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CHILE
Scandals put teaching of economics in the dock
The spate of financial scandals that are rocking Chile – including the jailing of three former ‘star students’ of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile’s economics and administration faculty – has stirred a wholesome debate in the country on the importance of ethics in the teaching of economics.
GLOBAL
LinkedIn: the future of global university rankings?
Could LinkedIn provide a better alternative to existing university ranking systems with more of a focus on career outcomes? LinkedIn university rankings will evolve over time and have the potential to be a game changer in helping students make informed choices.
SOUTH AFRICA
Student leader who loves Hitler loses his post
Mcebo Dlamini was president of the students’ representative council at South Africa’s leading University of the Witwatersrand when he professed to love Adolf Hitler – the fascist German leader who unleashed the worst violence of the 20th century – and made racist comments, sparking a furore. Last week he lost the leadership post, though for earlier charges of misconduct.
GLOBAL
Scientists debate ways to strengthen climate reports
As the United Nation’s COP 21 meeting in Paris draws closer, the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is under consideration. In numerous consultations from Nairobi to Berlin, countries and scientists are discussing what’s next for the body whose scientific assessments have underpinned the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since the late 1980s.
UAE
Labour guidelines 'violated' on NYU Abu Dhabi campus
An independent investigator has found substantial evidence of mistreatment of workers engaged in the building of New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. Its report shines a light on the complex challenges universities can face in setting up foreign campuses.
AFRICA
Progress and problems for agricultural research – Study
Sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural research capacity grew by 50% in the decade from 2000, but the quality and quantity of research is being constrained by underinvestment, inadequate human resources and poor infrastructure.
SPAIN
Universities hail town’s regeneration by ‘graffiti’
A town of 320 people in the mountainous area of Castellón, north-eastern Spain, has attracted considerable interest among Spanish universities because of its unique way of promoting culture and boosting economic growth.
AFRICA
The new frontier for international business schools
The risk of not being part of Africa’s fast-growing business opportunities is pushing business schools in Western Europe and the United States to start expanding onto a continent that is emerging as a force in the global economic enterprise.
ASIA
Women’s university challenges gender bias
The founder of the Asian University for Women is on a quest to break down barriers to women entering higher education, especially those who are the first in their family to enter university, and to help them achieve their potential.
AUSTRALIA
Should only 'bright' students gain entry to university?
The question of who should go to university is lurking behind Australia’s contentious funding and fees debate that has wracked higher education for the past year. This is also the issue that will determine how well higher education supports the nation’s future.
AFRICA
Higher education is key to development – World Bank
The returns on higher education are growing globally and they are highest in Africa, says Claudia Costin, a senior director at the World Bank. There is an urgent need for Africa to build quality and capacity in universities and to create skills that remain on the continent.
AUSTRALIA
Science: Aspiring to something magnificent
Over the past four years as Australia’s Chief Scientist, I have had a consistent message – that science matters. And it is too important to leave to chance. Whether it is our environment, our health, our ageing population, our food supply, our economy or our security, it will be scientific discovery and the use of scientific knowledge that will form the core of our ability to respond.
ASIA
New hub for international education research
In line with a growing push to foster collaboration with Asia, an international education research hub developed in Australia has recently been expanded to promote participation from countries across the Asian region.

SOUTH AFRICA
Student revolt against the statue of Cecil John Rhodes
The statue of Cecil John Rhodes has a commanding presence. Sitting at the focal point of the University of Cape Town campus, Rhodes – heroic 19th century politician and businessman, or cold-blooded capitalist imperialist, depending on your point of view – gazes out over the rugby fields, eyes set on the African interior. The statue has torched a storm of controversy in recent weeks, with students insisting that it must go.
GLOBAL
Challenges to origin of languages
A team of international researchers has shed new light on the origins of some of the most widely spoken languages in the world. The results raise questions about existing views of their relationships.
GLOBAL
Even university competitors are joining forces
The idea of universities collaborating with others around the world is no longer unusual but, increasingly, university faculties and schools are also forming alliances with their counterparts in other institutions to boost research output, improve graduation rates, attract students to potentially unpopular programmes and improve existing curricula.

SWEDEN
Tooth of `Peking Man’ found again after 90 years
It took 90 years but the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala finally located a canine tooth of Peking Man that had been stored in a box since it was excavated in a dig in China in the 1920s. First discovered in the box in 2011, the finding has now been reported in the journal Acta Anthropologica Sinica.

GLOBAL
Pioneer on a mission to democratise higher education
Troubled by UNESCO estimates that millions worldwide are denied a college education due to lack of places, Shai Reshef designed an alternative where no seats are required, tuition is free and thousands of volunteer academics – some of them from the world’s top universities – design and teach the curriculum.
GLOBAL
Lifelong learning as a human right
Higher education systems around the world have been undergoing dramatic changes over the past few generations. In fact, the changes have been so dramatic that one could argue we are experiencing an educational revolution that has impacted on every aspect of higher education.
FRANCE
Foreign students to pay full fees for higher education?
Most foreign students from outside the European Union should pay full tuition fees, and these resources – estimated at €850 million (US$940 million) – should be invested to ensure France adapts to the new challenges of internationalising higher education while offering a fair, high-quality, attractive system, says a new report.
GLOBAL
Taking income contingent loans to the world
At least eight countries around the world have adopted versions of Australia’s Higher Education Contribution Scheme which requires students to pay some of the cost of their degrees and the rest through a government loan. The same method could be applied in many other fields.
UNITED KINGDOM
Time off for baby need not stall a research career
The London School of Economics is pioneering new ways to ensure that research careers are not stalled by maternity or paternity leave, including allowing a term free of teaching to catch up on research, a phased return to work and taking into account the impact of leave on output in decisions on probationary periods and promotion.
MIDDLE EAST
Does new ranking ignore Middle East progress?
Only one Saudi university out of more than 600 Arab universities located in the 22 Arab states was included in the U-Multirank ranking based on ‘international orientation’. But what is the real position of Arab universities in international orientation performance?
AUSTRALIA
Giving students and industries a future at Flinders
In countries around the world, high-cost manufacturing is under threat from low-cost mass production in areas of Asia. This is the situation confronting South Australia which is facing the demise of its car industry, a mining sector yet to fulfil expectations, and the potential end to its historic ship-building plants. Now Flinders University has stepped in with some innovative solutions.
ASIA
Women enrol in sciences but not STEM
Gender differences in learning achievement contribute significantly towards girls’ and women’s low participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, based careers in Asia, according to a study conducted by UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific regional bureau.