Also: Higher education institutions are anchors for democracy
10 July 2022  Issue No: 700
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PHOTODespite a lack of globally accepted standards or even agreement on language, microcredentials are gaining a strong foothold throughout the world and have proven to be a promising way to fulfil student and labour market needs that are unique to the digital age.
The recent Global Forum on Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice endorsed the idea that helping to build democratic, inclusive societies is an indispensable mission of higher education and, without citizenship education and engagement, a democratic society is not possible.
The future depends on a new mindset based on justice and rights at all levels – human, animal and environmental – which prioritises the welfare of the planet. To that end, education in the fourth wave has a key role in mainstreaming sustainable development.
War in Ukraine
PHOTOA total of 71 UK universities have confirmed twinning partnerships with Ukrainian universities in an initiative that seeks to prevent brain drain and ensure Ukraine’suniversities not only survive but emerge stronger from the war, allowing them to play a role in post-war reconstruction.
PHOTOKenya’s higher education sector is staring at major reforms ahead of the country’s 9 August general elections following proposals by the two top presidential candidates: Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, and his close competitor, Dr William Ruto, the deputy president. If implemented, their promises may change the sector for good.
PHOTOFor tens of thousands of years, First Nations people have addressed land management. Scholars can be role models in appreciating and engaging with indigenous perspectives and knowledge and influence broader society to ensure effective political decisions are made about land management and climate change.
World Blog
PHOTOA new series, produced by the International and Comparative Education Research Group at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, will present insights into the changing face of higher education in Asia, based on the experiences and perspectives of a diverse group of the region’s scholars.
Academic Responsibility
PHOTOStressing the importance of the concept of responsibility to society, Chris Brink, an expert on global education, said in an interview that every university should be free to decide what its responsibilities are to society – but no university should neglect doing so.
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has not only created profound ‘learning losses’ globally, but has also revealed ‘structural flaws’ in education systems worldwide that must be addressed if education is to be transformed, UNESCO told education ministers and participants at a Transforming Education Pre-Summit in Paris.
Civic engagement
PHOTOA webinar hosted by the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities and originally inspired by the war in Ukraine, exposed the resilience and hopes of countless young people and students around the world whose daily lives are forged amid relentless violence that goes largely unreported.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOIn a decision that has hit many students like a sledgehammer, the Nigerian medical regulatory body has announced that it will not recognise medical and dental degree certificates issued by Ukrainian universities from 2022. These students will not be able to sit for their licensing examinations.
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