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EUROPE
The five stages of Brexit grief for universities
United Kingdom and European universities should treat Brexit as a death and recognise the phases of grieving that are involved in coming to terms with such a tragedy.
UNITED KINGDOM
If we don’t need experts, do we need universities?
The Brexit campaign included calls to ignore experts, but were these more about questioning the establishment than a symptom of anti-intellectualism and is this questioning not something that should be at the heart of university life?
AUSTRALIA
International students treated as commodities
There is an undercurrent of exploitation, poverty, loneliness and despair about the deteriorating experience of international students, who over recent years are increasingly being treated more as a source of export income than as people.
EUROPE
Post-Brexit options for UK universities
There are several options the United Kingdom could take with regard to its international policy after the vote to leave the European Union, but a hard Brexit could lose the UK many friends and allies.
BRAZIL
Science Without Borders under scrutiny
The Science Without Borders fellowship programme is a key plank of Brazil’s internationalisation efforts, but lack of monitoring has hampered progress and lack of involvement of universities in its development has limited the impact.
FRANCE
First steps towards an internationalisation strategy
A new report outlines a strategy for internationalisation for French institutions, but it ignores some key areas and requires strong backing from France’s diplomatic networks, which mainly focus on cultural and linguistic issues.
SOUTH AFRICA
Student fees, the petite bourgeoisie and the Treasury
The main problem for the poor in South Africa is not that they can’t afford higher education – it is that fewer than 5% qualify for entry into universities. For the 5% whose parents earn over R600,000 (US$43,300) the percentage who qualify is over 70%. ‘Free’ higher education will widen, not reduce, inequality because it will restrict the expansion of university places.
GLOBAL
Bridge-building leadership – The model for the future?
A new post-heroic model of leadership emphasises the importance of building distributed leadership at all levels of the university and views the university as an agent of societal and economic improvement.
GLOBAL
The ethical hole at the centre of ‘publish or perish’
The pressure to publish papers is leading to the rise of unethical behaviour and predatory publications. Public resources should be redistributed on the basis of quality not quantity.
GLOBAL
Take responsibility for ensuring ethical recruitment
Using education agents is fraught with risks, but those with a long-term vision realise that doing business ethically is better for business, so how do you choose wisely and ensure accountability?
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.

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.