Also: More HE disruption as new wave of COVID-19 hits Asia
25 July 2021  Issue No: 653
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PHOTOWomen are still under-represented in higher education leadership at institutional, national and international levels – and the COVID-19 pandemic may make things worse. Women need support and encouragement and institutional and national leadership and programming. But the biggest barrier they face is complacency.
How can we improve micro-credential provision across Europe and ensure their quality and recognition across borders? A new report sums up the latest thinking on how they can be honed to become central to increasing and diversifying lifelong learning and widening access to higher education.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that the context beyond the university has never been more important and new research shows there is a compelling relationship between student affairs and services provision of support and the impact of systemic-contextual factors on student success.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOA new coronavirus wave across Southeast Asia, particularly affecting Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand – countries that did not suffer badly in 2020 and earlier this year – has prevented the re-opening of universities and disrupted higher education for the second year running.
PHOTOA new central government policy to close the gender gap in the science and technology sector has been unveiled by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the All-China Women’s Federation to increase the number of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM in its bid to become a world science and technology power.
World Blog
PHOTOGovernment attempts to control academic autonomy and freedom are growing in India amid instances of interference in the appointment of vice-chancellors, increased pressure to sack critics of government policy and greater centralisation of regulation. And all the while freedom of the press is under threat.
PHOTOHigher education institutions in Europe are highly engaged in addressing environmental challenges through education, research and their own greening initiatives. However, a holistic approach to sustainable procurement may be the game changer, due to its strong steering effect, influencing the achievement of the green transition.
PHOTOAmid unsafe conditions for teaching and learning after the coup in Myanmar and disruption due to 18 months of pandemic-related closures and student and teacher boycotts, the National Unity Government has set up limited alternative higher education provision to help plug the gaps.
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