Also: Rising need to combat discrimination and racism against international students
11 October 2020  Issue No: 615
Top Stories
PHOTOThe world is changing so quickly that, in future, robots will be doing many of the more repetitive jobs and graduates will be seeking to do ‘human work’ or the ‘work only humans can do’, requiring empathy, human emotion, social skills, ethics and character.
The internationalisation of higher education must not end with the recruitment of international students. Universities need to recognise the need to support international students by promoting intercultural awareness and experiences and to combat racism against them, which has risen during the pandemic, research shows.
A new benchmarking initiative should help United Kingdom universities move on from looking at international recruitment simply in terms of export value and focus on student success and the relative strengths of different UK institutions across a much wider range of comparative international higher education indicators.
COVID Vaccine Research
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented spurt in global research collaboration in the quest to find a vaccine. Over three weeks, University World News examines the phenomenon that has so far allowed for more than 200 clinical trials to be launched within months of the virus spreading across borders.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOIs higher education putting too much emphasis on cleaning regimes and penalties for not social distancing to stop COVID-19 – and not enough on students’ academic progress next year and getting the right support in place early to prevent students from falling through the net?
Transformative Leadership: Webinar
PHOTOOn 28 October, University World News, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, will be bringing together experts from new and traditional higher education providers, the tech industry and the World Bank for a webinar on: “What will employability mean in the digital age and how should higher education adapt?”
World Blog
PHOTOStrategic planning is needed to face critical challenges. But African universities often confuse strategic planning with operational planning and, by doing so, lack clarity of purpose. So what does strategic planning mean and how can it be distinguished from other management strategies or techniques?
PHOTOThe diaspora of Belarusian researchers and the international academic community are mobilising to draw attention to the cause of student and academic protesters in Belarus and the widespread violations of human rights by Alexander Lukashenko, also described as the last dictator in Europe.
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PHOTOIndia’s National Education Policy’s research ambitions for the country have drawn a lot of comment on the systems and policies that are required to transform research output, but these need to be embedded in a culture that encourages open and inclusive inquiry.
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