Also: New law needed to protect universities from Big Tech
17 January 2021  Issue No: 626
Top Stories
PHOTOCOVID-19 uncertainty, along with political changes in the United States and the United Kingdom, suggest we are entering a new phase of international student mobility that will see intensified competition for global talent and higher education institutions would do well to track the fast-changing landscape.
African scientists’ share of the world’s publications has been increasing and more of the research published by scientists from the continent is being cited, but more regular, reliable and comprehensive data on research universities in Africa is needed to ensure that imminent decisions related to investing in the continent’s universities are well-directed.
While student well-being has become a priority in many universities worldwide, leaders of institutions have tended to overlook the mental well-being of university staff. The stark impact COVID-19 is having on researchers, higher education teachers and postgraduate researchers could change that.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOThe disruption of school-leaving exams which determine entry to university is now entering its second year as countries suffer second and third waves of COVID-19 infections. It has an effect well beyond the individual country’s exams, with particular impact for international student admissions.
College campuses are at risk of becoming COVID-19 super-spreaders for their entire county, a new 30-campus study in the United States finds. But strict outbreak management, including test-trace-isolate strategies and flexible transition to online instruction, can reduce peak incidences and keep campuses safe, the study’s authors say.
International mechanisms for sharing COVID-19 vaccines have come under fire from scientists around the world for reinforcing rather than combating inequity in global health provision, and for encouraging parochial nationalist responses to the pandemic.
Transformative Leadership: Social Impact and Civic Engagement
PHOTOTU Dublin is using its 73-acre campus development – the largest single investment in a higher education project in the history of the Irish state – to build on its full-throttle commitment to working with the surrounding community to tackle unemployment and social disadvantage in an integrated way.
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.
World Blog
PHOTOBefore we get deeper into 2021, we need to understand the lessons of 2020 and ask the right questions about higher education internationalisation in order for it to have greater impact. We need to be able to have frank, evidence-based discussions about ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’.
PHOTORector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam, Professor Karen Maex, has called on European Commissioners to propose a ‘Digital University Act’ to secure universities’ status as independent education and research institutions and defend them against pressures from big tech companies.
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PHOTOFuturologists claim that disruption – accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic – has created a need for widespread, rapid and radical transformations in academia. But what is needed are evidence-based approaches to imagining the future, drawing on universities’ own experiments with new forms of higher education.
PHOTOA weak publishing industry in Africa, including the lack of distribution hubs and an intra-Africa book trade; curricula, pedagogy and learning processes still rooted in the colonial situation and the absence of a scholarship culture, are factors that are undermining the development and production of academic books on the continent.
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