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Middle East

Lebanese academy aims to close gulf with ‘culture of innovation’ Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Institutions seek new ways to halt exodus of country’s scholars

‘A year of IS rule has set Iraq back 10 years’ Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Chilling testimonies collected by the Council for At-Risk Academics reveal the devastating impact of the arrival of Islamic State

Forging global citizens is electrifying, says head of NYU Abu Dhabi Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

Vice-chancellor talks to Chris Havergal about breaking free from Western constraints

Why bombs cannot strip Gaza of intellectual life Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

Writer and scholar Atef Abu Saif tells John Elmes how life goes on despite death from above

Arab émigrés ‘have a duty’ to help their home nations make strides Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Head of Association of Arab Universities also urges the West not to ignore the plight of Syrian academics and students

Head of KAUST rejects calls to condemn restrictions on freedom of speech in Saudi Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Jean-Lou Chameau says universities must reflect the societies within which they exist

Attitudes hold back region, inaugural MENA Universities Summit hears Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

At THE summit in Qatar, Gulf states hear that culture of entitlement must go

Israeli business school exports secrets of a ‘start-up nation’ Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Lahav Executive Education offers international entrepreneurs insights into Israeli success and tactics for tackling Silicon Valley

Egypt tailors reforms on UK model Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

A government delegation has been inspired by British funding bodies

Film shows fight for education by Iran’s Baha’is Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

To Light a Candle documentary spotlights work of underground Baha’i Institute for Higher Education in face of persecution

Vivas could help prevent cheating in Gulf Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Study suggests that unannounced oral exams can encourage integrity and engage students

Refugees from Syria excluded from Lebanese universities Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

Lebanon is failing to enable displaced scholars and students to continue their work and education, says report

More news from the Middle East and North Africa

South America

Chile's universities set for some turmoil on long road to reform Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Bumps are expected in decade-long shift away from market-based system

Medellín’s makeover benefits Colombian university Subscription

7 May 2015 | By Donna Bowater

The ebbing of violence and the city’s transformation allow Antioquia to expand its horizons, writes Donna Bowater in Colombia

Corruption claim hits Rio university Subscription

30 April 2015 | By Donna Bowater

Commercial links are transparent, says sector body. Donna Bowater in Rio de Janeiro writes

Rio favela residents pile on the pressure in push for promised land Subscription

26 March 2015 | By Donna Bowater

Campaigners secure a deadline in their fight to acquire a £1.47m branch campus

For-profits in Brazil fight rule change Subscription

12 February 2015 | By Donna Bowater

Cut in support for private study has share prices falling

Policy shift hits scheme for early career boost Subscription

12 February 2015 | By

Successful programme ‘jeopardised’ by ministry changes

Brazil's main concern is research quality at its universities, says adviser Subscription

13 November 2014 | By Donna Bowater

Rise in the number of private institutions is blamed for slipping standards

UK ‘privileged partner’ for Science Without Borders Subscription

23 October 2014 | By Donna Bowater

Donna Bowater reports from Rio de Janeiro on plans to extend Brazil’s international mobility scheme to 100,000 more students

‘Natural labs’ a magnet for Ecuador’s city of knowledge Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Recruitment is under way for Yachay University, a new campus that the country hopes will usher in a research and innovation culture

As graduate numbers fall, Brazil looks to raise quality Subscription

25 September 2014 | By Donna Bowater

Government aims to prioritise standards over enrolment, claims minister

Fly down to Rio, then stretch your horizons Subscription

31 July 2014 | By Donna Bowater

For UK institutions seeking international partners, there is much potential in Brazil outside the three big cities

Cheating common, say Brazil’s students Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Report points to prevalence of plagiarism and low awareness of academic integrity and referencing conventions

Brazil passes goal for education as World Cup looms

07 Jun 2014 | By Isabel López Ruiz

Brazil will aim to be spend 10 per cent of GDP on education within a decade after a national plan was passed by the country’s main legislature.

Chile offers warm welcome to overseas students Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

Learn Chile project launched to attract students from abroad

Dismay as Brazil recalls Science Without Borders fellows Subscription

1 May 2014 | By Donna Bowater

Students in second-choice destinations obliged to return home for failing to reach entry requirements

Higher education hub in Amazon rainforest Subscription

27 February 2014 | By Donna Bowater

Brazilian state institution University of the State of Amazonas builds a new central campus near Manaus

Unrest may fuel higher dividends for Brazil’s for-profits Subscription

19 September 2013 | By

Private sector hopes to grow on back of oil-backed education funding boost

Brazil courts UK students Subscription

8 August 2013 | By Donna Bowater

Drive to raise national profile yields opportunities for English speakers

Public service may be wrong dose for Brazil’s doctors Subscription

25 July 2013

Opprobrium for two-year extension to medical courses

Smoke and mirrors over Brazil’s study-abroad plan? Subscription

16 May 2013

Flagship study-abroad scheme may have failed to attract desired numbers

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North America

New Texas Austin president negotiates lower salary

18 May 2015

Move by Gregory Fenves reflects worries about ever increasing salary hikes for US university heads

Swastika row raises issues at George Washington

28 Apr 2015

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

UK academy may need diversity quota, says US dean Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

Head of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business says that changing white male domination may require ‘something dramatic’

Student-consultants: cut-price advice from campuses Subscription

16 April 2015 | By Jon Marcus

Those studying at Arizona State and other universities are in demand as firms across the US seek fresh business insights, says Jon Marcus

American Sniper campus screening banned then reinstated

13 Apr 2015

By Jake New, for Inside Higher Ed

Philosophy’s forgotten women Subscription

9 April 2015 | By Jon Marcus

Project Vox aims to illuminate key female thinkers absent from the discipline’s history

Rolling Stone retracts campus rape article

07 Apr 2015

From Inside Higher Ed

Texas and Florida in spotlight over concealed guns on campus debate

30 Mar 2015

By Kaitlin Mulhere, for Inside Higher Ed

Black student’s injuries during arrest spark anger

23 Mar 2015

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Stanford president John L. Hennessy considers future of HE

16 Mar 2015

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Press didn’t sway case, says Yale Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

‘Management review’ led to removal of academic who harassed researcher

Leading philosophy professor reveals battle with depression

03 Mar 2015

By Colleen Flaherty, for Inside Higher Ed

Obama college rating plans ‘should be ditched’

15 Feb 2015 | By

An organisation with more than 200 US university members has formally urged the federal government to ditch plans for a college ratings system

Disaster City: where a catastrophe is a good day’s work Subscription

29 January 2015 | By Jon Marcus

Emergency services from around the world come to train at the small village with a unique connection to Texas A&M

Racial profiling on campus: debate reignited

26 Jan 2015

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Obama highlights college plan in State of the Union speech

21 Jan 2015

By Michael Stratford, for Inside Higher Ed

Will Cuba roll out the welcome mat for US students? Subscription

15 January 2015 | By Jon Marcus

American universities review exchange programmes as 50-year embargo ends

Racism accusations spark academic freedom debate in Canada

12 Jan 2015

By Colleen Flaherty, for Inside Higher Ed

Online class sizes ‘may not matter’

05 Jan 2015

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

More news from North America


Europe needs tenure track to keep young talent, says EPFL head Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Continental system is critical to stop drain to US, Patrick Aebischer argues

France’s unemployed are prescribed a Mooc Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

François Hollande gives jobseekers premium access to courses on OpenClassrooms platform

Mergers are all the rage in Europe Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

The number of university consolidations has shot up in recent years, EUA report finds

New EUA president will ‘speak up’ to Brussels Subscription

30 April 2015 | By

Rolf Tarrach, incoming head of the 850-strong European University Association, is also keen to maintain and expand its UK membership

Europe investment scheme projects announced

23 Apr 2015 | By

Move angers universities, who say plan to take funds from research pot have yet to be approved by European Parliament

EU commissioner to mine untapped research riches Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

Carlos Moedas says gender and international diversity will yield gold

Irish scientists protest ‘funding apartheid’ Subscription

16 April 2015 | By

Hundreds of researchers sign letter warning of cost of focusing exclusively on business-led priorities

Paris-Saclay: a mega-university with ambitions to match Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

Dominique Vernay, the institution’s president, talks to Jack Grove about why 19 French institutions are stronger as one

Funding shift will amplify bang for buck, says commissioner Subscription

2 April 2015 | By

Diverting Horizon cash to investment fund will boost financial ‘firepower’, says Carlos Moedas

Cheating is rife in Russia, finds student survey Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Tolerance of dishonesty high in system where one in seven cheats in exams

Dutch PhD candidates fear a downgrade in status Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

Could minister Jet Bussemaker’s reforms create a ‘second-class’ group of doctoral candidates?

Barroso sees lessons for European universities from his US vantage Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Continent must learn to maximise research strengths, says former European Commission president turned ‘accidental academic’

Anne Glover criticises ‘push back’ in Brussels role

03 Feb 2015 | By

The European Commission’s former chief scientific adviser has spoken out about the ‘push back’ she said she received against her role in Brussels

Horizon 2020 funding raid a ‘great concern’

23 Jan 2015 | By

Pan-Europe organisations attack Commission plans to move money for strategic investment fund

Analysis: are EU students feeling the squeeze? Subscription

22 January 2015 | By

A comparison of student-to-staff ratios and spending per student across Europe

Global universities take pride in hiring home-grown talent Subscription

8 January 2015 | By

Academic inbreeding is not considered unusual or problematic in many countries, according to study

Dutch universities dig in for long fight over open access Subscription

8 January 2015 | By

Institutions ‘unbending’ on fee-free demand as talks with Elsevier resume

Pay cuts for Bilkent University scholars who disappoint peers Subscription

1 January 2015 | By

Private university in Turkey neglects research metrics for external views on academics’ performance

Science Europe warns over research funding

13 Dec 2014 | By

The budget of the European Union’s flagship research and innovation programme should be ring fenced, an association of research funders has said.

The strange tale of the University of Vigo’s physics programme Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Closures, court orders, political intrigue: Paul Jump on a Spanish university’s bitter ongoing battle

More news from Europe


Indian private universities ‘will overtake others’

01 May 2015 | By

Amity chancellor claims traditional institutions are lagging behind on research investment

Academic guardians to keep watch over ‘Chinese Dream’ Subscription

2 April 2015 | By

Beijing’s ‘messages’ to the academy focus on its role in promoting a crucial concept

‘We expected more’, Kurds tell UK partners in scholarship scheme Subscription

5 February 2015 | By

Iraq region’s bid to fix ‘dysfunctional’ sector included ‘huge investment’ to send postgrads to Britain, but payoff fell short, says minister

‘Momentous point’ for South Asian sectors, British Council event hears Subscription

5 February 2015 | By

From post-Taliban Afghanistan to quality control: Global Education Dialogue offered insights on topics such as access for women and private providers

Can an open-air lab tempt you to Siberia? Subscription

22 January 2015 | By Stephen Hoare

Russia’s Tomsk State University is banking on the region’s natural assets and an English language push to attract foreign students and scholars

Row between ‘forced exit’ scholar and NTU reignites Subscription

15 January 2015 | By

Nanyang Technological University president’s claim that tenure dispute was ‘not political’ contested by ex-faculty member Cherian George

Job tests for graduates grow in Indian market

17 Nov 2014

By Paul Fain, for Inside Higher Ed

Ambitious female scientists leave Japan to escape ‘male domination’ Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

Women find cultural attitudes impede their career advancement, says university leader

Institute a ‘veneer for the state’s projects’, claims professor Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

US scholar says he was sacked after speaking out at National University of Singapore institute

Southeast Asia ‘needs a strong sector identity’ Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

British Council report recommends that the region develop an identity revolving around a student experience based on links with employers

Early career scholars publish more than established peers Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Research indicates South Korean academics’ productivity drops over time

Students can make governments fall, but not fees Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

South Korean students’ unions have been wholly ineffective in curbing tuition fee rises, paper finds

Stronger Asian systems could reduce student numbers in UK Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Observatory on Borderless Higher Education report author urges UK universities to factor in growth of transnational education

Malaysia changes targets for postgraduates Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

Government aims to train 60,000 students at postgraduate level over next nine years

Call for 15-fold increase in Britons studying in China

27 May 2014 | By

Government intervention after study suggests lack of language skills costing UK billions

More news from Asia


Kenya attack highlights universities' vulnerability

02 Apr 2015 | By

A deadly attack at a Kenyan university demonstrates that higher education institutions are a “soft target” for terrorists, campaigners have said.

Africa needs to ramp up STEM research Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

World Bank report says countries of sub-Saharan Africa need more and better postgraduate qualifications

Mooc makeover saves refugee course Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

A shift in method of delivery rescued an interpretation programme for Dadaab camp inhabitants from closure

UK scholar and Zimbabwean playwright join forces in risky drama Subscription

1 May 2014 | By

Lovers in Time, directed by Agnieszka Piotrowska, is being shown at Harare International Festival of the Arts

Habib Kazdaghli: honoured by Scholars at Risk Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Dean from Tunisia’s Manouba University given Courage to Think Award

South African mergers fail to deliver change Subscription

20 March 2014 | By

Policy ‘broke mould of segregation’ but problems persist

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Australian government's bid to uncap fees falls again

17 Mar 2015 | By

Plans to uncap tuition fees in Australia have been defeated in the country’s upper house for the second time in four months

Australia: Coalition takes second run at higher education reform bill Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

One day after a Senate defeat, the government renews efforts to pass controversial package of changes

Get on board or get out, Murdoch University chancellor tells staff Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

David Flanagan’s email to 43 academics said that those who felt unable to support the institution’s ‘vision’ should leave

Economist ‘gobsmacked’ by Australia’s uncapping of fees Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Architect of Australia’s HECS says change will leave universities free to raise charges far above the cost of teaching students

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