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UNITED KINGDOM
HE to stop students being drawn into terrorism – Bill
Brendan O'Malley
Britain’s Coalition government is rushing through an anti-terrorism bill that would require universities to take action to stop students and staff from being drawn into terrorist activity.
World Blog
GLOBAL
Parochial thinking in a global student business
Brian Stoddart
Higher education is an international business, but government policy does not make the most of all the possible advantages it can bring.
Commentary
GLOBAL
The importance of education in sustainable development
Stephen Sterling
The debate about sustainable development often ignores the importance of education – and education ignores its full role in sustainable development. How can the two be brought together?
GLOBAL
Teacher attrition key to global education targets
James O’Meara
To meet the 2030 global goals for education, it is not enough to recruit more teachers. Targets need to be set to reduce the rate of teachers leaving the profession.
EUROPE
Monograph should be the passport to mobile research
Diana Jane Beech
Academic publications can determine your future as an international researcher and if full international mobility is the ideal, then the monograph has to become the reality for aspiring mobile researchers.
UNITED STATES
Student body more international, but inequality persists
Bernhard Streitwieser, The Conversation
Through its higher education system, the United States student population is slowly shedding an unfortunate image it may have once had of being rather parochial. The US is the destination of choice for students worldwide, with international enrolment growing by 8% last year, according to the Institute of International Education. But major challenges for higher education remain – primarily fairness and access to opportunity.
World Round-up
IRAN
Parliament ends standoff over higher education minister
Reuters
CHINA
A matter of honours
The Economist
CHINA
6,000 campus movie screens to ‘aid socialist education’
Yibada
CANADA
The ‘war on science’
Times Higher Education
UNITED STATES
Gates foundation goes open access with research
Inside Higher Ed
UKRAINE
Higher education reforms modelled on US standards
Sputnik
TURKEY
80 universities to have mosques
Hurriyet Daily News
AUSTRALIA
Universities body steps up calls for changes to reforms
News
FINLAND
Universities warily approve of tuition fees
YLE
BANGLADESH
Professor unpopular with Islamic hardliners murdered
Advocacy
INDIA
Higher education bill withdrawn from Rajya Sabha
The Hindu
IRELAND
A quarter of university academics earn over €100,000
The Independent
IRELAND
Agricultural education gives most to society – Study
The Irish Times
AUSTRIA
NGO blasts academic visits to Iranian university
The Jerusalem Post
UNITED KINGDOM
Half of top university’s places 'to go to foreign students'
The Telegraph
UNITED STATES
University of Texas secures Garcia Marquez archive
Associated Press
ZIMBABWE
Mugabe named ‘scholar of the century’
Eyewitness News
Talloires Network
GLOBAL
Initiative to help graduates’ transition to workforce
Yojana Sharma
Reeta Roy is president of the Toronto-based MasterCard Foundation, which has assets of over US$3 billion and more than 35 partnerships with universities and other organisations, funding programmes in areas such as microfinance and youth learning. One is the Youth Economic Participation Initiative with the global Talloires Network of engaged universities which supports initiatives that help graduates' transition to the workforce. YOJANA SHARMA spoke to her before the Talloires Network Leaders Conference being held in Cape Town next week.
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NORWAY
Government backs down on tuition fees for non-Europeans
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Norwegian government has backed down from a proposal to introduce tuition fees for students from outside Europe, instead reaching a deal with opposition parties to increase the budget next year for higher education institutions by NOK80.5 million (US$12 million).
GLOBAL
‘Skills Beyond School’ campaign – OECD report
Wachira Kigotho
Against the backdrop of the less understood world of colleges, diplomas, certificates and professional examinations, the 34 country members of the OECD have embarked on a major educational policy drive to popularise the importance of professional education and vocational skills.
GLOBAL
Declaration on higher education for sustainability
Suvendrini Kakuchi
Collaboration between universities has become a key word in the evolution of Education for Sustainable Development, a UNESCO programme launched a decade ago to strengthen public commitment to reduce global warming and the depletion of natural biodiversity.
KENYA
Grand plan to set up 20 more public universities
Gilbert Nganga
Kenya is planning to set up at least 20 new public universities, as it seeks to devolve education to counties that currently have no institution of higher learning.
BELARUS
Modernising higher education through distance learning
Lucy Hodges
Belarus is forming partnerships with countries around the world to offer distance learning courses, and thereby to modernise its economy and higher education system.
UNITED KINGDOM
Merger will give top London universities more clout
Shelagh McLoughlin
Two top British universities will join forces next week in a bid to become even more competitive on a global scale. University College London and the Institute of Education announced that they are merging from 2 December, a move that will create a new institution with more than 35,000 students.
AFRICA
Measures to build entrepreneurship education in HE
Wagdy Sawahel
African universities must forge partnerships with counterparts in industrialised nations and work to create and sustain entrepreneurship and enterprise development by equipping graduates with the skills needed to identify new business opportunities and to start up companies, or with the qualifications required by employers.
Features
ASIA
Need to upgrade universities, research as R&D heads East
Yojana Sharma
Asian economies have surged ahead and demand for higher education from a rapidly growing middle-class has fuelled expansion. But the region’s universities and research need to upgrade to keep up with economic changes that include the global shift of industries, research and development to Asia, a regional symposium of research management experts heard.
RUSSIA
A Siberian university aims to become a global player
Stephen Hoare
The first higher education institution east of the Urals, Tomsk State University was founded in 1878 to extend the Tsarist empire’s grasp on Siberia’s tribal lands. Today the challenge of globalisation has replaced the university’s mission to tame the wilderness. Russia and Siberia’s international isolation has to be overcome by transparency around quality.
UNITED STATES
Tradition in the cross hairs after student rape claims
Eric Kelderman and Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Honour wasn’t enough last week at the University of Virginia. An article by the magazine Rolling Stone, detailing the brutal gang rape of a freshman woman at a fraternity party in 2012, has blown a hole in the institution’s storied legacy as the genteel ‘academical village’ founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.

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