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UKRAINE
Keeping the higher education promises of Maidan
Yegor Stadny
The draft law on higher education put to Ukraine's previous parliament was a compromise and needs amending in line with the drive towards greater transparency and democracy promoted by the Maidan protests.
Commentary
GLOBAL
Student-centred approach to internationalisaton is key
Vangelis Tsiligiris
Internationalisation has to put students at its heart. A double-dip strategy could meet student-centred objectives of increasing employability, and enhancing value for money as well as multicultural exposure and understanding.
UNITED KINGDOM
Women in academia – Different views of success
Shima Barakat
The challenges and barriers women face in academia have been well catalogued. A new study shows how universities can embrace different ideas of what it means to be successful within a university context, and aims to inspire change.
AUSTRALIA
Critical scholarship in a hostile climate
Steve Tombs and David Whyte, The Conversation
Academic researchers should challenge collusive relationships between government and corporations that allow workers, communities and the environment to be endangered. Instead, reliance on government or business funding has failed to protect the public.
Features
GLOBAL
Educators swimming in techno sea without a lifebelt
Alecia D McKenzie
If universities aren't careful, the future of higher education could be a nightmarish 'MOOC world' where there are fewer jobs for researchers and a scholar becomes a 'rare bird'. This was the scenario painted by Gideon Rosen, an American professor of philosophy, at the second annual Princeton-Fung Global Forum.
GLOBAL
Diversification of tertiary education growing – Study
Wachira Kigotho
Non-university technical programmes are the fastest growing forms of post-secondary education, according to UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning. Studies in five countries – Azerbaijan, Chile, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Korea – indicated that increasing job market demand for varied skills is the primary driver of the emerging trend.
NIGERIA
French lecturers' conference supports Francophony
Tunde Fatunde
The Nigerian state has invested heavily in French language studies in higher education since the country's independence 64 years ago. The various strands of Francophone studies that have subsequently developed were investigated at the recent 16th Annual Conference of the University French Teachers' Association of Nigeria.
UNITED STATES
Power in numbers – Adjuncts turn to citywide unionising
Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education
It's the lull between Northeastern University's afternoon and evening classes, and adjunct instructors drift in and out of a windowless room set aside for them in Ryder Hall. Lacking offices on campus, they come here to log on to shared computers or to grab books from shelved cardboard boxes that serve as makeshift lockers.
Science Scene
GLOBAL
Climate data gives clearer global picture
An international investigation by a large team of researchers has revealed the most comprehensive reconstruction of past climate records in the Southern Hemisphere, providing a clearer picture of Earth's temperature history than ever seen before.
GLOBAL
Climate data gives clearer global picture
GLOBAL
A century of reptile and insect extinctions
GLOBAL
Newton's gravity unchanged over nine billion years
AUSTRALIA
Young researchers YouTube their work
World Round-up
EGYPT
Riot police clash with students in ongoing violence
Al Bawaba
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities use 'extreme measures' to meet visa rules
Times Higher Education
PALESTINE
Palestinian students' trip to Auschwitz sparks uproar
The Washington Post
UNITED STATES
Getting their act(ion)s together
Inside Higher Ed
UNITED STATES
Universities support loans for undocumented students
Los Angeles Times
UNITED STATES
Why universities are under attack by hackers
FoxNews.com
UNITED KINGDOM
Graduate starting salaries tumble
Times Higher Education
UNITED STATES
Community colleges increasingly add bachelor degrees
Hechinger Report
UNITED KINGDOM
Exposing HE to neoliberal forces stokes staff unrest
Guardian
IRELAND
Women to blame for lack of promotion
Irish Examiner
NEW ZEALAND
Universities losing the race against Asia
New Zealand Herald
ETHIOPIA
The disgraceful state of higher education
IndepthAfrica
UNITED STATES
University mishandled sexual assault case – Review
Huffington Post
Breaking News
GLOBAL
More UK, fewer US, students consider study abroad
David Jobbins
The number of British students considering study overseas has increased by 17% in a year to more than one in three, a report by Education Intelligence, the British Council's higher education research division, has found.
UNITED KINGDOM
Should dead students' estates pay their debts?
David Jobbins
Should students be pursued beyond the grave for outstanding loans? The idea has already been floated unofficially in Australia, in a report for the Grattan Institute by Andrew Norton. Now Nick Hillman, director of Britain's Higher Education Policy Institute, discusses its advantages for England in a new study of the UK and Australian loans systems.
SWITZERLAND
Swiss universities forge links abroad post-referendum
Michael Gardner
In the wake of the Swiss referendum on immigration, the University of Basel has announced an ambitious internationalisation strategy. Other institutions in Switzerland are also eager to cushion the impacts of the referendum on academic exchange.
PHILIPPINES
Graduate outlook bleak as unemployment rate soars
Elvira Ramirez-Cohn
Graduation is usually a time of celebration, with lavish parties and huge banquets hosted by proud families. But the national atmosphere is muted. With graduate unemployment in the Philippines reaching alarming levels, the outlook is poor for the latest crop of around 700,000 students expected to graduate this month, according to trade union statistics.
News
SWEDEN
Government does about-turn on HE quality assurance
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Swedish government has done an about-turn on quality assurance in higher education, announcing that the current model is to be reviewed. Last weekend 37 rectors – all of the members of the Association of Swedish Higher Education – and National Union of Students chair Erik Arroy signed an article in Svenska Dagbladet stating: “We are fully capable of undertaking the quality assurance of our degrees and courses ourselves.”
AFRICA
Bank approves US$150 million for excellence centres
Munyaradzi Makoni
The World Bank's board of executive directors on 15 April approved US$150 million to fund 19 university-based centres of excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. The bulk of the funding will go to universities in Nigeria, which won 10 of the centres.
DENMARK
New plans to attract, retain talented non-Europeans
Jan Petter Myklebust
Three ministers have presented the Danish government's new plans to attract highly qualified people to the country and retain international students from outside Europe after graduation, including tax perks, a fast-track employment system and simplified immigration.
GLOBAL
World threat as efforts to cut carbon emissions fail
Geoff Maslen
Lacklustre efforts by governments around the globe have failed to stop greenhouse gases reaching unprecedented levels. The result will be a planet that continues to warm with possible disastrous impacts on all living things, according to the latest report from the world's leading climate science body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
INDONESIA
New scholarships for study at world's top universities
Ria Nurdiani
In an effort to increase the number of people with postgraduate qualifications in Indonesia, the government this month launched the Indonesia Presidential Scholarships, which are tenable at the world's top universities.
RUSSIA
New twist in outspoken professor Zubov's dismissal
Sergey Berzin
Professor Andrei Zubov, the leading historian and theologian at Moscow State Institute of International Relations who was fired last month following a critical media article on Russia's actions in Ukraine, has reportedly been temporarily reinstated after the dismissal proved to be unlawful. But he will reportedly still have to leave the institution at the end of June.
ALGERIA
First Arab astronomical observatory under way
Wagdy Sawahel
Algeria is building the first astronomical observatory of its kind in the Maghreb region and the Arab world. The major observatory in Tamanrasset, which is located in the desert of the Hoggar region nearly 2,000 kilometres south of the capital Algiers, will be opened in 2019.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities failing to exploit social media
Karen MacGregor
The United Kingdom's 10 top-ranked universities have a combined total of more than 400,000 followers on Twitter, according to new research – but they are failing to engage with potential students and “stand out from the crowd through social media”.
KENYA
Government kicks off review of tuition fees
Gilbert Nganga
Kenya has kicked off the search for trustees to head an agency that will review tuition fees in public universities, which have remained unchanged over the past 19 years.
LIBYA
More universities move towards gender segregation
Wagdy Sawahel
Three years after the February 17 Revolution, some universities in Libya are moving from co-education to segregating male and female students on campus.
AFRICA
RUFORUM gets US$16 million for agricultural development
Munyaradzi Makoni
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, or RUFORUM – a research and training network on agriculture based in Uganda – has received US$16.2 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen agriculture in Africa.

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