Special Report II: AI and Higher Education

How universities worldwide are responding to generative AI

University World News continues its exploration of generative AI in this new special report on ‘AI and Higher Education’. In commentaries and features, academics and our journalists around the world investigate issues and developments around AI that are impacting on universities. Generative AI tools are challenging and changing higher education systems and institutions — how they are run as well as ways of teaching and learning and conducting research.
AI technology is here to stay, and it is worth higher education leaders’ time to think about how to engage with it to protect student privacy, enhance the student experience and help all stakeholders prepare for a future of working with powerful technology.
China’s generative AI regulations – the world’s first – do not appear to be as limiting for researchers in universities and companies as some initial drafts circulating earlier this year had proposed – a signal that China is keen not to stall research in this area.
PHOTO Educators will need more than ever to understand the unique value of a human and to perceive large language models as legitimate and useful sources of ideas rather than shortcuts and avenues for cheating, according to tech-focused educational entrepreneur and author Priten Shah.
PHOTO After imposing temporary bans on the use of generative AI models earlier this year, pending investigations into its use, some Hong Kong universities are giving the green light to the incorporation of ChatGPT and other AI tools into the teaching and learning process.
PHOTO A national strategy that draws on Indonesia’s impressive recent performance in both artificial intelligence-related research and patent development aims to fast track the uptake of AI technology at all levels of society and move the country more firmly towards an innovation-driven economy.
PHOTO India’s government is encouraging education in local languages. With effective generative artificial intelligence tools emerging, the University Grants Commission recently issued guidelines for translating higher education textbooks using AI, to ensure their consistency and quality.
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