move aimed at easing Western sanctions and its economic isolation, along with promoting higher education development and regional cooperation, Iran is continuing to establish more branch campuses of its universities across the Arab states.
UAE-UNITED STATES
Ban on professor raises questions for offshore campuses
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
ASIA
Region heading for HE ‘powerhouse’ status
Yojana Sharma
AUSTRALIA
Reform vote leaves universities uncertain of funding
Geoff Maslen
UNITED KINGDOM
LSE students challenge university ‘corporatisation’
Brendan O’Malley
GERMANY
New high-tech forum advises government on innovation
Michael Gardner
GLOBAL
Health websites too hard to understand
Global Features
GLOBAL
Even university competitors are joining forces
Geoff Maslen
The idea of universities collaborating with others around the world is no longer unusual but, increasingly, university faculties and schools are also forming alliances with their counterparts in other institutions to boost research output, improve graduation rates, attract students to potentially unpopular programmes and improve existing curricula.

SWEDEN
Tooth of `Peking Man’ found again after 90 years
Jan Petter Myklebust
It took 90 years but the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala finally located a canine tooth of Peking Man that had been stored in a box since it was excavated in a dig in China in the 1920s. First discovered in the box in 2011, the finding has now been reported in the journal Acta Anthropologica Sinica.

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