Also: In America, a new coalition unites to expand international student numbers
12 November 2023  Issue No: 762
Top Stories
PHOTOUniversities in Russia are experiencing a structural transformation, marked by decreasing autonomy, militarisation, and ideologisation of curricula. As they distance themselves from Western models, these institutions are reverting to Soviet-era approaches to higher education which are expected to intensify as the war continues.
If Donald Trump wins a second term as president, United States universities face an existential threat as does civil society. The message that will be sent out loud and clear is one that encourages other current and wannabe autocrats of the world, with dire consequences for higher education.
A new coalition of higher education associations, the business sector and other stakeholders has united around the aim of increasing the number of international students choosing to enrol in universities and colleges in the United States and making sure they have what they need to thrive.
War in Israel-Palestine
PHOTOThere have been 439 Palestinians from the university community killed and 11 higher education buildings completely or partially damaged since the start of the Israel-Palestine war on 7 October, according to the Palestinian government. Higher education has been severely disrupted.
PHOTOVisas issued to Indian students have picked up after a slow-down a year ago, leading with record numbers in the United Kingdom and a significant increase in student visas issued by the United States. This is in contrast with Canada, possibly due to its political row with India.
Edtech, AI and Higher Education
PHOTOThe United Kingdom government appears to be putting its money where its mouth is to help address challenges and opportunities presented by rapidly advancing AI technology, with a £300 million (US$366 million) investment to create a national Artificial Intelligence Research Resource and the country’s most powerful supercomputer.
PHOTOThe recent Magna Charta Universitatum conference in Poland focused on urban renewal and on the importance of co-creation of knowledge and collaboration with communities to overcome obstacles to societal well-being. This requires a multidisciplinary perspective and openness to diverse partnerships.
PHOTOThe number of students at Portuguese higher education institutions has peaked in the past academic year, and international students rose to 16.5% of the student body. But officials say proactive measures are needed to ensure that a projected future decline is not too steep.
World Blog
PHOTOInternational higher education is traditionally driven by a Western agenda. Growing scholarly discussions around neo-colonisation, post-colonialism and decolonisation in relation to higher education internationalisation are promising contributions towards reimagining the field – but change is barely perceptible.
HE and Sustainability: The Gulf States
PHOTOAs the United Arab Emirates prepares to host COP28, the global summit on climate action and sustainable development, University World News is running a weekly Special Briefing exploring the contribution of Gulf states’ universities to climate action and to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
PHOTOThe ASEAN Consolidated Strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the post-pandemic recovery have profoundly changed the work landscape, underlining the importance of upskilling and reskilling in the ASEAN region through sustainable international partnerships.
Top Stories from Last Week
PHOTOEducation institutions and policy-makers have a vital role to play in helping to build peace, but first they should take a look at how they might be contributing to conflict, which in many countries around the world can make them a target of attack.
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PHOTOWith an eye to developing a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions, researchers at the United Arab Emirates University have been focusing on the production of jet fuel from sustainable resources such as halophytes, which are salt-tolerant plants that could be cultivated on a wider scale in the region’s coastal areas. Promoted by the United Arab Emirates University.
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