10 March 2019 Issue No: 542

Top Stories

EUROPE

54 networks bid to join European Universities pilot

The European Commission has been buoyed by the enthusiastic response to the call to join the pilot for the initiative that will create 20 long-term European Universities’ networks by 2024, promoting deep integration based on innovative strategic partnerships across Europe – and has doubled the funding.

CHINA

Research ethics rises up national political agenda

Enhancing ethical oversight in science emerged as a key topic at the annual meetings of China's top legislative and advisory bodies this week. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the government must “strengthen scientific ethics and research attitudes, punish academic misconduct” and refrain from “thoughtless” research.

GLOBAL

When a degree just isn’t enough, also offer upskilling

The demand to keep upskilling in line with the fast pace of change in today’s workplace as well as the need for graduates with a range of skills mean universities need to think more creatively about supplementing academic degrees with practical qualifications.

EUROPE

Subtle biases block women from leading universities

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News

CHINA-UNITED KINGDOM

Crime agency freezes foreign students’ bank accounts

Almost 100 bank accounts, mainly held by overseas students studying in the United Kingdom and containing £3.5 million (US$4.6 million), are being frozen by the UK’s National Crime Agency, as they are suspected of being part of money laundering activities. The students affected are mostly from China.

AFRICA

SADC meeting agrees on need for STEM in industrialisation

AUSTRALIA

Will the next Julia Gillard step forward, please?

HONG KONG

Anger at punishment for students’ pro-independence posts

KENYA

Vice-chancellors’ fee hike call – Students threaten action

AFRICA

Teaching vs research – A real tension for young scholars

UNITED STATES

Plagiarism-detection firm to be sold for US$1.7 billion

MAURITANIA

New university for graduates of traditional Islamic schools

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Commentary

GLOBAL-UNITED STATES

International recruitment – Are education agents welcome?

Educational institutions and higher education bodies need to work together to address standards and quality in the use of education agents for the recruitment of international students, particularly regarding legal requirements, accreditation, vetting and training. This in turn will help professionalise agency-based recruitment.

ETHIOPIA

Planning for a differentiated higher education system

POLAND

Transforming Polish research via strategic partnerships

GLOBAL

Internationalisation of higher education – A curate’s egg

Features

ASIA

Key role of employability in choice of foreign university

International students from several Asian countries, including India and China, who are looking to choose a university abroad have become more focused on employment prospects in choosing a subject, university and the country of study abroad, according to a new global comparison report.

NORWAY

University mergers are changing the higher education landscape

UGANDA

University graduates realise the value of vocational skills

World Round-up

CHINA-UNITED STATES

Chinese hackers reportedly target 27 universities

NEW ZEALAND

Calls for more English language help for foreign students

ISRAEL

Tel Aviv University at centre of US 'opioid donor' row

AUSTRALIA

Vice-chancellor warns of falling Chinese student numbers

UNITED KINGDOM

Arts graduates cost taxpayer the most – Study

SOUTH KOREA

Government to tighten rules on Vietnamese student visas

PAKISTAN

Minister assures support to universities promoting Quran

UNITED KINGDOM

Levels of distress, illness in students ‘alarmingly high’

UNITED STATES

Alternative colleges fight for a future

UNITED KINGDOM

Visa plan a 'kick in the teeth' to Scottish universities

ZIMBABWE

Government looks to scrap ‘irrelevant’ degrees

KENYA

Excitement and fear as new education minister named

UNITED STATES

University president counters Trump on campus free speech

MALAYSIA

New student-friendly law set to replace universities act

UNITED KINGDOM

Poorer students get second chance to enter Cambridge

UNITED STATES

Dean resigns over Chick-Fil-A campus ban

SOUTH AFRICA

Student cleaning up after protest pides social media

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