Also: China’s corporate universities feel heat of political pressure
25 April 2021  Issue No: 640
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PHOTOFollowing the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ rare censure of the University of Toronto over allegations that a job offer to an academic whose work covers human rights in Palestine and Israel was dropped under external pressure, University World News examines the impact of donors on academic freedom and integrity.
The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom has topped the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021, which measure universities’ contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, but in terms of higher education systems, Australia is the world leader with four institutions in the top 10 overall.
Higher education is referred to directly in only two of the 169 targets within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, but it plays a huge role in many of them. University leaders need to review how they will address them and evaluate their progress.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOFinal-year undergraduate and masters students in Myanmar are being called back to university a year after institutions closed due to the pandemic, but many students will boycott, fearing a campus crackdown, and university teachers involved in the civil disobedience movement risk being punished if they return.
PHOTOResearch-intensive university groups representing 77 universities across Europe have signed a joint statement urging the European Union not to restrict access for associated countries, such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Israel, to parts of its multi-billion-euro Horizon Europe research programme, including those covering space and quantum projects.
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PHOTOGermany has become a top destination for study abroad, owing to its long-standing and specific approach to internationalisation through non-profit orientation and cooperation – a typical soft power approach. But will the recent introduction of tuition fees in the southern states change things?
World Blog
PHOTOUniversities need to become more agile if they are to adapt better to the challenges they face in the future. That means good leadership and structural changes which involve people at all levels so that they feel part of any decisions that are made.
PHOTOOpen-access academic publishing may have created gateways for research from higher education scholars to be disseminated through the internet, but there are concerns that too few Sub-Saharan African researchers, for various reasons, publish peer-reviewed articles in the online publishing industry, according to an ongoing research project.
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