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Plummeting oil price, terror to hit HE budgets
Tunde Fatunde
The plummeting price of crude oil on the international market is already affecting the operations of Nigerian universities. In addition, the fight against the Islamic sect Boko Haram and sudden postponement of general elections, with anticipated financial implications, have raised fears of severe cuts to higher education funding.
Africa News
HE Summit to call for more graduates, PhDs and research
Wachira Kigotho
Expanding tertiary education enrolment and postgraduate training, and improving low graduation rates and conditions of service for academics, are among the priority issues to be debated at the major African Higher Education Summit being held in Senegal next month, says Dr Beatrice Njenga, head of education at the African Union Commission.
Land-grab thwarts Kenyatta academic hospital plans
Maina Waruru
New global network for research in citizenship education
Wagdy Sawahel
Union continues protests against university reforms
Jane Marshall
Public university academics strike over pay
Kudzai Mashininga
Enrolment numbers grow, along with science students
Francis Kokutse
Going Global 2015: Challenges facing the world’s largest HE systems
NV Varghese, Jinusha Panigrahi and Lynne Heslop
Nine of the largest higher education systems in the world will convene at the Going Global conference in London this year to debate the impact of the greatest global massification of higher education ever experienced. They are facing unprecedented challenges.
Global Commentary
Governance threats to academic freedom
Michael Schwartz and William M Bowen
Governance processes can threaten academic freedom when they seek to limit the idea generation process and the development of human knowledge in all of its forms.
Internationalisation linked to recruitment agents
Anna Magyar and Anna Robinson-Pant
Viewing recruitment agents as part of a collective approach to internationalisation could ensure students are seen not just as an economic but a learning resource.
Instability and uncertainty follow killing of students
Angel Calderon
The killing of student protesters in Iguala last September has sparked uproar and created instability in a region where a long history of student activism has been a catalyst for progress.
World Blog
Price and rise of China behind decline in mobility
William Patrick Leonard
The number of students travelling abroad to study is falling, and demographic changes, coupled with new developments in Korea and a thriving Chinese market, mean that the decline is likely to continue.
World Round-up
Government set to honour free higher education pledge
US universities reap benefits of surge in overseas study
The Economist
Universities 'impose illegal contracts on students'
The Telegraph
Pro-Islamic State militants seize university – Residents
Gaza students still barred from West Bank universities
Middle East Monitor
Higher education flunks a national test
Al-Fanar Media
Web of ‘diploma mills’ preys on Arab students
Al-Fanar Media
Bertelsmann moves into university business
World Bank approves funds for higher education reform
Losing the student dollar
Cyprus Mail
Anger grows at universities over killing of nationalist student
Today’s Zaman
University reverses Iranian admissions ban
Inside Higher Ed
Africa Features
Curbing the brain drain from Africa and Asia
Munyaradzi Makoni
Various studies have found that well-educated people from developing countries are likely to emigrate, hurting their economies and depriving their countries of much-needed expertise in universities. Now Norwegian researchers may have found a solution to the developing world’s brain-drain conundrum.
Government post-school reforms fail business – Report
Munyaradzi Makoni
Africa Briefs
New science, technology strategy with UNESCO support
Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, minister of scientific research and technological innovation in the Republic of Congo, has set out key areas to promote scientific research in a strategy based on a partnership agreement with UNESCO.
Engineering students strike in spite of negotiations
Universities urged to adapt to international demands
Global News
Cross-border partners ‘key to science breakthroughs’
Mary Beth Marklein
Scientific and technological breakthroughs are more likely than ever to be achieved through international collaboration, a trend that is creating fresh funding opportunities for US universities. But researchers seeking new sources of revenue also must be prepared to navigate a more complex array of regulatory requirements and cultural considerations.
Controversy over higher education links with industry
Michael Gardner
A warning by German anti-corruption organisation Transparency International that links between higher education and business are becoming increasingly obscure has sparked an open debate.
Speculation over change in top university’s leadership
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
Wang Enge, president of Peking University, China’s top higher education institution, has stepped down after less than two years in a move that has generated speculation because it is thought to be among the shortest tenures for this post.
Karolinska’s Asia campus donation questioned
Mimi Leung
Sweden’s renowned Karolinska Institute, one of the world’s leading medical universities, has come under scrutiny following the announcement earlier this month that it would set up a branch centre in Hong Kong after receiving a philanthropic US$50 million donation.
While branch campuses proliferate, many fail
Geoff Maslen
Opening a branch campus in a foreign country can be a problematic exercise – if the experience of University College London is any guide. Earlier this month, the university announced it would shut a campus it had opened to much fanfare five years ago in South Australia’s capital, Adelaide.
Government plans to cut 10% off university funding
Eugene Vorotnikov
The Russian government will cut its spending on national universities by at least 10% this year. This is a result of the current economic crisis and devaluation of the national currency, the ruble, said Russia’s Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Alexander Povalko.
Reforming education the key, says new government
Makki Marseilles
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras placed emphasis on education reforms as he presented the newly elected left-wing government’s inaugural statement in parliament.
International students – A good investment
Jan Petter Myklebust
Foreign students contribute more to Denmark in financial terms than they cost to complete their higher education degrees, a study has found. The study, by a Danish think-tank on the socio-economic impact of international students, found that they contributed more than $US24 million to the economy in the 12 years to 2008, even after deducting the costs it took to educate them in Denmark.
Nations rise with investment in education
Geoff Maslen
A shift in global economic power away from the established advanced economies in North America, Western Europe and Japan will continue over the next 35 years, says a new report. The ever-continuing expansion of China’s industry and its commitment to educating its citizens will mean the giant Asian nation will be the world’s largest economy by 2030, although its growth rate is likely to revert to the global average in the run-up to 2050, the report states.
Governments commit to mass digitisation
Arab governments are investing heavily in the widespread adoption of e-learning in the education sector by implementing specific policies to digitise schools, an international conference in Dubai was told last week.
The greatest health threat of our time
Jan Petter Myklebust
The greatest risk to world health is the increasing human resistance to antibiotics, and the fact that development of new antibiotics has halted, with not one single antibiotic drug being developed since 1987, says a new report.
Global Features
Giving students and industries a future at Flinders
John Roddick
In countries around the world, high-cost manufacturing is under threat from low-cost mass production in areas of Asia. This is the situation confronting South Australia which is facing the demise of its car industry, a mining sector yet to fulfil expectations, and the potential end to its historic ship-building plants. Now Flinders University has stepped in with some innovative solutions.
Women enrol in sciences but not STEM
Wachira Kigotho

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