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The challenge libraries face in an era of fake news
Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role? A new approach is to teach students to put in the time and effort required to determine the credibility and appropriateness of each information source for the use to which they intend to put it.
Urgent need to decolonise intellectual property curricula
There is an urgent need for decolonised intellectual property law curricula in order for African states to build intellectual property expertise that is Afrocentric and development oriented. A South African university is making progress in developing an appropriate model.
No easy way out of the higher education ‘trilemma’
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.

Cut red tape and raise funding in Erasmus+, says EUA
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.
The far right’s ‘new offensive against academia’
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.
North Africa women researcher share among world highest
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.
University system improves but grave problems remain
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.
Sciences Po plots to reconfirm world-class position
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.
Why some Dutch students are living in nursing homes
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 institutions push into China, boost business
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.
Universities tackle graduate employability challenge
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.
Still no response to damning World Bank report
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 can lead the fight against hate – IS survivor
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.
How will universities survive in tomorrow’s world?
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.
The push for Asian HE internationalisation indicators
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.
Students contest high fees whilst on attachment
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.
New strategy to strengthen research, HE in the Arctic
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.
Lack of qualified staff fuels closure of some campuses
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.
Universities already feeling the impact of budget cuts
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.
Higher education struggles in an emerging democracy
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.
EdTech disruption in HE will push personalised learning
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.
Classroom of the future takes learning to new levels
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.
The tricky task of teaching about Trump
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.
Trump’s ‘wall’ is already hindering HE collaboration
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.
Do free trade deals pose a threat to higher education?
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.