China has dominated the first BRICS and emerging economies ranking published by Times Higher Education, taking 23 slots in the top 100 universities followed by Taiwan with 21. Peking and Tsinghua universities came first and second, and the University of Cape Town third.
In a downward revision in international student trends, the number of Indian students looking to study abroad will not rise dramatically – even as the Indian economy grows – the British Council has said in its latest report from the country.
Following his death at the age of 95 last Thursday, tributes from universities around the world have poured in for Nelson Mandela. South Africa’s great leader, Nobel peace prize laureate and global icon embodied humanity and humility, tolerance and forgiveness – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission launched during his presidency has been studied the world over as a model for post-conflict societies.
Australia's former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard created a storm of outrage across the university sector last April when she announced that spending on higher education would be slashed by A$2.3 billion, equivalent at the time to US$2.5 billion. This week, with Labor now in opposition, new Labor leader Bill Shorten said the party would not back a conservative government plan to adopt the cuts.
A report from an influential, left-leaning British think-tank has accused the government of getting its migration policy wrong by focusing on controls on international students, and warns that it risks damaging the long-term interests of UK higher education.
If PISA founder Andreas Schleicher had his way, the Programme for International Student Assessment would extend to higher education as well. Until then, the three-yearly tests, and their much-awaited scores, will be limited to high schools around the world.
The death of a student in a police crackdown on Egypt's biggest public university has sparked angry student protests at the country’s universities. On 1 December, thousands of students also demonstrated in central Cairo before being dispersed by police using teargas.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training could revoke the licences of at least two universities in the wake of a recent evaluation by the Hanoi People’s Committee, which inspected 20 higher education institutions operating in the Hanoi region and recommended that two of them be shut.
Research into the medical uses of stem cells is growing at a rate of 7% a year, or twice the world’s average growth in research of 2.9%, according to a new report. Released at the World Stem Cell Summit in San Diego in California, the report provides a comprehensive analysis of the growth and development of the stem cell field and examines the research landscape.
After opening its first international offshoot at London’s City University in May, the Australian-based online academic newsletter, The Conversation, is planning to open in other, as yet unnamed, countries – while its monthly unique visitor numbers at home have tripled over the past year to 1.4 million, with 400,000 readers outside Australia.
Five North African countries – Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia – along with 38 European and Mediterranean states will benefit from a new framework initiative to promote student mobility across the region.
Some 9,000 students took to the streets last Wednesday to protest against Copenhagen University’s plans to adopt ‘student progress’ measures. The government passed reforms last April that will financially punish universities if students take too long to graduate.
Thousands of students joined protests in the Ukrainian capital Kiev last week against a government decision not to sign a European Union integration agreement. Students are also demonstrating against ever-growing salary and scholarship arrears for lecturers and students.
Higher education institutions in most parts of the typhoon-hit Visayas region of the Philippines, which are currently closed, will reopen on 15 January or as soon as possible after that, according to Patricia Licuanan, head of the Philippines Commission on Higher Education.
A detailed policy declaration from the European Union Council of Ministers has called on member states to make more effort to internationalise their higher education sectors.
At least 22 universities and research institutes in Germany have been receiving funding totalling more than €10 million (US$13.5 million) from the United States Pentagon since 2000. The institutions have confirmed this – but not all are willing to disclose details of their research.
High tuition fees and cost of living have lost London the top place in the QS Best Student Cities Index for the second year in a row, while North American cities fare less well than those in Europe, the Far East and Australia.
Thai historians researching the country’s past and present monarchies are concerned that a recent ruling by Thailand’s Supreme Court will affect their work, after it ruled that defaming past monarchs is a crime under Article 112 of the criminal code, the lèse majesté law.
China has stepped up pressure on ethnic minority students and lecturers in the restive northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, insisting that students must pass a test of political views and declare their allegiance to the Chinese state in order to graduate.
Norway's coalition government is investigating ways of introducing tuition fees for students from outside the European Union and European Economic Area, on the grounds that such fees have already been introduced in Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.
The university community in Nigeria has welcomed the scrapping by the British government of a controversial proposed £3,000 (US$4,900) security visa bond for ‘high risk’ foreign visitors, including international students from Nigeria.
Kenya’s higher education sector is feeling the pinch of a new government policy to temporarily freeze employment and appointments in state bodies.
A distinguished academic has advised Namibia to differentiate higher education if it is to transform into a knowledge-based economy. He called for strengthening further education and training to improve access to a more diverse system that will better meet the needs of the developing Southern African country.
Medical students worldwide tend to have a reputation for working hard and playing hard. But would-be doctors at a medical school in the southern Russian city of Stavropol got more than they bargained for when their impromptu outdoor Caucasian dance routine brought the long arm of the law down on them.
Kuwait has launched a US$1 million annual award for research in Africa, announced at the third African Arab Summit held under the theme "Partners in Development and Investment" in Kuwait from 19-20 November. And a Kuwaiti charity plans to establish a university in Malawi.