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8 August 2021  Issue No: 654
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PHOTOAn Indian Academic Bank of Credit, where students can save credits from multiple universities and cash them in to obtain a degree, was among new innovations and profound changes in higher education debated at the triennial conference of the International Association of University Presidents last weekend.
The rights of black Americans have come a long way since the days when they could be executed for having a book, but the absurd lengths to which racist legislators and school administrators went to deprive blacks from receiving higher education are still leaving their mark.
South Africa’s framework for internationalising higher education fails to touch on the politics of internationalisation, the colonial roots of the concept and the continuation of the use of it to benefit the economies and institutions of the global North. This is a missed opportunity.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOA new global survey by UNESCO to assess the different impacts the pandemic had on higher education systems in terms of access, equity and quality of teaching and learning highlights the need to focus on developing a more sustainable, inclusive higher education system for all.
PHOTOAfter initial hesitation about the switch to online classes, students and higher education teachers are warming to their advantages and are eager for them to become a wider part of university life, even as students return to campus as a result of the vaccination campaign.
World Blog
PHOTODr Kogi Naidoo has become the first black president of The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia in its 30-year history, having overcome many significant hurdles, and could bring new perspectives to a society committed to the advancement of higher education.
PHOTOAggregators may seem to provide an easy solution to recruitment problems, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s important to see past the hype and develop a long-term game plan that both mitigates risk and builds flexible, scalable and meaningful engagement with students.
Civic Engagement
PHOTOAs universities and communities reflect on what the ‘new normal’ might look like as countries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, an international team of students are preparing to share their visions at an online conference organised by the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities.
PHOTOOnly about one in 10 students at Western Michigan University undertake study abroad, but the leader of its international programme has won a prestigious award for international leadership by focusing on turning the university’s campus into a global education platform and developing global and cross-cultural competencies.
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