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The future of world-class universities
Nicholas Dirks
One of the great historic successes of modern government has been the creation of great public universities. Now funding cuts threaten these universities’ mission to widen access and promote excellence. But through global partnerships, a focus on global issues and links with industry, world-class universities can continue to do both.
Moving access from the margins to the mainstream
Graeme Atherton
Lack of equitable access to higher education has been recognised by the United Nations as a driver of poverty. Universities need to take responsibility for tackling it and to think boldly about how they do that.
Professorships – Who decides?
Ly Pham
A university’s decision to develop its own criteria for promotion to professor level has initiated a debate about university autonomy and accountability.
Concern over low success rate of Horizon 2020 bids
Jan Petter Myklebust
The drop in the success rate of universities bidding for Horizon 2020 funding is being driven by increased demand from universities suffering from austerity programmes, according to the European University Association.
80 selective colleges unveil new admissions process
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
A coalition of 80 selective public and private colleges has announced a radical overhaul of the admissions process. Does it make a revolutionary shift in how students prepare for college or is it just a noble-sounding branding campaign?
Producing entrepreneurial students – and universities
Karen MacGregor
With graduate joblessness rising and state funding dwindling, universities of technology are confronted by dual challenges – delivering entrepreneurship education and work-integrated learning to students, and themselves becoming more entrepreneurial – says Professor Irene Moutlana, vice-chancellor of Vaal University of Technology and deputy chair of the South African Technology Network.
World Blog
Towards an inclusive global knowledge society
Patrick Blessinger
Going to university cannot guarantee a certain type of job in a constantly shifting world economy, but it can equip people with the skills by which to learn – and keep learning – how to adapt to changing economic and social conditions.
Science Scene
Olive oil protects against breast cancer, study finds
Paul Rigg
Four spoons of olive oil per day reduce the risk of suffering breast cancer by 66%, according to a Spanish study led by Professor Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, a head of department in the faculty of medicine at the University of Navarra.
World Round-up
President opens door to academic exchange
The Christian Science Monitor
Universities are losing steam on climate change
‘Stop rewarding research mediocrity’ – Group of Eight
The Sydney Morning Herald
Student questioned for reading terrorism book in library
Mail Online
Students return to university after protest warnings
Middle East Eye
Students reveal universities set to burst
The Local.fr
Private universities struggle for students
Thanh Nien News
‘Overflow’ of new research ‘erodes trust’
Times Higher Education
Japanese falls from favour at elite university
University occupation expands amid corruption probe
Universities body urges support for outbound study
The PIE News
Cambridge academic jailed for stealing
The Telegraph
Another university strips Cosby of honorary degree
NBC Bay Area News
Breaking News
German and Indian universities step up cooperation
Michael Gardner
The German Academic Exchange Service and the Indian University Grants Commission are stepping up cooperation. A new higher education partnership programme has been signed during a visit by a German delegation headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Global HE equity index needed but faces obstacles
Yojana Sharma
Inequity is rife in higher education across poor countries and rich, whatever the economic or political ideology. But finding a way to measure unequal participation in post-secondary education, even within countries, has so far proved elusive, the Global Access to Post-Secondary Education conference, in Kuala Lumpur, was told on Tuesday.
China leaps ahead of UK, Germany in global rankings
Mary Beth Marklein
US research universities dominate US News & World Report's second annual global higher education rankings, and an expansion in the numbers of institutions included this year helped to catapult China into the No 2 slot, ahead of the United Kingdom and Germany.
US dominance slides as THE ranking becomes top 800
Karen MacGregor
The United States showed “signs of decline” in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, as did Japan and South Korea. Countries with improved performances in an expanded ranking that examined 1,128 universities worldwide and doubled its list to 800, include the United Kingdom and Germany.
High-level meeting proposes ways to boost universities
Wagdy Sawahel
Recommendations for strengthening African universities were agreed at a high-level event last weekend, held alongside the United Nations General Assembly meeting to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. The proposals include promoting student mobility, postgraduate research, centres of excellence and partnerships.
Indigenous university ranking framework launched
Suchitra Behal
A country specific framework for ranking Indian higher education institutions has been rolled out by the government. This initiative is a response to global rankings in which Indian universities and colleges usually do not fare too well.
Government backs down on deregulation of tuition fees
Geoff Maslen
The new government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed away from plans to allow universities to set their own tuition fees and announced that funding arrangements for 2016 will not be changed, ruling them out before the next election. The government will hold further consultations with the sector on future reforms.
Pro-democracy academic rejected for university post
Linda Yeung
A decision last week by the University of Hong Kong’s governing council to reject the proposed appointment of a liberal former law faculty dean as pro-vice-chancellor has triggered accusations of external interference in the university’s governance.
Groundswell of support for increasing study abroad
Brendan O'Malley
Some 77,000 more students from the US will study abroad annually over the next five years as a result of rising support for the Institute of International Education or IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative. This will bring the total studying abroad each year to 452,000, but more is needed to raise that number to the target of 600,000 a year, the IIE told University World News.
Uproar over heavy cuts in university research
Jan Petter Myklebust
The research world has reacted angrily to the government’s 2016 budget proposal to cut DKK1.4 billion (US$210 million) off the DKK22 billion research budget. Universities and institute research will be hit the hardest.
Budget restores €100 million cut from universities
Jane Marshall
As a record number of students start the new university year, the government has announced that higher education and research are priorities and their 2016 budget has been spared from cuts and an extra €100 million (US$113 million) for higher education will be made available.
Anglicans to open country’s fifth church-run university
Wagdy Sawahel
The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is to open its first university, in the east of the country – the latest of several church groups to establish a higher education institution. The new university will open next academic year and will specialise in health-related disciplines.
Defence minister denies claims of plagiarism
Michael Gardner
As yet another German politician is facing allegations of lifting material, law experts have started to discuss whether a statute of limitation would make sense for cases of academic plagiarism. Meanwhile, Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen has denied the allegations and is taking action to clear her academic reputation.
Scholarship programme extends push on study abroad
Suvendrini Kakuchi
The Council on International Educational Exchange, Japan chapter, is to offer scholarships for Japanese university students to take up during the summer from 2016. The focus on international study reflects a growing commitment by universities to increased internationalisation under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Reforms to vocational education to be completed soon
Maina Waruru
Reforms aimed at streamlining technical and vocational education and training in Kenya could be fully implemented by the end of this year with the creation of a funding board. The government hopes that revitalising the sector will help tackle a huge unemployment problem – there are an estimated five million youths jobless or under-employed.

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