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GLOBAL
THE’s global university ranking favours US and UK
The Times Higher Education ranking, with a new inclusion of book and chapter citations, seems weighted towards United States and United Kingdom universities, with institutions from developing and emerging countries making a relatively rare appearance.
GLOBAL
Facing up to international students who cheat
Corruption back home, pressure on universities to accept international students and a focus on research rather than teaching contribute to a situation where overseas students are more likely to cheat than domestic ones. Universities should allocate resources to tackle this problem.
VENEZUELA
Public universities are facing a time of crisis
Universities in Venezuela are rapidly losing talent and are in desperate need of more funding from government and industry to prevent more academics leaving the country.
AFRICA
African research universities to create hub of expertise
The African Research Universities Alliance is working to build strong research capacity to grow new sectors and expand existing industries across the continent over time, by aligning Africa’s leading research universities into a hub of research expertise.
UNITED KINGDOM
Student visas caught in the post-Brexit crossfire
Increasing restrictions of student visas is a likely response to concerns about immigration which culminated in the recent Brexit vote. Is the message being given to international students that they are not welcome here?
SINGAPORE
What happened to the global schoolhouse?
Singapore’s internationalisation aspirations have met with various challenges, from quality assurance to immigration policy, which explains why the original target for international students remains a long way from being met.
EUROPE
Impact of referendum on immigration still uncertain
Switzerland risks dropping out of the Erasmus+ programme and Horizon 2020 if it is unable to find a solution that takes into account the result of its referendum on immigration and the European Union’s principle of freedom of movement.
UNITED STATES
Recognising refugee qualifications
If the United States expects to accommodate larger numbers of refugees and migrants at its higher education institutions, it needs to be able to understand and handle their unique admissions needs.
GLOBAL
The tides of change revealed by new world ranking
Traditional research universities are under threat from newer institutions in areas such as technology, according to the QS rankings, and developing countries are biting at the heels of the developed.
Photo: MIT– fifth year running at number one
GLOBAL
Open access and piracy threaten science
There are two major problems with open access that threaten the core of the science enterprise: the dismantling of professional societies and the loss of a permanent science record.
GLOBAL
Brexit and the European shape of things to come in HE
Brexit and how British universities articulate the case for European collaboration and internationalisation is not just an issue for the United Kingdom. The loss of the UK from the European Higher Education Area will affect everyone.
EUROPE
Internationalisation as a first response for refugees
Creating a more inclusive approach to internationalisation enables institutions to act more nimbly and creatively to the ‘new mobility’ caused by the refugee crisis and is needed more broadly to balance exclusionary practices.
UKRAINE
Where corruption among university leaders is rife
The latest corruption case at a Ukrainian university is just part of a pattern that starts at the very top. If there were a ranking that rated world higher education institutions based on how corrupt they are, some of Ukraine's universities would be among the top spots.
GLOBAL
Speaking heresy – 21st century teaching
The university is changing fast and this means we need to question what skills students need and what competencies faculty require to teach them.

INDIA
Why a model curriculum won’t work
A one-size-fits-all approach to teaching will not raise quality in an era of mass expansion in enrolment. There is no quick fix to raising higher education quality and the different abilities of students who enter university must be taken into account.
UNITED STATES
Does charging for tuition reduce access?
‘Progressive tuition models’ in the United States are redistributing funding from richer to poorer students and appear not to put lower-income students off applying to university, a study which explores these issues at a number of US campuses shows.
GLOBAL
Winners and losers in the ARWU ranking
Are developing countries learning to play the rankings game better as statistics show countries like the United Kingdom and the United States are losing ground? The recently released Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, brought some surprises.
MAURITIUS
The revival of polytechnics
Across Africa there has been a move to upgrade polytechnics to universities, but in so doing countries are failing to train enough vocational workers, such as technicians. Could the change of policy in Mauritius where a replacement is being sought for polytechnics be the way forward?
GLOBAL
University rankings ignore teaching
Over the past decade, the major and unhelpful intrusion into both the national and the international worlds of higher education has been the advent of university rankings. The global university rankings put too much emphasis on research and are undermining universities’ key educational mission.
INDIA
What are the must-have reforms for higher education?
While discussion papers around a new higher education policy contain some positive proposals, there is a lack of an overarching vision to address fundamental problems within the system.
CHINA
Higher education widens the gap between rich and poor
A new governance system is needed to address concerns that massification of higher education is leading to a growing divide between rich and poor rather than the contrary.
MOROCCO
Countering extremism through human development
A non-profit organisation is working with young people in Morocco through a range of training and capacity-building programmes that aim both to give them practical skills and improve the lives of their communities.
GERMANY
Barriers to providing HE to refugees must be breached
Germany has been shocked by a series of terrorist attacks, but this should galvanise the country’s universities and policy-makers to address the barriers to the successful integration of many thousands of young refugees.
UNITED STATES
From micromasters to nanodegrees
Universities need to collaborate with employers who are the early adopters and opinion leaders in the world of new alternative credentials.
VENEZUELA
Can science overcome the Chávez legacy?
The underfunding of science, very low wages for teachers and brain drain are a result of years of politicisation of higher education, under which peer review for financing research projects became no longer important and the award of scholarships and the equipping of research laboratories were subject to politics.