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Research drives understanding and disruption of work of ISIS
Matthew Francis
With their recent horrific attacks, it may seem that there is little understanding of ISIS. But universities are working with intelligence agencies to share their research on radicalisation and violent extremist groups, which is helping to inform the fight against ISIS.
Nationalism vs internationalism
Jeremy Rappleye and Edward Vickers
Can Japan be simultaneously more global and more nationalistic in its education policy? If it wants a greater voice internationally, it needs to present a more confident, outward-looking face on the global stage.
Developmental universities – The debate continues
Eric Fredua-Kwarteng
Arguments against developmental universities range from the language of instruction and learning to the value placed on knowledge in Africa, but higher education institutions have a duty to embrace the communities they find themselves in and promote development.
How should we teach history?
Ly Pham
Plans to integrate history in secondary schools into a course on Citizenship and the Motherland ignore the basic issue of how we get students to believe that history matters. The reforms must start at university level, to ensure teachers are trained to build critical thinking skills.
Opening access to online knowledge
Alain Mayeur
France’s Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research has launched a new free Internet portal for everyone who wants to teach or learn about higher education online.
Philanthropists favour higher education above all
Nicola Jenvey
Higher education outstripped other causes as the recipient for multi-million-dollar donations globally in 2014, garnering US$7.58 billion in gifts or 30.9% of the US$24.5 billion global total, according to the Coutts Million Dollar Donors Report 2015
Why international enrolment growth could soon slow
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The most recent study on foreign student trends was just released last week, showing robust growth, but the real question for American higher education is what the next report, one year from now, will show. There are already signs that the future outlook could be gloomy.
‘Village universities’ expand access, but lower quality
Wachira Kigotho
The late Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere’s view of the university as a place where people’s minds are trained for independent thinking and problem solving at the highest level remained unchallenged for half a century in East Africa. But according to new studies, Kenya and Uganda are now shifting to the marketisation of higher education.
World Round-up
First gender-focused university to be established
University vice-chancellors' earnings 'out of control'
Universities warned over alleged 'gaming' of rankings
Sydney Morning Herald
Students, staff still in limbo over university closures
Los Angeles Times
Robot competes for top university places
Inefficiencies take higher education to breaking point
Universities to create Chinese-language academic index
Scottish universities branded ‘fundamentally unfair’
Herald Scotland
Professor loses management job, allegedly over blog posts
Times Higher Education
University of Illinois and Salaita reach settlement
Al Jazeera and Associated Press
Universities failing to commercialise research
South China Morning Post
Ministry introduces compulsory courses for universities
Emirates 24/7
Universities need balance in accepting corporate money
The Globe and Mail
University students divided over refugee resolution
Breaking News
Higher loan repayments to hit English graduates
David Jobbins
Students who have already graduated from English universities face higher loan repayments after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the earnings threshold is to be frozen at £21,000 (US$31,700) a year until 2021.
More money for higher education and research
Michael Gardner
The German government intends to spend more on education and research next year. Higher education is to benefit from this above all with more places at universities, improvements in teaching quality and extra support for research.
Upward mobility not assured by rising HE participation
Yojana Sharma
Higher education participation rates have increased across the world’s richest countries with some 57% of young adults within the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development expected to enter a bachelor degree or equivalent during their lifetime, according to the latest statistics in Education at a Glance 2015, just released by the OECD in Paris.
International education income hits record high
Brendan O'Malley
Exports from Australia’s international education services sector – two-thirds of it comprising income from international higher education students – reached a record high of A$18.8 billion (US$13.5 billion) in 2014-15, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data have shown.
Indians fuel record growth in foreign student numbers
Mary Beth Marklein
Enrolments of international students in United States colleges and universities climbed 10% last year to 974,936, the largest one-year rate of growth in 35 years, a report says. While China sent the largest number of students, the real story is about rising numbers of students coming from India.
Students' hunger strike raises fears for transition
Sithu Aung Myint
Aung San Suu Kyi – whose National League for Democracy party won a resounding victory in this month's democratic elections in Myanmar – is trying to intercede in a hunger strike by student leaders demanding that all jailed political prisoners be set free, amid fears that unrest over the hunger strike could disrupt the post-election transition to a new government.
Government offers extra support for refugee students
Michael Gardner
The German government is to provide extra support for refugees seeking to study in the country. The new package of measures, which includes preparing students for study and supporting their integration in institutions, has been developed with the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD.
New action plan recommends boosting HE cooperation
Wagdy Sawahel
The European Union and the African Union have adopted a plan to improve higher education cooperation, mobility and mutual recognition of qualifications in an effort to encourage legal migration free of the ‘suffering, abuse and exploitation’ experienced during the current sharp influx of refugees and migrants.
Ongoing drama in universities and one ‘demotes’ Afrikaans
Sharon Dell
In a week of ongoing drama in South African higher education, a group of 226 academics from the University of Stellenbosch has backed a management proposal to adopt English as the primary language, with Afrikaans and isiXhosa as ‘additional’ languages. This followed demonstrations at Stellenbosch and violent protests at some other universities, with multiple arrests.
University at heart of Ebola battle badly hit by deaths
Francis Kokutse
As life returns to normal in Sierra Leone following the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the country free of Ebola, it is emerging that one of its universities – which produces the bulk of the country’s health workers – has been badly hit by the loss of key staff.
Government plans incentives to lure foreign scientists
Eugene Vorotnikov
The Russian government plans to create conditions for attracting foreign scientists to national universities, with the long-term aim of ensuring the share of foreign scientists among teaching staff of each leading Russian university should not be less than 10%.
New BRICS deal on education, research collaboration
The BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – last Wednesday signed a far-reaching agreement on cooperation in education that includes joint research and more collaboration in postgraduate training and co-publishing.
Foreign student numbers jump despite tuition fees
Jan Petter Myklebust
The number of fee-paying students from outside the European Union or European Economic Area at higher education institutions in Sweden rose by 30% in 2014-15 compared to the previous year, the first rise since tuition fees were introduced in 2011.
Non-mobile post-docs take greater share of tenure
Jan Petter Myklebust
A greater share of post-doctoral applicants who have not studied or worked abroad gain tenure than those who have been internationally mobile before and during their post-doctoral career, according to a new report.
World Blog
Call to end vague university mission statements
William Patrick Leonard
Mission statements need to be more focused to encourage higher education institutions to keep within budget. Mission creep with accompanying cost and debt burdens is often the product of open-ended mission statements.

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