Governments face a ‘trilemma’ in higher education policy as they can always only reach two out of three politically desirable goals – low public costs, low private costs (tuition fees), and mass access. Student movements such as #FeesMustFall in South Africa must demand both free higher education and matching increases in public spending, or risk incentivising governments to take the easy way out and compromise higher education quality.
The European Union’s showpiece Erasmus+ mobility and cooperation programme should be simplified and its “cumbersome” processes streamlined, according to a survey by the European University Association or EUA. Members complained that funding did not cover the full costs of cooperation and exchanges.
George Ciccariello-Maher, a scholar of revolutionary movements, was engulfed in a far-right twitter storm, along with family and friends, when he tweeted “All I want for Christmas is white genocide”. He believes it reflects a new offensive against academia by far-right and neo-Nazi groups.
The overall share of women researchers at universities and science centres in North Africa is above world, European and developed country averages, a study has revealed.
The quality of Chile’s university system is improving, according to two rankings released recently. Many problems remain however, which critics say are not being addressed by the government’s higher education reform now under discussion.
Three and a half years after taking over as director of Sciences Po, Frédéric Mion explains to University World News how the institution is carrying out its strategic plan due for completion by 2022, the 150th anniversary of its foundation.
A Dutch nursing home has established a programme providing free rent to university students in exchange for 30 hours a month of their time “acting as neighbours” with their aged residents. It is just one example of how students can make an impact on their local community and gain a sense of connection with an older generation.
French higher education’s presence in China, including branch campuses, has lagged behind the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. However, with the backing of the French government interested in boosting French companies abroad, a flurry of collaborations, particularly by business schools, has been evident this year.
Spurred on by an increase in the number of unemployed graduates resulting from the growing mismatch between university education and market needs, North Africa's universities are working on several approaches to produce industry- and market-ready graduates.
Stakeholders are still awaiting a response from the education cabinet secretary to a World Bank report released earlier this year which put Kenya’s Higher Education Loans Board on the spot for mismanaging its funds at the expense of needy students.
Students and the youth are the greatest weapon in the fight against terror, according to a woman who was held captive by Islamic State. She gave a personal testament to the horror of genocide and called on students to counter the ideologies of hate.
The inaugural panel of the international seminar, “Reinventing Higher Education: The university of the future”, held in Santiago, Chile, explored how universities will survive in a world where millions of jobs will be displaced by technology.
UNESCO has begun work on drawing up a series of indicators on higher education internationalisation in Asia to help universities and education policy-makers in the region to develop an international outlook and promote international higher education links against a set of solid, accepted, quality benchmarks.
Financially-burdened higher education students in Zimbabwe are contesting an age-old practice compelling them to pay full student fees while on attachment to employers. The students say the custom is not only unfair but unjustified considering that students on attachment do not use college facilities or attend lectures.
Denmark is hoping to become one of the leading Arctic higher education and research nations, according to Minister of Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs, who earlier this month presented a strategy for prioritising work on Arctic issues in the years ahead, including setting up a ‘research hub’ in collaboration with Greenland’s self-governing administration.
The closure of a string of satellite campuses has been announced over the past two weeks as universities move to comply with government directives aimed at halting the falling standards of degree programmes in some public institutions. Among the key institutional failings identified in the review process is the lack of qualified academic staff.
Stiff budget cuts are already having an impact on Malaysia’s higher education even as the country tries to arrest a widely held perception of declining education standards. A 19% cut in the operating budgets of Malaysia's 20 public universities announced on 21 October is likely to hit research the hardest.
The evolutionary growth of the university in the 21st century is affected by enormous challenges and the possibility of problems being addressed is constrained by national politics, bureaucracy and resource limitations that threaten the equality of the global academy, says Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand.
The EdTech revolution is only in its infancy. Will this mean the end of the one-size-fits-all model of education? What is certain is that it will push the personalised learning agenda which will improve student experience and, potentially, performance.
For the first time in Europe, a 'WOW Room', featuring a 45 square metre video wall, is available for faculty and dozens of university students around the world to interact in a single class.
Regardless of how Donald J Trump fares on Election Day, he will have profoundly altered not just American politics, but also the way many American professors teach political science.
Whether or not it ever materialises, talk of building a wall separating Mexico and the United States has created a worrying atmosphere for higher education on both sides of the existing border fence – and higher education collaboration could be jeopardised.
Agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the economies of the European Union and the United States pose "significant risks to public education... and could have the effect of locking in and intensifying the pressures of privatisation and commercialisation", European trade unionists warn.
Academic leaders must take very seriously their moral obligations to posterity – factoring into their discussions and decisions the well-being of generations yet to come. It means taking an adaptive view toward the future by performing the valuable, rewarding but often hard, even grinding and unglamorous work needed to preserve and improve their institutions.
While an emphasis on expansion has seen the higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa grow from 2.3 million in 1999 to 6.6 million in 2013, quality of offerings has received less emphasis, with more recent concerns about quality translating into dissatisfaction with the calibre of graduates hitting the labour market.