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AFRICA
Sub-Saharan Africa’s share of global research rises
Wachira Kigotho
Research output in Sub-Saharan Africa has soared over the last 10 years – but it is still not adequate to fuel the region’s fast-growing economies – according to a report published last Tuesday by the World Bank and Elsevier. Crucially, it reveals that the region’s share of global research output is growing.
Africa News
KENYA
Universities resume after student loan payment riots
Maina Waruru
Kenyan university students resumed studies in late September after highly disruptive, countrywide street protests over an unprecedented delay in the disbursement of student loans.
BOTSWANA
First private university gains permanent licence
Andrew Maramwidze
MOROCCO
Minister announces ‘hubs’ and other university changes
Wagdy Sawahel
MOROCCO
Union strikes against ‘threat’ to public universities
Jane Marshall
SENEGAL
UCAD returns to work after campus closure
Jane Marshall
ZIMBABWE
Angry students demand withdrawal of first lady’s PhD
Kudzai Mashininga
AFRICA
UNESCO leads effort to improve geology teaching
Munyaradzi Makoni
Africa Briefs
KENYA
Kenyatta launches first sports coaching academy
Maina Waruru
Kenyatta University has become the first in Kenya to launch a sports coaching academy, in a move aimed at cementing the institution’s place as market leader in sports education.
AFRICA
International businesses support HE institutions
Global News
HONG KONG
University boycott extended as democracy rallies swell
Yojana Sharma
Hong Kong university students – part of a huge, often spontaneous pro-democracy movement that has occupied the streets of central Hong Kong in recent days – said last Monday that they would extend their week-long boycott of classes to an indefinite one.
GLOBAL
US, UK slide in global ranking continues
David Jobbins
DENMARK
Minister cuts 4,000 study places with low job prospects
Jan Petter Myklebust
UNITED STATES
Bridge the digital divide to recruit mobile students
Karen MacGregor
UNITED KINGDOM
Toolkit maps HE ‘cold spots', links to economic growth
Peta Lee
UNITED STATES
Doctorates in science, engineering and health on rise
Wachira Kigotho
URUGUAY
Presidential candidates unite over science
Daniela Hirschfeld
World Round-up
CHINA
Science academy launches new reform drive
Chemistry World
IRAQ
Protests halt bid to remove women from university
Al-Fanar
JAPAN
China dwarfs efforts to woo foreign students
The Japan Times
UNITED KINGDOM
Professor suspended for giving off 'negative vibes'
The Telegraph
TURKEY
University sacks professor over Erdogan complaint
Today’s Zaman
IRELAND
Dublin joins Irish expansion into China
The Irish Times
ISRAEL
Higher education council considers reducing colleges
Haaretz
THAILAND
Universities asked to disclose graduate employment rates
Bangkok Post
UNITED KINGDOM
Business leader ‘appalled’ by student visa approach
BBC News
RWANDA
Universities urged to produce workers, not thinkers
Capital News
AUSTRALIA
Fee deregulation will create scholarships, says v-c
ABC
AUSTRALIA
Apple co-founder becomes adjunct university professor
Tech Times
Africa Features
NIGERIA
Boko Haram fear grips campuses, displaces students
Tunde Fatunde
The recent attack by Boko Haram insurgents on a higher education institution in Kano, northern Nigeria’s biggest metropolis, prompted President Goodluck Jonathan to order security agencies to protect university campuses. Ongoing confrontation between the Islamist sect and the military has compelled some students in the north to relocate to other universities in the country and elsewhere in West Africa.
Global Features
INDIA
Modi’s US visit yields more support – But nothing new
Alya Mishra
American help in setting up a new Indian institute of technology, academic exchange and knowledge sharing, and joint solutions towards skills development of Indian youth are some key takeaways of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States. But experts and political opponents were quick to say that the trip did not yield anything ground-breaking or different.
AUSTRALIA
Future of Australia’s universities at risk
Geoff Maslen
Already struggling in the “shallows” of inadequate domestic financial support, Australia’s universities are facing rising, well-resourced and aggressive international competitors, a leading educationist told a conference on higher education deregulation last Wednesday.
JAPAN
Slow progress for women in university leadership
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national pledge in June to increase the number of women in leadership positions to 30% by 2020 across all sectors, including higher education and research, was welcomed. But women still face an uphill battle in universities.
UNITED STATES
What you need to know about online ‘enabler’ companies
Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education
‘Publish or perish’ is an old saw that has been updated to reflect modern wisdom. The revised version of the phrase offers advice not to professors but to universities: ‘Partner or perish’. The growth of online higher education, the breakdown of competitive borders and the decline of public support have caused traditional institutions to reflect on strategies for survival. In the soil of this anxiety, online ‘enablers’ have taken root.
World Blog
UNITED STATES
Fighting the entitlement mentality in US universities
William Patrick Leonard
American universities have increased their tuition fees annually above the rate of inflation – even before the 2008 crisis. This has led to a sense of entitlement that universities must continually expand what they offer when, in the face of funding cuts, they need to tailor programmes to their budgets.
Global Commentary
ISRAEL
Criticism of Israeli academia is not anti-Semitism
Amir Hetsroni
A recent article that suggested criticism of academic freedom in Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism fails to address abuses at particular institutions, such as Ariel University.
GLOBAL
Are double or multiple degrees leading to ‘discount degrees’?
Jane Knight
The number of double or multiple degree programmes is growing and opinion is divided on whether they are beneficial or an example of academic fraud. A proper debate is needed on standards and quality so they do not become dismissed as ‘discount degrees’.
AUSTRALIA
Teaching art to engineering students
Harry Partridge
Engineering departments tend not to train their students in the arts, although the arts are essential for a rounded way of thinking. Bringing the arts into the teaching of engineering could have beneficial effects.

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