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Islamic bank invests in SDG-aligned science capacity
Twenty-five African countries that are members of the Islamic Development Bank are set to benefit from support to grow their high-level science, following the signing of a cooperation accord between the bank and the World Academy of Sciences, aimed in part at helping the countries achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
1,200 women students charged over harassment protest
Clashes over protests by students at one of India’s top universities over the molestation of a female student by motorcycle assailants on campus have highlighted the government’s deteriorating record on gender issues. The state government has ordered a judicial probe into the campus violence.
Half of the public does not trust research – Survey
Almost one in two members of the public – 46% – think that research results published by industry or public offices cannot be trusted, and 40% think research results are influenced by researchers’ opinions, a new survey commissioned by the Research Council of Norway has found.
Black graduates struggle the most to find employment
Black South Africans remain economically disadvantaged and are the group least likely to find employment – even after achieving higher education qualifications, according to the latest statistics from Statistics South Africa.
Student leaders say AfD is a threat to science and HE
The far-right 'Alternative für Deutschland' or AfD party’s entry into the German federal parliament has sent shockwaves through the political establishment. Most of its members of parliament are academics, but the student union, FZS, is warning of a threat to science and a rollback to undemocratic governance structures in higher education.
Wanted by the Next Einstein Forum – More female fellows
The Next Einstein Forum fellowship programme, run by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, is offering eligible scientists another opportunity to join its 2017-19 fellows, in a move intended to push up the number of women fellows to a minimum of 40%.
SDGs – Universities are moving from what to do to how
The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, including one on education, were agreed at a United Nations summit two years ago and aim to solve the world’s biggest problems by 2030, but how far have universities gone in helping to achieve them?
One in six state-funded university places axed
The number of state-funded places at domestic universities has been cut by 17% this academic year in line with Ministry of Education and Science proposals under the ongoing reform of the Ukrainian national system of higher education, which includes dropping specialist degrees.
Universities warn court of harm caused by travel ban
Higher education associations have submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court warning that the Executive Order banning entry to the US from six countries will send a “clarion message of exclusion” to foreign students and researchers around the globe.
Universities told to step up anti-extremism measures
With a rising tendency towards extremism among university students from privileged backgrounds, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal last week urged university vice-chancellors to step up anti-radicalisation measures on campuses.
UK minister signs umbrella science agreement with US
United Kingdom Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has signed a UK-US Science and Technology Agreement with United States Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith G Garber, marking the first umbrella agreement between the United States and United Kingdom.
Public backs higher funding for university research
The overwhelming majority of Canadians believes in the importance of university research for Canada’s future as an innovation leader and its importance in tackling pressing global challenges, and that university research should be funded at globally competitive levels, according to a new survey.
Drastic population drop to hit higher education funding
Without reforms to the higher education sector, Thailand’s drastic population drop in recent years could affect the funding and quality of universities – and put many universities at risk – education experts warn after the university central admissions exam saw a 20% drop in numbers of applications.
Experts call for radical changes in higher education
Experts say Poland needs to take radical steps to address underfunding, mission diversity, quality assurance weaknesses and gender bias, and improve research excellence, doctoral training and internationalisation. But not all of their ideas made it into the higher education law proposed last week.
Universities face an age of cyber crime
An increasing number of cyber attacks targeting African higher education institutions and universities points to the need for more effective security and greater emphasis on university-based education and research, according to experts.
Top universities banned from using foreign funding
An interior ministry order banning several top institutions, including the University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, as well as major research bodies such as the Indian Council of Medical Research, from receiving foreign funds has raised questions around the autonomy of these institutions, as well as the future of foreign-funded projects.
Up to 88 Makerere staff face degree forgery prosecution
Up to 88 people at Makerere University, one of Africa’s most prestigious universities, have been apprehended for possible prosecution over the alteration of student marks in an investigation that is expected to see the withdrawal of some of the university’s law degrees dating back to 2011.
China tells Hong Kong universities to curb ‘separatists’
China’s official media has hit out at the unfurling of banners backing Hong Kong independence from China at a number of Hong Kong’s universities, putting pressure on the Hong Kong government and on university management to curb such activities.
Universities to be punished for admissions ‘arms race’
In a drive against excessive tutoring and elite private schools that prepare students for the best universities, the South Korean government has ordered almost a dozen universities – including its top three – to bring their admissions tests more in line with the normal high school curriculum.
Election pledges address student fees and allowances
New Zealand’s opposition parties are promising more financial support and lower fees for tertiary students in an attempt to woo youth voters – and their parents – ahead of this week’s general elections. But little is being offered for universities and other tertiary institutions.
Pressure mounts as universities hike residence fees
Egyptian authorities have announced an increase in accommodation fees for students living in university dormitories, putting mounting pressure on students and their families living through the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.
Students to mobilise against university budget cuts
The Education Alliance, comprising more than 40 Danish student organisations, is calling for a demonstration in central Copenhagen and elsewhere in Denmark on 5 October against government education cuts that are resulting in ‘quality deterioration’ in higher education.
Universities told to issue regular financial reports
Kenya’s universities have been ordered to publish regular financial performance reports as part of sweeping regulations which take effect this year, aimed at lifting the veil of secrecy that has shrouded institutions’ financial status and effectively put millions of dollars at risk.
Anne Frank honours given to JRS and Scholars at Risk
The Jesuit Refugee Service, an NGO providing higher education to refugees in their camps and urban settings, and Scholars at Risk, a scholar rescue organisation, have been given the Anne Frank Award and Anne Frank Special Recognition Award respectively for their commitment to the rights of refugees.
Chinese universities hit new heights in global ranking
United Kingdom universities have taken the top two places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time, but the key trend is the continuing rise of Chinese universities which have taken two top-30 places for the first time. China’s lower-ranked universities have also made big gains.