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EUROPE
The Brexit vote signals ‘You are not welcome here’
Alan Ruby
The “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result, mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, and co-operation will become rarer.
Transformative Leadership
GLOBAL
There are so many leaders around us that we don’t see
Mary Beth Marklein
United States journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana about a young woman who built a business under the Taliban and Ashley's War, the story of 20 women recruited to carry out missions for the US Army in Afghanistan, talks to University World News about women and leadership and the impact of higher education.
Commentary
SOUTH AFRICA
Fire, freedom and disrepair
Zenobia Ismail
Several universities and colleges have been set alight as decolonisation protests escalate. Students need to assess the costs and benefits of making the university the frontline in another struggle.
CHINA
Understanding drivers of transnational partnerships
Catherine Montgomery
While China still retains a strong catch-up mentality and aims for its elite institutions to partner with dominant, elite Western peers, local social and cultural factors will continue to have an impact on the choice of partnerships and the ways in which universities develop.
EUROPE
E-learning is missing link in internationalisation
Andrée Sursock
Many European universities have international strategies, but few link them up with e-learning, although it can help enable internationalisation at home.
LATIN AMERICA
How to boost your university’s ranking position
Angel Calderon
The latest QS regional ranking highlights the areas where universities can make improvements, such as boosting international research collaborations.
SAUDI ARABIA
The effects of Saudisation on universities
Manail Anis Ahmed
Rapid Saudisation of university staff has created significant cultural change. Quality assurance needs to acknowledge the challenges that have arisen to ensure universities can provide the best education possible.
Features
LATIN AMERICA
Massification does not necessarily bring equity
Nicola Jenvey
There has been a burgeoning of private higher education institutions as Latin American countries have massified access to university. But students from poor families still do not have access to the same quality of higher education as those from wealthier families.
World Round-up
IRAN
Rouhani administration seeks close ties with academia
Tasnim News Agency
HONG KONG
Violence erupts at Hong Kong university council meeting
South China Morning Post
NETHERLANDS
National effort begins to regain research integrity
Times Higher Education
INDIA
Policy panel seeks revamped university regulator
The Hindu
GLOBAL
A crop of hands-on universities is transforming learning
The Economist
EUROPE
Online service to advise universities on gender equality
Science Business
INDONESIA
New vocational schools to enhance key skills
The Jakarta Post
EGYPT
Law amended to expedite university leader appointments
Daily News Egypt
UNITED STATES
Google offers free cloud credits to university students
Fortune
CHINA
University surveillance aims at ‘good study habits’
Guardian
CAMBODIA
Academics battle obstacles to university research
Voice of America
AUSTRALIA
Turnbull advances partial university fee deregulation
The Sydney Morning Herald
SOUTH AFRICA
Two universities adopt new language policies
News24
SOUTH KOREA
University heads seek change amid declining enrolments
The Korea Times
MALAYSIA
Probe into research fraud allegations
Malaysiakini
INDIA
Six universities to open yoga departments
Press Trust of India
VIETNAM
Stronger university-industry links needed
VietNamNet Bridge
Breaking News
UNITED KINGDOM
Unions fear job losses, tuition fee rises post-Brexit
Brendan O'Malley
Unions representing academics and students have demanded urgent assurance of government support for higher education following the narrow vote to leave the European Union in last week’s referendum, amid fears that loss of EU funding will put staff jobs at risk and lead to students being charged higher tuition fees.
INDIA
New study abroad regulations to improve HE quality
Karuna Narayan and Yojana Sharma
New regulations to allow Indian universities to collaborate with universities and colleges overseas and enable Indian students to gain credits for study abroad semesters have been announced by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. The measures are aimed at bringing world-class education to Indian students, as well as improving higher education curricula.
News
EUROPE
Brexit vote brings uncertainty for British universities
Yojana Sharma
A momentous vote in the United Kingdom’s EU referendum in favour of leaving the European Union – popularly known as Brexit – has been greeted with consternation in British universities with many concerned about what it will mean for research funding, staff and students from the EU and the general standing of UK research in the world.
EUROPE
103 university leaders have ‘grave’ fears over Brexit
Brendan O'Malley
Days before the United Kingdom's EU referendum vote, vice-chancellors of 103 universities wrote a joint letter voicing their “grave concern” over the impact of a United Kingdom exit from the European Union on UK universities and students, warning that it would undermine the country’s position as a global leader in science and innovation and “impoverish our campuses”.
UNITED STATES
Court upholds race-conscious university admissions
Brendan O'Malley
The Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas’ admissions policy that allows consideration of applicants’ race as a factor in deciding which applicants to award places to, as part of an effort to increase the diversity of the student body.
GLOBAL
‘Meta-portal’ of higher education resources in French
Wagdy Sawahel
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie has launched a virtual repository of educational resources called ‘meta-portal IDNEUF’ to provide free access to Francophone university resources. The global launch was held in Mali – Africa is the continent with the largest number of French speakers, 96.2 million.
TURKEY
Four academics freed from jail pending lesser charges
Brendan O'Malley
Four Turkish academics have been released from jail in Istanbul on the first day of their trial for spreading terrorist propaganda pending a reduction in the charges against them. They were accused of inciting hatred because they signed a petition – backed by 1,400 academics in Turkey and internationally – criticising military operations against Kurdish rebels in civilian areas.
AFRICA
East Africa joins global network of energy centres
Christabel Ligami
An East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency has been launched at Makerere University in Uganda to address energy issues faced by the five East African Community nations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It joins the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, coordinated by the United Nations.
GERMANY
More support recommended for Excellence Initiative
Michael Gardner
Germany’s federal and state governments have opted to continue the Excellence Initiative funding programme for top-level research. The agreement now reached enables 11 institutions to be funded as 'Universities of Excellence' with a total of €533 million (US$593 million) a year over a seven-year period, starting in 2019.
TANZANIA
World Bank skills project targets 30,000 youth
Gilbert Nakweya
A new World Bank initiative has been launched to help young Tanzanians improve the quality of their skills and tap into key economic sectors. At least 30,000 people will benefit from training under the US$120 million programme designed to eradicate deficiencies in workforce skills.
UNITED STATES
California to beat big gun-violence research limits
Arielle Martinez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
It has been 20 years since Congress effectively barred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding gun-violence research. Now advocates for such research say a proposed centre in the University of California system will "fill the gap" left by those restrictions.
DENMARK
Steady progress in speeding up degree completion time
Jan Petter Myklebust
Denmark is making headway in its efforts to reduce the number of students who do not complete their degree in good time. The average time to degree has fallen significantly in the past 10 years. The sharpest fall came in the number of students delayed by two years or more, which has more than halved from 26.3% in 2000 to 12.4% in 2013.
BANGLADESH
Concern over quality education in private medical colleges
Mushfique Wadud
The Bangladesh government has rowed back on a previous decision to shut down three private medical colleges for their failure to fulfil conditions set for obtaining a licence, following protests by students and guardians.
World Blog
NETHERLANDS
Internationalisation throughout the education system
Robert Coelen
Recent advice highlights the need for universities to work with schools on developing an internationalisation programme that is effective and avoids duplication.

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