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University research uptake gains ground
Tomas Harber
Research-intensive African universities can play an important role in contributing to the evidence base to address Africa's development challenges. In rising to meet these challenges through quality research, they are providing African solutions to African problems and stimulating local demand for better, stronger and more contextualised evidence.
Africa News
Universities on alert after blasts, students expelled
Ashraf Khaled
Egypt's universities, rocked by months of anti-government protests, have toughened up on security following deadly explosions near the country's largest academic institution. Dozens of students involved in protests have been expelled in recent weeks.
Major initiative to train university managers
Maina Waruru
New Tunisia-US higher education initiatives announced
Wagdy Sawahel
Student leaders in court following February protests
Kudzai Mashininga
Anger over university's efforts to control road use
Francis Kokutse
Student protests in Burundi and Cote d'Ivoire
Africa Briefs
Organisations create 'anti-Zionism observatory'
A dozen associations and political parties have announced the creation of an “observatory to control Zionist infiltration into Tunisian universities”.
AUF selects higher education and research projects
Global News
Key findings of global study on internationalisation
Peta Lee
A survey of more than 1,300 institutions worldwide by the International Association of Universities has identified the biggest institutional risk of internationalisation as being that it primarily benefits wealthier students, and the most significant societal risk as the growing commercialisation of higher education.
HE needs creative thinking and idea sharing
Jan Petter Myklebust
Occupation ends, students celebrate political impact
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
Rethinking private higher education
Wachira Kigotho
Australia-Japan agreement boosts university ties
Geoff Maslen
Lords blame policy for drop in STEM foreign students
David Jobbins
Big 'Newton Fund' to boost research in emerging world
Medical students demand universal health coverage goal
World Round-up
New universities to be built in small towns
The Telegraph
University decries student attacks
Los Angeles Times
Measures to halt research misconduct
Japan Times
Funding council looks overseas for research excellence
Times Higher Education
Sharia-compliant student loans to boost Muslim access
The Telegraph
Shielding researchers from animal rights activists
Independent Florida Alligator
University revokes approval for terrorist's visit
Jerusalem Post
Universities bank on EU membership – Dundee principal
The Courier
Education and growth assumption might need revision
Irish Times
Paying the price of controversial student loan scheme
Small fortune needed to prepare for university
Greek Reporter
Princeton sued by student after attempted suicide
USA Today
Provincial education roadmap given final shape
The News
Universities need to offer ideas with 'impact'
Today Online
Many universities running without rectors
VietNamNet Bridge
Africa Features
France to partner in loans to students, universities
Gilbert Nganga
Kenya has signed a ground-breaking partnership with French public financier Agence Francaise de Developpement that intends to set up credit lines to fund university expansion and student loans.
The contribution of universities to the economy
Nicola Jenvey
Government expenditure on South Africa's universities should be boosted by 40% and an additional R3 billion (US$288 million) invested annually in research and development in higher education institutions if the country aims only to be on a par with world averages, according to a new study.
USAID's transformative strategy for higher education
Wagdy Sawahel
USAID recently launched a strategic framework for building the capacity of African higher education institutions and systems. Research has indicated that the social and private rates of return for tertiary investments in Sub-Saharan Africa are among the highest in the world.
The day a Swedish student came calling
Munyaradzi Makoni
Swedish student Malin Cronqvist was about to head off to spend 10 weeks in Tanzania doing volunteer work at a local guesthouse in 2010, when she began wondering how she could make a positive difference in a country where the higher education dreams of thousands of youngsters die each year because of lack of money.
Academics built university out of the ashes of war
Francis Kokutse
The civil war that devastated Somalia also closed down Somali National University in the capital Mogadishu. But thanks to the determination of a group of academics a new institution arose out of the ashes, the private, non-profit Mogadishu University. From an initial student intake of 225 in 1997, the university has grown to 6,000 students.
Global Features
Student-led migration is part of global talent contest
Yojana Sharma
As the global competition to attract skilled and talented workers has intensified, international students have become an increasingly important source of immigrant workers. A new report by three major international organisations estimates that 15% to 30% of international students who study in the most advanced countries stay on to work.
Russian academics spooked by Zubov's dismissal
Sergey Berzin
Russia's academic community has been spooked by the dismissal of Professor Andrei Zubov, a renowned historian, theologian and political scientist at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, following a critical article in which he compared Russia's actions in Crimea with Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938. There have been student protests, and a 5,000-strong petition in support of the professor.
Recent Big Data struggles are 'birthing pains'
Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In 2009, David Lazer sounded the call for a fresh approach to social science. By analysing large-scale data about human behaviour – from social network profiles to transit-card swipes – researchers could “transform our understanding of our lives, organisations and societies”, Lazer, a professor of political science and computer science at Northeastern University, wrote in Science.
World Blog
Protege to peer: Measuring maturity at branch campuses
Daniel Kratochvil and Grace Karram
Branch campuses are often seen merely as cash cows. But they can mature into innovative, knowledge-producing organisations if they are properly administered and take advantage of local expertise.
Global Commentary
The wider benefits of a PhD
Charikleia Tzanakou
Research on the value of PhDs has been limited to their financial and economic impact. But there is evidence of much broader social and personal benefits.
Best practice for preparing PhD students
Meysam Salimi
The League of European Research Universities has put together a good practice guide of what its universities do to prepare PhD students for either an academic career or life outside the university.
Student View
Implications for HE of the immigration referendum
Lea Meister, Dominik Fitze and Melanie Glayre
In February Swiss voters approved plans to restrict immigration. This put on hold European programmes like Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020, restricting Swiss students' ability to study abroad and other European students' ability to study in Switzerland.

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