Also: Postdoc researcher salaries in China higher than in US, UK and Australia
21 March 2021  Issue No: 635
Top Stories
PHOTOMyanmar’s military regime has invaded and seized control of many universities and public hospitals across the country and arrested hundreds of students and teachers in a violent crackdown that has led to over 200 deaths. Student leaders have been beaten and tortured.
Democracy is at a crossroads. Amid the ravages of COVID-19, growing divisions and the aftermath of an assault on the Capitol, the United States needs academics who challenge norms, search for the truth, encourage listening and understanding and create a society that promotes democratic values.
Post-doctoral researchers at top Chinese universities, particularly researchers who have returned from abroad, are being offered higher and higher salaries to churn out papers for publication in academic journals to improve a university’s international ranking, with some paid more than at United States, United Kingdom and Australian universities.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOA digital education implementation policy, which forms part of the African Union Commission’s Digital Transformation Strategy, is aimed at overhauling the face of education on the continent with the help of digital technology, said Sarah Anyang Agbor, the commissioner for human resources, science and technology.
PHOTOUniversities UK fears universities face an effective £1 billion (US$1.4 billion) cut in research funding because the Treasury has failed to clarify whether it will allow funding of the United Kingdom’s association to Horizon Europe, the European Union’s US$114 billion science and innovation programme, to go ahead.
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PHOTOIncreasingly, countries set research and development intensity goals as an essential element of science, technology and innovation plans. But policy-makers should review the goals-based approach to research and development-based innovation and growth, because unrealistic goals based on political considerations are undermining its credibility.
World Blog
PHOTOThe link between resource allocation and position in Chinese universities has been little studied, but it is clear that publication rates rise significantly after an academic becomes a dean at a lower ranking university. This power effect is constrained, however, at top universities.
PHOTOA new book examines the psychological struggle under-represented, racially minoritised students suffer in United States science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM programmes and provides searing analysis of the failure of what is often touted by liberals as the gold standard of interacting with these groups of students, the claim to being ‘colour blind’.
PHOTOReaders respond to Philip Altbach and Jamil Salmi’s article on “Why Latin America needs world-class universities” with some suggestions of their own as to why previous attempts to set up world-class universities have failed and a proposal to establish an international Latin American university.
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