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GLOBAL
MOOCs – Panacea or benevolent curse?
Adam Habib and Christine Woods
Online education programmes, and MOOCs in particular, may be considered disruptive technological developments with the potential to be useful in addressing higher education challenges. But this will only be realised if we avoid the twin evils of cynicism and evangelism and move towards collaborative education between universities in different parts of the world.
Africa News
TUNISIA
New science, university and medical ‘cities’ unveiled
Wagdy Sawahel
Tunisia has officially unveiled an economic development mega-project that will house research and science, university and medical ‘cities’ and will include a range of research centres, science institutes and branches of foreign universities.
KENYA
Private university under the hammer, others in trouble
Maina Waruru
NIGERIA
Ebola fear ‘infects’ campuses, affects mobile students
Tunde Fatunde
UGANDA
Universities must focus on science, not ‘useless’ arts
Esther Nakkazi
EGYPT
Government slated over delays to new semester start
Ashraf Khaled
AFRICA
Experts, EU and DAAD awarded for quality assurance work
Ard Jongsma
SENEGAL
Decline of French among university students
Jane Marshall
KENYA
Universities find innovative ways to finance hostels
Maina Waruru
YEMEN
Funding boost for higher education quality project
Wachira Kigotho
Africa Briefs
MADAGASCAR
Tension as students refuse to leave Barikadimy campus
Madagascar’s Prime Minister Kolo Roger has confirmed his determination to evict students living without permission on the Barikadimy campus of Toamasina University and who are refusing to leave in spite of police on the campus and a court order against them.
TUNISIA
New university year – Facts and figures
Global News
HONG KONG
Academics back students’ pro-democracy shut down
Mimi Leung
Hong Kong’s universities and colleges – almost 20 of them – are gearing up for a student organised pro-democracy boycott of classes due to begin on 22 September and to last at least a week, with academics supporting the student movement.
THAILAND
Academics, students arrested for democracy forum
Suluck Lamubol
UNITED STATES
Alliance to boost graduate numbers, save money
Peta Lee
GLOBAL
‘Best-ever’ performance of British HE in QS ranking
Karen MacGregor
NORWAY
Official study slams university rankings as ‘useless’
Jan Petter Myklebust
BANGLADESH
Higher education body warns 12 private universities
Mushfique Wadud
GERMANY
OECD report praises German vocational education
Michael Gardner
World Round-up
HONG KONG
Students begin democracy protest
Guardian
RUSSIA
Watchdog stops new enrolments at 11 more universities
ITAR-TASS
MYANMAR
Backlash grows against National Education Bill
The Irrawaddy
PAKISTAN
Gunmen kill professor who faced blasphemy accusations
Reuters
GERMANY
All universities now free of charge
The Times
INDIA
Rising number of Indian students head for Germany
The Economic Times
GERMANY
Apprentices are becoming harder to find
Associated Press
GLOBAL
Google reveals most searched-for universities
BBC News
JAPAN
Universities increase classes taught in English
Asahi Shimbun
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities still recruiting students a month after A-levels
The Telegraph
AUSTRALIA
Vice-chancellor warns against private college funding
The Sydney Morning Herald
UNITED STATES
Chinese cash slow to follow students to America
The Wall Street Journal
Africa Features
GLOBAL
ETH Zürich explores ‘future cities lab’ in Africa
Nic Mitchell
Continental Europe’s leading research-intensive university ETH Zürich is exploring the idea of establishing a ‘future cities laboratory’ in Africa following the success of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability.
Global Features
CHINA
Universities may exit Beijing under flagship plan
Yojana Sharma
Some of China’s most eminent universities including Peking and Tsinghua are clustered around the Zhongguancun area in Beijing’s Haidian district, which likes to style itself as China’s ‘Silicon Valley’, attracting research institutions and thousands of high-tech enterprises.
UNITED STATES
Digital history centre strives to connect with public
Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Books are the gold standard of historical scholarship. Claudio Saunt, a specialist in early American history, has published three of them. As a sort of epilogue to his latest book, however, the University of Georgia professor decided to try a different approach: what would happen if he distilled more than a century of American Indian history into an interactive digital map?
World Blog
UKRAINE
Rescue Ukrainian academia in Donbas
Yegor Stadny
Ukrainian universities in the Donbas have been taken over by separatists. Students can move to other universities, but academics are at much greater risk. However, they can be helped by a legal change that could benefit the whole of Ukraine.
Global Commentary
GLOBAL
The rise of the global university
Marguerite Dennis
Technology will not only determine the educational delivery methods of the future, but will lead to the rise of global universities, with no one country dominating the international student market because there will be no ‘typical’ mobile student.
AUSTRALIA
Rational deregulation of university fees
Vin Massaro
The debate over university fees has been dominated by political rhetoric that does not recognise the need for universities to have greater autonomy over their missions so they can play to their strengths. It may be time for an independent body that can negotiate and manage contracts between government and universities to ensure Australia has a working system.
SYRIA
Syrian refugees in Jordan – From camps to campus
Daniela Z Kaisth and James R King
A new pilot programme aimed at helping Syrian refugee students to study at nearby universities in Jordan could be scaled up across the region with support from universities, governments and NGOs.
VIETNAM
Higher education must focus on flexibility
Simon Marginson and Ly Tran
A new book examines all aspects of Vietnam’s higher education system and calls for the development of flexible students who are capable of being socially, regionally and transnationally mobile, and a focus on employability and knowledge for the purposes of community development.

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