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The drive to internationalise is speeding up in many places
Hans de Wit
Far from being dead, there are signs that – in reaction to Brexit, Trump's election and the rise of nationalist movements – the internationalisation of higher education is increasing in many parts of the world, with those countries which opt for isolationism in danger of being left behind.
Commentary
GLOBAL
Making the case for an internationalised curriculum
Allen Kenneth Schaidle
At the core of internationalisation is an ambition for internationalised curricula. But we need a better understanding of what is meant by internationalisation of the curriculum, why we need it and what the barriers to it are.
NETHERLANDS
Internationalisation lifts the Dutch HE brand globally
Futao Huang
The rapid rise in numbers of inbound international staff and professors to the Netherlands has boosted the country’s reputation for higher education and increased its global competitiveness, especially its research capacity. It has also made its universities more attractive to domestic and international students.
GLOBAL
Whose values is internationalisation of HE promoting?
Abu Kamara
A growing number of scholars see internationalisation of higher education as a means to counter the increasing political popularity of notions of exclusion. But we need to question the values and norms that underpin internationalisation. Do they vary across cultures? What are the power issues that lie beneath them?
CANADA
Redefining the role of the university in the Trump era
Bruno Vompean and Grace Karram
Canadian universities face potential funding problems as a result of United States protectionist policies, but the bigger threat is of populism spreading across the border. As a result they need to embrace their role to teach more than skills, educating individuals to take responsibility for their part in society.
Features
UNITED STATES
17 top global universities vs the Trump immigration ban
Karen MacGregor
This month 17 American universities joined a court challenge to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Their brief revealed the extraordinary extent of – and dependence on – internationalisation at many of the world’s top-ranked institutions.
NIGERIA
Academics reject local language plan for sciences
Tunde Fatunde
In a rare show of solidarity, university teachers on almost all campuses of both public and private universities throughout the country have rejected a ministerial proposal that science be taught in three indigenous languages commencing at primary school level.
Q&A
AFRICA
Bringing out the best in African research
Sharon Dell
The African Research Universities Alliance, a unique network of 16 top African universities, was created in 2015 to grow the continent’s contribution to global research and raise the profile of its research globally. University World News spoke to its secretary-general, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, about how the alliance intends to “bring out the best in Africa”.
World Round-up
INDIA
Free speech in universities under threat – Amnesty
TNN
UNITED KINGDOM
Rush to set up European campuses ‘unlikely’ – Expert
Nature
NIGERIA
Only one in four applicants gets a university place
Quartz
JAPAN
Fresh probe into university post-retirement job scandal
Asia Times
VIETNAM
Investors need $45 million to set up foreign university
VietNamNet Bridge
SOUTH AFRICA
Graduate tax ruled out as universities get extra R5bn
Sunday Times Business
UNITED STATES
Universities reduce carbon emissions
The Daily Campus
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities admit 'almost illiterate' students – Survey
The Telegraph
KENYA
University lecturer strike continues as talks collapse
The Star
TAIWAN
Decline in university students from China
Voice of America
FRANCE
Calais ‘Jungle’ camp refugees attend French university
France24
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities urged to tackle antisemitism on campus
Guardian
SOUTH AFRICA-UNITED STATES
Early warning system for students in academic trouble
Science
News
CHINA
Party seeks tighter control of 29 top universities
Yojana Sharma
New inspections to be conducted of the party committees of 29 top universities in China – including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University and Nanjing University – as part of the country’s anti-corruption campaign is the latest move by the government to tighten ideological control of universities, experts say.
UNITED STATES
US university will not back down on Dalai Lama invite
Yojana Sharma
A university in California has said it will not back down over its decision to invite the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, to this year’s commencement ceremony, despite strenuous objections among mainland Chinese student groups.
AUSTRALIA
International student numbers surge to record high
Brendan O’Malley
Australia saw a surge in international student numbers, up 10% to 554,179 last year, according to Department of Education and Training figures – and a new student satisfaction survey shows a record nine out of 10 international tertiary students were satisfied or very satisfied with the education they have received.
EGYPT
Medical schools add female genital mutilation to curricula
Ashraf Khaled
In a bid to curb the age-old practice, Egyptian medical students are to study female genital mutilation as part of their training in a country where more than 80% of mutilations are believed to be conducted by medical workers.
SWEDEN
Expert appointed to review internationalisation of HE
Jan Petter Myklebust
Minister of Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson earlier this month appointed Agneta Bladh, chair of the Swedish Research Council, as a special examiner of the internationalisation of higher education and research, charged with addressing the low international mobility rates of students, university teachers and researchers.
CHINA
Row over ‘easy’ admission for international students
Yojana Sharma
New rules for the admission of foreign students to one of China’s top universities in Beijing has sparked a heated debate in the country over standards being lowered for international students and the perception that Chinese students who have obtained foreign nationality are getting into prestigious institutions by the back door.
UNITED KINGDOM
Minister demands stiff penalties for student cheats
Brendan O'Malley
The Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson last Tuesday demanded tough new penalties for university students who use essay mills – websites that provide custom written essays – and called on university and student bodies to do more to address the growth of such services.
INDIA
Indian students weigh up US study in Trump era
Ranjit Devraj
With United States President Donald Trump’s policy of cutting immigration and tightening visa norms yet to fully kick in, current uncertainty over US policies is already having an impact on Indian students seeking admission to US universities, according to private education consultants in India handling overseas applications.
UNITED STATES
International educators look to minimise Trump fallout
Mary Beth Marklein
A sense of urgency tempered by a call for pragmatism permeated discussions last week at the annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators in Washington as international educators considered how best to respond to the politics of uncertainty under a Donald Trump presidency.
AFRICA
Intensified support for climate change researchers
Christabel Ligami
The African Academy of Sciences and the Association of Commonwealth Universities have selected 37 African researchers from different African universities for the third cohort of a programme supporting early career researchers in the field of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
INDONESIA
Funding hike for scholarships including study abroad
Kapil Yamin
The Indonesian government has doubled its contribution to a scholarship endowment fund this year to provide more opportunities for graduate and doctoral students to study at home and overseas and in response to increasing calls to improve access to universities for students from poorer provinces.
GERMANY
Call for withdrawal of doctorate for Turkish premier
Michael Gardner and Brendan O'Malley
A petition has been launched by the student union at Technische Universität Berlin calling for the withdrawal of an honorary doctorate awarded to Turkish Premier Binali Yildirim, maintaining that he “plays a crucial role in the authoritarian restructuring of the country”, which has included the arbitrary dismissal of thousands of academics and the detention without due process of some.



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