Plus: Most prospective EU students ‘will not study in UK’ after fees decision
5 July 2020  Issue No: 605
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PHOTOThe National Security Law for Hong Kong which prohibits ‘secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces’ to endanger national security, which could lead to life in prison for ‘primary instigators’, has severe implications for academic freedom both in Hong Kong and abroad.
If we value international academic cooperation as a global public good, we must consider how it is increasingly under threat from neo-nationalist policies, how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these effects and what our response must be as an international academic community.
President Donald Trump’s recent visa announcement limiting H-1B and J-1 visas significantly imperils the recovery efforts of United States colleges and universities and sends a message that student and scholar exchange visitors are not welcome, yet they are vital for higher education institutions to thrive.
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PHOTOScrapping the SAT and ACT will not in itself negate the influence of family affluence and level the educational playing field. There is a place for standardised testing to address inequalities in school funding, but it needs to measure potential rather than merely achievement.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOAs Japan prepares for the prospect of a second wave of coronavirus infections, its relatively low death and infection rates compared to many other countries globally has been touted as the success of a government COVID-19 policy closely guided by health experts including academics.
Commentary Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOThe classic model of the modern research university, embedded in national power and accentuating excellence at the expense of values, has failed to address the global challenges we face. We need a new global university based on the need for universal peace and shared goals.
Student View
PHOTOBeing a Chinese international student at a British university in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and then undertaking a tortuous journey home to China via quarantine to see out the crisis provides an interesting perspective on our different societies’ approach to COVID-19.
PHOTOThe United Kingdom government has unveiled a Research and Development Roadmap to “attract global talent, cut unnecessary bureaucracy and cement the UK as a world-leading science superpower” – and has announced that PhD students can stay on in the UK for three years to live and work.
PHOTOIn respect of the PhD, at least, quality would better be served by a peer review model rooted in collaborative networks and partnerships rather than in bureaucratic overlordship.
PHOTOThe appointment of nuclear physicist Professor Zeblon Vilakazi as the new vice-chancellor of one of South Africa’s premier institutions, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), has received widespread support from stakeholders and industry representatives.
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