Also: Why university leaders need to step up geopolitical analysis
1 November 2020  Issue No: 618
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PHOTOThe higher education sector has a huge role to play in an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. To do so, it needs UNESCO to strengthen the mechanisms for international collaboration and sharing of ideas and recognise higher education as a key stakeholder.
It is not just the COVID-19 pandemic but global tensions and a changing geopolitical environment that are disrupting and changing international student flows. University leaders need to step up analysis of geopolitical events and trends in order to improve forward planning, experts say.
Joe Biden is ahead in the polls but that is no guarantee of victory in the United States presidential election. For higher education, he identifies affordability, student debt, student success and consumer protection as the top four issues. His big-picture emphasis aims to “strengthen college as a reliable pathway to the middle class”.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTODespite rising nationalism being expected to fuel single-country research and current geopolitical tensions between China and the United States, cross-border scientific research during the early months of the COVID-19 global pandemic rose, with collaborations between researchers in China and the United States particularly prominent, a new study shows.
Transformative Leadership: Employability in the Digital Age
PHOTOTecnológico de Monterrey or Monterrey Tec is redesigning itself to develop students as entrepreneurial and socially minded leaders who can adapt to the future. It has revamped the role of professors and increased the focus on cutting-edge technologies, challenge-based learning and personal competencies, such as flexibility, leadership skills and values.
Transformative Leadership: Webinar on Social Impact
PHOTOOn 25 November University World News, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, will be bringing together experts and practitioners from the International Association of Universities, the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in an online webinar on how universities can improve their social impact.
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PHOTOCanada’s meteoric rise in international student numbers faces sustainability problems in a post-COVID world, especially if Joe Biden ousts Donald Trump in the United States election and India’s economy continues to slump. It needs to rethink its offering to students and put employability at its heart.
PHOTOPakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has unveiled the new Namal Knowledge City, a mega project of academic facilities near Mianwali city in Punjab province, which is expected to include housing, research and development institutions, technology start-ups and foreign university branch campuses.
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PHOTOProposed changes to United States visa rules that will set fixed timelines of up to four years for international students could make US institutions less attractive to foreigners, including to the thousands of students from Sub-Saharan Africa who seek university education away from home.
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