Groups working in international higher education have been trying and continue to try to find ways to establish a more equal and truly international agenda. The Network of International Education Associations has set up a task force to work on actions agreed at the recent Global Dialogue on the Future of International Education.
South Korea has unveiled plans to drastically cut the number of university places over the next decade because of a declining population. But the policy is causing disquiet, with higher education already facing major restructuring including university closures and mergers.
Jiang Mianheng, son of China's former president Jiang Zemin, has been named head of ShanghaiTech University - a new university modelled on the California Institute of Technology in the United States. But the appointment has raised eyebrows in some academic circles and prompted questions around how university presidents are appointed.
Students at Dubai's branch campuses may not be involved in mountain hikes or nature trips, but they are taking part in extra-curricular business competitions inspired by the environment in which they are set. And, despite stereotypes, many of those taking part are girls.
New research by an international team of marine scientists suggests that the global biomass of fish is 30 times more than the accepted estimate, contradicting previous beliefs about the biomass of fish in the world's oceans.
In this Special Report, produced in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, we look at the role of higher education in responding to global problems and how universities might engage with post-2015 international development goals.
Reconciling the wish to prioritise societal and development goals with growing pressures to perform on other core missions has emerged as a major dilemma for universities in "The World Beyond 2015", a campaign of the Association of Commonwealth Universities to raise awareness of why and how higher education should respond to global challenges.
The importance of higher education to achieving the old and new Millennium Development Goals is evident. As such higher education should feature in post-2015 development agendas and be integrated in programmes that aim to achieve the goals.
Universities are facing growing constraints on their budgets following the 2008 recession. The University of the West Indies is looking at a range of ways to diversify its funding to make up for the projected shortfall in government funding.
International partnerships can help meet Millennium Development Goals and reach those marginalised groups, such as girls and people living in rural areas. But they must take into account the local and cultural context.
With only a year to go before the United Nations Millennium Development Goals initiative ends, academics in Sub-Saharan Africa have been exercising their minds about ways forward for higher education post-2015. They see unfinished business in the education goal.
Barring a few initiatives, higher education in India has been the exclusive reserve of the middle-class and has shown little interest in linking itself organically to school, adult or vocational education - thus not doing enough to help achieve any of the Education for All goals.
Graduate competition for jobs in China will be even tougher this year as large numbers of students are expected to return from overseas studies, according to Chinese officials. They will join a record 7.27 million local students who graduate in June - an increase of almost 280,000 from last year's record of 6.99 million.