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How will ongoing terror attacks affect international student mobility?

In Commentary, Marguerite Dennis looks at how international student mobility might change in a world shaped by ongoing terrorist attacks. Following the recent terror attack in Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria suggests alternative initiatives to military power to help make campuses in the Muslim world more secure. Rui Yang says that, while the rise of East Asian universities has been impressive, their future success may be undermined by the toxic academic culture in the region. Edward Vickers says the humanities and social sciences in Japan’s national universities certainly need restructuring – but they require more public support, not less – and this applies not least to the field of education. And Elizabeth Balbachevsky contends that Brazil’s University of São Paulo, although academically excellent, lags behind what one would expect from a ‘New Flagship University’ as portrayed in John Douglass’ new book.
In our World Blog this week, Tom Abeles argues that there is not enough money or qualified academics to establish world-class or flagship universities in the developing world.
In Features, Nicola Jenvey and Brendan O’Malley report on the UK Higher Education Commission’s findings that the use of data analytics by universities can ensure students are better taught and supported throughout their courses.
In a Special Report covering last week’s conference of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the United States, Mary Beth Marklein reports on the OECD’s contention that there is a need for an international comparative assessment of graduate outcomes.
In the latest article in our “Africa: University Leadership” series, Donald Otoyo Ondieki and Emily Achieng’ Akuno propose that vice-chancellors create enabling environments for creative and cultural industries, which contribute 5% of Kenya’s gross domestic product but remain neglected by government and higher education.
Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor
NEWS: Our correspondents worldwide report
Brendan O'Malley

Australia has experienced the biggest jump in Indigenous higher education enrolments in nearly a decade and overall enrolment has reached a record high, according to new student data, with notable increases in enrolments of regional students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Brendan O'Malley

U-Multirank results are based on “unverifiable data” and “imprecise definitions” and its indicators remain “weak proxies of quality for valid international comparison of institutions”, according to the Coimbra Group of European universities, in a stinging public criticism of the way the U-Multirank ranking system is being implemented.
Yojana Sharma

Government scholarships for Malaysian students to study overseas have been slashed in a revised budget announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak last week, as the country suffers from a continued economic downturn, depreciating currency and a global drop in oil prices.
Gilbert Nganga

Tucked away on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, the Commission for University Education has been criticised for not having ‘bite’ in regulating the higher education sector. But this month the commission rose from the shadows, ordering 10 university campuses to close in what could be a turning point in salvaging the country’s higher education system.
Ameen Amjad Khan

Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments have moved to increase security at academic institutions after academics raised concerns of insufficient protection following the 20 January attack on Charsadda’s Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by Pakistan Taliban-linked militants, which left 21 dead and 30 injured.
Brendan O'Malley

The University of Helsinki is to cut its staff by nearly 1,000 by the end of 2017, making 570 terminations this spring, it confirmed in a public statement last week. But it has also warned that further cuts may have to be made once national discussions about streamlining the network of universities have come to a conclusion.
Brendan O'Malley

A steep rise in the start-up creation and business incubation has been helped by the creation of a dynamic support system to foster entrepreneurship and enhance levels of innovation in which universities are playing a vital role, according to a Danish government report.
Brad Wolverton and Sandhya Kambhampati, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Donations to capital campaigns for new facilities and commitments to cover more aid for athletes helped major-college athletic departments raise more than US$1 billion in 2015, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education. It was the fourth time in the past five years that gifts for athletics had crossed the billion-dollar mark.
Ashraf Khaled

Egypt’s higher education authorities have curtailed a decades-old incentive system for sports students, saying that it has been abused for university entry.
Wagdy Sawahel

Africa has been late to join the ‘green’ universities movement – only five institutions on the continent are among more than 400 participating in a global ranking of universities that practise environmentally friendly policies to help combat climate change. But now national and regional ‘green’ university networks are being developed on the continent.

Advances in the physical, mathematical and biological sciences in the past 20 to 30 years underpin A$330 billion (US$233 billion) a year of Australia’s economic output. These advances also support nearly 1.2 million Australian jobs, or 10% of total employment, according to two new reports.
Comparative assessment of learning outcomes, shared principles of quality assurance, tackling corruption, and adapting accreditation to non-traditional providers were among the key topics at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or CHEA, 2016 and the CHEA International Quality Group, or CIQG, 2016 conferences held in Washington, DC last week, for which University World News is a media partner. Mary Beth Marklein reports for University World News.
Mary Beth Marklein

There has been an explosion of demand for higher education and evidence of its value. We have to find new ways to be more open and honest about what students are learning and that should include an international comparative assessment of graduate outcomes, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says.
Mary Beth Marklein

A set of shared principles on how to define quality in higher education is gaining support among stakeholders in multiple countries, and a plan is in place to create opportunities for greater cross-border cooperation in matters of quality assurance and accreditation.
Mary Beth Marklein

As stories of academic fraud and corruption multiply around the globe, quality assurance professionals are grappling with how they can help combat problems such as the spread of fake degrees and falsified research.
Mary Beth Marklein

Can accreditation adapt to radically new ways of providing higher education? A new type of university with no campus, where students learn together online – but travel to live together in seven cities across the globe over four years – is showing that it doesn’t have to. Traditional standards and ways of gauging them still apply.
Marguerite Dennis

Will international student mobility patterns change after recent terrorist attacks around the world? Universities around the world may be forced to accept the reality of a new world order and plan for a future based on change.
Rafia Zakaria

To make campuses in the Muslim world more secure requires more than military power. It requires the promotion of initiatives that recognise the ills of colonialism without believing and promoting a concomitant and bloody obscurantism.
Rui Yang

An academic culture that is based on meritocratic values, free enquiry and competition is largely absent in East Asia.
Edward Vickers

Concerns about the government’s position on the arts, humanities and social sciences belie a wider questioning about the purpose of universities and society.
Elizabeth Balbachevsky

The University of São Paulo is Brazil’s leading university, but its governance structure and lack of independent outside voices mean it fails to deliver the social leadership required of a 'New Flagship University'.
Tom Abeles

It’s no use talking about world-class or flagship universities in the developing world where there are not enough financial resources or qualified teaching staff. A new system is needed.
Nicola Jenvey and Brendan O’Malley

Just as the big supermarket chains are using personal data to tailor their services to their customers, universities will increasingly be able to tailor their support and services for their own consumers, their students.
Donald Otoyo Ondieki and Emily Achieng’ Akuno

Copyright-based industries contribute around 5% of Kenya’s gross domestic product – more than agriculture, education or healthcare. Yet the creative economy is ignored by government. Visionary higher education leaders must design institutional frameworks that provide an enabling environment for developing the lucrative creative and cultural industries.
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Visa requirements for foreigners applying to study in Indonesian universities have been eased in a bid to attract more international students, writes Liza Yosephine for The Jakarta Post.

“Education cannot be regulated by the market,” declared Peru’s President Ollanta Humala following the approval of the ‘University Law’ which ushers in some of the most sweeping changes that Peruvian higher education has ever seen, writes Simon Wilson for Latin Correspondent.

Experts predict that the lifting of sanctions on Iran is likely to lead to a “gradual opening” of its higher education sector, but collaborations with neighbouring Gulf nations will be limited, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.

Parliament was told in a briefing last week that proposed changes to laws governing tertiary institutions should not be seen as a "blank cheque" giving Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande unrestricted powers, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive.

A group of prominent economists at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has criticised the central bank’s educational programmes, saying they promote the views of its leadership at public expense and breach rules governing universities – allegations the bank has rejected, writes Marton Eder for Bloomberg.

Three of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical groups have teamed up with a trio of Britain’s top universities to create a £40 million (US$57 million) fund to help turn promising scientific research into new medicines, writes Andrew Ward for Financial Times.

The governing body of the University of Sydney voted to shrink its number of faculties from 16 to six and cut elected positions from its senate in what critics have called a "secret meeting" late last year, writes Angela Lavoipierre for ABC.

The Beijing authorities have announced new policies that will make it easier for international students to work and hold internships in the city’s buzzing tech district, Zhongguancun, writes Sara Custer for The PIE News.

Only 10% of Russia’s state educational and research institutes can make breakthrough developments, President Vladimir Putin recently told a meeting of the Council for Science and Education, reports TASS.

America’s colleges are raking in more money than ever before. The Council for Aid to Education estimates they had a US$40.3 billion haul in 2015, a record for its annual survey of higher education fundraising, writes Melvin Backman for Quartz.

Amid a backlash following his statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, students, Muhammad Nasir, the minister of research, technology and higher education, defended himself last Tuesday, denying he called for a ban on gays and lesbians from the campus of the University of Indonesia, reports Rappler.

North Korea has announced the arrest of a university student from Ohio accused of posing as a tourist to commit a “hostile act” against the reclusive nation, writes Alexandra Zavis for the Los Angeles Times.
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