UN urges universities to pioneer green innovation and be catalysers of sustainability.
19 May 2019  Issue No: 552
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PHOTOThe leading global environmental authority has warned that many universities are struggling with the concept of ‘greening’ and has urged higher education institutions worldwide to replicate exemplar universities who are pioneering green innovations and developing and implementing strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.
The new global recognition convention will be adopted in November. It will give the 2.5 million students who study outside their home region a legal right to have their qualifications assessed for admission to further study or employment in another country.
The fate of global cities tends to mirror relationships between universities around the world and highlight the links between global higher education and thriving local urban centres. Research shows the benefits of university’s international activity can be spread to marginalised communities.
PHOTOIncreased federal investments in scientific research and human capital are needed if the United States is to maintain its position as world leader in science, says a report by the Task Force on American Innovation; otherwise China is set to take top spot.
PHOTODespite a crackdown on bogus universities in the United Kingdom, often viewed as aiding illegal immigration, the incidence of fake or fraudulent providers is relatively rare despite scant official oversight of the education sector. There is far greater risk of substandard provision than outright fraud.
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PHOTOTimes Higher Education’s new University Impact Rankings, based on 11 of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, include a broader range of institutions from India and show how community-based criteria could shake up the global rankings system and raise questions about the role of universities.
Transformative Leadership
PHOTOSouth African public universities have a vital role to play in shaping the era of the fourth industrial revolution for the public good, but much transformative innovation is small scale and a significant shift is needed to ensure the knowledge society benefits the many, not the few.
PHOTOFew Australian politicians can claim to have had such a profound effect on the nation and on higher education as Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd prime minister and the Labor Party’s longest-serving head of government, who died in Sydney on 16 May at the age of 89.
PHOTOWill the much-vaunted fourth industrial revolution (4IR) have the massive impacts on human life and work that its proponents suggest? Will it usher in an era of artificial intelligence and redundant workers? Or is it simply an intellectual trend that, like others, will fade away under the weight of unmet predictions?
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