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Ruling cracks down on rogue distance or open courses
The Supreme Court of India has issued a restraint on all deemed universities preventing them from conducting distance or correspondence degree courses from 2018-19 without specific permission and inspection, after annulling degrees awarded by three such institutions found to be operating illegally.
Over 8,000 non-PhD lecturers face job loss, demotion
More than 8,000 lecturers in Kenya risk losing their teaching jobs or being demoted in the next two months as a government directive setting a new appointment threshold for tutors takes effect.
Universities can help drive change on sexual harassment
Universities could have an important role to play in driving a cultural change regarding sexual harassment, but having policies and strategies is not enough – they must be accompanied by activities to support cultural change, Universities UK President Janet Beer has warned.
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Elite universities invest endowments via tax havens
Elite universities in the United States and the United Kingdom have been secretly investing endowment funds offshore in order to pay little or no tax, and to hide controversial investments, for instance those related to fossil fuels, according to details revealed in the so-called Paradise Papers.
Institutions move to cut international student numbers
Jan Petter Myklebust
Enrolment in Danish business academies and professional universities fell by nearly 28% in 2017 following action taken by the institutions to reduce the number of foreign students, according to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, with students from Eastern Europe most affected.
University funding to be linked to gender equality
Universities that do not make progress towards achieving gender equality will lose access to research funding. State funding will be linked to institutions’ performance and will be withheld if they fail to meet agreed targets, a minister has announced.
Are universities picking the right research partners?
Jan Petter Myklebust
A new report mapping out world trends in research productivity argues that Swedish universities should reconsider how they develop international collaboration to take into account the fast pace of growth in research in countries that are not among Sweden’s main partners.
Makerere to host two centres of scientific excellence
Makerere University’s science-based colleges have secured US$12 million in twin grants from the World Bank to run two African centres of excellence aimed at strengthening training and research in two critical areas of science – nanotechnology and crop improvement.
Most students don’t see value of two-year UG degrees
Only 26% of respondents in a survey of international students said they would be willing to pay a higher annual tuition fee for intensive undergraduate degree courses taken over two years instead of three, pointing to a low level of understanding of the concept of two-year degrees.
International students add US$627 million to economy
Jan Petter Myklebust
The net contribution to the economy of the 5,046 international students graduating with masters degrees in 2007-11, when deducting for all costs incurred for higher education and welfare expenses, including for those receiving Danish student financing, was DKK4 billion (US$627 million) in 2007-11.
In turbulent times trust is crucial for universities
Universities, scientists and scholars need to do more to engage with the public, listen to them, pay attention to the social pressures they face, and take their concerns seriously if they want to confront the rising wave of anti-elitism sweeping the continent.
Educating for the fourth industrial revolution
Roger Chao Jr
Higher education needs to start a proper conversation about how we educate people – from young to old – and also how we train teachers in the skills and knowledge we will need for the fourth industrial revolution and those that follow it.
Why the world-class model doesn’t work for India
Governments are wasting time on developing ‘world-class’ universities and ideas of quality that are not fit for countries such as India, entrenching inequality rather than adding social value. It would be better to tackle the existing constraints such as a lack of funding.
Time for decisive action to improve teacher education
Who delivers the instruction and how is the most important determinant of a young person’s educational success. For any education system to be successful there must first and foremost be good teachers and that requires tough entry and exit criteria and a relevant curriculum.
Where universities are active agents of peace building
Universities in Colombia are playing a multi-faceted role in helping to build a sustainable peace after decades of protracted violent conflict that cost tens of thousands of lives each year. There may be important lessons for other countries in knowing which strategies have worked best.
Higher education failing to challenge inequity – Report
Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to move their tertiary education systems from highly elitist to mass-based when compared with other regions in the world, according to a new World Bank study.
Report calls for overhaul of agricultural education
South Africa is unable to realise its considerable agricultural potential in part because agricultural education and training systems are in need of a major overhaul, according to a recent report commissioned by the Academy of Science of South Africa.
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