Interview: the “philosopher president” of Uruguay Subscription
Martin McQuillan meets José Mujica to discuss education and philosophy
Matthew Reisz examines how scholars in the region cope with constraints as they continue to hope for a possible future independent state
Assessing China’s academic orbit Subscription
Yong Zhao believes China doesn’t foster the free thinkers it needs. What is the state of the country’s higher education system?
Russia’s universities: rebuilding ‘collapsed stars’ Subscription
Jack Grove reports from Moscow on bold plans to revive the country’s ailing higher education sector
The future of women-only universities Subscription
Jon Marcus examines the decline of all-female institutions in the West and their rising popularity in the developing world
The Israeli academy: unity amid divisions Subscription
Matthew Reisz reports on Anglo-Israeli scientific collaborations against the backdrop of a campaign for a boycott
University of the buffer zone Subscription
The story of an unlikely branch campus in Cyprus and higher education on a divided island
How does a tiny institution create such outsized impact?
The Australian test: uncapped student numbers Subscription
Does more mean better or worse?
China on the fast track Subscription
Beijing wants to supercharge its nation’s universities as it has its railroads, but might its ambitions falter for want of academic freedom and cultural change?
Turkey: liberty and repression Subscription
The state is confronting student protest with an iron fist while promising to relax its grip on the academy. Jack Grove reports from the country
No sleep for Singapore’s universities Subscription
David Matthews reports from the island state on the questions facing its burgeoning academy
Beyond sushi: the attractions of lecturing in Japan Subscription
Susan K Burton looks back at her time teaching at Japanese universities and wonders why more Westerners don’t head east
Africa’s mobile phone e-learning transformation Subscription
Mobile phone ownership across the continent is rocketing, but can it expand higher education’s reach and quality?
Inside a cooperative university Subscription
We report on the University of Mondragon, which is fighting to preserve its teaching mission, industry-focused research, and more
India’s higher education sector focuses on standards Subscription
The subcontinent plans to create capacity for an extra 10m students in five years, with emphasis on quality of education. But how?
Student protests brought down a government but failed to freeze tuition fees: what’s next? Elizabeth Gibney reports from Montreal
Presidents take on the gun lobby Subscription
Post-Sandy Hook, hundreds of US college leaders are returning to the ‘bully pulpit’
Tales of student visa bureaucracy Subscription
The visa process can trap students in a costly Kafkaesque limbo. To improve life for foreign scholars, the sector should halt its failed lobbying over policy
A different world Subscription
Financial models that have stood firm for decades are failing, technological revolution is opening new doors and a growing middle class is creating unprecedented demand. At a time of extraordinary economic and demographic change, Elizabeth Gibney explores five trends that are transforming the face of global higher education