Also: Three major crises threaten human survival, Chomsky warns
13 December 2020  Issue No: 624
Top Stories
PHOTOMore than 1,000 visiting researchers from China have left United States universities since the summer, amid stepped-up investigations of alleged espionage by scientists. It is part of a broader drive to stall China’s advance as a science and technology power. But what impact will it have?
Universities should reinvigorate the civic role of institutions, partnering with local authorities and transition groups to build ecologically and socially resilient communities, and lead by example in cutting their own carbon footprint, to support the United Kingdom’s strategy for climate action, a new report says.
Do we need a new form of ranking to address the kind of huge disruption brought by COVID-19? With disruption likely to be a greater feature of everyone’s lives in the future, it seems the right time to consider how we measure universities’ resilience.
Global Challenges
PHOTOA confluence of three crises – climate change, nuclear proliferation and the deterioration of democracy – has brought the human race to the brink of extinction, but solutions exist and can be implemented through internationalism, solidarity and education, Noam Chomsky told an international research and education awards ceremony.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOCOVID-19 has shown how interdependent we are and how national approaches don’t work to address global challenges. In higher education, internationalisation is not just about global mobility. It’s a way of thinking that is evident in all aspects of campus life and we need more of it.
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.
PHOTOIndonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture has granted the first licence to a foreign university, allowing Australia’s Monash University to set up a branch campus on the outskirts of Jakarta which will open next year.
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World Blog
PHOTOArtificial intelligence (AI) and online learning could democratise quality education and untether access to personalised instruction, functioning not as a replacement for but an aide to lecturers, with AI tutors able to set goals to keep students engaged and switch strategies when they are not.
PHOTOCasualisation in higher education is good for business: Get over it. Or so we are told. In reality, casualisation in higher education doesn’t make long-term business sense for many reasons, including the impact on teaching and students and that it puts all the risk of higher education disruption and uncertainty onto the weakest members of the system.
PHOTOFollowing alarming data released by Pakistan’s anti-narcotics agency on drug addiction among university and college students, and criticism that little is being done to curb drug abuse on campuses, Prime Minister Imran Khan is setting up an inter-ministerial council to address the problem.
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