Also: The myth of meritocracy in US colleges and universities
31 May 2020  Issue No: 600
Top Stories
PHOTOUniversities need to change and come together to address global challenges. To do this they need to create neutral international platforms where partners are respected as equals and where partnerships that are targeted at local needs draw on both local knowledge and global solutions.
United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester with a loss of up to US$4.5 billion in revenue, according to a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education.
European universities say the European Commission’s proposals for its next seven-year budget “fall short of expectations” and “short of society’s needs”. The commission on Wednesday proposed a new seven-year budget and an emergency stimulus package to aid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, together totalling €1.85 trillion (US$2 trillion).
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Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOIndian students are changing or delaying their plans to study abroad this year due to coronavirus disruptions and are closely monitoring the pandemic situation in the most popular destinations like the United States, Britain, Canada and in Europe before making up their minds.
Coronavirus Crisis Commentary
PHOTOThe coronavirus crisis comes on top of years of conflict and autocratic leadership in the Middle East – an unlikely recipe for successful transnational education or TNE in the region. But increased private higher education and autonomy for public institutions could allow some innovation.
PHOTOThe Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities, says focusing on university admissions alone will not address the current embedded inequalities in the United Kingdom. It says a new Office for Tackling Inequality should be tasked with ensuring all government policy supports this aim.
Academic Freedom
PHOTOThe dismissal of a university law lecturer and human rights defender who set an examination question considered by the Cameroon government to be ‘seditious’ has been widely criticised by a number of the country’s academics.
PHOTONigeria needs a ‘National Institute of Higher Education Research and Policy Development’ to help advise on higher education policy, help prioritise higher education challenges in relation to developmental challenges, and advance evidence-based policy that will promote the country’s development.
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