Also: Will university rankings adapt and adjust to our uncertain times?
8 November 2020  Issue No: 619
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PHOTOUsing the brands of universities which generate income from student fees, edtech and online programme management providers in partnership with universities have already opened a new page in the de-professionalisation and fragmentation of academic labour, casualising higher education work and creating more low-paid insecure jobs.
European governments and institutions are becoming more aware of challenges and pressures on continuing extensive research collaboration with China, with several countries and the European Union drawing up new guidelines to step up knowledge security and academic integrity, and for protection of academic freedom.
The hampering of international study, and student and academic staff mobility by COVID-19 will bring pressure on university rankings to adapt and change, but so, too, will the increasing interest in measuring universities’ contribution to society, including tackling climate change.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOIt seems obvious to say that higher education or universities have been deeply disrupted by COVID-19. This effect is not surprising – we have been and are, after all, living in an age of disruptions and crises that have not spared universities. COVID-19 has simply exacerbated those ongoing disruptions and crises.
Transformative Leadership: Social Impact and Civic Engagement
PHOTODespite progress, refugees still face obstacles when it comes to having their qualifications recognised and gaining access to further studies. COVID-19 has brought greater urgency to ensure refugees are not left behind and 2020 has seen some important progress and significant collaborative projects.
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.
PHOTOTop public and private research institutions in India are building alliances with universities and higher education organisations in Europe to pave the way for future consortiums to bid for projects under Horizon Europe, the European Union’s successor to its Horizon 2020 research programme.
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World Blog
PHOTOStrategic planning is a key management technique in African universities, but to be wholly effective the process must be based on grassroots involvement in every aspect and it should have the university’s mission statement, the articulation of its purpose, at its heart.
PHOTOIssues of race and racism continue to permeate the experiences of United States students of colour who study abroad. So is it time for study abroad to move beyond the broad rhetoric of diversity and inclusion and begin to embody and lead an antiracist agenda in international education?
PHOTOTo withstand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Refugee Agency has been calling on governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders to improve the access of refugees to university education. Higher education experts have echoed the call, highlighting the vulnerability of African students in refugee camps in particular.
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