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An analysis of the composition of the current scientific staff body at Denmark’s eight universities has shown that 43% have citizenship from other countries. Is there a link between the current strength of the Danish research system and the healthy proportion of international talent?
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It is vital to drop bottomless belief in Western superiority
What we lack in international higher education is a shared moral order and consensus about the global common good, based on equality of respect and cultural and epistemic diversity. The starting point is the conscious and active rejection of Western superiority and coloniality.
The role universities play as centres of learning and bearers of knowledge allows institutions to lead research on climate science and use that knowledge to inform policy-making and practice in both climate adaptation and mitigation, says Dr Bob Manteaw from the University of Ghana.
British students now make up the largest contingent of foreign students studying at Bulgarian higher education institutions, with some able to gain a double degree – one from a Bulgarian institution and another from a British university – while avoiding higher UK-level tuition fees.
The high court has warned Pakistan’s prime minister he will face a criminal charge if his government fails to recover missing students of Baloch ethnicity, believed to have been detained by law enforcement agencies for their alleged links to various separatist movements.
New figures show that, following five years of gains, overall higher education completion rates in the United States have stalled for three consecutive years. Experts say it could be the result of a decline in student success initiatives owing to COVID or student uncertainty about the value of degrees.
In a case that has sparked concern among legal academics, a judicial review overseen by Indonesia’s chief justice, the brother-in-law of the country’s sitting president, has cleared the way for the president’s son to stand as a vice-presidential candidate in next year’s elections.
War in Israel-Palestine
The fallout of the Israel-Hamas war is roiling the campuses of Canada’s two most storied universities – McGill in Montréal, Québec, and the University of Toronto. Jewish organisations report that students are feeling unsafe while Jewish faculty say they are witnessing the breakdown of collegial relationships.
South Africa’s dubious status as one of the worst-ranked countries for high rates of gender-based violence or GBV – and recent senseless assaults on university campuses in the country – have brought into sharp focus the urgency of addressing this scourge within the higher education sector and beyond.
PHOTO The policies of many universities in the United Kingdom towards gender-based violence tend to reinforce harmful stereotypes and may even endanger women and other gender and sexual minorities. Though they do not capture everyday reality, they are a crucial indicator of institutional approaches towards gender-based violence.
PHOTO Speeding up internationalisation efforts will put Morocco’s public universities in a stronger position to offer world-class academic services, tap the support of their diaspora communities and serve as powerhouses of human capital for the African continent and the Mediterranean in the years to come.
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A recent study suggests that female researchers make different publishing choices to their male counterparts, consciously rejecting publishers they consider unfair or exploitative. While rejecting journal prestige may be good for increasing marketplace competition, it could also come with career penalties.
Education for Sustainable Development
Half-way to the target date for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, University World News – in partnership with global quality assurance provider ABET – is publishing a series of special reports on how higher education can best equip students with the skills, knowledge and values needed to shape a sustainable future.
PHOTO Perhaps the most important action that universities can undertake to create a more equitable and sustainable world is to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals as part of their vision, mission and values – and more specifically, integrate education for sustainable development, or ESD, across their teaching, research and service functions.
PHOTO Professor Dzulkifli Razak is an internationally respected figure in the field of education for sustainable development who created the idea of ‘communiversity’. The concept is unfolding locally at International Islamic University Malaysia, where he is the rector – from where it can possibly blossom globally.
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The documented hijacking of a legitimate academic journal earlier this year shows how the pressure on researchers to publish, combined with the proliferation and development of AI technology, is threatening to undermine trust in research and is even derailing the careers of affected academics.
PHOTO South Korea has long been known for its innovative university-industry collaborations. Now, global developments in generative AI – most widely represented at the moment by ChatGPT – are prompting new ways for the country’s universities to work with South Korea’s own technology giants.
PHOTO Low public and private investment levels in research and development remain a trend in most African countries. Still, this bleak narrative contrasts with knowledge production patterns by African nations as bibliometric studies of articles authored or co-authored by scientists and scholars over the past two decades show healthy annual growth.
PHOTO The COVID-19 pandemic, Xi Jinping’s ambitions to turn his country into an innovation superpower loyal to the Communist Party, and Western alarm about those ambitions, have shaped Chinese higher education, but a fourth development – the slowing of China’s economy – could play a bigger role.
PHOTO Timely access to effective mental health services for students has never been more important. With the assistance of artificial intelligence and data intelligence, it is now possible to pre-emptively flag when an individual might be experiencing mental distress and offer the support needed.
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PHOTO With 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.
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PHOTO As water scarcity reaches critical levels globally, a research team at the United Arab Emirates University seeks to revolutionise seawater desalination practices, offering a path to mitigate water scarcity while championing environmental preservation.
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