Five women presidents on responding to COVID-19, the financial squeeze and BLM
5 September 2020  Issue No: 610
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PHOTOUniversity leaders have had to handle a ‘perfect storm’ of COVID-19, economic downturn and societal upheaval with Black Lives Matter. Five women university presidents from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities talked to University World News about the challenges of steering their institution through the ‘triple whammy’.
From research funding, pandemic preparedness, the impact on early-career researchers and the way universities work, COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on science. Hiring has been curtailed, laboratory and fieldwork interrupted, infrastructure delayed, and the flow of international students is much reduced.
Two recent global rankings point to the continuing rise of Asian countries and institutions, with the Global Innovation Index showing an increase in quality of innovation in several Asian countries. Post COVID-19, the way forward will be global collaboration drawing on specialist national capability.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOPeking University, one of China’s top universities, has announced tighter rules for attending online conferences organised overseas, including in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. Human rights groups say these amount to restrictions on academic freedom and do not comply with international human rights standards.
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PHOTOStudent accommodation is an often-overlooked part of the student experience. While online learning has been possible for many students, the suspension of in-person classes due to COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of the on-campus experience. Universities should consider housing’s role in that.
PHOTOThe results of the Times Higher Education or THE World University Rankings 2021, published on Wednesday, underline the continuing shift of strength of higher education and research around the world, with universities from the United States and United Kingdom being challenged by universities from Asia, particularly mainland China.
PHOTOFrom COVID-19 to climate change, economic disparity and insecurity, today’s ‘wicked problems’ seem to be growing. To solve them requires transdisciplinary, global collaboration and a reorientation to teach students to think differently, to take risks and become the change agents we need.
PHOTOThe president of the Foundation talks to University World News about his vision, just published, for a world in which the rise of nationalism, polarisation and popular unrest are countered by an ethical approach to leadership, in which higher education has a vital role to play.
Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education
PHOTOThe third edition of Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global foundations, issues, and best practices is an enormous volume, involving around 250 authors and others from 125 countries. The open access book was recently published by the International Association of Student Affairs and Services with Deutsches Studentenwerk. In this three-part Special Report, authors describe and interpret the landscape of student affairs globally, developments and issues, achievements and challenges.
PHOTOConformity to traditional cultural beliefs and societal expectations have contributed significantly to gender gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields in Africa, according to a new study conducted by the Nairobi-based African Academy of Sciences.
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