Also: In the mad rush to disengage, we join in Putin’s extremism
3 April 2022  Issue No: 686
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PHOTOJoybrato Mukherjee, president of the German Academic Exchange Service, has visited Poland to discuss how Germany’s eastern neighbour is supporting refugees from Ukraine. At least 100,000 Ukrainian students and academics are expected to come to German universities in the near future.
Will there be a post-Putin world in which Russian universities get to re-join the global community and help create a more liberal, democratic future? Or will Russia and its universities be cast further into an isolated world of neo-Stalinist repression and decline?
The global academic community needs to take a step back and carefully consider how to react appropriately to the Russian war against Ukraine. Instead of cutting off Russian academics and distancing ourselves from Russian culture, we should do the exact opposite. Here’s why.
War in Ukraine
PHOTOHigher education institutions in Finland are preparing to offer study spaces to 2,000 Ukrainians who have fled the Russian invasion and were already in higher education, as a follow-up to a request from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Tuition fees will be waived.
PHOTOAmid ongoing industrial disputes that have damaged morale among higher education staff in the United Kingdom, 60% of respondents in a survey of 7,000 university staff at more than 100 UK higher education institutions said they were likely to leave the sector in the next five years.
HE Access and Financing
PHOTOUniversities in the Global South need to be more creative in making up shortfalls in the financing of higher education as funding per student decreases as enrolments are increasing, a webinar held to launch a new report, World Higher Education: Institutions, students and funding, was told by the vice-chancellor of a leading African university.
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PHOTOA compliance culture focused on criteria delineated by an external authority can result in a process of ‘ticking boxes’ rather than one of examining the achievement of strategic goals defined by the higher education institution, addressing areas for improvement and fostering continuous quality enhancement.
PHOTOThe basic features of a new multilateral world order form the foundation for the joint agreement signed by the African and European unions, creating a window of opportunity for universities on both continents to strengthen their collaboration. It is up to universities to show that they are able to use this opportunity.
PHOTO“There is an abundance of human talent in Africa, but it has not been coming through into advanced technical fields,” says Professor Neil Turok, who founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. In this way, African universities are failing to nurture academic talent.
PHOTOA recently published book reveals that while historical collaboration and competition between German and American professors helped to give rise to the modern research university, such interchange also had a much darker side, particularly when it came to thinking about race.
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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.
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