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PHILIPPINES
Budget scraps tuition fees for all state universities
Elvira Ramirez-Cohn
The first budget under the administration of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, signed into law on 22 December, includes allocations to scrap tuition fees in all state universities and colleges from the 2017 academic year, as part of a significant increase in the country’s education budget. Photo credit: Ace Morandante
Asia Commentary
AFRICA-INDIA
Racism against Africans is a reality to be countered
Renu Modi and Rhea D’Silva
The brutal murder of a young Congolese man has blown the lid off a simmering pot of resentment against the treatment of African migrants in India, especially the large student community. Clearly something is amiss in the meta-narratives of ascendant India-Africa economic, strategic and diplomatic relations.
INDIA
Why a model curriculum won’t work
Ranjit Goswami
A one-size-fits-all approach to teaching will not raise quality in an era of mass expansion in enrolment. There is no quick fix to raising higher education quality and the different abilities of students who enter university must be taken into account.
INDIA
Internationalising Indian universities – The way forward
Gautam Rajkhowa
India must clearly define its higher education policy objectives to be both globally and locally relevant in order to benefit from increased global student mobility and growing internationalisation. India has potential, and clear policy could secure the country a formidable global standing in higher education.
CHINA
The long battle against academic corruption
Rui Yang
There have been numerous attempts to tackle corruption in Chinese higher education, but the problems are deep rooted and require fundamental changes to the academic incentive system.
INDIA
Why outward-looking HE programmes should be for all
Ranjit Goswami
International exchanges, internships and summer programmes are important ways of broadening students’ perspective and options, and students studying in the most poorly resourced institutions have the most to gain from them.
CHINA
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?
Asia Blog
MALAYSIA
Structural reform of higher education is needed
Datuk Morshidi Bin Sirat and Wan Changda
Cuts to Malaysia’s higher education budget could be an opportunity for the government to introduce systemic and structural changes to help public universities transform into more efficient higher education institutions.
Transformative Leadership
ASIA
Transforming higher education through regionalisation
Joshua Mok Ka-ho
Political changes in developed countries could spur regionalisation in Asia and transform mobility patterns and China may gradually become the centre of a regional drive to deepen cooperation in higher education.
ASIA
Could Asia lead on university social responsibility?
Robert M Hollister
A recent international summit in Beijing highlights the growing role of Asian universities in social responsibility initiatives – that educate students to be transformative leaders and mobilise universities to address societal challenges – alongside innovative new approaches.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
GIX: the next step in China’s HE internationalisation
Shuangmiao Han and Zhou Zhong
The Global Innovation Exchange or GIX, China’s first offshore campus in the United States – a joint venture between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University – is a ground-breaking development in its internationalisation policy and its endeavours to establish education excellence hubs.
Asia Round-up
JAPAN
Kansai University bans military research subsidies’ use
The Japan Times
PHILIPPINES
Drug tests proposal for incoming college students
University Herald
HONG KONG
Legislators raise alarm over non-local student numbers
South China Morning Post
INDIA
Academics criticise ‘maximum government’ moves
Telegraph India
CHINA-UNITED KINGDOM
Two countries sign higher education action plan
The PIE News
Asia News
CHINA
Boom in foreign institutional links in art, culture
Yojana Sharma
The inauguration last week of the new Shanghai campus of the Sino-French Institute of Art and Design Management attended by top Communist Party officials and arts and museum representatives from around the country, marks another booming area for foreign institutional collaborations with China.
AFRICA-JAPAN
South Africa, Japan universities unite for development
Ahmed Bawa
Collaboration between South African and Japanese universities should become a catalyst for sustainable development in South Africa and across the African continent. It would also play an enormous role in the realisation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 – a programme aspiring to create prosperity through inclusive growth and sustainable development.
CHINA
Caltech gift tops year of generous Chinese giving to HE
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
A US$115 million donation to California Institute of Technology or Caltech in the United States from Chinese billionaire Chen Tianqiao and his wife Chrissy Luo tops a generous year for donations to international education and research institutions from Chinese philanthropists.
BANGLADESH
Education ministry blocks foreign university branches
Mushfique Wadud
The University Grants Commission wants to allow foreign university branches but the Education Ministry has blocked approval in at least two known applications – from a United Kingdom branch campus and from Monash University in Australia – despite introducing regulations two years ago to enable foreign universities to open branches.
THAILAND
Junta moves to tackle university governance problems
Prangtip Daorueng
The Thai government has invoked Section 44 of the country’s interim constitution, which gives it sweeping powers “for the sake of reforms in any field”, to deal with chronic problems afflicting a number of universities, raising fears that the autonomy long enjoyed by higher education institutions is under threat.
THAILAND
Deported activist talks to student massacre memorial
Yojana Sharma and Mimi Leung
A Hong Kong activist who was deported before being due to address the 40th anniversary commemoration of the Thammasat University massacre, in which students were hung from trees, burnt alive or shot by militias, was allowed to address students via Skype on Thursday.
SOUTH KOREA
Ewha University role scrutinised by corruption hearing
Aimee Chung
South Korea’s National Assembly last week focused on the role of the prestigious Ewha Womans University as part of its fourth round of hearings into an influence peddling scandal surrounding embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Asia Features
CHINA-FRANCE
French institutions push into China, boost business
Yojana Sharma
French higher education’s presence in China, including branch campuses, has lagged behind the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. However, with the backing of the French government interested in boosting French companies abroad, a flurry of collaborations, particularly by business schools, has been evident this year.
ASIA
Liberal arts 'have a bigger role to play in Asian HE'
Brendan O'Malley
Countries haunted by graduate underemployment and unemployment should ask whether universities are pursuing top rankings at the expense of diversification. Adopting liberal arts education more widely would help equip more students for our increasingly complex world.
GLOBAL
Growing pathways to study abroad
Nic Mitchell
A new study predicts growth in English-language foundation programmes for international students, particularly in continental Europe, which has seen the number of English-medium degrees triple in the last seven years, and warns of slowdowns in the number of students from China going to the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.
JAPAN
Students vow to fight on after security bills pass
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Japanese university students usually spend summer vacation in exotic foreign destinations or simply earning extra income through part-time jobs. Not so for Mana Shibata, now playing a key role in the growing student-led demonstrations against a controversial set of national security bills being pushed through the Diet or parliament by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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