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Europe

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

Germany aims to send 50 per cent of students abroad by 2020 Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Plans are part of industrial strategy to steal a march on other export-driven countries

Open doors make a fairer world, says José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

‘Non-political’ visa policy, Spanish language and top business schools are key to Spanish sector’s future, according to Spain’s former leader

Cut departmental selfishness to cut costs, report advises Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Delft University of Technology report says universities could reduce estates footprint by 25 per cent via more space-sharing

Tuition fees hike plan unveiled in Flanders

20 Oct 2014 | Updated: 20 Oct 2014 | By Karen Shook

Flemish government proposes rise despite student protests

Viktor Orbán’s ‘butler’ will not serve in EU education role Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

MEPs reject candidacy of right-wing Hungarian Tibor Navracsics to education, culture, youth and citizenship portfolio

German reforms give students ‘substantial’ financial boost Subscription

2 October 2014 | By Frances Mechan-Schmidt

Funding burden will shift from Länder to federal government in €825m overhaul. Frances Mechan-Schmidt reports

Dublin students forced to dig it as rents rise Subscription

11 September 2014 | By Naomi Powell

Property shortage has made accommodation unaffordable for many

Polish academics return from Silicon Valley ‘willing to take risks’ Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Elite scholars are visiting the universities of Stanford and Berkeley in a mission to boost the country’s standing in a European innovation index

Scholars’ disbelief after Czech ministry axes project Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

Anger as funding for scientific researchers fails to materialise

Spain scraps university entrance exam for foreign students Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

Selectividad test removed in effort to drive up traditionally low number of entrants from abroad

Humanities research ‘needs firm foundations’ Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

The importance of a durable European study infrastructure is explored in the book Facing the Future

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Middle East

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

Nigerian university united by Islamist terror Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

Vice-chancellor of Bayero University Kano says his institution grew stronger after a deadly 2012 attack

‘Beautiful minds’ neglected as KAUST courts global elite Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

Saudi princess sounds alarm over institution’s share of local students

How Dubai’s business school bubble burst Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

Boom and bust could herald a depression for the global sector, warn Finnish academics

Let us learn in our own language, says Algerian scholar Subscription

17 April 2014 | By

Use of English and French in Middle Eastern universities creates a divisive elite, argues Inam Bioud

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South America

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

‘Important’ UK universities said to be planning Brazilian offices Subscription

28 March 2013

British Council discussions are under way, reports Donna Bowater from Rio de Janeiro

Chavez's death 'unlikely to help' Venezuelan universities

06 Mar 2013 | By

Death of Hugo Chavez unlikely to lead to changes within Venezuela’s ‘isolationist’ university system, says expert

Brick nations’ strengths are unevenly distributed, says report Subscription

28 February 2013 | By

Research gains in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea are not necessarily in their strongest suits, finds Thomson Reuters

Boom times and golden goals

13 December 2012 | By

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

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Asia

‘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

Murder and ‘blasphemy’: Pakistan’s academy in danger Subscription

22 May 2014 | By

Scholars at Risk Network warns of threats to academic freedom after the killing of a lawyer defending a scholar

Room for growth in Japan-UK student traffic Subscription

22 May 2014 | By

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls for ‘globalisation’ and more exchanges at university leaders’ summit at University College London

East meets West in MBA for future masters of universe Subscription

3 April 2014 | By

‘Billionaires come to us to study’, Chinese business school dean says of his role in £77,000 joint course

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North America

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

US institutions pressed to disclose overseas deaths Subscription

1 January 2015 | By Jon Marcus

Activists want universities to report if study-abroad students are killed, injured or victims of a crime

Penn university president Amy Gutmann joins ‘die-in’

15 Dec 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Too many postdocs, not enough research jobs Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Fears rise in the US that talented early career scientists are being driven out of the sector because of lack of opportunities

Israel boycott movement survives challenge

08 Dec 2014

By Elizabeth Redden, for Inside Higher Ed

Delta State University aims to get its blues mojo working Subscription

27 November 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Jon Marcus reports from Cleveland, Mississippi on an institution pinning hopes on a musical heritage

Bill Cosby claims place pressure on US colleges

24 Nov 2014

By Ry Rivard, for Inside Higher Ed

Student experience ‘varies widely’ in US

22 Nov 2014 | By

The average US student’s experience varies widely between universities, even when the institutions are similarly selective and of a comparable size.

Sector urged to put brakes on Confucius Institutes’ expansion Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Book dubs Chinese government-funded centres ‘a threat to academic freedom’

Canada and the ‘war on science’ Subscription

20 November 2014 | By Cynthia Macdonald

Stephen Harper’s government is accused of ‘muzzling’ federal scientists at a time of concern over funding. Is it time for more academics to speak out?

College president ‘questions rape accusers’ motives’

10 Nov 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

‘Sexy’ graduation gown criticised in Amazon reviews

03 Nov 2014

By Colleen Flaherty, for Inside Higher Ed

‘Campus at sea’ vows to weather financial storms Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

US non-profit Institute for Shipboard Education hopes to plot safe course through rough financial waters

Harvard president under pressure over corporate post

27 Oct 2014

By Ry Rivard, for Inside Higher Ed

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Australasia

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

Tuition fee caps removed in Australian federal budget

13 May 2014 | By

Australia is to remove all caps on tuition fees, a move billed as allowing its universities to compete with “the best in the world”.

Australian minister hints at budget boost for sector Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

Recommendation to extend demand-driven route likely to get green light

Female professors less likely to have children Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

Australian survey suggests women pay a higher career penalty when they become parents

Christopher Pyne on the future of Australian higher education

28 Apr 2014 | By Christopher Pyne

Australian education minister sets out vision during UK visit

Uncapped system: support for expansion in Australia Subscription

17 April 2014 | By

Review calls for extension of policy to further education and private providers

Exiled v-c fights to return to Papua New Guinea Subscription

27 March 2014 | By

Students protest in support of Dutch-born university head Albert Schram, expelled by the government in 2013

Lifting the cap ‘fails to widen access’ in Australia Subscription

27 March 2014 | By

More students are entering higher education but most places are taken by those from wealthy backgrounds

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Africa

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

Debate over Nazi ‘race index’ tools found at Stellenbosch Subscription

31 October 2013 | By Dan Newling

South African university’s research into academic department’s role in apartheid draws criticism from Afrikaaners

South Africa’s sector needs monitoring on race, says v-c Subscription

24 October 2013 | By

KwaZulu-Natal leader unveils controversial ‘equity index’ measuring universities’ performance on ethnicity and gender equity

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