Also: 1,750 institutions to contribute to Global Climate Hub
13 November 2022  Issue No: 716
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PHOTOCommitments to tackling inequalities in higher education participation and success across the world are tiny compared to the importance placed on practically all other aspects of the global higher education agenda, yet failure to address such inequity will inevitably foster resentment regarding higher education itself.
An estimated 1,750 global institutional members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, including universities and research centres, are to contribute expertise to the Global Climate Hub, Phoebe Koundouri, a professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business, told delegates at COP27.
Research council funding policies tend to stipulate that international co-investigators cannot receive funding for their contributions, which works against collaboration. An ‘opening up’ of council funding rules is needed to create a global mechanism for collaboration that is more flexible, efficient and impactful.
Climate Change
PHOTOQuestioning the very basis of business school education and what it stands for may have to be reconsidered amid the challenges of climate change. The aspects of this are expected to be part of the agenda of the new Business Schools for Climate Leadership Africa initiative, comprising six African institutions.
PHOTOA new report analysing internationalisation in American universities before and after COVID shows that while the pandemic caused a predictable decline in international student numbers, global learning – in the form of virtual internship programmes and internationalisation of the curriculum – actually expanded.
Academic Freedom
PHOTOThe Scholars at Risk Network, in its latest Free to Think report, has called on the international community, governments and universities to improve reporting of attacks on higher education and threats to academic freedom, and research into their causes and impacts and potential responses.
War in Ukraine
PHOTOA new project resurrects a dissident academic model from the early 1990s which gives students who have remained in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion access to a transnational academic network and alternative worldviews – with a view to preparing them better for post-war reconstruction and engagement.
PHOTOWhen it comes to international education, Chinese mobility has for decades played a vital role in post-secondary institutions worldwide and although the number of students may wax and wane, Chinese students are likely to seek opportunities in the West for generations to come.
World Blog
PHOTOInstitutions of higher education have a wealth of student data they can use to support students through their individual higher education journey by offering greater flexibility in their study patterns and being more proactive in identifying difficulties students may have along the way.
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PHOTODelegations of global university leaders are flocking to India, the second largest higher education system, stimulated in part by the emphasis on internationalisation in the new National Education Policy. But infrastructure and policies for effective internationalisation are still lacking and realism is important.
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