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AFGHANISTAN
Abducted US, Australian professors plead for release
Shadi Khan Saif
The two senior professors of the American University of Afghanistan under the custody of the Taliban have appeared in another video released by the militants, urging Washington and Canberra to enter prisoner swap deals to secure their liberty.
Asia Commentary
CHINA
A model for teaching innovation in HE worldwide?
Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel
The DeTao Masters Academy has just graduated its first cohort of students. It has been named a pioneer in the development of innovation in Chinese higher education through student-centred learning and real-world project work. But is it a useful model for other countries and is it scalable?
BRAZIL-INDIA
Still a long way to go on internationalising higher education
Bruno Morche
While China has successfully coped with pressure to increase internationalisation and research outputs, India and Brazil face a number of issues if they are to improve their higher education systems, from widening access to boosting their international profile.
VIETNAM
A gloomy outlook for private higher education
Chau-Duong Quang
Private higher education has proven to be a successful model in many countries. However, this does not seem to be the case in Vietnam, due to many factors, including the battle between ‘private’ and ‘for-profit’ education and political sensitivities due to the country’s communist background.
ASIA
The changing shape of global higher education geopolitics
Andrew Gunn and Michael Mintrom
The recent launch of the Asian Universities Alliance shows the scale of China’s geopolitical ambitions and can be seen as an innovative policy tool for advancing soft power. The alliance joins a range of activities that are relocating the epicentre of global higher education to Asia.
GLOBAL
The continued rise of East Asia and the Pacific in higher education
Angel Calderon
An analysis of QS’s latest rankings show a continuing decline for Western universities and a rise in numbers of universities from East Asia and the Pacific. This is before the latest political shocks in the United States and United Kingdom have trickled down to university level.
CHINA
China’s higher education megaproject
Catherine Montgomery
While United Kingdom higher education struggles with Brexit, China is opening a business school in Oxford to cater to European as well as Chinese students, yet another example of how the country is quietly developing and expanding its global reach and influence through higher education.
HONG KONG
Hong Kong universities a ‘super connector’ to China
Yojana Sharma
Hong Kong will act as a ‘super connector’ to the Chinese mainland and Asian region through deeper international collaborations that include universities, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Education Eddie Ng told the Going Global conference in London last week.
AUSTRALIA-CHINA
Does ACRI belong in a publicly funded university?
James Leibold
China is fundamental to Australia’s tertiary education sector, but what are the opportunities and costs of the relationship and is the basing of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, for example, a step too far?
ASIA
Students today, leaders of globalisation tomorrow
Danny Quah
We need to prepare students for a future in which the world is becoming more Asia-focused but also, in the light of rising populist movements and disruptive factors such as the refugee crisis, we must teach them about the pros and cons of globalisation – and the intelligent management of it.
ASIA
A new dawn for Asian higher education regionalisation?
Roger Chao Jr
The launch of the Asian Universities Alliance can be considered the most ambitious Asian higher education initiative to date and looks likely to be in the vanguard of ongoing attempts to promote regional higher education collaboration and will contribute to solving unique Asian challenges.
Asia Blog
ASIA
Why Asian states need to ratify the UNESCO convention
Roger Chao Jr
The benefits of ratifying the UNESCO 2011 Asia-Pacific Recognition Convention are many and doing so could help the Asia-Pacific region become the next powerhouse in international higher education, yet only three UNESCO Asia-Pacific member states have ratified it so far. This must change.
GLOBAL
New sources of cross-border HE are emerging
Hans de Wit
Increasing numbers of cross-border initiatives are being undertaken by institutions based in developing and emerging countries, particularly China, India and Russia, but also from Africa, Iran and a broad range of Asian countries. It’s a phenomenon that deserves more scrutiny.
Asia Round-up
CHINA
Universities accused of ideological weakness
Financial Times
INDIA
Students can opt for fully online degree courses soon
Hindustan Times
NORTH KOREA-UNITED STATES
Released student’s family adjusts to a different reality
Associated Press
THAILAND
Universities urged to adapt in face of fewer enrolments
Bangkok Post
VIETNAM
Four universities get accreditation from France
Viet Nam News
INDIA
Modi government to install single HE regulator
The Economic Times
THAILAND
Government allocates funds to universities to expand R&D
The Nation
PAKISTAN
PhDs’ promised university jobs fail to materialise
The Express Tribune
INDIA-UAE
Mumbai University seeks to set up Dubai campus
Hindustan Times
TAIWAN
University students protest tuition fee increases
Taipei Times
INDIA
Combined university research output less than Cambridge
Press Trust of India
THAILAND
75% of universities in danger of closing – Expert
Bangkok Post
PAKISTAN
Higher education ‘in serious crisis’
Dawn
MALAYSIA
Malaysian university autonomy is only ‘superficial’
Malay Mail Online
INDIA
University going all out to attract foreign students
The Hindu
PAKISTAN
Staff body threatens to close universities
The Express Tribune
Asia News
INDIA
Violence closed Kashmir colleges for most of last year
Haroon Mirani
With violent incidents, shutdowns and curfews making a return to Indian-administered Kashmir, police data and a government survey have revealed that the colleges and universities in the restive state were closed for around 65% of the time in 2016.
SOUTH KOREA
Push for jail terms over university admissions scandal
Aimee Chung
South Korea’s prestigious Ewha Womans University in Seoul – under the spotlight of investigations into a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of the country’s former president Park Geun-hye – faces renewed scrutiny.
CHINA
International students must study language and culture
Yojana Sharma
International students enrolled in universities in China will have to attend compulsory courses in Chinese language and culture beginning from next month, according to new rules announced by China’s ministry of education in conjunction with the ministries of foreign affairs and public security.
SOUTH KOREA
Jail terms set for Ewha university admissions favours
Aimee Chung
Choi Soon-sil, the friend of South Korea’s former president Park Geun-hye who was impeached in March, was last week sentenced to three years in prison for soliciting university favours for her daughter. Choi Kyung-hee, the former president of the university, was also sentenced.
VIETNAM
Government to ease rules on foreign investment in HE
Yojana Sharma
A new government decree to ease the way for foreign investment in education in Vietnam, likely to be approved by the country’s leadership as early as June, will streamline procedures and reduce bureaucracy for setting up foreign branch campuses in the country.
SOUTH KOREA
New president to reduce tuition fees, jobs favouritism
Aimee Chung
South Korea’s newly elected president, Moon Jae-in, has made breaking down the near-monopoly of the country’s top universities on the best jobs a cornerstone of his campaign and has repeated a pledge made by different parties in past elections to bring down tuition fees – which are among the highest in the world.
ASIA
In Asia, China’s universities worst hit by cyberattack
Yojana Sharma
Universities in several Asian countries have been affected by cyberattacks with possible consequences for research data as well as personal data of students and others. However, Chinese universities were worst affected by an unprecedented worldwide attack that began on 12 May, according to cybersecurity experts.
EGYPT-INDIA
India deepens higher education cooperation with Egypt
Wagdy Sawahel
India and Egypt have unveiled a plan to strengthen academic, scientific and cultural cooperation between universities in India and Egypt, along with exchange of knowledge and best practices in teaching, research and administration. The plan includes setting up a joint institution, networking among universities in the two countries and enhancing student and academic mobility.
INDIA
STEM focus to drive ‘world-class’ universities scheme
Ranjit Devraj
India’s plan to develop 20 world-class universities will favour institutions strong in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM subjects, experts said last week as the human resource development ministry sent its proposals for the new Institutions of Eminence scheme to the cabinet for approval.
ASIA
China student quota to Taiwan universities halved
Mimi Leung
The number of students from mainland China who will be allowed to study in Taiwan this year has been slashed, with implications particularly for Taiwan’s private universities which offer the majority of places available to students from mainland China.
NORTH KOREA
University calm after two foreign academics detained
Yojana Sharma
Pyongyang University of Science and Technology has said it is not issuing any particular instructions for the protection of its foreign staff in North Korea in the wake of the recent detention by North Korean authorities of two American professors teaching there.
THAILAND
Minister allows foreign universities in special zones
Yojana Sharma
Thailand is poised to issue a new decree that will allow foreign universities to operate in its special economic zones under a plan approved last week by the cabinet and military junta. The decree will permit foreign universities to be set up with exemptions from the normal rules and will be irrevocable, enabling universities to make long-term plans.
CHINA
TNE and study abroad may perpetuate inequality – Study
Brendan O'Malley
Overseas study and transnational education, or TNE, may perpetuate social inequality because most of the students come from advantaged family backgrounds and attain their first job through their social network after graduation, according to a paper written by researchers at two universities in China.
Asia Features
SINGAPORE
Could this be Asia’s first world top 10 university?
If Asian universities are going to break into the world’s top 10, the most likely candidate is Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, at least according to the new QS World University Rankings 2018. Other rankings tell a different story.
INDIA
Student vs army clashes paralyse Kashmir campuses
Haroon Mirani
It was a typical day in April at Government Degree College Pulwama in Kashmir. Students were in class or outside enjoying the sunshine when an Indian army vehicle drove into the college, provoking spontaneous protests. Stones rained down on the vehicle and students shouting ‘free Kashmir’ slogans forced it to pull out. The protests spread to universities and colleges across the Kashmir valley, with hundreds of students injured.
GLOBAL
Number of mobile students out of, and into, China soars
Geoff Maslen
Of the five million international students studying higher education courses outside their own countries, one in four are from just one country: China. But now most Chinese studying abroad are returning home – the outbound-to-return ratio has risen to 82% over the past four years, compared to one in three returnees a decade earlier – and China is attracting hundreds of thousands of foreign students to its shores.
CHINA-UNITED KINGDOM
‘Triple helix’ international partnerships not always easy
Yojana Sharma
With a raft of recent announcements of British university tie-ups with China, and a general eagerness by Chinese universities to link with Western institutions, it appears partnerships are easy to set up. But Chinese government support is not enough for successful ‘triple helix’ collaborations between foreign institutions and researchers and industry in China, the Going Global 2017 conference heard.
PHILIPPINES
Law schools fighting for justice in a dirty drugs war
Brennan Weiss
University law schools are putting themselves and their students on the frontline in a battle to ensure justice in the anti-drugs war that has seen thousands killed during legitimate police operations and thousands murdered by unknown gunmen.

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