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RUSSIA
Government to close two in every five universities
Eugene Vorotnikov
The number of Russian universities will be cut by 40% by the end of 2016, according to Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov. In addition, the number of university branches will be slashed by 80% in the same period.
Commentary
ASIA
Towards a sustainable, humane society
Jandhyala BG Tilak
Asian universities can lead the way towards the creation of a sustainable, more humane society. Since ancient times, the most important objective of education has been to inculcate universal human values and to prepare the citizens needed for the creation of the global family.
AFRICA
Quality HE via high-speed internet is Africa’s future
Tom P Abeles
If the goals of the draft declaration and action plan of the African Higher Education Summit are to be achieved, there should be less focus on building traditional universities and more on expanding high-speed broadband internet that will enable global cutting-edge knowledge to be delivered to students cost-effectively.
AUSTRALIA
Broadening ambitions for international education
Craig Whitsed and Wendy Green
The federal government’s Draft National Strategy for International Education narrowly focuses on economic interests and fails to recognise the role of internationalisation of the curriculum in creating a more open, outward-looking country.
GLOBAL
Intelligent internationalisation: A 21st century imperative
Laura E Rumbley
Internationalisation is moving to centre stage, but to do it properly requires a commitment to creating an alliance between policy-makers, researchers and practitioners.
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AUSTRALIA
Should only 'bright' students gain entry to university?
Conor King
The question of who should go to university is lurking behind Australia’s contentious funding and fees debate that has wracked higher education for the past year. This is also the issue that will determine how well higher education supports the nation’s future.
World Blog
GLOBAL
The growing role of senior international officers
Daniel Kratochvil and Grace Karram Stephenson
A new survey shows the changing nature and rise of university staff responsible for international students. These ‘senior international officers’ have increasingly become central to the running of their universities.
World Round-up
UNITED STATES
Families are spending more on tuition
The Washington Post
SOUTH AFRICA
A vice-chancellor speaks out against xenophobia
Jonathan Jansen
UNITED KINGDOM
Vice-chancellors lobby Brussels on research cuts
Times Higher Education
SOMALIA
Al-Shabaab attack Somali education ministry
CNN
AUSTRALIA
Universities crack down on cheats
ABC News
GLOBAL
A higher profile for LinkedIn
Inside Higher Ed
UNITED STATES
The rich universities get rich faster
The Wall Street Journal
MALAYSIA
Chinese universities to accept Malaysian exam results
The Star
INDIA
Enhancing mobility across institutions
Times News Network
IRELAND
Scientists protest ‘short-sighted’ policy
Times Higher Education
UNITED STATES
Better job opportunities for graduates
Bloomberg
ZIMBABWE
State universities face collapse
The Zimbabwean
GERMANY
High demand for Sanskrit studies in Germany
Daily Mail
VIETNAM
Vietnamese and Italian universities seek partnerships
Vietnam News Agency
Breaking News
HONG KONG
Mandatory student ‘experience’ in China raises fears
Yojana Sharma
A plan by the University of Hong Kong to bring in mandatory university exchange programmes to institutions in mainland China has caused an uproar among students, many of whom took part in last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong and fear they could be barred from crossing the border or be held in China if they do so.
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UNITED STATES
A higher-ed guide to four presidential contenders
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Over the past few weeks, four candidates have officially announced that they are running for president. Democrat front-runner, of course, is Hillary Rodham Clinton, while the Republican field includes three US senators: Florida’s Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who is pitching himself as the fresh face of the GOP; Texas’ Ted Cruz, a conservative Christian and Tea Party hero; and Kentucky’s Rand Paul, a libertarian who is positioning himself as the candidate for young people.
KENYA
One student killed, 141 hurt in campus ‘terror’ stampede
Wachira Kigotho
One student died and 141 others were injured in a stampede at the University of Nairobi’s Kikuyu campus on Sunday 12 April after a transformer exploded – the result of an electrical fault that caused an underground cable to burst. Students jumped from hostels to the ground after mistaking the 04h00 explosion for an attack by al-Shabaab Islamist militants.
MALAYSIA
Private universities and branch campuses ‘technically insolvent’
Emilia Tan
Many of Malaysia’s private universities, including foreign branch campuses, are facing financial and managerial problems and more than half will experience financial distress as a result of recent changes to the national student loans scheme, according to a new report.
NETHERLANDS
Police evict protesting students and academics
Jan Petter Myklebust
The University of Amsterdam called in the police on 11 April to forcibly remove protesting students and staff who had spent the previous six weeks occupying the university’s senate house – Maagdenhuis. More than 500 academics who have supported the students are now calling on the board to resign.
AUSTRALIA
Strategy aims to attract more foreigners to study and stay on
Geoff Maslen
The federal government has launched a draft strategy in an effort to boost Australia's chances of attracting more foreign students and encouraging local students to look outside the country. But, faced with a massive budget deficit and falling mineral prices, the government is unable to guarantee it will actually achieve any of what it says is necessary.
NORWAY
First non-Norwegian to head nation's largest university college
Jan Petter Myklebust
Minnesota-born Professor Curt Rice has been appointed rector of the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, the largest university college in Norway aspiring to become a university. Although a foreigner taking up a top post at a university in northern Europe is extremely rare, Rice told University World News that his origins were not an issue at the interview.
EUROPE
Debating the impact of research on society
More than 400 university leaders and representatives from the European higher education sector met on 16 and 17 April at the annual conference of the European University Association, where Professor Rolf Tarrach, former rector of the trilingual University of Luxembourg, was elected president as the sole candidate for the position.
SWEDEN
Crosstalks: Where great minds from around the world meet
Jan Petter Myklebust
“Fantastic, professional, fun and inspiring! A great thanks to you! I will continue watching Crosstalks and spread the word!” That was Nina Kirchner, a senior lecturer in numerical ice sheet modeling at Stockholm University, telling the Crosstalks team what she thought after taking part in one of its monthly programmes called “Into the deep: The unknown territories and resources of the sea”.
NIGERIA
Controversy over the role of academics in 2015 election
Tunde Fatunde
Nigeria’s recent general election witnessed high involvement of vice-chancellors as returning officials and new graduates as polling officers. The election was judged to be free and fair, but the participation of the university community has been enmeshed in controversy.
SOUTH AFRICA
Big disparities in philanthropy for universities
Munyaradzi Makoni
Ten South African universities collected a total of R659 million (US$55 million) in philanthropic income during 2013 from 4,355 donors, with nearly half from international organisations. But there were major disparities, a new survey has revealed – two universities attracted half of the funding while five received less than R23 million between them.
EGYPT
Islamic university pledges reform to fight militancy
Ashraf Khaled
Egypt’s Islamic Al-Azhar University has unveiled a plan to revise its curricula as the country cracks down on violent militancy. Al-Azhar is the world’s oldest, and a highly respected, Islamic seat of learning that attracts students from around the world.
EAST AFRICA
Kenya to drop visas in international student drive
Maina Waruru
The government is to abolish visas and special entry conditions for East Africans wishing to study at any university or college in Kenya, in a move that could see the country outsmart other regional states in the race to attract international students.

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