Also: ‘Dirty money’ from West Africa ‘used to pay UK tuition fees’, study finds
21 February 2021  Issue No: 631
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PHOTOTo engage or to contain? Western universities seeking to cooperate with China are finding themselves at the centre of geopolitical conflicts between China and their own respective governments. How should they deal with China – and the grip of the Communist Party – as mutual distrust grows?
The European Commission says it can exclude Chinese participation in Horizon Europe and other sensitive research projects using new powers to exclude third countries that do not share ‘EU values’ and is negotiating to ensure science cooperation with China is ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’.
A new report from the American Council on Education or ACE calls on university leaders to fundamentally reset their approach to international students and focus on building “lifelong relationships between students and institutions from the first point of contact to their postgraduate careers”.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOGiven the many and varied challenges to international higher education expected post COVID-19, is it time to think more radically and proactively innovate in internationalisation, by exploring new curriculum development and new international partnerships and developing a hybrid approach drawing on micro-credentialing?
PHOTOUnited Kingdom universities are turning a blind eye to Nigerian political elites laundering dirty money through their tuition fees, a paper published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace alleges, pointing to US$42 million received annually from unexplained sources in West Africa, mostly Nigeria.
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PHOTOToo many African universities are stuck in status symbol mode, unable to construct the better data and student learning outcomes they need in order to know whether they are turning out the kind of graduates that will contribute effectively to national development.
PHOTODuring the past few years, Mauritius has increased its access to higher education more than any other country in Sub-Saharan Africa. The island’s success in broadening participation has been bolstered by massive state investment to enhance the effectiveness of school education, which feeds the tertiary system, and by implementing free higher education to citizens to obtain their first qualifications.
PHOTO2020 will go down in history as a year when life, work and study came to a virtual standstill. Zimbabwean students will remember hastily moving online, the termination of internships and struggles with power, network and data challenges – problems brought about by the pandemic – but they will also remember how they struggled for academic freedom.
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