A recent US higher education delegation to Iran opened a historic new chapter in educational relations and people-to-people exchanges between the United States and Iran.
Whether it is through soft or hard power and in the US or Turkey, academic freedom is under threat from government, commercial and religious pressure, and intellectuals around the world are rising to its defence.
Most of the 19 African centres of excellence being strengthened through a US$150 million World Bank initiative are up and running. Progress includes 3,510 students enrolled for specialised short courses, masters or PhDs – nearly 1,500 of them from other countries in the region. The project is now expanding from seven West African countries, to East and Southern Africa.