Students want them and they allow institutions that are world class in particular fields to be recognised, so what is holding back the development of rankings by subject?
Cuts to the state budget for Israel’s universities will cause a lot more damage than any academic boycott.
Nuwar Mawlawi Diab
Promoting cultural diplomacy will give students in the Middle East and North Africa region the skills they need to thrive in a globalised world.
Higher education alone cannot bring greater social equality. Higher education researchers need to focus on improving access to elite institutions and creating the conditions necessary for building stronger mass higher education institutions.
The Saudi government has invested heavily in higher education, but it is likely to be producing too many graduates for the available jobs. Instead, it could put the money into improving the quality of its research output.
Until the US Visa Waiver Program is abolished or the US visa requirements are made universal for all non-citizens, academic societies should hold their annual events in nations where visa policies are equitable for all.
It is time for African academics to consider drafting a charter on academic freedom. It will be a daunting task. But the costs of failing to protect this basic human right, as other countries across the globe use universities to create new ideas and intellectual properties essential to the growth of the knowledge economy, will be great for African universities and nation states.
George Yeo follows Amartya Sen as chancellor of Nalanda University, but will he face the same problems associated with creating an international university in one of India’s poorest states?
Post-secondary education providers and initiatives are focusing on ways to increase graduate employability. Are they a threat to universities?
School education should be used as a recruiting ground for foreign students to secure more higher education enrolments, according to a Victoria government paper examining how to combat rising competition from universities in Asian countries.
Banishing academic dishonesty could help Mozambique nurture original thinkers who are economically efficient and socially suited to develop the country. But this will only be possible if administrators work with professors and students to build strong measures to combat widespread plagiarism, which is hampering the production of quality graduates.
The intelligence of animals can be estimated by the size of the holes in the skull which the arteries pass through, according to novel research by biologists at the University of Adelaide, because hole size results from brain activity being related to the metabolic rate.
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A group of experts from higher education, industry and other areas of society have issued recommendations on creating greater permeability between vocational and academic education institutions. Graduates from vocational training are still having difficulty gaining access to academic programmes in Germany.
English universities face an immediate cut of £150 million (US$233 million) in the money they receive from central government for teaching in their share of the £3 billion reductions in government spending announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on June 4.
International postgraduate students should strive to find ways to give back to their host community through engagement with both the public and policy-makers. In doing so, both student and host are rewarded.
Craig Whitsed and Wendy Green
PhD supervisions need to be reworked with an emphasis on teaching the kind of skills necessary for a globalised world of work, including within universities.
Mary Beth Marklein
Critics are predicting mass resignations from the American Psychological Association over its role in supporting the use of “enhanced” interrogation techniques by US national security agencies, detailed in the findings of an independent investigation.
Egyptian university students are suffering from a sharp rise in harsh actions taken against them by security forces and university administrations. A new report documents a total of 1,552 violations against students arrested during the past academic year.
The Russian government plans to make national military universities the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country, triple their funding and add to their number during the next several years, according to an official spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
A group of senior academics, university leaders and scholar rescue organisations and scholarship providers from around the world met at York University, England, on Friday 17 July to agree an accord on protecting higher education during conflict and rebuilding it afterwards.
There are gaping holes in data analysis skills training which should be addressed by an upgrading of data analysis and skills provision at schools and universities, according to two new reports. They call for the embedding of quantitative analysis skills across university disciplines and recommend a kite marking system to identify relevant courses to prospective university applicants and employers.
Ian Wilhelm, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The nuclear accord announced last Tuesday among Iran, the United States and five other countries faces political hurdles before becoming a done deal. But the possibility of a warmer relationship between America and Iran after more than 30 years of animosity will very likely benefit fledgling efforts to develop links in higher education.
Calls for the payment of salary backlogs by staff in state universities resumed after the recent elections in Nigeria. There had been a lull during pre-election campaigns, when soon-to-be President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to pay all salary arrears of public servants if his party was voted into power.
As Nobel laureate Amartya Sen last week stepped down as chancellor of the new Nalanda University, which is being revived on the site of the ancient institution in Bihar state, he slammed the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “extraordinarily large” interference in Nalanda and other higher education institutions in the country, accusing the government of jeopardising academic autonomy.
Ameen Amjad Khan
A senior US official has called for independent verification of Afghan government figures on the use of US education aid following claims by Afghan ministers that the previous government had provided data on US-funded school and higher education projects that were flawed, tempered and exaggerated, and had interfered with university entrance exams.
Germany’s federal and state governments have called on the country’s major research institutions to review their employment conditions and career structures. They are particularly critical of the underrepresentation of women in these institutions.
Foreign tertiary institutions in Ghana have been directed by the National Accreditation Board to ensure that only students with certificates awarded by institutions accredited by the board be admitted to PhD courses. It is also concerned about a spate of honorary degrees awarded to personalities by some unaccredited or unqualified institutions.
The Labour opposition in England has warned that the latest efforts by universities to increase the numbers of students from low-income families and other disadvantaged groups may not be enough to offset the effect of the abolition of maintenance grants announced in the 8 July Budget.