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BRICS Universities Summit
University World News reports on the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit held at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, on 30 November-2 December, which explored the theme of 'Reimagining the World-Class University'.
Why universities need to rethink their reason for being
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, recently.
Nobel laureate urges a return to reason on campuses
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.
University leaders journey into ‘unimagined’ terrain
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.
Students prioritise culture, values in 21st century HE
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.