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‘We will stop here and go no further’
The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on academics, students, and the education sector – not only in Syria but also in the neighbouring countries hosting large numbers of displaced Syrians. In a new report, the Institute of International Education and the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis review the conditions and educational needs of Syrian university students and scholars in Turkey.
Stakeholders discuss university funding futures
More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.
The 2014 Nobel prize winners
This year’s Nobel prizes for science, literature, peace and economics have been awarded to a range of notable individuals from countries around the globe. Among them are the youngest recipient to receive the peace prize, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, and the fifth married couple to win an award in the history of the Nobels, May-Britt and Edvard Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Universities to stop admitting foreign students
Copenhagen University and the University of Southern Denmark have announced they will not sign the annual ‘development contract’ with the Education Ministry, effectively refusing to enrol new foreign students.
Job market for new graduates looks up
Campuses’ career counsellors have been seeing encouraging signs, and now a major survey of employers backs them up: The coming year looks to be a much better one for new graduates seeking jobs.
Graduates of top universities earn more
Bachelor-degree graduates from Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight and technology universities earn a greater amount over their lifetimes than those from the lesser known and regional universities, according to a new analysis that found their total income was 6% more over a 40-year career.
Anger rises over government vocational directive
A showdown is looming in Kenya’s higher education system following a government directive that universities should stop offering diploma and certificate courses from next year.
Open access for multi-disciplinary journals
A Polish entrepreneur and data scientist, Marcin Wojnarski, has launched what he says is the first multi-disciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers. Wojnarski says that his firm, Paperity, will connect authors with readers, boost dissemination of new discoveries and consolidate academia around open literature.
US-based African immigrants more educated
Although the foreign-born population from Africa in the US is small relative to other foreign-born groups, a higher proportion of Africans are graduates than the overall foreign-born population and their numbers have grown rapidly over the past 40 years.
Valuing arts and culture partnerships
King’s College London is launching a major cultural inquiry into the role partnerships play in enabling publicly funded cultural institutions to enhance the quality and diversity of their work across Britain and around the world.
Student talks with government called off
After two weeks of massive demonstrations that shut down large areas of Hong Kong, student leaders agreed to negotiations with government in a bid to gain concessions for a more democratic election system. But just hours before they were to begin on 10 October, the government called off the talks, leaving students questioning its intentions.
Scientists protest cuts, study shows HE funding divide
As scientists across Europe campaign against “vicious” budget cuts, the European University Association published a report last Friday highlighting long-term funding cuts in a majority of countries – some as high as 40% – and an “evolving geographical divide” in terms of higher education investment that it warns is harming Europe’s global competitiveness.
Education bill becomes law despite autonomy concerns
Myanmar’s overarching National Education Bill has finally been passed into law after being approved at the end of September by the Union Parliament – despite concerns from many groups about lack of autonomy for higher education institutions.
Australia’s universities face ‘inevitable decline’
The peak body representing Australian public universities has called on a Senate committee to back the government’s plans to lift restrictions on vice-chancellors setting their own tuition fees, warning that unless this was done, “the performance, competitiveness and reputation of higher education would be condemned to a path of inevitable decline”.
Scientists accuse journals of ‘political’ rejections
Leading scientific journals from Europe and the United States have started to groundlessly reject papers written by Russian scientists and postgraduates, according to some well-known researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences and publishers of physics and chemistry magazines.
New international journal of African higher education
A new International Journal of African Higher Education has been launched, drawing on experts in the region and internationally to chart the development of a sector undergoing rapid expansion and massive change.
Network of biomedical sciences centres of excellence
The African Development Bank has approved loans totalling US$98.22 million to set up a network of centres of excellence in biomedical sciences in the East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Italian physics centre to open branch in Rwanda
The Italy-based International Centre for Theoretical Physics will open a branch campus in Rwanda by January 2015, to operate as an East African regional base and to offer education, training and research at postgraduate level in physics and mathematics.
Peruvian scientists unhappy with ‘brain gain’ scheme
When Maria Quintana returned from her high-tech lab in Sweden to Peru’s National University of Engineering in 2011, she was dismayed to find herself sharing a small, plywood room with three other researchers, faced with broken equipment and without the chemicals she needed for her solar power research.
University boycott extended as democracy rallies swell
Hong Kong university students – part of a huge, often spontaneous pro-democracy movement that has occupied the streets of central Hong Kong in recent days – said last Monday that they would extend their week-long boycott of classes to an indefinite one.
US, UK slide in global ranking continues
The 11th annual Times Higher Education world university ranking confirms the continuing erosion of United States and United Kingdom domination of global higher education and the inexorable rise of universities outside the North Atlantic axis.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s share of global research rises
Research output in Sub-Saharan Africa has soared over the last 10 years – but it is still not adequate to fuel the region’s fast-growing economies – according to a report published last Tuesday by the World Bank and Elsevier. Crucially, it reveals that the region’s share of global research output is growing.
Minister cuts 4,000 study places with low job prospects
Late last month Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, announced that the number of students admitted to degrees with poor job prospects would be slashed by 4,000 within three years – prompting heated public debate.
Bridge the digital divide to recruit mobile students
A survey of nearly 5,000 America-bound international students has recommended that to boost recruitment, universities should adapt to student technology use, embrace the marketing power of the university network and tailor content to communicate their value propositions to students.
Toolkit maps HE ‘cold spots', links to economic growth
A new interactive toolkit developed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England has the potential to boost socio-economic development in the United Kingdom – and in future possibly allow previously higher education-deprived youngsters a chance to study.