Also: Germany doubles funding for China studies and collaboration
11 July 2021  Issue No: 651
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PHOTOConventional ways of addressing inequality in higher education do little to address bias. What is needed is not one-off tickbox exercises but a systemic approach, involving a focus on developing inclusive leadership and a commitment to driving innovation through harnessing diversity of thought.
Germany intends to boost funding of expertise on China and collaboration in higher education and research – but oriented on European values in line with commitments to maintaining academic freedom. The move is part of what the government calls “systems competition with the People’s Republic [of China]”.
In 2050 when Africa will have an estimated 2.5 billion people, 25.5% of the world’s population, quality and transformative higher education, enabled by leadership and partnerships, will be indispensable to turn this explosive growth into a demographic dividend rather than a disaster for Africa and the world, according to a presentation at the virtual general conference of the Association of African Universities.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOThe Association of African Universities has launched an initiative with a private partner to provide universities, academics and students on the continent with access to a low-data online learning management system that could provide support amid the ongoing migration, due to COVID-19, to a blended and online learning environment.
PHOTOSingapore is looking at possible legislative measures to curb foreign influence on organisations including universities, its minister of home affairs said after parliamentarians raised concerns about foreign influence operations and foreign intelligence recruitment from the city-state’s universities in the wake of espionage cases involving academics.
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PHOTOSyrian refugee students in Lebanon are at particular risk from the country’s economic and social collapse. They were facing discrimination, insecurity, destitution and displacement even before the pandemic led to devaluation and hyper-inflation. International agencies need to understand the challenges they are experiencing.
PHOTOA new book of young authors says existing ranking and publication impact metrics hinder the development of universities and scholars’ ability to focus on locally contextualised social responsibility, and lead to the exclusion of the vast majority of Global South and non-Anglophone European intellectual communities.
PHOTOIndonesia can only reach its carbon emissions target if government, NGOs, businesses and universities work together, according to the University of Indonesia’s Research Center for Climate Change. Local communities are keen to shift to alternative energy sources and student researchers are helping them.
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