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Universities face rising pressure on divestment
Mary Beth Marklein
Student activists in the United States and worldwide are ramping up pressure on universities to drop fossil fuel holdings from endowments, garnering support from alumni and faculty as they organise sit-ins and other forms of protest. In addition, academics and alumni are increasingly calling on their universities to divest.
Commentary
EUROPE
It’s time for a resit on draft of EFSI regulations
Kurt Deketelaere
Attempts to push through the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its raid on Horizon 2020 money have met with opposition from university bodies and now the court. The battle has just begun.
HONG KONG
Women’s place in leadership is not assured
Sarah Jane Aiston
Women are under-represented in senior positions in academia in Hong Kong and fears of feminisation, or complacency that change will come eventually with no action being taken, are holding back progress.
AUSTRALIA
Student mobility: publish data and democratise
Steve Nerlich
Recording and publishing data on all forms of student mobility, including short-term courses, would help to democratise study abroad and encourage more students to reap the benefits.
World Blog
ASIA
How can Asia compete for international students?
Rahul Choudaha
Asian universities will only attract more foreign students if they align student needs with innovative approaches that emphasise student learning and a supportive policy environment.
Features
SOUTH AFRICA
Student revolt against the statue of Cecil John Rhodes
Munyaradzi Makoni
The statue of Cecil John Rhodes has a commanding presence. Sitting at the focal point of the University of Cape Town campus, Rhodes – heroic 19th century politician and businessman, or cold-blooded capitalist imperialist, depending on your point of view – gazes out over the rugby fields, eyes set on the African interior. The statue has torched a storm of controversy in recent weeks, with students insisting that it must go.
GLOBAL
Challenges to origin of languages
A team of international researchers has shed new light on the origins of some of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The results raise questions about existing views of their relationships.
Innovation and entrepreneurship
GLOBAL
The global rise of social entrepreneurship – Study
Nicola Jenvey
The rise of social entrepreneurship was fostering an increasingly engaging approach among students entering competitions that solved real-life issues rather than merely entertaining competitions on theoretical cases, research from the Denmark-based Aarhus University has revealed.
SOUTH AFRICA
Calls for entrepreneurship education in universities
Nicola Jenvey
South Africa has the lowest level of entrepreneurship education in Africa, driven by the conviction that entrepreneurship was not a ‘decent profession’. At the International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship held in Durban, there were calls for South Africa to introduce entrepreneurship in schools and universities.
World Round-up
JAPAN
Government looks to end taboo on military research
The Wall Street Journal
UNITED KINGDOM
Overseas students queue en masse to collect visas
Guardian
MALAYSIA
Police and universities monitor students' IS links
Bernama
MIDDLE EAST
Report shows limited social sciences in universities
Al-Fanar
UNITED KINGDOM
Welsh ministers to monitor vice-chancellors’ pay
Wales Online
TURKEY
Probe into favouritism claim at Istanbul University
Today’s Zaman
INDIA
University lures more foreigners despite rape case
Press Trust of India
AFGHANISTAN
Private universities meet rising demand for education
World Bulletin
GLOBAL
US again increases lead in patent applications
McClatchy DC
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities under fire over zero-hours contracts
Herald Scotland
Breaking News
AUSTRALIA
Top universities abandon support for government plans
Geoff Maslen
The nation’s leading Group of Eight research-intensive universities has done a sudden about-turn in its support for the federal government’s higher education reforms and called for an independent “depoliticised” review by the learned academies and employer and business organisations.
GLOBAL
U-Multirank throws up surprises in new league tables
Nic Mitchell
New global university rankings released on 30 March and funded by the European Commission, U-Multirank shows the continuing dominance by US universities for their research publications and patents. But the results of U-Multirank’s second edition also reveal that 148 institutions from 29 countries achieved 10 or more top A grades from the 31 institutional indicators used to compile the rankings.
NORWAY
Universities and colleges face wholesale reforms
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Norwegian government has begun the biggest higher education reforms since 1994, when 98 higher education institutions, many with fewer than 400 students, were merged into 26 university colleges. Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said he expected significantly fewer universities and university colleges would exist in the future than the 33 institutions today.
News
RUSSIA
Sharp drop in applications to study abroad
Eugene Vorotnikov
The number of Russian students applying to study abroad has dropped by between 25% and 30% this year, according to a leading consulting agency on foreign education. In some disciplines, especially languages, the numbers have dropped by 40%.
JAPAN
Branch campus ‘diplomacy’ to mend ties with China
Suvendrini Kakuchi
UNITED KINGDOM
Foreign students add to campus attraction – Research
David Jobbins
AUSTRALIA
Physical sciences contribute 22% of economy – Report
Geoff Maslen
MIDDLE EAST
Universities urged to develop links with industry
Wagdy Sawahel
DENMARK
University colleges to increase staff PhDs tenfold
Jan Petter Myklebust
INDIA
Bihar cheating scandal highlights a national problem
Suchitra Behal
KENYA
Technology sweeping universities opens opportunities
Gilbert Nganga
BANGLADESH
UK distance education programmes gaining popularity
Mushfique Wadud
UNITED KINGDOM
UK's first global higher education centre launched

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