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The Alliance for African Partnership is a new initiative of Michigan State University or MSU, which aims to support sustainable, effective and equitable long-term partnerships among African organisations, MSU and other international organisations. The launch took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 18-20 July, featured prominent African leaders from higher education, research institutes and other sectors, and focused on the theme of “Putting vision into action together”.
A new model for African partnerships launched
Inspired by the need for a new approach to African partnerships, Michigan State University’s Alliance for African Partnership was launched in Tanzania recently.
Building better academic partnerships in the arts
The power of the arts and literature as tools for self-determination and asserting cultural identity has complicated the formation of partnerships between Africa and the rest of the world, resulting in the need for a more reflective approach to building partnerships.
Institutional partnerships – Shifting the centre of gravity
The landscape for partnerships between African and international organisations is changing, with the centre of gravity shifting towards the physical area in which the research and development are being conducted. A desired outcome of this relocation is a more effective functioning of the overall development ecosystem, according to delegates at the launch of the Alliance for African Partnership, held in Tanzania last month.
Vice-chancellors pin hopes on stronger partnerships
Michigan State University’s new initiative, the Alliance for African Partnership, has raised interest among vice-chancellors across Africa, who hope to address some of their research and teaching challenges through partnerships.

‘Sub-optimal’ partnerships continue to impede progress
Partnerships are inherent to the human condition, but action is urgently needed to improve the quality of the ‘sub-optimal’ partnerships that Africa continues to develop within the continent and with the outside world, according to Célestin Monga, chief economist and vice-president for economic governance and knowledge management at the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire.
Creating equal partnerships calls for a paradigm shift
While it is widely known that few partnerships between African and international organisations benefit all the parties involved, how to change that imbalance remains a key challenge, but one that the recently launched Alliance for African Partnership is determined to tackle.
Universities UK Forum
The International Higher Education Forum organised by Universities UK on 21 March in London explored how universities in the United Kingdom can maximise the emerging international opportunities and overcome challenges resulting from the radical political shifts the UK has experienced over the last year. University World News covered the event.
Universities should make their own foreign policies
Universities in the United States and United Kingdom need to call upon their “marvellous capacities for having their own foreign policies” in the light of Donald Trump being elected US president and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the 2017 International Higher Education Forum organised by Universities UK in London was told this week.
Driving up TNE is a key UK strategy post-Brexit
Higher education will be a central plank in the strategy for boosting the export industry of post-Brexit Britain, the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade, Mark Garnier, told the International Higher Education Forum in London. Transnational education or TNE provided a British higher education to more than 300,000 people in 2014-15, mostly in Asia.
Research partnerships must ‘match China’s ambitions’
British universities’ partnerships in China need to ratchet up from academic research collaborations ending in published papers to a broader and more strategic approach to match China’s own national ambitions, an international higher education forum organised by Universities UK heard this week.
UK is best place to be a researcher, conference told
British universities need to use one of the best weapons in their armoury to attract and retain international academic researchers in the era of Brexit and tighter visa restrictions, delegates to the Universities UK International Higher Education Forum were told this week.
Plea to universities to alleviate Syria’s brain drain
The Institute of International Education has urged every one of the 15,000 universities around the world to offer a tuition-free place to one Syrian student and rescue one Syrian academic displaced by the civil war to prepare the country to rebuild after the conflict.
Special Report: CHEA 2017
America's Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA, held its 2017 annual conference in Washington DC last week, on the theme "Quality Assurance and Accreditation: Moving into the future", followed by a meeting of CHEA's International Quality Group. University World News was there.
Changing world challenges higher education, accreditation
The shifting terrain of higher education worldwide is challenging quality assurance and accreditation professionals to examine how they can adjust or transform traditional practices and policies while also preserving core academic values.
Universities feel early impacts of Trump era uncertainty
United States President Donald Trump, whose first two weeks in office were as unprecedented as his once-unfathomable ascendancy to the nation's highest office, appears eager to maintain a frenetic pace, political analysts told an international gathering of higher education quality assurance and accreditation experts in Washington.
Collective effort needed to combat academic corruption
A panel presentation on how the global academic community can combat academic corruption in higher education provoked a lively discussion highlighting the widespread and wide-ranging scope of the problem, the diversity of responses and a growing sense that the issue belongs high on the agenda for policy-makers in international education.
Quality assurance, higher education and the SDGs
Noting that higher education lies at the core of many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the chief of UNESCO's higher education division last week outlined for quality assurance professionals the role they can play in contributing to the success of the initiative.
Does your place in global university rankings matter?
The Higher Education Policy Institute's latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views.
Why most universities should quit the rankings game
For mid-range national, regional and specialist universities and colleges, and their stakeholders and governments, rankings are a losing game – it is almost never worth the resources required or the changes in mission – and they present dangers for flagship universities too.
Are global university rankings a badge of shame?
Governments, universities and potential students need to understand that international rankings of universities are essentially measures of research activity that are based on data which is unaudited and of doubtful quality.
Rankings – A useful barometer of universities’ standing
While current global rankings need to be understood based on the limitations of the data available, criticism of them needs to be evidence-based and to take into account the positives as well as the negatives, which the Higher Education Policy Institute report fails to do.
University rankings are innovating and improving
The Higher Education Policy Institute report on rankings contributes to the ongoing discussion of how to improve global university rankings, but is wrong in saying governments should ignore them, as they provide useful strategic analysis and are definitely here to stay.
Towards a fairer and more robust university ranking
The Higher Education Policy Institute has raised significant concerns about rankings. U-Multirank offers ways to tackle many of them by offering a multi-dimensional and fair way to assess performance, and reflects the diversity of global higher education.
Transformative Leadership
This week's supplement on Transformative Leadership, in which University World News is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation, focuses on the development of internationalisation in higher education and how it can enrich the curriculum, encourage the emergence of new leaders, and help transform the economy.