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Row over funds for mainland Chinese, overseas students
Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma
Lawmakers have criticised Hong Kong’s higher education funding body, the University Grants Committee, for subsidising students from mainland China and from overseas while thousands of local students are unable to receive government assistance.
Asia Commentary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support teaching to build a stronger ASEAN community
Roger Chao Jr
A mutual recognition agreement for teaching services would improve the quality and status of the teaching profession across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and teacher mobility would help build a sense of community, ensuring that the ASEAN region reaches the Sustainable Development Goals on education.
Towards collaborative governance of universities
Ka Ho Mok
Calls for greater accountability and improved performance in higher education followed the rise of the student movement. More collaboration with industry, business and the community could address these issues and lead to a new form of ‘collaborative governance’.
Asia Blog
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
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.
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.
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
Campus violence rising across the country
The Express Tribune
Dalai Lama invite by US-Indian chancellor angers China
Hindustan Times
Universities lagging in race for donations
South China Morning Post
Unemployed graduates ‘still at acceptable level’
VietNamNet Bridge
Ministry urges private higher institutions to merge
Jakarta Globe
Economists reject full higher education tuition subsidy
The Philippine Star
University president seeks exchanges in the sciences
The Korea Times
Student fund not in financial trouble – Minister
Asia News
Low mobility of young scientists may hamper innovation
Yojana Sharma
Low mobility among young researchers within Asia and globally may be hampering wider research collaboration, exchange of ideas and more creative and innovative research, says a wide-ranging new study of young scientists in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
New HE and technology park for ‘disputed territory’
Yojana Sharma
A new technology park is to be set up on formerly disputed territory along Hong Kong’s border with China to enhance research collaboration between universities on both sides and establish an international higher education and technology hub.
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.
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.
Students, academics fight Duterte’s death penalty bill
Brennan Weiss
Students and professors from Ateneo de Manila University marched on campus on 31 January in the Philippines capital Manila against a bill that would reinstate the death penalty in the country. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has urged lawmakers to prioritise the bill, arguing it will deter criminals and drug addicts.
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.
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.
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.
First student union election in eight years expected
Binod Ghimire
A Nepal student union election, to be held for the first time in eight years in one of the world’s largest universities, is being watched closely as a wider test of the popularity of the country’s political parties since Nepal became a federal republic in 2015.
Asia Features
Universities develop approach to fighting fake news
Brennan Weiss
One of the Philippines’ most prestigious universities is working to combat the spread of misinformation online as academics use their subject knowledge and authoritative expertise to fight against fake news on the internet. Fake articles played a crucial role in the Philippines election last year.
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.
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.
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.
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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