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Global Cities – Foreign students in America
Wachira Kigotho
Foreign students from large, fast-growing cities in emerging markets who are enrolled in universities and colleges in the United States contribute significant financial and social benefits and skills to their new metropolitan destinations, according to the Global Cities Initiative, a groundbreaking joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.
Africa News
GLOBAL
The geography of African students in the United States
Wachira Kigotho
Five cities – Lagos, Nairobi, Accra, Addis Ababa and Cairo – are the home towns of the largest contingents of African foreign students studying in universities and colleges in the United States, according to a report from the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.
EGYPT
Early school selection fuels higher education inequity
Wachira Kigotho
NIGERIA
Academics support ‘state of emergency’ in education
Tunde Fatunde
ZIMBABWE
Universities face bankruptcy as state fails to pay
Kudzai Mashininga
KENYA
Kenya seeks US$23.5 million for digital university
Gilbert Nganga
AFRICA
Call for international slave trade research network
AFRICA
Wellcome’s huge health research, leadership initiative
Munyaradzi Makoni
Africa Briefs
ALGERIA
Plans in place to expand student numbers – Minister
Algerian universities are ready to cater for an extra 62,000 students, with nearly 6,000 new lecturers to be recruited and increased provision of student accommodation and services, according to Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Mohamed Mebarki.
MOROCCO
First private medical university to open by 2016
Wagdy Sawahel
Global News
AUSTRALIA
Senate inquiry stalls radical university reforms
Geoff Maslen
Plans by Australia’s federal government for a radical overhaul of the higher education system have been put on hold while a Senate committee investigates the implications of the so-called ‘reforms’.
HONG KONG
Students to ‘boycott’ classes in pro-democracy protest
Yojana Sharma
GLOBAL
Student recruitment agents under the microscope
David Jobbins
MALAYSIA
Not guilty, says first academic charged with sedition
Emilia Tan
GERMANY
First German-Russian university opens in Tatarstan
Michael Gardner
DENMARK
Quality Commission – ‘Crying wolf’ on lack of reform?
Jan Petter Myklebust
World Round-up
HONG KONG
Students’ strike is ‘final warning to the regime’
South China Morning Post
CANADA
Most undergraduates taught by poorly paid part-timers
CBC News
UNITED STATES
College in a box – Textbook giants teach classes
Slate
AUSTRALIA
Opposition party vows to block higher education changes
Guardian
AUSTRALIA
Nationals seek more help for regional universities
Australia Associated Press
GREECE
Rectors report chaos in universities
Greek Reporter
UNITED STATES
Hong Kong group behind Harvard’s largest gift
The New York Times
UNITED STATES
Salaita speaks out, asks for his job back
Inside Higher Ed
ISRAEL
Professor’s dismissal contravenes university rules
Haaretz
ISRAEL
Leading academics call for rethink of budget cut
The Jerusalem Post
CANADA
Doctor resigns after team caught ‘manipulating’ data
Postmedia News
CANADA
Report highlights downside of provincial funding
The Globe and Mail
UNITED KINGDOM
Sharp rise in fee-paying students from rest of UK
The Herald Scotland
SOUTH AFRICA
State’s student funding scheme ‘unable to meet demand’
BDLive
UNITED STATES
Increase in student transfers worries alumni offices
The Hechinger Report
GLOBAL
Joint international university on the cards
ITAR-TASS
Africa Features
AFRICA
More research needed on China’s influence in Africa
Mandy Garner
For a continent where China is having a huge influence, there is very little awareness in Africa of all the implications, says the new acting head of an independent research centre on China-Africa relations in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA
Major survey of international students in South Africa
Karen MacGregor
The first major study of international students in South Africa has found pull factors to be affordable fees, government subsidies for students from the region, proximity to home and cost of living, the strong reputation of higher education and currency of its qualifications, according to the survey’s authors professors Jenny J Lee and Chika Sehoole.
SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town’s Across Africa online postgraduate courses
Kim Cloete
The University of Cape Town is sharpening its online learning strategy and is making moves to attract more students across Africa. The university has launched a series of postgraduate programmes that will bring together online education and face-to-face learning.
Global Features
EUROPE
Facts on tenure track in Europe’s research universities
Jan Petter Myklebust
Universities in three out of 10 European countries do not have an academic tenure track – France, Spain and the United Kingdom – while in seven countries three basic tenure models have been implemented since the turn of the century, according to a survey by the League of European Research Universities.
UNITED STATES
Do Americans expect too much from a college degree?
Dan Berrett, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In times like these, data points get wielded like cudgels. Student loan debt tops US$1 trillion. As many as half of recent graduates are out of work. Clearly, such numbers suggest, college isn’t worthwhile. At the same time, remedies for what ails the economy often invoke higher education as a solution. Together these sentiments show how deeply intertwined higher education and the economy have grown.
World Blog
UNITED STATES
Cost-cutting makes sense for universities and colleges
William Patrick Leonard
Higher education institutions in the United States need to look at tailoring their budgets to consumers who are reluctant to fund ever-rising tuition fees.
Global Commentary
ISRAEL
Academic boycott of Israel – Stand up and be counted
Haim Bresheeth
The case for a united boycott against Israel for crimes against humanity is clear and academics can make an important contribution.
CHILE
Quality assurance in higher education – Road forward
Carlos Olivares
Chile’s higher education system has been undermined in recent years by concerns over its quality accreditation commission. As protesters call for free, quality education, what can be done to improve the quality of education on offer?

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