Also: UWN celebrates 15 years of providing independent, in-depth journalism
16 October 2022  Issue No: 712
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PHOTOThe unique role of universities in the European Green Deal has not been sufficiently recognised despite the fact that scientific culture, with its interdisciplinarity and perpetual collaboration and exchange, is a culture of inclusion, and those working towards a green transition can learn from it.
There is more progress for China and increased participation for Africa and Latin America in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and while the United States and United Kingdom remain dominant in terms of their representation at the very top of the rankings, their relative power is waning.
African universities have made dramatic progress in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 as, for the first time, 97 universities from 17 countries, up from 71 last year, have been rated to be part of the best universities globally, with 10 of them in the top 500.
PHOTOIn anticipation of massive electricity price hikes, Polish universities are doing what they can to limit their energy needs by putting classes online and restricting access to sections of campuses. But some academics are worried about the longer-term impact of these restrictions on academia.
UWN Anniversary
PHOTOUniversity World News passed another significant milestone this week – its 15th birthday – which is a moment for celebration of its achievements since its first edition on 14 October 2007, building a reputation for independent and in-depth reporting and commentary with a truly global perspective.
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PHOTOThe responsibility for designing and implementing a vision for African universities that aspire to be effective, relevant and responsive to the development needs of society and the economy does not rest on vice-chancellors alone, but should be shared between university leaders and governments.
PHOTOPreviously unthinkable, the idea that someone could enter a university or college with a high-capacity firearm and shoot many people has today become ‘reasonably foreseeable’, giving institutions a legal duty to take reasonable steps to mitigate risks attached to such an event.
PHOTOHigher education is working across the boundaries of knowledge and through scientific networks to provide potentially ground-breaking solutions to global challenges. One example, involving tackling food security problems in an era of rapid climate change, is interspecies grafting in staple crops such as rice.
PHOTOA recent book, which argues the need to distinguish between academic freedom and free speech, is important inter alia for its discussion of critical race theory which shows how law is replete with structural racism – as is the conventional defence of free speech.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOOne of the most serious threats facing higher education and the scientific enterprise in South Africa is the rising tide of xenophobia in the halls of academia. At the root of the problem is the lack of understanding of what a university is, and is not, writes the President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Professor Jonathan Jansen.
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