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AFRICA
Gurib-Fakim's vision for African science and innovation
Brendan O'Malley
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the first elected woman President of Mauritius, Africa’s third most developed country, is a former biodiversity scientist and champion of higher education and research on the continent. She talks to University World News about her vision for transforming the continent.
Commentary
AFRICA
HE and the dawn of a new Marshall Plan for Africa
Damtew Teferra
While I agree with Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, when they write in their recent contribution that the aggressive posturing of United States President-elect Donald Trump is far from helpful to higher education around the world, I do not believe it will seriously dent the system as a whole. Nor will it have a significant impact on African higher education.
CHINA
Why curriculum internationalisation isn’t working
Ming Cheng
Are Chinese masters students studying in Western universities really experiencing internationalisation if the majority of their class are Chinese, the course is based on purely Western perspectives, they have little opportunity of work experience in the other culture and their contributions to group work are downgraded due to discrimination?
AUSTRALIA
Engaging first-in-family university learners
Sarah O’Shea
Working with first generation students, particularly those from aboriginal backgrounds, means accepting the cultural wealth they bring and not falling for assumptions about their family context.
GLOBAL
Listening to students on how to improve universities
Emily Johnson
A global essay competition is one way of finding out what students think would improve their education systems. Through heeding the words of younger generations, educational institutions could help improve students’ chances of success.
World Blog
CANADA
Can academic freedom make space for minority groups?
Grace Karram Stephenson
A debate about academic freedom versus inclusivity has hit the headlines, but what it shows more than anything is a need for our understanding of academic freedom to evolve so inclusivity and academic freedom can be seen as complementary forces.
Features
GLOBAL
Students can lead the fight against hate – IS survivor
Arther Mirza
Students and the youth are the greatest weapon in the fight against terror, according to a woman who was held captive by Islamic State. She gave a personal testament to the horror of genocide and called on students to counter the ideologies of hate.
CHILE
How will universities survive in tomorrow’s world?
María Elena Hurtado
The inaugural panel of the international seminar, “Reinventing Higher Education: The university of the future”, held in Santiago, Chile, explored how universities will survive in a world where millions of jobs will be displaced by technology.
World Round-up
UNITED STATES
'Too soon' to tell if terrorism link to university attack
Guardian
INDIA
Absence of dedicated regulator hits open universities
Hindustan Times
CHINA
MOOC learners to top 10 million by year end
The PIE News
UNITED STATES
University leaders weigh up how to respond to Trump
Inside Higher Ed
INDONESIA
Universities join hands to tackle funding issues
The Jakarta Post
AFGHANISTAN
MP warns of extremism spread in universities, mosques
Tolo News
UNITED KINGDOM
White students retain grip on elite universities
Forbes
AUSTRALIA
Student growth rate falls to lowest level since 2010
The Australian
CHINA
Universities look to adopt a sporting culture
China Daily
HONG KONG
United States ‘college prep’ is big business
South China Morning Post
QATAR
Call for more private universities as demand grows
Gulf Times
INDIA
Free higher education in exchange for highway land
The Asian Age
PHILIPPINES
HE commission chief appeals against pending budget cut
Manila Bulletin
GHANA
Technical universities ‘lack capacity to deliver’
B&FT Online
Breaking News
UNITED KINGDOM
Cambridge predicts two-thirds drop in EU students
Brendan O'Malley
Cambridge University has warned MPs that the United Kingdom leaving the European Union “poses a significant risk to higher education and research activities in the UK” and it is anticipating a two-thirds reduction in admissions of students from EU countries.
AUSTRALIA
Government proposes research infrastructure roadmap
Brendan O'Malley
The government has released a draft 10-year National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to ensure Australia’s future research spending will target priority areas to build on the country’s research strengths. It recommends setting up a national advisory group to provide advice on planning and investment.
CHINA
Boom in foreign institutional links in art, culture
Yojana Sharma
The inauguration this week of the new Shanghai campus of the Sino-French Institute of Art and Design Management attended by top Communist Party officials and arts and museum representatives from around the country, marks another booming area for foreign institutional collaborations with China.
GLOBAL
University leaders journey into ‘unimagined’ terrain
Stephen Coan
University vice-chancellors from emerging economies are venturing cautiously into the possible collaborations offered by new, ‘unimagined’ international entities such as BRICS, the association of five emerging economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
GLOBAL
Students prioritise culture, values in 21st century HE
Stephen Coan
Asked what they required of a 21st century education, students at a conference on "reimagining the world-class university" in BRICS countries and emerging economies placed an emphasis on culture and values and the need for human connection in a globalised, often de-personalised world.
GLOBAL
Nobel laureate urges a return to reason on campuses
Stephen Coan
Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright, poet and novelist Wole Soyinka declared the time had come for “desperate strategies” to battle “revelatory knowledge” on university campuses in Africa and around the world, in a keynote speech at the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
GLOBAL
Why universities need to rethink their reason for being
Stephen Coan
Universities were warned to think of their local regard and the pact between society and higher education, rather than "getting high" in ranking positions, at a time when the world appears to be turning against globalisation, at a BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, late last week.
News
GERMANY
Lecturer warns of threat to research transparency
Michael Gardner
A German finance expert has warned that the country’s federal states could be entering a “dangerous race to the bottom” regarding legislation on transparency in cooperation between industry and higher education. Christian Kreiss of Aalen University believes that cooperation agreements should be publicly accessible in order to guarantee academic freedom.
CHINA
Exam rules herald major shake-up of business education
Yojana Sharma
Strict new rules were scheduled to come into force last week for business schools in China recruiting Chinese students for MBA and short Executive MBA courses, with institutions no longer allowed to set their own entrance exams – part of the country’s drive to root out substandard programmes with low or non-existent barriers to entry.
EUROPE
EC announces members of High Level Group on research
The European Commission, or EC, has selected its 12-member High Level Group on maximising the impact of European Union research and innovation programmes.
GLOBAL
China leads but India rises in new university ranking
Chinese higher education institutions dominate the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, published on Wednesday, taking six of the top 10 places, with Peking University coming top and Tsinghua University second. India comes second on the number of institutions included.
AFRICA
Gathering of ministers calls for more African PhDs
Maina Waruru
African science and education ministers have called for bold and urgent steps to increase the number of PhD holders produced on the continent every year, as well as the establishment of an African research chair initiative, and the development of mechanisms to harness research mobility on the continent.
RUSSIA
Internationalisation ‘could transform Russian science’
Russian science is characterised by very low rates of publication, citation and joint international authorship, relative to system and university size. But a vigorous internationalisation policy could kickstart its transformation, according to a new paper by Professor Simon Marginson, director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the UCL Institute of Education.
SWEDEN
Government tables plans to strengthen research quality
Jan Petter Myklebust
The government has unveiled plans to strengthen the quality of research – by investing in more research time for existing staff and opening up routes into a research career, especially for women – in a bill presented to parliament last Monday. It includes a commitment to double the share of women professors to achieve gender parity by 2030.
GHANA
Graduate unemployment plays key role in elections
Brennan Weiss
Benbella Akuffo Asare, a 24-year-old university graduate, has been looking for work as a teacher for over a year. He says he has applied for more than 500 jobs since graduating from the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana and finishing his mandatory one year of national service in 2015. Unemployment has become a cause for growing concern for many Ghanaians as they prepare to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December.

UNITED STATES
Campuses weigh up tactics against student deportations
Shannon Najmabadi, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Following the election of Donald Trump with a pledge to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy – which enables some undocumented students to stay on in the country for renewable intervals without fear of deportation – university leaders are pondering how far they can go to resist any policy change.
ALGERIA
Ministry launches e-masters degree project
Laeed Zaghlami
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has launched an e-masters degree on an experimental basis in five universities as part of an attempt to address the challenge of high graduate unemployment.
DENMARK
New government focuses on HE quality and employability
Jan Petter Myklebust
Improving the quality of higher education and research and the rate of transfer to work will have a prominent place in the programme of the new three-party coalition government, endorsed by the Queen of Denmark last Monday.

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