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China heads for top of world in R&D spending – OECD
Wachira Kigotho
China is forecast to overtake the European Union and the United States in research and development spending by the end of the decade, according to an OECD report on the global state of science, technology and industry published last Wednesday.
World Blog
GLOBAL
Change the language of internationalisation
Hans de Wit and Elspeth Jones
Employers are missing the wider benefits of internationalisation – at home and abroad – because we are not using the right language to describe them. Academics may also be reluctant to promote internationalisation due to the perception that it will increase their workload. This must be tackled.
Commentary
UNITED KINGDOM
The ‘Benefits of Brussels’ to British higher education
Anne Corbett
A recent event in London, which brought together German and French cultural institutions and British universities, aimed to promote the European Union at a time when the United Kingdom is moving closer to an EU exit. A case needs to be made for the collective good of Europe rather than narrow national interests.
GLOBAL
Role of universities in the fight against corruption
Marcus Tannenberg
Universities can play a vital role in combating corruption and instilling trust and promoting positive collective action worldwide. But first they need to put their own house in order.
GLOBAL
Minimising brain drain – The pros and cons
Laura W Perna, Kata Orosz and Zakir Jumakulov
Requiring international scholarship recipients to return to the home nation is meant to stem brain drain from poorer to wealthier countries. But there are potential downsides, such as narrowing the range of students who apply and locking them into jobs for which they might not be best suited.
AUSTRALIA
‘Irreconcilable breakdown’ at Murdoch University
Education Correspondent, Inside Story
At the heart of controversial events that have unfolded at Perth-based Murdoch University in Australia is the nature of the relationship between chancellors and vice-chancellors.
Talloires Network
GLOBAL
Can community action open up universities?
Ard Jongsma
Community work by university staff and students is often seen as an add-on to academic core business. But can it actually be more than that? Can it help to attract students from traditionally underrepresented groups? Can it bridge the gap between higher education and communities that have traditionally been excluded from it? And can it even benefit the core curriculum?
Features
UNITED KINGDOM
Embrace digital age or face irrelevance – Martin Bean
Brendan O'Malley
Universities risk becoming irrelevant and irresponsible if they don’t equip staff to deal with the digital age, said Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of the Open University, in the 2014 Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture at the Cass Business School in London.
INDONESIA
Budget, administration issues cloud new HE ministry
Ria Nurdiani
Academics believe that Indonesia’s newly created Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education will have to overcome major budgetary and administrative hurdles before serious work can begin, after the country’s new president, in a surprise move, announced the uncoupling of higher education from the Ministry of Education and Culture.
UNITED STATES
Harvard used secret cameras to study attendance
Rebecca Koenig and Steve Kolowich The Chronicle of Higher Education
A high-tech effort to study classroom attendance at Harvard University that used secret photo surveillance is raising questions about research ethics among the institution’s academics. The controversy heated up on 4 November, when a computer science professor, Harry R Lewis, questioned the study at a faculty meeting.
World Round-up
MEXICO
Violent demonstrations over student deaths
Aljazeera
GREECE
Thousands of students protest educational reforms
Press TV
UNITED STATES
For-profit colleges sue over new guidelines
Fortune
UNITED STATES
Governing boards to get new guidelines
Inside Higher Ed
CANADA
Foreign worker crackdown affects university recruitment
The Globe and Mail
PAKISTAN
Academia pushes back against HEC efforts to stifle debate
Dawn
UNITED KINGDOM
More students mean more dropouts – Vice-chancellor
The Independent
AUSTRALIA
Cheating – Academics blame fee-hungry universities
The Sydney Morning Herald
INDIA
The students who feel they have the right to cheat
BBC News Magazine
INDIA
UK universities minister to 'welcome' students
Press Trust of India
SOUTH AFRICA
Legal woes for top university over admissions policy
Cape Argus
JAPAN
Public universities to aid revitalisation
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Breaking News
UNITED STATES
Middle East swells foreign student growth in US
Brendan O'Malley
The number of international students in American universities rose by 8% in 2013-14, with 73% of the growth accounted for by students from China and Saudi Arabia, according to the latest Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education.
GLOBAL
New THE split throws rankings world into turmoil
David Jobbins
The volatile world of international rankings was thrown into renewed turmoil when the Times Higher Education abruptly ditched its association with Thomson Reuters and renewed its link with Elsevier’s Scopus research citation database.
MALAYSIA
Medical college closure after London campus problems
Emilia Tan and Yojana Sharma
A private Malaysian medical institution, Allianze University College of Medical Sciences based in Penang, has had to close down amid reports of many staff left unpaid and students scrambling to find alternatives. The college caused surprise when it paid some £30 million (US$47 million) for a major campus in London in 2013, acquired from Middlesex University.
GLOBAL
China-Australia free trade to ‘strengthen HE ties’
Geoff Maslen
Whether or not it is the collective view of all universities in Australia, the lobby group representing them was enthusiastic in welcoming the signing of a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in Canberra last Monday.
UNITED KINGDOM
University funding system is not sustainable – Report
Brendan O'Malley
The funding system for higher education in England is not sustainable and a better funding model must be developed, according to a critical report by the Higher Education Commission.
University Rankings
EUROPE
Rankings schizophrenia? Europe impact study
Ellen Hazelkorn
Despite much criticism, European universities are avid users of rankings, particularly for strategic purposes, says the first continent-wide study of the impact and influence of rankings on European higher education.
EUROPE
The role of rankings in improving higher education
David Jobbins
This month the European University Association published a significant piece of research that highlights one of the unintended consequences of university rankings. It validates the activities of national and international ranking agencies by recognising the role they play – or potentially play – in the process of the continual improvement of higher education.
News
CHINA
Top university leader leaves in anti-graft campaign
Yojana Sharma
The president of Fudan University in Shanghai, one of China’s most prestigious institutions, has resigned in the wake of a government investigation into corruption. Yang Yuliang is the most high profile university head to be removed after President Xi Jinping pledged late last year to go after major officials – ‘tigers’ – and not just ‘flies’ or minor officials.
BANGLADESH
Politically motivated strikes disrupt universities
Mushfique Wadud
GLOBAL
New online library aims to ‘equalise’ science education
Alecia D McKenzie
THAILAND
Student jailed for anti-monarchy Facebook message
Suluck Lamubol
NORWAY
Rectors oppose proposal for non-European student fees
Jan Petter Myklebust
JAPAN
Survey debunks Japanese students stay-at-home myth
Suvendrini Kakuchi
FINLAND
Prime ministers debate innovation and higher education
Jan Petter Myklebust
AFRICA
Dilapidated universities must be fixed, say officials
Wachira Kigotho
SOUTH AFRICA
Vice-chancellors call for stakeholder funding strategy
Munyaradzi Makoni
NIGERIA
First Nigerian tuition-free virtual university is ‘illegal’
Wagdy Sawahel
Interview
AFRICA
Continental issues identified ahead of HE summit
Karen MacGregor
Consultations with stakeholders across Africa have thrown up shared challenges that will be tackled at next year’s major summit on “Revitalising Higher Education for Africa’s Future”, says Dr Omano Edigheji of TrustAfrica, the summit's director. Among the big issues are harmonisation, investment, regulatory frameworks, the private sector, graduate employability and the curriculum.

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