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Africa Features
Education, science on the development goals agenda
Wachira Kigotho
The battle for funds earmarked for reducing global poverty by 2030 is expected to take centre stage during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York next month. Africans will push hard for robust support for education and science, technology and innovation.
Africa News
First regional masters in research and public policy
Wagdy Sawahel
A new collaborative masters degree to develop Africa’s next generation of public policy leaders has been initiated by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, in cooperation with 12 universities in seven African countries.
Second group among 1,000 African students off to Japan
Reuben Kyama
‘No’ to privatising university-based schools
Tunde Fatunde
Campuses promised police to boost anti-terror security
Maina Waruru
More foreign students, more Mauritians study abroad
Jane Marshall
Non-teaching university staff put pay strike on hold
Esther Nakkazi
Global News
New guide shines spotlight on regional universities
Barbara Barkhausen
Regional Australian universities are turning out to be top performers, according to the Good Universities Guide 2016, an independent five-star performance rating of Australian undergraduate courses released by education solutions provider Hobsons this month.
Currency slides spark fears for international enrolments
Yojana Sharma
Traditional destinations losing market share – Oxford
Jan Petter Myklebust and Michelle Paterson
Higher education reforms to create 150 big universities
Eugene Vorotnikov
Stephen Hawking presents new theory on black holes
Jan Petter Myklebust
Row at university dents claim of academic independence
Peter Leonard
World Round-up
The hidden bias of science’s universal language
The Atlantic
Financial crisis threatens collapse of universities
Middle East Monitor
Illinois campus leaders demand re-hiring of Salaita
The Chronicle of Higher Education
26 universities to abolish humanities, social sciences
The Japan News-Asia News Network
THE rankings to exclude ‘kilo-authored’ papers
Times Higher Education
Universities ‘do their part’ for refugees
The Washington Post
'Millions' in taxpayers' money owed by foreign students
BBC News
Academics need to be managed. It's time to accept that
Universities warn students to stay away from rally
Asian Correspondent
Government keen on 'exporting' higher education
Deccan Herald
Scottish universities fear £450m blow under Holyrood plans
Gladwell weighs in on university endowment debate
Trump University was a scam, say former students
Africa Analysis
The PhD and the ideology of ‘no transformation’
Nico Cloete
After a lecture tour, famous theorist of the network society Manuel Castells remarked that ‘transformation’ is a word South Africans use when they stop thinking. Yet the debate over transformation rages on, and the charge of ‘no transformation’ reverberates through higher education. Statistics from a forthcoming book about the doctorate demonstrate how unhelpful – if not toxic – the transformation debate has become.
Africa Briefs
Unpaid grants hardship for students in China, Morocco
The predicament of Madagascan students studying in China is worsening because of their government’s continuing failure to pay grants. The students fear that they will be unable to renew visas and re-enrol if their debts remain unsettled. Students in Morocco are also having problems because of unpaid state grants.
Chief suspect in student murder case released
Charges have been dropped against a policeman arrested as the principal suspect in connection with the death of student Bassirou Faye during violent confrontations at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in August 2014. Another officer is expected to stand trial in October.
Global Commentary
The many traditions of the reviving liberal arts
Philip G Altbach
A reconsideration of the merits of a broad-based education is taking place in universities around the world, but it needs to take account of non-Western traditions as well as those of Western liberal arts colleges.
Higher education reform – On the slow road to Bologna
Ielyzaveta Shchepetylnykova
Despite higher education reforms, Ukraine still faces many challenges if it is to fully implement the Bologna agreement and encourage greater student mobility. Progress has been made on improving monitoring and reporting on the country’s implementation of the Bologna process.
Is higher education ready for blue ocean strategies?
Marguerite Dennis and Richard Lynch
Higher education needs to look to the future and that future is likely to be online and international. Universities need to be disruptive innovators and adopt ‘blue ocean strategies’ to succeed.
Global Features
More work needed in blending online and onsite learning
Peta Lee
Although the traditional lecture hall is unlikely to ever disappear completely, it is increasingly being supplemented – and in some cases replaced – by technology. And while a combination of both online and onsite learning as a teaching means is proving successful, more work is needed for this combination to truly internationalise the global learning experience.
Remove obstacles to cooperation with EU neighbours – EUA
Nic Mitchell
Obstacles to exchanges between universities in the European Union and their southern and eastern neighbours “should be eliminated” by simplifying, harmonising and liberalising visa procedures and encouraging short-term mobility, says the European University Association in its response to public consultation on ‘Towards a New European Neighbourhood Policy’.
A university tries to keep homeless students on track
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Florida State University’s Unconquered Scholars initiative serves students who have experienced homelessness or foster care, been wards of the court or raised by relatives other than their parents. Those students’ backgrounds put them at greater risk of dropping out, so the programme provides academic, social and emotional support to keep them on track.
World Blog
The power of the professoriate and the lemonade stand
Grace Karram Stephenson
Market forces have taken over higher education thinking, but a recent case in Canada hearkens back to an earlier era where teaching staff had greater influence.

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