Universities must defend their role as critical and truth-seeking institutions
27 October 2019  Issue No: 572
Top Stories
PHOTOThe original Magna Charter Universitatum was fuelled by concerns over ‘economisation’ of higher education. The new one now being debated needs to address with clarity the need for university autonomy and academic freedom in times when political extremism, populism and nationalism are on the rise.
Racial harassment is occurring at an alarmingly high rate across campuses in the United Kingdom, with 24% of ethnic minority students experiencing harassment this year, and almost one in 12 victims driven to suicidal thoughts. Yet universities remain ‘unaware of the scale of the issue’.
South Korea’s ministry of education has released the results of an investigation into the use of children as authors of research publications at 15 top universities, including Seoul National University and Yonsei University, and found 12 cases involving professors’ children or other underage relatives.
PHOTOA Bangladesh member of parliament (MP) has been expelled from Bangladesh Open University after the university authorities found she had hired eight different proxies to sit her exams. One of her proxies was caught in the act on a television camera for Nagorik TV channel.
African Union Journalism Award
PHOTONorth African correspondent for University World News’ Africa and global editions, Wagdy Sawahel, was named as the first runner-up in the Continental Journalism Award on the African Union Charter, announced last weekend.
World Blog
PHOTOThis year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi and the perfect opportunity to reflect on how his philosophy can feed into contemporary concerns with community-university engagement and the social responsibility of education for the common good.
PHOTOA new initiative looks to engage Ethiopia’s diaspora through an appeal to professionals’ desire to give back to their community and by helping them cut through the bureaucracy in their country of origin that limits their ability to establish a professional relationship with local institutions.
Academic Freedom
PHOTOLast year I was imprisoned for nearly seven months in the United Arab Emirates. Reflecting on my experience, I believe that research practice and its risks require better acknowledgement and respect, and freedom to research should be protected, if academics are to continue to contribute to the generation of knowledge.
PHOTOThe global outpouring of grief for producers and other workers killed in a major arson attack on one of Japan’s most acclaimed animation companies – Kyoto Animation Studio – in July, in which 35 were killed and 30 injured, illustrates the strong universal appeal of Japanese animation, that has also attracted increasing numbers of foreign students to study in Japan.
World Round-up
Update | Unsubscribe | Sent to:
Copyright 2019 University World News