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Currency slides spark fears for international enrolments
Sharply depreciating currencies in Asian and other emerging markets, accompanied by extreme volatility in China’s stock market which is affecting the economic confidence of that country’s middle-class, could have a knock-on effect on overseas student recruitment by universities in the United States and United Kingdom.
First global conference on HE internationalisation
The first Global Conference on Internationalisation of Higher Education will be held in August next year, in South Africa’s huge Kruger Park game reserve. The event flows from the first inclusive Global Dialogue held in Port Elizabeth in January 2014, attended by 24 international education organisations from across the world.
New guide shines spotlight on regional universities
Regional Australian universities are turning out to be top performers, according to the Good Universities Guide 2016, an independent five-star performance rating of Australian undergraduate courses released by education solutions provider Hobsons this month.
Traditional destinations losing market share – Oxford
A shift away from traditional student mobility destinations is among the developments noted in a report by the international strategy office of Oxford University, which offers a summary of key trends in higher education to illustrate the global context of its international engagement.
Second group among 1,000 African students off to Japan
Hundreds of African students are leaving for Japan this year, the second group to join the African Business Education Initiative for Youth, a five-year plan to provide 1,000 young Africans with opportunities to study for masters degrees at top universities and do internships at leading Japanese companies.
Higher education reforms to create 150 big universities
Up to 150 large, multi-profile universities will be established in Russia over the next several years, according to Alexander Klimov, deputy minister of education and science.
Campuses promised police to boost anti-terror security
Police officers will be deployed on request to Kenyan universities to boost security and guard against possible future attacks by religious extremists, the government has said.
‘No’ to privatising university-based schools
A government plan to withdraw funding from university-based primary schools and demonstration secondary schools on all campuses in Nigeria has met with sharp resistance. The schools were created and funded as an integral part of faculties of education to research methods of improving teaching and learning.
Stephen Hawking presents new theory on black holes
Cambridge University Professor Stephen Hawking has proposed a new theory of black holes, arguing that information lost in black holes could be stored in alternate universes and that some black holes could be passages to them.
Row at university dents claim of academic independence
When Kazakhstan opened the doors of the Nazarbayev University in 2010, the institution was hailed as a fledgling bastion of academic excellence and freedom in an educational system still hobbled by Soviet standards. But a row threatens to dent those aspirations and expose the limits of free thinking against the backdrop of a tense international diplomatic scene.
First regional masters in research and public policy
A new collaborative masters degree to develop Africa’s next generation of public policy leaders has been initiated by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, in cooperation with 12 universities in seven African countries.
More foreign students, more Mauritians study abroad
The number of international students studying in Mauritius increased during 2014 to more than 1,500 from 65 countries, while the number of Mauritians studying abroad also rose, according to the 16th annual Participation in Tertiary Education report. The well-off Indian Ocean island is positioning itself as a higher education hub – a destination for foreign students and for international universities.
Global conflicts could harm international education cooperation
Internationalisation is one of the top priorities for European universities but the strides made could be harmed by global conflicts, according to Andrée Sursock, the author of the Trends 2015 report for the European University Association.
Minister must act to end foreign student visa ‘disaster’
International student officers are to call for urgent ministerial intervention to end problems with visas for hundreds of foreign students in South Africa, due to government incompetence. Students who have tried to comply with visa rules have been criminalised and many arrested. The crisis threatens to decimate postgraduate student numbers and is trampling on human rights enshrined in the constitution, the 19th annual conference of the International Education Association of South Africa heard on Friday.
Tight government budget to hit universities hard
The government’s budget proposal for 2016, presented on 14 August, aims to reduce government spending by around €900 million (US$993 million) and is proposing severe cuts to higher education. In a shock for the University of Helsinki, proposals include a €30 million cut in funding one year before originally scheduled.
Is graduate over-qualification a problem?
A report last week from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development states that the UK has too many over-qualified graduates entering non-graduate jobs. Universities UK responded saying the skills higher education provides, such as the ability to think critically, are lifelong and increasingly in demand.
Fewer good jobs for college grads? Not so, says new study
The emerging conventional wisdom is that America's post-recession recovery was dominated by the rise of low-paying, part-time service jobs. But a new analysis challenges that narrative, finding that 2.9 million of the 6.6 million jobs added in the recovery were ‘good jobs’.
Boycott of opening of new racism research institute
On 14 August the new Segerstedt Institute, intended to serve as a national resource centre against violent ideologies and movements, was inaugurated at the University of Gothenburg with the participation of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. But 18 research staff members boycotted the opening.
Three universities to build laptops in innovation drive
Three of Kenya’s public universities have ventured into manufacturing laptops, perhaps highlighting the growing level of innovation in East Africa’s biggest economy.
Islamic seminary tightens dorm curbs amid opposition
Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, a stronghold of Islamists, has toughened procedures for staying in state-subsidised dormitories in a move the Islamic seminary’s administration says is targeting “troublemakers” among students.
Internationalisation should be for all – Landmark study
Greater focus should be put on internationalisation of the curriculum and learning outcomes, says an important study for the European Parliament, and mobility needs to become an integral part of that curriculum to ensure internationalisation is for all, not just the mobile minority.
America dominates, China rises in Shanghai rankings
American universities maintain their dominance of the upper echelons of the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities released on Saturday. But lower down there has been an across-the-board improvement in the position of Chinese universities.
UNESCO, African Union push continental ‘Bologna process’
The African Union Commission is pushing for all of its 54 member countries to ratify the UNESCO-backed 2014 Addis Convention – the Revised Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and Other Academic Qualifications in Higher Education in African States. The new protocol replaces the 1981 Arusha Convention, which had only been endorsed by 20 countries.
Clinton puts student loans high on election agenda
US presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton this week unveiled her US$350 billion plan to make college more affordable, joining other Democratic contenders who have made student debt relief a central part of their platform.
New centres of excellence for East and Southern Africa
The World Bank-backed African Centres of Excellence initiative is expanding from Central and West Africa to East and Southern Africa. A call for universities that can develop highly skilled personnel and conduct applied research to meet the economic and developmental needs of the region was made in Uganda last month.