Also: Academics continue China research – while targeted by China sanctions
6 June 2021  Issue No: 646
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PHOTOSustainability is the buzzword in international higher education. But we must aspire to do more and focus on regeneration through all aspects of the educational process. Sustainability strives to uphold the status quo – a regenerative mindset looks to heal and invest, rather than merely prevent.
After China targeted academics and a research centre in Europe for its first ever sanctions against foreign researchers in March 2021, many feared it would have a wide scholarly impact. But at a webinar this week, researchers said their work has hardly been impacted, since it had previously already been hampered by unofficial restrictions and harassment.
Researchers have suggested five interventions to shift the practice in the production of scientific knowledge: decolonisation of the mind, knowledge of histories, the decolonisation of data, the decolonisation of expertise, and working in inclusive teams. In this system, African universities need to flex more muscle to create equitable research environments.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOAs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced free schooling, college and university scholarships and interest-free higher education loans for COVID-19 orphans, several state governments and some colleges and universities and educational foundations said they too will fund students who have lost parents or the family’s main breadwinner during the country’s catastrophic COVID-19 waves.
PHOTOCondemnation is pouring in from academics, civil society and politicians against disproportionate and heavy-handed action by Pakistani police against protesting university teachers, including beating them as they demonstrated this week in front of a provincial legislature.
PHOTOLaurentian University, which became the first publicly funded entity in Canada to seek creditor protection after declaring insolvency earlier this year, has fired 100 academics, cut 69 programmes – and shattered what it proudly billed its tri-cultural mandate by disproportionately cutting back francophone and indigenous offerings.
PHOTOSkills shortages and unemployment levels in developing nations need to be addressed more holistically. The students who specialise today may find themselves unemployed tomorrow. Instead, we need to develop deep generalists.
World Blog
PHOTOAn analysis of a project in Brunei on digital literacy for underserved communities shows how the arts, humanities and social sciences contribute to ensuring that, post-COVID, no one gets left behind when it comes to digital learning.
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