3 March 2019 Issue No: 541

Top Stories

GLOBAL

US loses one in five top spots in global subject ranking

The number of top spots in global subject rankings held by United States higher education institutions is down from 34 to 28 in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, while the US’s nearest challenger, the United Kingdom, has raised its share from 10 to 13.

CHINA-UNITED STATES

Confucius Institutes must be transparent or close – US Senate

China’s Confucius Institutes, which operate at universities in the United States and in many other countries around the world, are funded “with strings attached that can compromise academic freedom”, attempt to export China’s censorship, and are often lacking in transparency, a US Senate committee report says.

UNITED STATES

A problem in higher education masquerading as a solution

Academic capitalism is failing to deliver, but its proponents always find another excuse for why and demand more. This approach does nothing to fix the roots of the systemic and structural problems in higher education that it purports to address.

SWEDEN

International student recruitment booming in Stockholm

News

INDIA

Military tensions lead to rise in campus sedition charges

With rising military tensions between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of a major terror attack in the Pulwama district of the restive Himalayan state of Kashmir on 14 February, a number of Kashmiri students have faced sedition charges for comments made about the Pulwama attack.

INDIA

Kashmiri students face uncertain future as tensions rise

NORWAY

Security chief: ‘Foreign spies are recruiting students’

AUSTRALIA

Foreign student numbers should be cut, say Australians

EAST AFRICA-GERMANY

East African regional body in German scholarship deal

UNITED STATES

University of California system ditches Elsevier

FRANCE-TUNISIA

Joint university to reframe Tunisia as regional study hub

ALGERIA

Students and university staff protest Bouteflika’s candidacy

The Boston College Center for International Higher Education
INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION
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Commentary

GLOBAL

Reframing internationalisation’s values and principles

Through promoting values of academic hospitality and mutuality we can reframe internationalisation of higher education in a more ethical way – based on cooperation and respect and intercultural engagement within and beyond the campus – and use it as a means to a greater common global good.

POLAND

The quest to promote quality over mediocrity in HE

ETHIOPIA

The promise of engaging the academic diaspora

Transformative Leadership

GLOBAL

How can global higher education promote gender equality?

To truly transform higher education and promote gender equality requires more than raising numbers of female students and dealing with inpidual cases of abuse. It needs a deeper structural approach, but an increasingly competitive global higher education sector means such approaches take a low profile.

Academic Freedom

THAILAND

Junta steps up harassment of international academics

There are reportedly 30 names on a ‘watchlist’ of international academics and researchers on ‘society, culture and politics’ in Thailand, who are being detained and monitored by Thai immigration police while visiting Thailand, reportedly on the orders of the central Special Branch Bureau.

Features

AUSTRALIA-NEPAL

As study abroad numbers rise, Nepali students land in trouble

With a significant rise in the number of Nepali students studying abroad, particularly in Australia, the United States and Japan, more have been caught in scams, pressured by unscrupulous education consultancies, or failing to check the credentials of academic institutions they apply to.

RUSSIA

Students to present their start-up instead of a thesis

KENYA

Student loan scheme seeks fresh funds in new plan

World Round-up

TURKEY

Paid military service halves demand for masters courses

INDIA

Commission tightens regulations on ‘deemed’ universities

CHINA

Ministry announces 400 big data, AI majors in universities

UNITED KINGDOM

Sexual violence remains widespread in universities – Survey

NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam university drops bachelor degree in Dutch

SPAIN-UNITED KINGDOM

Brexit uncertainty sparks unease among Erasmus students

ISRAEL-UNITED STATES

HE council in bid to boost foreign student numbers

KENYA

Softer stance lessens panic among lecturers without PhDs

UNITED STATES

Trump threatened colleges over any leaks of his grades

GREECE

Government pushes college-university merger plans

MALAWI

Universities’ loan board buys car – At students’ expense?

UNITED STATES

Poll shows citizens unaware HE state funding has dropped

SYRIA-TURKEY

Syria's academic heritage must be preserved, scholars say

SOUTH AFRICA

Private college law graduates can enter profession – Court

DENMARK-SWEDEN

Him, her and zim – Pronoun usage a hot topic at universities

ISRAEL

Number of Bedouin students growing but still low

JAPAN

Court rejects claim over outed gay student’s death

IRELAND

Russian tasked with saving Irish in Irish-speaking area

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