Also: After Brexit, a fork in the road for UK higher education
29 November 2020  Issue No: 622
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PHOTOThe German government has announced a massive €4 billion (US$4.8 billion) budget to support research projects addressing global warming and sustainability under its FONA strategy over the coming five years.
The geopolitical, trade and technology tensions between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on higher education under US President-Elect Joe Biden, but an expected change of tone could ease friction affecting student flows, higher education experts believe.
British higher education faces two diverging paths when it comes to international students after Brexit. To remain competitive, it needs to ensure that government policy and investment are aligned on promoting United Kingdom higher education globally and build on its lead in transnational education.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOSeveral Asian countries are closing universities or starting university vacations early as a second wave of COVID-19 spreads in the region. The governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran announced the closure of universities and schools. Elsewhere, tightened campus restrictions are in place.
Transformative Leadership: Social Impact and Civic Engagement
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has further emphasised the need for universities to have closer links with the societies in which they are embedded and to speed up the process of scientific research moving from the lab to having a direct impact on society.
Transformative Leadership: Webinar on Social Impact
PHOTOOn 27 January 2021 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.
PHOTOTed Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, has written to United States President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on behalf of 43 US university associations calling on them to move to ensure that American colleges and universities are “once again, the destination of choice for the world’s best international students and scholars”.
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PHOTOMany different academic disciplines have helped to shed light on the COVID-19 pandemic, but one area that doesn’t get as much credit is data science. However, educating the public about counting and ranking is also a vital part of universities’ public service role.
PHOTOAs the European Higher Education Area meets online for the first time since it was formed in 2010, upholding the democratic mission of higher education has never been more important. Education structures should be based on who we are and the kind of society we want to be.
PHOTOSingapore’s minister of state for education has called on universities to be more open about sexual harassment charges laid against staff. But academics have argued that the reputation-management approach favoured by rankings-driven universities regards sexual harassment cases as a risk-management problem, rather than being structurally embedded in universities.
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