Structural reform of Norwegian higher education has led to heated debates regarding the governance and leadership of universities. Now an intervention in the debate by an influential law professor, Jan Fridthjof Bernt, is adding fuel to the fire as he recommends a total overhaul of the governance structure at universities.
The Deutsches Studentenwerk – German Student Welfare Service – has called for an increase in federal government grant support for students in response to the findings of a survey by the Berlin-based Institute for Education and Socio-Economic Research and Consulting.
Strengthening the capacity of East African universities to train PhD and post-doctoral academics in areas such as human nutritional sciences, agriculture, technology, engineering and mathematics is urgently needed to develop local scientific capacity and help the region to achieve its development goals.
A Monument to an Anonymous Peer Reviewer – believed to be the world’s first – has been unveiled at top Russian institution the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Two Nobel Prize winners and researchers across the world supported a crowdfunding campaign that enabled a “useless piece of concrete” to be transformed into an artwork.
India’s plan to develop 20 world-class universities will favour institutions strong in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM subjects, experts said last week as the human resource development ministry sent its proposals for the new Institutions of Eminence scheme to the cabinet for approval.
Australia has bolstered its popularity as a world-class education destination with new data showing international student numbers jumped up by 15% in the first three months of this year compared to 2016.
Amnesty International has called for the release of three students sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by a military tribunal in Cameroon after they shared a joke among each other about the recruitment criteria of Nigeria-based extremist Islamic group Boko Haram.
Thailand is poised to issue a new decree that will allow foreign universities to operate in its special economic zones under a plan approved last week by the cabinet and military junta. The decree will permit foreign universities to be set up with exemptions from the normal rules and will be irrevocable, enabling universities to make long-term plans.
A new government decree to ease the way for foreign investment in education in Vietnam, likely to be approved by the country’s leadership as early as June, will streamline procedures and reduce bureaucracy for setting up foreign branch campuses in the country.
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced the dissolution of 25% of the research laboratories in the country following a “thorough and complete” evaluation of the structure of the current national research system.
A professor and a school teacher, detained by police on the 75th day of their hunger strike in the capital, Ankara, have been arrested. Police were concerned that the strike – against being dismissed from their jobs via statutory decrees issued since the failed coup attempt – would become a 'death fast', sparking a wider protest movement.
The approximately 2,000 beneficiaries of Becas Chile, the country’s largest provider of postgraduate scholarships for studying abroad, have mostly welcomed changes to the conditions attached to the scholarships, except for the failure to scrap the requirement to return to Chile after graduation.
The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers is now asking international doctoral candidates in Sweden to report if they have been treated unfairly by the Swedish Migration Agency in decisions to reject permanent residence, so that it can seek a ruling by the higher migration appeal court.
Libya’s higher education teaching staff – already fed up with what they believe is inadequate government funding for higher education and lack of security – began an indefinite strike on 23 May over the issue of overtime and bonus payments, effectively shutting higher education institutions throughout the country.
Postgraduate students at the prestigious private university Yale are protesting in support of union demands for fair wages and benefits that faculty members – whose classes they teach – enjoy. But they are fighting a broader downward trend in unionisation that looks set to continue.
Providing good-quality higher education to low-income and middle-class students in Latin America and the Caribbean, who are joining universities and technical colleges in droves, is a big challenge for this group of countries, according to a World Bank report released on 17 May.
Heads of East African states declared the transformation of the East African Community into a Common Higher Education Area, which will facilitate the recognition of academic certificates and the transfer of credits from higher education institutions across the region, at their summit on 20 May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Conservative Party election manifesto pledges to toughen visa requirements for international students and raise the level of health surcharge they must pay, as part of the continuing effort to “bear down on immigration from outside the European Union”. It does not specify whether the United Kingdom will seek to stay in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ after Brexit.
India and Egypt have unveiled a plan to strengthen academic, scientific and cultural cooperation between universities in India and Egypt, along with exchange of knowledge and best practices in teaching, research and administration. The plan includes setting up a joint institution, networking among universities in the two countries and enhancing student and academic mobility.
Universities in several Asian countries have been affected by cyberattacks with possible consequences for research data as well as personal data of students and others. However, Chinese universities were worst affected by an unprecedented worldwide attack that began on 12 May, according to cybersecurity experts.
The number of universities judged to be 'very international' has jumped from one to three in this year’s 'internationalisation index', the rating developed by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Chalmers University of Technology have joined the Stockholm School of Economics at the top.
Canada and France have signed a cooperation agreement to improve professional opportunities for students studying for a degree in 'French as a foreign language' in France. The agreement will pave the way for cooperation between the leaders of 34 French and Canadian universities and increase student mobility between the two countries.
Frédérique Vidal, president of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, was appointed Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation on 17 May, in the new government of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, under President Emmanuel Macron.
Norway’s quality assurance agency is now assessing an institution's international standing in particular fields before granting university status, but the move is proving controversial with some university leaders, who say it is too geared to usefulness for industry and not enough to addressing global challenges.
Higher education students, tired of enduring high levels of economic stress and desperate for political change, are joining campus-based student unions in their numbers despite concerns around the strong alignment of such groups to national political parties.