NEWS – Our correspondents worldwide report
Panic over US scrutiny of science talent programme
China's universities, along with the ministry of education, are hastily deleting all references to the country’s flagship international science ‘Thousand Talents’ programme from their websites, in response to United States investigations into whether it facilitates illicit transfer of US technology, intellectual property and know-how.
One in seven students go without food or necessities
Nearly one million Australians are now studying at university, but for most life is hard, with one in seven going without food or other necessities because they cannot afford the costs and four in five having to find paid work to survive.
Nine SADC countries geared for qualifications framework
Nine Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are implementing a comprehensive qualifications framework, which will both facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications and ensure the easy movement of students and workers within the bloc’s 16 countries.
Medicine academies demand post-Brexit research deal
The Federation of European Academies of Medicine has called on European Union and United Kingdom Brexit negotiators to reach an agreement that will secure continued medical research co-operation post-Brexit and ensure continued unhindered movement of researchers in particular.
Students threaten campus walkout over sedition charges
Sedition charges against two Kashmiri students at India’s Aligarh Muslim University, and their suspension from the university, led to a threat by more than 1,200 other Kashmiri students to quit the university and leave for home if the sedition charges are not dropped.
Doctoral qualification standard gets favourable review
Academics have given the thumbs-up to a draft document that aims not only to increase the number of doctoral degrees in South Africa but to improve national standards by providing a watertight system that rigorously guarantees quality.
Birmingham opens door to Chinese students with gaokao
The University of Birmingham has announced that it will accept the gaokao exam for high-flying Chinese students wishing to join its undergraduate courses in 2019 in place of A-levels or the International Baccalaureate and claims to be the first Russell Group university to do so.
Students arrested in protests over university age limit
Two students were arrested after student unions and associations protested outside Mauritania’s Ministry for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Nouakchott after its recent decision to bar more than 1,000 high school graduates aged over 25 from studying at higher education institutions.
Government takes steps to lure and retain foreign talent
Jan Petter Myklebust
A new strategy for strengthening international recruitment for the workforce will help the hiring of international researchers by reducing the income threshold and will encourage international students to stay on and work by giving them a more flexible route into employment after graduation.
Federal review of standards of HE courses announced
Organisations that offer higher education courses in Australia are to face a federal review of their standards. The review was called by Education Minister Dan Tehan who has asked Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake to conduct the examination.
Why HE is key to Panama’s 21st century economy
Philip G Altbach and Nanette A Svenson
Panama is a crucial regional and global crossroads and likes to compare itself with Singapore, but its higher education and research sectors have been particularly disadvantaged, badly managed and resource-starved and need reform if the country is to capitalise on its geographical advantages.
A unique opportunity to promote scientific collaboration
Rami M Ayoubi and Engin Akcay
Science diplomacy needs to be reformed so that its potential for promoting African development and fostering a culture of peaceful co-existence can be fully realised. Well-selected science diplomats posted abroad could make an exceptional contribution to their country and region.
Employers need graduates to be taught vital soft skills
With high graduate unemployment in Tanzania, universities need to shift their focus from increasing enrolment figures at institutions to providing a quality education enhanced by soft skills, both of which are required by employers in a challenging economic climate.
Can universities become more agile?
Some traditional universities have become too big and bureaucratic and appear to have lost sight of their main functions. Smaller institutions have smaller classes, offer more contemporary content, better industry links and are more nimble and responsive to society.
A critical moment for universities to take a lead
What is the role of universities in driving positive change in the world? How can they prepare students to face the challenges ahead? These key questions will drive our second series on Transformative Leadership, published in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, starting this week.
Transformative leaders are critical in today’s world
Transformative leaders who inspire academics and students, are deeply connected to changing local and national needs and are able to help their institutions compete with more agile external providers are critical to the future development of universities in a fast-evolving world.
What it's like to be a student on the poverty line
National survey findings showing that one in three students regularly miss lectures or classes to work validate the financial hardship that thousands upon thousands of Australian students experience every day, in what seems to be a perpetual war on young people.
THE PUBLISHING CRISIS
The rise and rise of predatory journals
The rise of university rankings, triggering comparison and competition between universities around the world, and over-reliance on decision-making through numbers has pressured academics to simply publish as much as possible, even if that means resorting to publications that are on the fringes of legitimacy.
UWN UNIVERSITY PARTNER
A pioneer in the development of education technology
An Italian university has carved a place for itself in the international distance learning space for its research into and novel use of emerging technologies – including interactive virtual classrooms, Second Life, talking textbooks and holograms – plus teaching via nine languages. Enrolment has jumped 40% in a year.
Funding for Europe’s universities rising, but not enough
Governments have increased funding for European higher education over the past decade but this recovery is not happening fast enough to produce a catch-up effect, the European University Association reports, and some countries – Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland – have faced 20% cuts.
Hong Kong steps up research collaboration with China
Hong Kong will top up its research endowment fund to the tune of HK$20 billion (US$2.6 billion) to boost innovation as it steps up research collaborations with the Chinese mainland and with other countries, the Hong Kong government has announced.
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