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17 March 2019  Issue No: 543
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PHOTODozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy to facilitate cheating on United States college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits have been arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in a federal court in Boston.
European universities need to embrace change by continuing to forge alliances with innovative companies and independent research groups, thereby building bridges across institutional and disciplinary boundaries to address shared challenges, experts agreed at a recent launch in Brussels of a European University Association report on the role of universities in innovation ecosystems.
African universities can play a central role in development if they promote a scientific culture based on evidence-gathering from hard data. It entails doing research and scholarly analysis on national issues and communicating the findings to communities and societal leaders for policy-making or guidance.
PHOTOUniversities have warned that cooperation agreements with Iranian universities could be at risk over the conviction and death sentence in Iran of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali – a significant stepping up of pressure on Iranian authorities by universities in Europe and elsewhere.
PHOTONew research shows the impact of long visa delays for international students who want to work or set up a business in the United States. Many are choosing to look elsewhere and the US could lose out in the long run.
Transformative Leadership
PHOTOAt the current rate of progress, the global gender gap will take more than a century to close and economic gender parity will take 202 years, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2018. Are there lessons that can be learned from the four Scandinavian countries leading the gender parity ranking?
PHOTOThe Institute of International Education (IIE) was founded, in the wake of World War I, on the belief that international student exchanges offered a pathway to lasting peace and fought unnecessary restrictions on foreign students and scholars entering the United States – a battle still waged today.
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