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Non-EU international students to pay much higher fees
The French government is proposing to raise fees tenfold to sixteenfold for foreign students from outside the European Union from the next university year, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced. At present these students pay the same fees as French and EU students.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UK student sentenced to life for ‘spying’ is ‘terrified’
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he has had constructive discussions with United Arab Emirates officials about the case of UK researcher Matthew Hedges, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the UAE after being accused of spying while researching his PhD thesis.
International student boom could evaporate, experts warn
Australia has been enormously successful in selling higher education to foreign students. But experts warn the situation facing the nation’s top universities has become dangerously precarious with universities relying too heavily on students from China and becoming vulnerable to Chinese government intervention.
Report explores tensions behind the failure of education
A new World Bank report identifies the tenuous link between credentials and skills as one of four key “tensions” behind the failure of the Middle East and North Africa region to fully reap the personal, social and economic benefits of education.
Government proposes lower-cost fast-track degrees
The United Kingdom universities minister has unveiled plans to allow universities to charge higher annual fees for two-year accelerated full degree courses – which will cut the total cost to students by 20% – to encourage more institutions to offer them and drive up student choice.
Former MSU president charged with lying in abuse probe
Lou Anna K Simon, the former president of Michigan State University (MSU), has been charged with lying to state police during an investigation into sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, the disgraced former MSU sports doctor who abused hundreds of young women.
Decision to cut international student numbers backfires
Jan Petter Myklebust
The political agreement between the government and the right-wing Danish People’s Party to cut the number of international students by 1,000 is forcing masters degree programmes taught in English to close, with severe consequences for Danish students.
New strategy promotes women in HE and research
Women’s participation in higher education, research and innovation is one of two cross-cutting themes at the heart of the updated Africa Strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which was introduced earlier this month.
Navigating the world’s transition to a gig economy
Educators need to prepare workers for the labour changes that are coming. Doing so will create workforces that can prosper in the future. Universities will need to embrace alternative credentials and lifelong learning and teach their students enterprise and grit.
Selling higher education has become precarious
Bob Birrell and Katharine Betts
The Group of Eight universities’ overdependence on Chinese students puts them at risk from political interventions by the Chinese government but also from reputational harm due to low outcomes for Chinese students. Other universities’ overreliance on Indian students makes them vulnerable to visa regime changes.
Why women-only professorship appointments are needed
Tony McMahon, Anne Scott and Colin Scott
The plan for 45 women-only professorship appointments has split opinion. But it is right to take a temporary measure to seek to correct historic inequalities in promotional opportunities for women academics, both on fairness grounds and to further improve the effectiveness of universities.
Are global rankings relevant to sustainable development?
International university ranking systems have a short window in which to reflect on their relevance and reinvent themselves in an era where the focus of universities is on global sustainability. If they don’t, they will get left behind.
Internationalisation of the curriculum comes of age
Valerie Clifford and Martin Haigh
Internationalisation of the curriculum is not just about getting graduates good jobs. Its ultimate goal is to create global citizens who promote the welfare of the future world and are prepared to tackle its most serious problems.
Higher education can take a lead in fighting inequity
The first World Access to Higher Education Day aims to show that higher education can and wants to become more equal and should take the lead in pressing governments to systematically commit to clear strategies for achieving equity for students from marginalised groups.
The new politics of higher education and inequality
Universities outside the global capitals are looking to develop a new politics of higher education – one that is both locally and globally engaged at the same time and which seeks to address growing inequalities between global cities and the regions.
Life sentence sends a message of fear to other academics
Brendan O’Malley and Wagdy Sawahel
The sentencing of United Kingdom doctoral student Matthew Hedges to life imprisonment in Abu Dhabi is causing further shock and alarm for academics undertaking research in the Middle East, who are already shaken by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October.
Staff strike reflects frustration over broken promises
Beyond the specific salary and benefits-related grievances behind the latest strike by academic staff is intense frustration over the Nigerian government’s failure over several years to meet the terms of its own agreements with respect to adequately funding the sector’s growing public universities – most of which are in a state of perilous infrastructural decline.
In wake of bombing, plan to fight extremism on campuses
Formal steps to tackle terrorism at higher education institutions have been announced by the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the wake of a suicide bomb attack carried out by a jobless female university graduate last month.
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