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Government ministers have claimed that immigration for highly qualified people will be “protected” under tighter new migration rules, but academics and employers are still worried that a general increase in hostility towards immigrants will render the country less welcoming to highly skilled people.
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Global meeting of university leaders sends message to G7
The importance of strengthening the role of universities in fostering peace and security through engagement with governments was raised at a global meeting of more than 75 university leaders in Tokyo last week and will be conveyed to political leaders at the G7 Summit in Hiroshima.
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Worsening employment conditions, deteriorating salaries and threats to job security are making the academic profession less attractive, especially to young scholars in Italy, according to a new study comparing salaries, recruitment and retention in public higher education institutions across Italy, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Universities in South Australia are eager to play a role in the development of nuclear-powered submarines, the key component of a trilateral security pact entered into between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, aimed at shoring up stability in the Indo-Pacific.
The Africa Open Science Platform project has made remarkable progress to aid education and research institutions by strengthening network infrastructure. When the project is completed, it will have supplied meaningful connectivity to over 1,700 institutions and more than four million end users.
Amid claims of a lack of clarity from the ministry and concerns about a deeper and long-term impact on the higher education sector, Norwegian universities are struggling to implement the government’s decision to demand tuition fees from non-European students seeking to study in Norway this fall.
Academic Freedom
A study on the use of student informants in universities indicates that the practice has become more systematic and institutionalised since Xi Jinping became China’s president and, over and above its taming effect on course content, it is creating distrust among professors towards their students.
Special Report Series: AI and Higher Education
This 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.
PHOTO There is a lot of hype about AI, especially ChatGPT. But the voices of academics who understand the challenges it presents have been silenced by the rush to marketisation of universities and a culture of fear, and are too enfeebled and exhausted to come up with solutions.
PHOTO In his 2016 book titled The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Klaus Schwab observed that as the workplace becomes more digital and high tech, and AI and robots become crucial, there is an urgent need to still feel the human touch grounded in meaningful close relationships and social connections between people.
There are many measures that can be implemented by policy-makers, universities, recognition centres and professional bodies to remove barriers to the integration of those refugees from Ukraine who are seeking employment opportunities or access to education and training in their host countries.
PHOTO The development of high quality non-profit private universities over the past half-century, especially in the Global South, represents a remarkable development: despite the challenges they face, these elite private institutions have brought vitality to an often moribund higher education environment in their country.
PHOTO Critical analysis of the Indigeneity claims by the international higher education community is necessary to remove the apathy and malaise that is evident in the ongoing cycle of false claims. To achieve change, perpetrators need to be challenged by the people they serve.
World Blog
Academic research as a source of information is still trusted by a large proportion of people, which makes it vital that academic publishers around the world look at how to champion open research and empower experts to share their knowledge and perspectives.
Universities in Africa must train a pipeline of interdisciplinary ocean scientists with the knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the growing needs of the Blue Economy and to tackle challenges emerging from global warming as well as overfishing.
Affordability, visa red tape, language barriers and mindfulness on climate change were among the barriers to overseas study discussed at the recent Reinventing Higher Education Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘Global Classrooms’ and immersion in the international culture at home were among the solutions discussed.
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Over the past decade, academic freedom has declined in more than 22 countries, including India, China, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to the Academic Freedom Index: Update 2023, which claims to be the ‘first comprehensive overview of academic freedom worldwide’.
PHOTO An organisation representing nearly a million doctoral candidates and postdocs across Europe has called on academic institutions and governments to improve conditions for early career researchers, arguing that their precarious existence endangers academic freedom, which is already under attack in many European countries.
PHOTO Networks built on a foundation of shared values empower their members through multiple perspectives and collaborative approaches, which is especially important in higher education. As such, social networks are now a primary mechanism through which faculty and students can build their social capital.
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PHOTO A new university ranking system aims to serve as a catalyst for positive transformation in higher education, ensuring that universities create an environment grounded in integrity and sustainability that inspires and supports students and staff in the development of novel solutions to global challenges. Promoted by
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PHOTO In the publication of its first progress report on its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals, the University of Pretoria is navigating new territory at the same time as it is acknowledging its clear stewardship role in protecting the environment and biodiversity. Promoted by the University of Pretoria.
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PHOTO Water scarcity has long been an issue in countries such as the United Arab Emirates. But the country’s National Water and Energy Center, based at the United Arab Emirates University, is providing solutions for the efficient exploration, development, use, storage and sustainability of the precious resource. Promoted by United Arab Emirates University.
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