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INDIA
Suicide highlights campus discrimination against Dalits
A political furore and student protests have broken out over the suicide of a 28-year-old research student and campaigner for the rights of Dalit communities at the Hyderabad Central University, who was found hanging in a university hostel room on the campus last Sunday, according to the police.
UNITED STATES
Scholar’s blog on ‘feminist fog’ sparks an uproar
A months-old blog post on ‘feminist fog’ written by a respected medieval scholar, Allen J Frantzen, has gained a second life on social media – and whipped the discipline into a frenzy.
EUROPE
Asia has learned a humanities lesson that Europe forgot
Asia is increasingly recognising the role that the arts and humanities play in innovation. Europe by contrast is losing its leading edge because it no longer recognises the crucial role these sciences play, according to a report by Science Europe.
AFRICA
More graduate study, new facilities for top university
Somaliland’s Minister of Education and Higher Studies Abdillahi Ibrahim Habane was among 75 students who graduated last month with a masters degree in international relations and diplomacy from the University of Hargeisa, the country’s largest higher education institution. He extolled the virtues of lifelong learning.
UNITED STATES
Value of foreign-born university leaders is rising
With his appointment as president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Benjamin Akande has joined an ever-expanding and diversifying club of US university presidents who were born outside the country –  an increasingly valuable credential as higher education becomes an ever more global enterprise.
UNITED KINGDOM
Lessons unlearned on raising teaching quality
The government has published a consultation paper on its plans for the biggest shake-up of UK universities in decades, including establishing a Teaching Excellence Framework, but the Higher Education Policy Institute believes it could be about to “flunk” the introduction of its higher education bill.
GLOBAL
Driving up market share of foreign undergraduates
Currency fluctuations, visa policies and branding strategies are just some of the factors influencing countries' changing ability to attract international students, as new analysis shows.
GLOBAL
Leader's role in strategic international partnerships
It is now virtually unavoidable for a university leader to perform his or her role without confronting the issues connected with the internationalisation of the institution, particularly the need to build real strategic international partnerships that will enhance the quality and reach of the institution.
CHINA
Can China become a global leader in HE innovation?
The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation, located in Shenzhen, southern China, has been approved as a UNESCO Category 2 institute, with the aim of reforming higher education by harnessing talent and cultivating top-level programmes – and building capacity, sharing knowledge and deepening research in support of UNESCO member states.
AUSTRIA
Lessons from Sweden and Denmark on innovation
A comparison with the Scandinavian countries is informing Austria's quest to become an innovation leader, and two of the key lessons learned are that it has to invest more but in a way that incentivises universities to increase research and teaching quality and output – and overhaul the higher education landscape through strategic alliances and mergers of research-led universities.
SWEDEN
Lessons to learn from world-class universities
Comparative analysis of the strategies of world-class universities, reproduced in a report on higher education leadership in Sweden, provides a rich mine of information on how internationalisation policies can help drive universities towards scientific excellence.
UNITED STATES
Virginia Tech survivor battles against gun violence
Eight and a half years ago, Colin Goddard was one of the students taking the bullets, shot four times while sitting in his French class at Virginia Tech. Now he is dedicated to lobbying for checks on gun purchasers and gun safety legislation and believes the gun-violence prevention movement "is finally on an upward trajectory".
AUSTRALIA
Online courses can work if designed in the right way
Both the government and universities are concerned about the impact of publicly supported students dropping out of online courses. But research has shown that students who have access to better designed, and more personalised, courses tend to have higher engagement and better outcomes.
AFRICA
Key role for universities in agricultural innovation
Higher education plays a key role in providing young people with access to employment and micro-business opportunities in Africa, according to experts at a recent summit held in Cape Town, South Africa. Preliminary findings show that the agricultural sector is set to create eight million stable jobs by 2020 and up to 14 million if growth in the sector is accelerated.
GLOBAL
Philanthropists favour higher education above all
Higher education outstripped other causes as the recipient for multi-million-dollar donations globally in 2014, garnering US$7.58 billion in gifts or 30.9% of the US$24.5 billion global total, according to the Coutts Million Dollar Donors Report 2015
UNITED STATES
Why international enrolment growth could soon slow
The most recent study on foreign student trends was just released last week, showing robust growth, but the real question for American higher education is what the next report, one year from now, will show. There are already signs that the future outlook could be gloomy.
AFRICA
‘Village universities’ expand access, but lower quality
The late Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere’s view of the university as a place where people’s minds are trained for independent thinking and problem solving at the highest level remained unchallenged for half a century in East Africa. But according to new studies, Kenya and Uganda are now shifting to the marketisation of higher education.
EUROPE
Top institutions dominate in fierce ERC grant battle
After seven years, the European Research Council grant scheme has become a 'gold standard' for science in Europe, and the 'jewel in the crown' for 4,556 recipients in the Seventh Framework Programme (2007-13). The recently published report on its patterns and trends is a mine of useful information.
IRELAND
Why Irish eyes are smiling in Horizon 2020
One of the surprise success stories in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme this year was the entry of four Irish universities into the list of the 50 top-performing universities. But how did they do it?
AFRICA
Young Africa Works Summit – Learning from students
The MasterCard Foundation hosted its inaugural Young Africa Works Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, from 29-30 October 2015. The gathering focused on preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship in agriculture. REUBEN KYAMA spoke with REETA ROY, president and CEO of the Toronto-based foundation, at the close of the summit.
EUROPE
UK and Ireland gain in Horizon 2020 top 50 performers
An analysis of the top performers in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme shows that the United Kingdom has strengthened its position, along with the Netherlands and Ireland, compared with the Seventh Framework Programme; and Switzerland is no longer represented.
SOUTH AFRICA
Tricky tasks for chair of student financial aid scheme
By placing a top former banker at the helm of South Africa’s National Student Financial Aid Scheme, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande signalled the need for radical changes to the way the scheme should work – and how it should be funded. A major factor behind the #FeesMustFall movement has been the underfunded scheme’s inability to provide loans or grants to sufficient numbers of poor students.
MALAYSIA
Private HE, branch campuses key to enrolment growth
Private higher education institutions and foreign branch campuses in the country will play a crucial role in ambitious plans to raise higher education participation by more than 50% and raise the number of foreign students to 200,000, Malaysian officials have said.
UNITED STATES
What does it mean to be human?
Brennan Weiss talks to Cornel West, civil rights activist, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and one of America’s most outspoken critics of race relations in the United States, about the Black Lives Matter movement and how universities can inspire students to care about important issues like race.
INDIA
Choice Based Credit System needs systemic changes
Universities were meant to adopt the controversial Choice Based Credit System by September, but they are struggling to accommodate the structural changes it demands. Academics feel that unless accommodating systems are put in place and the traditional teaching style of Indian universities shifts, the Choice Based Credit System will fail to provide real choice and flexibility to students.