Also: Russian university rectors back Putin’s war in Ukraine
13 March 2022  Issue No: 683
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PHOTOAs 1.5 million refugees pour into Poland to escape the shelling and bombing of Ukraine, Polish universities are offering dormitories, sports halls and cultural centres as shelter, and parliament has permitted them to find ways for Ukrainian refugee academics and students to continue their work and study.
The Russian Union of Rectors has hardened its line, issuing a statement supporting the army and President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine to ‘achieve demilitarisation and denazification’ and underlining universities’ commitment to ‘instil patriotism in young people’.
What is happening now in Russian universities – where Russian academics must either abstain from calling the war ‘the war’ or face a punishment with up to 15 years in prison – shows the need to redouble our efforts to protect all universities against the threat of totalitarianism.
War in Ukraine
PHOTOThe evacuation of about 700 Indian students trapped in Ukraine’s besieged city of Sumy, pummelled by Russian shells, was completed on Tuesday 8 March with all the students reaching Poltava in Central Ukraine, 150km from Sumy, before being taken to Western Ukraine to be flown home.
HE Access and Financing
PHOTOA definitive new global higher education report providing detailed transnational data on a sector that is notoriously difficult to quantify shows that the Global South is dramatically altering global higher education patterns but that few trends in the sector are truly global.
PHOTOBig differences in priorities for tackling gender equality in universities around the world emerged, with Australia and New Zealand leading the way, in a new report and online discussion involving experts from five higher education systems, held on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day.
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PHOTOWith the right team, a culture that supports the sharing of differing points of view, and a process that enables the team to move beyond the react-respond mode, crises can be managed effectively and institutions can come out stronger as a result.
PHOTOUniversities are global centres of knowledge and learning but only a highly filtered section of our global communities can enjoy their benefits and contribute to their powerful knowledge systems. It is time to democratise knowledge and move towards more inclusive participatory universities for all.
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PHOTODisinformation and fake news are being used not only by individuals and organisations, but also by state actors to destabilise entire societies. Several institutes, some linked to universities, are working to expose disinformation. Importantly, they are also training the next generation of disinformation analysts.
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PHOTOIn response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission has announced a suspension of cooperation with Russian entities in research, including payments under existing contracts, as have several EU governments, but some European university organisations and experts favour a more nuanced approach.
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