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World in focus

Interview: the “philosopher president” of Uruguay Subscription

9 April 2015 | By Martin McQuillan

Martin McQuillan meets José Mujica to discuss education and philosophy

The Palestinian academy: pressing concerns and future prospects Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

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

5 March 2015 | By David Matthews

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

22 January 2015 | By

Jack Grove reports from Moscow on bold plans to revive the country’s ailing higher education sector

The future of women-only universities Subscription

13 November 2014 | By Jon Marcus

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

17 July 2014 | By

Matthew Reisz reports on Anglo-Israeli scientific collaborations against the backdrop of a campaign for a boycott

University of the buffer zone Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

The story of an unlikely branch campus in Cyprus and higher education on a divided island

Caltech: secrets of the world’s number one university Subscription

6 February 2014 | By

How does a tiny institution create such outsized impact?

The Australian test: uncapped student numbers Subscription

23 January 2014

Does more mean better or worse?

China on the fast track Subscription

19 December 2013 | By

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

5 December 2013

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

21 November 2013 | By

David Matthews reports from the island state on the questions facing its burgeoning academy

Beyond sushi: the attractions of lecturing in Japan Subscription

14 November 2013

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

12 September 2013 | By

Mobile phone ownership across the continent is rocketing, but can it expand higher education’s reach and quality?

Inside a cooperative university Subscription

29 August 2013 | By

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

18 July 2013 | By

The subcontinent plans to create capacity for an extra 10m students in five years, with emphasis on quality of education. But how?

After Quebec’s Maple Spring, the outlook is uncertain Subscription

20 June 2013 | By

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

14 March 2013

Post-Sandy Hook, hundreds of US college leaders are returning to the ‘bully pulpit’

Tales of student visa bureaucracy Subscription

21 February 2013

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

31 January 2013 | By

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

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