Also: Fred Hayward on the lacklustre legacy of anti-racism campaigns on US campuses
27 March 2022  Issue No: 685
Top Stories
PHOTOThe phenomenal growth of higher education in the Global South between 2006 and 2013 is over, according to a new report, and experts say the focus is increasingly turning to issues such as improving quality, the role of private providers, and funding.
Looking back on attempts to address racism in higher education in the United States shows that earlier optimism about progress being achieved was misplaced and that racism is so deeply embedded in the US that a much greater effort needs to be made to root it out.
Students receiving online tuition from their Ukrainian universities are witness to the real dangers facing their lecturers – many of whom are teaching through bouts of shelling and from unlikely venues such as washrooms – and they wonder how much longer the lectures can go on.
War in Ukraine
PHOTOThe European Qualifications Passport for Refugees offers a vital opportunity for refugees such as those now fleeing Ukraine to hone their skills, help their host countries, and be in a stronger position to go back and rebuild their country once the crisis is over.
HE Access and Financing
PHOTOBased on unprecedented insight from a new global report produced by Higher Education Strategy Associates or HESA, University World News, in partnership with HESA, is hosting a free webinar on global trends in higher education enrolment and public financing of higher education on 31 March.
PHOTOThe new National Student Safety Survey in Australia reveals that universities are too quick to protect accused staff and too slow to respond to reports of incidents – and pansexual students are three times more at risk and disabled students two times more at risk of sexual harassment than other students.
World Blog
PHOTOAmong the many performance-based funding models available to African universities, performance contracts are a good option because they allow for a tailored approach to individual institutions and emphasise negotiation between governments and universities over goals to be achieved in return for funding.
PHOTOUnderstanding the barriers to learning encountered by students from under-represented groups has become even more crucial during the current health crisis, pointing to the need for more qualitative research, incorporating student voices, to guide universities in their delivery of specialist support services.
Internationalising HE in Greece
PHOTOThe Greek government is pushing for Greek universities to internationalise to aid the modernisation of Greece. Doors are opening for more joint degrees, English-taught degrees and summer schools, and international science collaboration and international students may be enticed by relatively low costs and high quality of life.
Climate Change
PHOTOAs a continent, we must move from climate theory to climate action and, therefore, it is critical to build alliances and partnerships between different role-players in terms of climate change. This calls for the inclusion of local contexts and indigenous knowledge in climate adaptation strategies, says Professor René Pellissier.
PHOTOUniversity libraries remain critical building blocks in the academic process and finding ways to encourage students to read remains a challenge. One method has been the use of InstaNovels to combine students’ social media and mobile device attachment with the activity of reading.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOAll universities and colleges in Shanghai – which has around 30 universities and a similar number of colleges – are in lockdown amid the COVID-19 resurgence in Eastern China, China’s state broadcaster has reported, as multiple Chinese cities face the worst COVID outbreaks since early 2020.
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