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World in focus

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

Reconfiguring the landscape Subscription

24 January 2013 | By

As the Irish higher education sector assesses a new strategy, Matthew Reisz considers the shape of things to come

Spartan helotry

3 January 2013

Austerity has brought tragedy to Greece and the UK. Martin McQuillan reflects on ‘fiscal discipline’ and what it means for both nations and their academies

Boom times and golden goals

13 December 2012 | By

Elizabeth Gibney reports from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on the burgeoning Brazilian academy

Oil and troubled waters Subscription

6 December 2012

The UK academy’s links with the Gulf’s repressive, anachronistic autocracies look increasingly questionable, says Christopher Davidson

Listing wildly Subscription

8 November 2012

Massimo Mazzotti on the history of Italy’s research evaluation

It's a jungle out there Subscription

25 October 2012

Joanna Sugden reports from New Delhi on the challenges facing Western institutions seeking to gain a foothold in India

Empires and allies Subscription

18 October 2012 | By

With offshore education growing apace, David Matthews weighs the different models’ risks, rewards and rationales

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