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Transformative Leadership
Gurib-Fakim's vision for African science and innovation
Brendan O'Malley
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the first elected woman President of Mauritius, Africa’s third most developed country, is a former biodiversity scientist and champion of higher education and research on the continent. She talks to University World News about her vision for transforming the continent.
Africa Analysis
HE and the dawn of a new Marshall Plan for Africa
Damtew Teferra
While I agree with Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, when they write in their recent contribution that the aggressive posturing of United States President-elect Donald Trump is far from helpful to higher education around the world, I do not believe it will seriously dent the system as a whole. Nor will it have a significant impact on African higher education.
Africa Features
New private universities – Set up to fail?
Tunde Fatunde
The recent licensing of eight new private universities has raised questions about the wisdom of expanding a sector already struggling to provide quality education geared towards the 21st century.
Lack of awareness hampers harmonisation progress
Munyaradzi Makoni
Since it was first raised three decades ago, progress towards the harmonisation of higher education quality assurance and accreditation processes has been slow and awareness of the issue and various initiatives to drive it remain frustratingly limited.
Tapping into the innovation potential of universities
Ochieng’ O Benny
A new generation of young African entrepreneurs and innovators, keen to contribute towards the alleviation of poverty and address global development challenges, is being nurtured in a number of universities on the continent.
Global Commentary
Why curriculum internationalisation isn’t working
Ming Cheng
Are Chinese masters students studying in Western universities really experiencing internationalisation if the majority of their class are Chinese, the course is based on purely Western perspectives, they have little opportunity of work experience in the other culture and their contributions to group work are downgraded due to discrimination?
Engaging first-in-family university learners
Sarah O’Shea
Working with first generation students, particularly those from aboriginal backgrounds, means accepting the cultural wealth they bring and not falling for assumptions about their family context.
Listening to students on how to improve universities
Emily Johnson
A global essay competition is one way of finding out what students think would improve their education systems. Through heeding the words of younger generations, educational institutions could help improve students’ chances of success.
World Blog
Can academic freedom make space for minority groups?
Grace Karram Stephenson
A debate about academic freedom versus inclusivity has hit the headlines, but what it shows more than anything is a need for our understanding of academic freedom to evolve so inclusivity and academic freedom can be seen as complementary forces.
Global Features
Students can lead the fight against hate – IS survivor
Arther Mirza
Students and the youth are the greatest weapon in the fight against terror, according to a woman who was held captive by Islamic State. She gave a personal testament to the horror of genocide and called on students to counter the ideologies of hate.
How will universities survive in tomorrow’s world?
María Elena Hurtado
The inaugural panel of the international seminar, “Reinventing Higher Education: The university of the future”, held in Santiago, Chile, explored how universities will survive in a world where millions of jobs will be displaced by technology.
World Round-up
'Too soon' to tell if terrorism link to university attack
Absence of dedicated regulator hits open universities
Hindustan Times
MOOC learners to top 10 million by year end
The PIE News
University leaders weigh up how to respond to Trump
Inside Higher Ed
Universities join hands to tackle funding issues
The Jakarta Post
MP warns of extremism spread in universities, mosques
Tolo News
White students retain grip on elite universities
Student growth rate falls to lowest level since 2010
The Australian
Universities look to adopt a sporting culture
China Daily
United States ‘college prep’ is big business
South China Morning Post
Call for more private universities as demand grows
Gulf Times
Free higher education in exchange for highway land
The Asian Age
HE commission chief appeals against pending budget cut
Manila Bulletin
Technical universities ‘lack capacity to deliver’
B&FT Online
Africa News
Graduate unemployment plays key role in elections
Brennan Weiss
Benbella Akuffo Asare, a 24-year-old university graduate, has been looking for work as a teacher for over a year. He says he has applied for more than 500 jobs since graduating from the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana and finishing his mandatory one year of national service in 2015. Unemployment has become a cause for growing concern for many Ghanaians as they prepare to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December.

Gathering of ministers calls for more African PhDs
Maina Waruru
African science and education ministers have called for bold and urgent steps to increase the number of PhD holders produced on the continent every year, as well as the establishment of an African research chair initiative, and the development of mechanisms to harness research mobility on the continent.
Ministry launches e-masters degree project
Laeed Zaghlami
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has launched an e-masters degree on an experimental basis in five universities as part of an attempt to address the challenge of high graduate unemployment.
Regional climate change masters curriculum launched
Sungula Nkabinde
An innovative new regional masters curriculum in climate change and sustainable development, which aims to educate and train new generations of researchers, practitioners and decision-makers in the Southern African region to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time, was launched in Pretoria in South Africa last week.
Visa settlement gives green light to ELT industry
Munyaradzi Makoni
Students of 'English as a foreign language' intending to study through recognised English language training, or ELT, providers in South Africa are now eligible for study visas of up to 18 months, in a settlement announced at the end of November between the government departments of home affairs and higher education and training.
First German university in the Maghreb unveiled
Wagdy Sawahel
Tunisia is to host an US$85 million German university that will be operational by 2021 and will be the first of its kind in the Arab Maghreb region, which comprises the North African countries of Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
Africa Briefs
Bilateral agreement signed on HE and research
Jane Marshall
Algeria and the Kingdom of Lesotho have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in higher education and scientific research.
Students demand action to solve university problems
Jane Marshall
The students’ Union Générale des Étudiants Libres has called on the authorities to open a dialogue to find "realistic" solutions to students’ problems commonly encountered at most universities.
Police and students clash at Buea University
Jane Marshall
Police clashed with students at the University of Buea during a student demonstration protesting about unpaid bonuses and against penalties imposed for late payment of fees.
Global News
Lecturer warns of threat to research transparency
Michael Gardner
A German finance expert has warned that the country’s federal states could be entering a “dangerous race to the bottom” regarding legislation on transparency in cooperation between industry and higher education. Christian Kreiss of Aalen University believes that cooperation agreements should be publicly accessible in order to guarantee academic freedom.
Exam rules herald major shake-up of business education
Yojana Sharma
Strict new rules were scheduled to come into force last week for business schools in China recruiting Chinese students for MBA and short Executive MBA courses, with institutions no longer allowed to set their own entrance exams – part of the country’s drive to root out substandard programmes with low or non-existent barriers to entry.
EC announces members of High Level Group on research
The European Commission, or EC, has selected its 12-member High Level Group on maximising the impact of European Union research and innovation programmes.
China leads but India rises in new university ranking
Chinese higher education institutions dominate the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, published on Wednesday, taking six of the top 10 places, with Peking University coming top and Tsinghua University second. India comes second on the number of institutions included.
Internationalisation ‘could transform Russian science’
Russian science is characterised by very low rates of publication, citation and joint international authorship, relative to system and university size. But a vigorous internationalisation policy could kickstart its transformation, according to a new paper by Professor Simon Marginson, director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education.
Government tables plans to strengthen research quality
Jan Petter Myklebust
The government has unveiled plans to strengthen the quality of research – by investing in more research time for existing staff and opening up routes into a research career, especially for women – in a bill presented to parliament last Monday. It includes a commitment to double the share of women professors to achieve gender parity by 2030.
Campuses weigh up tactics against student deportations
Shannon Najmabadi, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Following the election of Donald Trump with a pledge to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy – which enables some undocumented students to stay on in the country for renewable intervals without fear of deportation – university leaders are pondering how far they can go to resist any policy change.
New government focuses on HE quality and employability
Jan Petter Myklebust
Improving the quality of higher education and research and the rate of transfer to work will have a prominent place in the programme of the new three-party coalition government, endorsed by the Queen of Denmark last Monday.

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