Part II of our special report on elections and higher education
22 January 2023  Issue No: 723
Top Stories
PHOTOAchieving the Sustainable Development Goals depends in part on preserving and strengthening democracies around the world and higher education institutions have a remarkable role to play – through increasing access to quality education, raising awareness and engaging with community and stakeholders – in achieving them.
A new report provides fresh details of the plight of hundreds of students in Iran who have been arrested and are facing extreme sentences, including the death penalty, and highlights the widespread suspension and expulsion from universities of academics deemed sympathetic to student protesters.
After a year marked by political upheaval, protest action and economic crisis in Sri Lanka, there is hope that the start of the process to introduce international university branch campuses and private universities in 2023 will help to energise a battered and bruised higher education sector.
PHOTODutch universities are pushing back against an urgent request from Culture and Science Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf that universities and universities of applied sciences stop actively recruiting international students in international education fairs until further notice. But they have proposed limits on recruitment.
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PHOTOAccording to a university president, the current ceiling on tuition fees in Vietnam is too low compared to the expectations for and requirements of educational institutions – a claim supported by research which shows that students will pay extra if the quality of education is sound.
PHOTOA new interdisciplinary graduate programme introduced last year by Hokkaido University in Japan, focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, comprises three international programmes combining science and technology with social science disciplines to produce highly motivated global leaders who are sensitive to diverse perspectives.
PHOTOThe American Historical Association’s recent decision to expand the definition of historical scholarship for the purposes of hiring, promotion or tenure review recognises that there are many different forms of professional scholarship, but is there a danger that standards are being ‘watered down’?
Elections and HE
PHOTOElections can profoundly impact on universities and colleges. New leaders and parties have new political agendas, and higher education is frequently prominent on their lists, with implications for funding, teaching and research, staff and students, and interactions with society and the economy. For two weeks University World News investigates recent elections and higher education in countries the world over.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOLast month’s abduction of marine biologist Volodymyr Vorovka marks the continuation of Russia’s brutal and criminal campaign against Ukrainian intellectuals and civic leaders that predates the 24 February 2022 invasion and recalls the active destruction of Ukraine’s intelligentsia by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s.
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