27 January 2019 Issue No: 235

Special Report

SOUTH AFRICA

Universities and their role in urban place-making

PHOTOA workshop in Cape Town, a conference in Stellenbosch, and a recently published volume on the contribution of universities to place-based development form the basis for this edition’s special report examining the opportunities for South African universities – like their counterparts around the world – to embrace the roles of place-makers, engines of innovation and economic development, and centres of knowledge-production which seek to inform local decision- and policy-making.

GLOBAL-SOUTH AFRICA

Embracing the town and gown revolution

A recent town and gown conference shattered the myth of the ivory tower and illustrated that throughout the world there is no longer a zero-sum calculation between civic engagement and academic excellence.

SOUTH AFRICA

How universities can play a leading role in their cities

South Africa’s universities are well positioned to assume proactive roles as place-makers, engines of innovation and economic development, and centres of knowledge-production in their cities and regions. But there is also a need to be realistic about constraints.

SOUTH AFRICA

'Anchored in Place' – Rethinking the university and development

Africa Analysis

ETHIOPIA

‘Merit-based’ approach to leadership disadvantages women

PHOTOEthiopia has brought in a new directive that aims to address the politicisation of the selection process for university leaders by giving academics a greater role, but its focus on ‘merit’ has disadvantaged women who have greater caring responsibilities.

Africa News

TUNISIA

Violence against African students undermines HE plans

PHOTOTunisia continues to witness incidents of criminally or racially motivated violent attacks on Sub-Saharan African students, which threaten the safety of the foreign academic community and undermine Tunisia’s plan for becoming an attractive African hub for education and training.

KENYA

Are university students being targeted by jihadist groups?

ZIMBABWE

Outrage over Russian scholarship HIV test requirements

KENYA

British Council to boost academics’ communication skills

EAST AFRICA

Aga Khan medical college now offers specialty exams

SENEGAL

University head seeks calm eight months after student death

CAMEROON

AU initiative to provide training for vulnerable groups

Africa Features

ZIMBABWE

Economic crisis is forcing HE students to drop out

PHOTOMany students in Zimbabwe are facing the prospect of having to forgo their university studies in favour of their siblings’ education as the country’s economic meltdown continues to bite.

NIGERIA

Pided students add pressure to reopen campuses

ZIMBABWE

Women bear the brunt of ongoing HIV crisis on campuses

World Blog

UNITED STATES

International student tuition and the funding crisis to come

PHOTOUnited States higher education is facing a funding crisis. Relying on international students to cover ever-decreasing government funding for higher education is not a long-term strategy and will reach a point of diminishing returns. Honesty is needed in the debate over ever-rising tuition fees.

Global Features

CHINA

Huawei research ties with world's top universities at risk from US advice

PHOTOIs Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s massive investment in research collaborations with top universities globally under threat, following the United States’ advice to its intelligence partners – the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – to scrutinise research ties with China, especially Huawei, over intellectual property theft and competition fears?

GLOBAL

MOOCs fail in their mission to disrupt higher education

NORWAY

Minister seeks cultural change on student mobility

Global Commentary

NETHERLANDS

The English Trojan horse destroying Dutch universities

PHOTOA recent investigation of the Dutch Inspectorate of Education suggests large-scale use of English as a language of teaching in Dutch higher education is illegal. Not only that, but it is weakening the Dutch language and the quality of Dutch education.

HONG KONG

Private universities are facing an uncertain future

GLOBAL

How to attract international students in difficult times

JAPAN

A new national role for universities, but little funding

Transformative Leadership

GLOBAL

Bridging the AI pide between sciences and humanities

PHOTOA multicultural study in the Pacific Rim region has shown that there is a serious pide between technology – especially artificial intelligence – and society, and we desperately need universities to develop talent that can design technological and social systems simultaneously, moving towards a concurrent design of technosocial systems.

World Round-up

JAPAN

University loses subsidy for unfair treatment of applicants

GERMANY-UNITED KINGDOM

University heads call for UK to ‘fully’ join Horizon Europe

EUROPE-UNITED KINGDOM

UK universities sign deals as ‘no-deal Brexit’ looms

FRANCE

Why foreign student fees challenge the HE model

CHINA-THAILAND

Thai universities tap rising demand among Chinese

SWITZERLAND

Students join national strike for climate protection

UNITED STATES

Trump proposes deal to help students in exchange for wall

UGANDA

Vice-chancellor suspends Makerere University staff chair

HONG KONG

One in four students in Hong Kong sexually harassed

SOUTH AFRICA

Free higher education model unsustainable – World Bank

UNITED KINGDOM

Extremist speakers on the rise at campuses – Report

ROMANIA

Universities face shrinking student enrolment

IRELAND

Record number of students in higher education

UNITED KINGDOM

‘World’s oldest’ periodic table found at St Andrews

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