Breaking News
A virtual scholar-in-residence programme set up between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Kyiv School of Economics allows Ukrainian academics who have remained in Ukraine to advance their research activities, keep Ukrainian science alive, and contribute to Ukraine’s ongoing struggle for survival.
Top Stories
Time to tackle predatory publishing practices
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.
As record numbers of graduates sit China’s fiercely competitive civil service examinations, hoping for secure government jobs amid high youth unemployment, the government is widening its special recruitment system for some civil service posts to include Chinese citizens who have graduated from top overseas universities.
A draft defence bill aimed at the exclusive exchange of technology with the United Kingdom and the United States has set off alarm bells in Australian academic circles because of what academics say is the potential for criminalising activities the research community considers normal.
The latest data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey in Ireland show that 83% of last year’s class was in employment nine months after graduation – up from 75.9% for the class of 2020. The figures are seen to confirm the value of a higher education qualification.
As fighting intensifies across Myanmar, with mounting casualties for the military regime, newly graduating medical students have been drafted in as military reservists. “The junta is losing on all sides,” said a spokesperson for the exiled National Unity Government and is strengthening its forces in various ways.
War in Israel-Palestine
As the conflict centred on Gaza continues, academics and students in the occupied West Bank are facing an intensified campaign of arrests and have appealed to the international community for help to protect the territory’s universities from the full impacts of the war.
Edtech, AI and Higher Education
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.
International student recruitment is not only about amassing the highest number of students; it is about establishing and enhancing best practices and resources for those already on campus to ensure that they succeed and graduate, and become part of a thriving community of alumni.
PHOTO Amid the current debates about the introduction of an international student levy in Australia that universities may pass on to their students, thereby pushing up the cost of a higher education, the question of what students are getting for their money looms large.
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.
Twelve research groupings across five Danish universities have been selected to investigate and make recommendations for concrete strategies to enhance gender diversity and inclusion in Danish scientific research settings and to support the participation of more women at the highest levels of research.
HE and Sustainability: The Gulf States
As 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.
PHOTO Gulf universities are successfully implementing sustainable education policies in a bid to reduce inequalities among staff and students. Aligning their strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals, several universities have achieved noteworthy rankings. The support offered to special needs students could be transformative for societies.
PHOTO With the Gulf region a key focus of the upcoming COP28 global climate summit in Dubai, universities in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait – all countries that are facing tough environmental challenges – are playing a more proactive role in promoting sustainability within their campuses and beyond.
World Blog
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.
Young scientists, researchers and civil society activists from across Africa who gathered at the inaugural Youth Forum on Adaptation Finance in Africa have called on leaders from around the globe to urgently scale up adaptation finance and include young people in actions to fight climate change.
Top Stories from Last Week
Outrage about the situation in Gaza is growing in academic circles in South Africa, judging by the proliferation of critical pronouncements about the crisis. A prominent recent initiative came in the form of an open letter that has drawn the support of researchers, lecturers, administrators and students.
PHOTO A new online tool provides granular data about the economic contribution of international students in the United States, which totalled over US$40 billion in the 2022-23 academic year. Its launch follows the formation of a new coalition to increase enrolment and diversify the pool of international students.
PHOTO A new report suggests that ‘internationalisation at home’ can improve the internationalisation experiences of all students on United Kingdom university campuses, particularly by internationalising the curriculum, and its findings will feed into the process of producing a new international higher education strategy.
Receive email updates from UWN
Global newsletters    Africa newsletters    Other
    (other includes related events and webinars)

Data will be processed according to our standard terms & conditions.

Sponsored Article
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.
Sponsored Article
PHOTO Artificial intelligence is now a part of our evolution in technology and teachers need to be encouraged to find ways to bring AI into the classroom and have students use it in a way that is beneficial to them in the long term.
Sponsored Article
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.
World Round-up