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HONG KONG
Student activism signals new movement for social justice
The passionate and fearless pursuit of social justice by the student leaders of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is compelling academics and administrators to re-examine the university-state-market dynamics shaping higher education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Open society under threat from EU withdrawal
Even in the digital age, knowledge happens because people with common interests can easily work alongside each other, wherever they come from. This open society is under attack amid widespread calls to restrict immigration and leave the European Union.
INDIA
Failure to raise quality should ring alarm bells
Until and unless there is a focus by government on tertiary education outcomes, neither replacing nor restructuring the University Grants Commission will solve the acute challenges confronting the higher education sector in India.
GLOBAL
The world needs more international higher education
How can higher education help prepare students to live and work in a globalised world? International higher education provides a meaningful way to help accomplish that goal.
ASIA
Towards a sustainable, humane society
Asian universities can lead the way towards the creation of a sustainable, more humane society. Since ancient times, the most important objective of education has been to inculcate universal human values and to prepare the citizens needed for the creation of the global family.
AFRICA
Quality HE via high-speed internet is Africa’s future
If the goals of the draft declaration and action plan of the African Higher Education Summit are to be achieved, there should be less focus on building traditional universities and more on expanding high-speed broadband internet that will enable global cutting-edge knowledge to be delivered to students cost-effectively.
AUSTRALIA
Broadening ambitions for international education
The federal government’s Draft National Strategy for International Education narrowly focuses on economic interests and fails to recognise the role of internationalisation of the curriculum in creating a more open, outward-looking country.
GLOBAL
Intelligent internationalisation: A 21st century imperative
Internationalisation is moving to centre stage, but to do it properly requires a commitment to creating an alliance between policy-makers, researchers and practitioners.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities should not become corporate affiliates
Something has gone wrong with the way universities are run. Not everything that is valued can be measured but universities are being beaten into shapes dictated by business and the balance is becoming seriously skewed against independent thought and study.
MYANMAR
Donors are not doing enough to help HE reforms
The international community needs to do much more to encourage dialogue, transparency and policy initiatives to help change the higher education system on the ground.
LATIN AMERICA
Widening access without lowering quality
Can higher education be accessible to a wider spectrum of the community without compromising quality? It depends on who funds it and why, and on programmes that reach out to disadvantaged sections of the community.
CHINA
Who is the gatekeeper of Chinese academic power?
The Chinese government is seeking to clarify the powers of university committees to tackle an overemphasis on administrative power. But what effect will this have on academic freedom?
NETHERLANDS
Protests should not affect efficiency reforms
Protests by staff and students at the University of Amsterdam are no reason to doubt the reforms of the 1990s, but they are evidence of a failure to communicate change properly.
EUROPE
Different approaches to fees for international students
Some Nordic countries do not charge fees for international students, but others have introduced them. How will these different approaches impact on recruitment and internationalisation?

SOUTH AFRICA
An emergent regional and global student destination
A study of student mobility in South Africa revealed that regional agreements matter along with the perceived quality of a university. Emerging economies are unlikely to become major global destinations – with the exception of some very highly ranked institutions, the international role of universities in economies such as South Africa is in regional continental development.
EUROPE
It’s time for a resit on draft of EFSI regulations
Attempts to push through the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its raid on Horizon 2020 money have met with opposition from university bodies and now the court. The battle has just begun.
HONG KONG
Women’s place in leadership is not assured
Women are under-represented in senior positions in academia in Hong Kong and fears of feminisation, or complacency that change will come eventually with no action being taken, are holding back progress.
AUSTRALIA
Student mobility: publish data and democratise
Recording and publishing data on all forms of student mobility, including short-term courses, would help to democratise study abroad and encourage more students to reap the benefits.
CHINA
A Frankenstein recruiting system feeding off students
While China’s appetite for education is insatiable, the system for recruiting Chinese students for study abroad serves neither students nor their parents and Western universities have been complicit in its creation.


UKRAINE
Science is at the heart of the reform process
Scientific innovation and social reform are intrinsically linked in Ukraine but to create an effective scientific ecosystem will require systemic changes.

UNITED KINGDOM
Location is key to attracting foreign students
International students are not just looking at the institution where they want to study, they are equally interested in the lifestyle they offer. And quite rightly so.

GLOBAL
Stem the march of the administrators
Flaws in institutional structures allow academic administrators to transform universities into businesses for their own benefit while exploiting their workers. They need to be more accountable.
SOUTH KOREA
Can cross-border partners share a campus?
An international partnership campus in South Korea is an experiment in cross-border collegiality, but it is not for the faint-hearted and flexibility is a key ingredient to making it work.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities have a crucial role in the EU debate
Current debate on Britain’s future membership of the European Union is poorly informed and universities have a responsibility to communicate the facts since they have a lot to lose from Britain’s withdrawal.

SAUDI ARABIA
Research chairs act as catalyst for development
Programmes in Saudi Arabia, Canada and South Africa to appoint heads of research are helping their countries move to a knowledge-based economy.