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ASIA
Currency slides spark fears for international enrolments
Yojana Sharma
Sharply depreciating currencies in Asian and other emerging markets, accompanied by extreme volatility in China’s stock market which is affecting the economic confidence of that country’s middle-class, could have a knock-on effect on overseas student recruitment by universities in the United States and United Kingdom.
Commentary
GLOBAL
The many traditions of the reviving liberal arts
Philip G Altbach
A reconsideration of the merits of a broad-based education is taking place in universities around the world, but it needs to take account of non-Western traditions as well as those of Western liberal arts colleges.
UKRAINE
Higher education reform – On the slow road to Bologna
Ielyzaveta Shchepetylnykova
Despite higher education reforms, Ukraine still faces many challenges if it is to fully implement the Bologna agreement and encourage greater student mobility. Progress has been made on improving monitoring and reporting on the country’s implementation of the Bologna process.
GLOBAL
Is higher education ready for blue ocean strategies?
Marguerite Dennis and Richard Lynch
Higher education needs to look to the future and that future is likely to be online and international. Universities need to be disruptive innovators and adopt ‘blue ocean strategies’ to succeed.
SOUTH AFRICA
The PhD and the ideology of ‘no transformation’
Nico Cloete
After a lecture tour, famous theorist of the network society Manuel Castells remarked that ‘transformation’ is a word South Africans use when they stop thinking. Yet the debate over transformation rages on, and the charge of ‘no transformation’ reverberates through higher education. Statistics from a forthcoming book about the doctorate demonstrate how unhelpful – if not toxic – the transformation debate has become.
World Blog
CANADA
Power of the professoriate and the lemonade stand
Grace Karram Stephenson
Market forces have taken over higher education thinking, but a recent case in Canada hearkens back to an earlier era where teaching staff had greater influence.
Features
GLOBAL
More work needed in blending online and onsite learning
Peta Lee
Although the traditional lecture hall is unlikely to ever disappear completely, it is increasingly being supplemented – and in some cases replaced – by technology. And while a combination of both online and onsite learning as a teaching means is proving successful, more work is needed for this combination to truly internationalise the global learning experience.
EUROPE
Remove obstacles to cooperation with EU neighbours – EUA
Nic Mitchell
Obstacles to exchanges between universities in the European Union and their southern and eastern neighbours “should be eliminated” by simplifying, harmonising and liberalising visa procedures and encouraging short-term mobility, says the European University Association in its response to public consultation on ‘Towards a New European Neighbourhood Policy’.
UNITED STATES
A university tries to keep homeless students on track
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Florida State University’s Unconquered Scholars initiative serves students who have experienced homelessness or foster care, been wards of the court or raised by relatives other than their parents. Those students’ backgrounds put them at greater risk of dropping out, so the programme provides academic, social and emotional support to keep them on track.
SOUTH AFRICA
Campus tempers flare over racism and student elections
Munyaradzi Makoni
Racial problems that have dogged South Africa’s prestigious Stellenbosch University have flared after the publication of a documentary about the discriminatory experiences of black students. The parliamentary portfolio committee on higher education and training is calling the university’s leaders to an urgent meeting, to table institutional transformation plans. Meanwhile, violence has marred the run-up to student elections on other campuses.
World Round-up
GLOBAL
The hidden bias of science’s universal language
The Atlantic
PALESTINE
Financial crisis threatens collapse of universities
Middle East Monitor
UNITED STATES
Illinois campus leaders demand re-hiring of Salaita
The Chronicle of Higher Education
JAPAN
26 universities to abolish humanities, social sciences
The Japan News-Asia News Network
GLOBAL
THE rankings to exclude ‘kilo-authored’ papers
Times Higher Education
GERMANY
Universities ‘do their part’ for refugees
The Washington Post
UNITED KINGDOM
'Millions' in taxpayers' money owed by foreign students
BBC News
UNITED KINGDOM
Academics need to be managed. It's time to accept that
Guardian
MALAYSIA
Universities warn students to stay away from rally
Asian Correspondent
INDIA
Government keen on 'exporting' higher education
Deccan Herald
UNITED KINGDOM
Scottish universities fear £450m blow under Holyrood plans
Scotsman
UNITED STATES
Gladwell weighs in on university endowment debate
NPR
UNITED STATES
Trump University was a scam, say former students
TIME
Special Report
GLOBAL
Student success in open, distance and e-learning
Karen MacGregor
Student success is crucial to the purposes of open, distance and e-learning – but challenging to achieve compared with selective post-secondary systems – a study for the International Council for Open and Distance Education found. Good practices include whole-institution strategies for student success and the mitigation of drop-out at course, qualification and institutional levels, solid data, honest admissions policies and accountability.
News
GLOBAL
First global conference on HE internationalisation
Karen MacGregor
The first Global Conference on Internationalisation of Higher Education will be held in August next year, in South Africa’s huge Kruger Park game reserve. The event flows from the first inclusive Global Dialogue held in Port Elizabeth in January 2014, attended by 24 international education organisations from across the world.
AUSTRALIA
New guide shines spotlight on regional universities
Barbara Barkhausen
Regional Australian universities are turning out to be top performers, according to the Good Universities Guide 2016, an independent five-star performance rating of Australian undergraduate courses released by education solutions provider Hobsons this month.
UNITED KINGDOM
Traditional destinations losing market share – Oxford
Jan Petter Myklebust and Michelle Paterson
A shift away from traditional student mobility destinations is among the developments noted in a report by the international strategy office of Oxford University, which offers a summary of key trends in higher education to illustrate the global context of its international engagement.
AFRICA-JAPAN
Second group among 1,000 African students off to Japan
Reuben Kyama
Hundreds of African students are leaving for Japan this year, the second group to join the African Business Education Initiative for Youth, a five-year plan to provide 1,000 young Africans with opportunities to study for masters degrees at top universities and do internships at leading Japanese companies.
RUSSIA
Higher education reforms to create 150 big universities
Eugene Vorotnikov
Up to 150 large, multi-profile universities will be established in Russia over the next several years, according to Alexander Klimov, deputy minister of education and science.
KENYA
Campuses promised police to boost anti-terror security
Maina Waruru
Police officers will be deployed on request to Kenyan universities to boost security and guard against possible future attacks by religious extremists, the government has said.
NIGERIA
‘No’ to privatising university-based schools
Tunde Fatunde
A government plan to withdraw funding from university-based primary schools and demonstration secondary schools on all campuses in Nigeria has met with sharp resistance. The schools were created and funded as an integral part of faculties of education to research methods of improving teaching and learning.
GLOBAL
Stephen Hawking presents new theory on black holes
Jan Petter Myklebust
Cambridge University Professor Stephen Hawking has proposed a new theory of black holes, arguing that information lost in black holes could be stored in alternate universes and that some black holes could be passages to them.
KAZAKHSTAN
Row at university dents claim of academic independence
Peter Leonard
When Kazakhstan opened the doors of the Nazarbayev University in 2010, the institution was hailed as a fledgling bastion of academic excellence and freedom in an educational system still hobbled by Soviet standards. But a row threatens to dent those aspirations and expose the limits of free thinking against the backdrop of a tense international diplomatic scene.
AFRICA
First regional masters in research and public policy
Wagdy Sawahel
A new collaborative masters degree to develop Africa’s next generation of public policy leaders has been initiated by the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, in cooperation with 12 universities in seven African countries.
MAURITIUS
More foreign students, more Mauritians study abroad
Jane Marshall
The number of international students studying in Mauritius increased during 2014 to more than 1,500 from 65 countries, while the number of Mauritians studying abroad also rose, according to the 16th annual Participation in Tertiary Education report. The well-off Indian Ocean island is positioning itself as a higher education hub – a destination for foreign students and for international universities.

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