Also: Canada fears international student intake will keep falling
4 April 2021  Issue No: 637
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PHOTOThe global North-South divide on mass access to the COVID-19 vaccine demonstrates why greater collaboration is needed among governments in low- and middle-income countries to increase their scientific and technological capacity and produce more equitable access to intellectual property rights and cutting-edge research globally.
United States universities and colleges are anxious to know if Chinese students will accept their admission offers and return to US campuses, but timely and targeted outreach could be the determining factor, says a new briefing paper published by the Institute of International Education or IIE.
The military has a long history of repressing student protesters and academic freedom in Myanmar, but this generation of students has grown up with democratic principles and, with support from outside the country, it can prevail. Universities from around the world should stand with them.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOCanadian universities fear that the 65,000 drop in international student numbers this academic year caused by the COVID crisis will further increase following recently introduced pandemic-related travel restrictions, with a disproportionate impact on colleges and universities in smaller cities and remote areas due to quarantine arrangements.
World Blog
PHOTORecent research shows that inadequate governance and the dominance of the vice-chancellor are leaving the United Kingdom’s universities dangerously exposed to market threats, but this isn’t the only nation’s education system facing severe leadership gaps. Australia and New Zealand display a similar approach.
PHOTOUniversity presidents from 30 countries have signed a ‘Joint Statement of Global University Leaders on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, witnessed by United Nations officials, committing themselves to collaborate to address global challenges caused by climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, inequality and unemployment.
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PHOTOE-platforms such as Studyportals and ApplyBoard answer the question that if you want to buy a book online you go to Amazon, but if you want to get an international education or study abroad, where do you go? Will COVID prove a watershed?
PHOTOThe sudden growth of agent aggregators, amid a clamour for edtech solutions and a need to accelerate out of the pandemic, may seem a good idea, but could it end up with certain companies dominating and skewing the international student market towards certain countries?
Academic Freedom
PHOTOWith human rights experts at the United Nations on high alert at the worsening, life-threatening situation of the Swedish-Iranian scientist Dr Ahmadreza Djalali, who has been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Iran, leaders of Swedish and German university associations have demanded his release.
PHOTOThe monumental contribution that Professor Christof Heyns has made to advance human rights in Africa and beyond emerged this week from a memorial Facebook page created to honour the former director of the Centre for Human Rights, which is part of the faculty of law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Former students, academic peers from across the world and colleagues remembered him as an academic, activist, intellectual and human being.
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