Also: Wage theft is endemic at Australian universities, says union report
5 March 2023  Issue No: 729
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PHOTOThe Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education will come into force on Sunday 5 March, becoming the first legally binding United Nations instrument on higher education, fostering international mobility and opening up increased opportunities for students and qualification holders worldwide.
A National Tertiary Education Union report claims that “wage theft has shamefully become an endemic part of universities’ business models” at the same time that Australia’s biggest public universities record massive surpluses and their vice-chancellors earn over AU$1 million (US$673,000) per year in wages.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed that she is ready to begin talks on an association agreement to allow United Kingdom participation in Horizon Europe as soon as the UK-EU agreement on adapting the Northern Ireland Protocol, announced on Monday, is implemented.
PHOTOStudents from Sub-Saharan Africa are being recruited in their numbers and the competition for students is increasing, with indicators predicting that the region’s 430,000 outwardly mobile students will double by 2050. Nigerian students, the biggest group of international students, opt for the UK and US, while francophone students choose France.
Special Report Series: AI and Higher Education
PHOTOThis is part of a weekly University World News special report series on ‘AI and higher education’. The focus is on how universities are engaging with ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools. The articles from academics and our journalists around the world are exploring developments and university work in AI that have implications for higher education institutions and systems, students and staff, and teaching, learning and research.
PHOTOAs university rankings and the dominance of the ‘world-class model’ begin to fade, the time is right for universities to explore other models that offer a holistic approach to their development and embrace a constant search for self-improvement and greater societal impact.
World Blog
PHOTOCountries around the world are promising post-study rights in a bid to boost international student numbers, but without proper jobs it will end in anger and disappointment. Instead, they should pivot towards supporting international students transition successfully to their early careers back home.
PHOTOAfrica continues to suffer from wealth and gender disparities when it comes to tertiary education. This is evident from the “highly variable quality” of private tertiary education institutions along with low levels of investment, facts that emerged from the first edition of a joint UNESCO-African Union education report.
PHOTOUniversities have been urged to ‘think ahead’ when serving students with disabilities, many of whom find that the systems in place are overly procedural and put the onus on students to come forward to provide evidence of disability – a process many find daunting.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOAn international AI-powered study of more than 14,100 articles in top journals has confirmed the poor reproducibility of (especially experimental) research in psychology – a blow to the discipline. Research methods and citation impact can help predict whether research is reliable, but university prestige and citation numbers do not.
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