Also: 50 Korean universities unite against QS ranking changes
9 July 2023  Issue No: 747
Top Stories
PHOTOThe European Union has taken a major step towards achieving its goal of creating 60 European University alliances involving 500 higher education institutions by mid-2024, with the announcement of seven new alliances and a push to include some universities in the Western Balkans and Ukraine.
Researchers have voiced dismay at the Swedish government’s abrupt decision to axe funding for Swedish Research Council grants for development research on challenges linked to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs and its deep cuts to research funding in the aid budget.
All of South Korea’s top research universities have come together in a call to boycott global university rankings issued by QS, saying the global ranking organisation has not heeded their claim that changes made to the rankings this year are not transparent and contain “mathematical flaws”.
PHOTOAs the number of Nepali students seeking to study abroad, particularly in Australia and the United States, has increased sharply in recent years, the Nepal government has started levying a 3% tax on outward bound students. But the tax increase could deter some students, education agents have warned.
Edtech, AI and Higher Education
PHOTOBritain’s Russell Group of research universities has published a set of principles that promote AI literacy and use by staff and students. Universities are urged to adapt teaching and assessment to support the equitable and ethical deployment of AI and to collaborate around evolving technologies.
PHOTOThe Buenos Aires Convention on the recognition of higher education qualifications aims to increase academic mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean by addressing the underlying barriers to cross-border collaboration and ensure equal opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds, ultimately fostering a more inclusive higher education landscape.
World Blog
PHOTOStudents struggled with online learning during the pandemic. This was not only because of practical issues and the suddenness of the transition from face-to-face classes, but also due to the knock-on impact of anxiety about COVID itself, which affected them and their teachers.
PHOTOThe establishment of ‘Study in Greece’ as a national agency supported by the Greek state is the latest step in an ongoing process to unlock a world of educational possibilities and deepen international collaboration to revitalise higher education in the country.
PHOTOA learning ecosystem includes all the elements that contribute to a learner’s overall learning experience. To create sustainable learning ecosystems, we need to integrate learning across formal, non-formal and informal learning processes and activities in a more strategic way, promoting a culture of learning.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOThe biggest single shift in the methodological approach to the QS World University Rankings since its outset two decades ago has seen some spectacular leaps at the table, with three Australian institutions now in the top 20 compared to none last year.
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