Also: New China world-class universities to focus on subject areas, strategic goals
20 February 2022  Issue No: 680
Top Stories
PHOTODutch universities are calling on the government to cap the number of international students, to maintain the quality of degree programmes in the face of rapidly rising numbers of students from abroad and stagnant funding. So says Drs Pieter Duisenberg, president of the Association of Universities of the Netherlands.
Greatly expanded cooperation in research and innovation was agreed at the sixth European Union and African Union summit in Brussels this week. A new Innovation Agenda sees universities as gateways between the continents, places science at the heart of development and creates a changed paradigm for collaboration based on equal partnerships.
China has expanded its list of world-class universities, adding seven new institutions to the 140 that will receive special funding and benefits for specific subject areas to compete with the world’s major universities. The plan is to boost the generation of high-level talent and breakthrough research and innovation.
Coronavirus Crisis and HE
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted social inequalities as well as differences in institutional responses between private and public universities in Brazil. Hopefully initiatives undertaken by universities in response to the pandemic will create a new dynamic that leads to a more open and inclusive higher education system.
PHOTOWith another Hong Kong university head announcing his departure – the third in recent months – human rights organisations say a ‘purge’ at Hong Kong’s universities is continuing apace. A pro-democracy academic has come under fire in the pro-Beijing media and has left, and a further student union has been derecognised.
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PHOTORecent changes in quality assurance legislation in Chile and Mexico show the importance of including all stakeholders in discussions. But more needs to be done to put institutions at the heart of quality assurance and to incentivise them to make improvements.
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PHOTOIs China’s approach to higher education unique or can previous understandings of wider East Asian development help us to interpret – but not fully explain – the situation of China and its higher education sector?
Access and Inclusion
PHOTOWhile COVID-19 put the brakes on the expansion of cross-border student mobility around the world, digital delivery of higher education gathered momentum. A future challenge will be how to offer students digitised learning together with personal interaction and intercultural experiences to boost internationalisation and exchange.
PHOTOConcerned that campuses need to switch from being homogenous echo chambers to arenas of debate, Ronald J Daniels in What Universities Owe Democracy calls for an end to legacy admissions and self-segregation, a strong defence of facts, and a requirement to study democracy.
PHOTOA project using a supercomputer to rapidly identify viruses dangerous to humans was sketched out on the back of a napkin in March 2020. Eleven days after it started, that project had identified 132,000 potentially pathogenic novel RNA viruses – at relatively low cost.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOThe European University Association has set out a radical vision to support its 850 member institutions in 48 European countries to move to an open science system that aspires to open access not only to scholarly outputs, but the whole research process.
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