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Opinions are not as one over Trinity College Dublin rebrand Subscription

17 April 2014 | By Naomi Powell

Academics’ lack of faith in ‘identity initiative’ prompts rethink on revamped logo and name change

Germany rethinks after rush to adopt Bologna reforms Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Problems with the introduction of EU harmonised three-year degrees have led to a reassessment

Revolutionary road to higher standards in Ukraine Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Nation’s universities to face QAA-style scrutiny under new regime

Magnetic north plans to reset the cultural compass Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Umeå University aims to gain from its host city’s Capital of Culture status

Teutonic tutors slide down ‘income pyramid’ Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Decline in German professors’ pay over a century

Swiss count cost of defying EU border rules Subscription

20 March 2014 | By

Shut out of Horizon 2020, researchers ponder fallout of anti-immigration vote

Poland: growth stalls in an academy overdue for reform Subscription

6 March 2014 | By

Solutions to demographic, quality and employability issues needed for a sector slow to adapt to globalisation

Frankfurt celebrates one hundred years of fortitude Subscription

27 February 2014 | By Frances Mechan-Schmidt

Goethe University Frankfurt has survived prejudice, Nazism and student riots to look forward to another 100 years

France adds employability to the university mission Subscription

23 January 2014 | By Clea Caulcutt

The government wants academics to do more to help get young people into work

Germany pledges to increase foreign students by 25 per cent Subscription

16 January 2014 | By Frances Mechan-Schmidt

Coalition government promises to internationalise higher education

Austerity is driving institutions closer together Subscription

9 January 2014 | By

Mergers and system restructures are increasing across Europe as a result of funding cuts

Expect few takers for European postgrad loans, expert says Subscription

19 December 2013 | By

Idea of borrowing to study is ‘totally alien’ to some students, so take-up may be low

New president of ERC announced

18 Dec 2013 | By

The European Commission has announced the new president of the European Research Council.

Croatia weighs a strategy for higher education reform Subscription

12 December 2013

Following student protests, government mulls a sector report calling for change. Cyrille Cartier writes

Germany’s student accommodation and financing crises Subscription

5 December 2013 | By Frances Mechan-Schmidt

Student associations call for more, affordable residence places

Hungarian sector limps along as youth still vote with their feet Subscription

28 November 2013 | By Jon Marcus

‘Student contract’ fails to forestall exodus as academy reels from massive cuts

How the College of Europe brings a continent together Subscription

7 November 2013 | By

New rector Jörg Monar discusses the unique institution’s mission and challenges

German academy wants cash to raise standards Subscription

26 September 2013 | By Frances Mechan-Schmidt

Rectors demand more federal support from new government. Frances Mechan-Schmidt reports

Grades improve when students lead learning Subscription

19 September 2013 | By

Academics at Avans University in the Netherlands revamp seminars to promote student engagement

Turkey: the next prime location for overseas recruitment? Subscription

12 September 2013 | By

UK and US universities could profit from growing appetite for study abroad, says report

More news from Europe

North America

Bryn Mawr’s labs ‘built for women’ only one part of winning formula Subscription

17 April 2014 | By

College’s output of female scientists has the caught the attention of the White House

Bus crash tragedy reveals value of outreach

14 Apr 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

STEM majors growing in US, suggests research

07 Apr 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Deepwater Horizon disaster spurs research into underwater ecology Subscription

3 April 2014 | By Jon Marcus

BP-funded oceanographers warn of the dangers of neglecting research

Wealthy students ‘should pay higher fees’ Subscription

3 April 2014 | By

Charges could help to subsidise poor students, says Northwestern University president

Liberal arts college libraries take on publishers over ebooks

31 Mar 2014

By Carl Straumsheim, for Inside Higher Ed

Graduates postpone job hunt as gap years take off Subscription

27 March 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Poor career prospects fuel rise in US university leavers seeking ‘funemployment’

Try harder: Obama’s report cards do not convince Subscription

20 March 2014 | By

Proposal for scorecard system for US institutions ‘doomed to failure’

Alternative study models ‘causing real angst’ for universities Subscription

20 March 2014 | By

US courses are evolving to serve ‘post-traditional’ students, conference hears

Princeton group questions student criminal records check

12 Mar 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Condoleezza Rice speaker invitation sparks controversy

03 Mar 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

University of the People gains accreditation

02 Mar 2014 | By

An online university established to take higher education to disadvantaged students around the world has received accreditation

US college may link president’s pay to lowest-paid staff

24 Feb 2014

By Ry Rivard, for Inside Higher Ed

Ivy League head warns of harms of institutional bloat Subscription

20 February 2014 | By

Accretion of projects harms the ability of US universities to restrain costs and hit goals, says Dartmouth College president

US cuts funding to George J. Mitchell Scholarship Subscription

20 February 2014 | By

President of US-Ireland Alliance says step is sign of America’s ‘indifference to Europe’

Canada overhauls icy image to woo world’s students Subscription

20 February 2014 | By Jon Marcus

A new marketing drive aims to boost country’s share of students from BRICS countries

Randolph sale of art to National Gallery sparks criticism

12 Feb 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

You’re the Expert: scholars explain their work in a comic turn Subscription

6 February 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Comedians and academics aim to make scientific principles exciting and fun

Berkeley: a radical home for Hitler’s émigrés Subscription

6 February 2014 | By

An exhibition reveals the impact of refugee scholars on the University of California flagship

York sticks by ‘no women’ promise to male student Subscription

30 January 2014 | By Nathan Greenfield

Human rights invoked in guaranteeing female-free seminars

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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

Row over university link with complementary medicine firm Subscription

13 February 2014 | By

Australian academic resigns as La Trobe signs deal with Swisse, a ‘global wellness company’, to fund centre

Go8 wants fees on high return courses uncapped Subscription

30 January 2014 | By

Australia’s top universities have asked to be freed from price capping for courses with the highest graduate-earning premium

Australian v-c counts costs of uncapped system Subscription

12 December 2013 | By

Admissions standards have fallen to balance budgets, Adelaide chief argues

Australia sets sights on rebuilding overseas student market Subscription

21 November 2013 | By

Government speeds visas and extends post-study work opportunities

No one’s seeing red over Teqsa’s quality checks, says commissioner Subscription

14 November 2013 | By

Australia’s universities don’t consider data burden for ‘traffic light’ reports to be excessive, forum hears

Opposition mounts to Oz plans for student loan sell-off Subscription

7 November 2013 | By

Privatisation of debt dubbed a ‘silly idea’ by critics

Australia’s Coalition to review demand-driven system Subscription

3 October 2013 | By

New government also aims to cut red tape

Tony Abbott win leads to humanities funding fears

09 Sep 2013 | By

Humanities and social sciences in Australia could lose A$100 million (£60 million) in funding following a change in government, it is feared. 

Election gives scant cause for hope Down Under Subscription

22 August 2013 | By

Higher education could face more cuts after next month’s polls, many fear

Rudd regime reviews university policies

01 Jul 2013 | By

Australia’s new higher education minister is to consider re-imposing a numbers caps on undergraduate admissions amid concerns about quality

Australia prepares for (research) impact

22 Jun 2013 | By

Consultation to consider use of metrics and case studies in research assessment

‘Unijam’ strikes mass chord at University of South Australia Subscription

23 May 2013 | By

New v-c aims to crowdsource strategy via online meet-up

More Australasian news

Middle East

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

Critics of ASA’s Israel boycott marshal forces in US Subscription

6 February 2014 | By

Palestinian scholars welcome the American Studies Association resolution

Syria’s conflict takes its toll on academy and academics alike Subscription

9 January 2014 | By Joe Sandler Clarke

Exiled scholars speak of hopes for renewal and fears for lost generation

Arab universities head calls for regional quid pro quo Subscription

21 November 2013 | By

Rich and poor states have resources other side needs, says sultan

Jim Al-Khalili calls for scientific Arab Spring Subscription

7 November 2013 | By

In Cara lecture, Iraqi-born physicist calls for revival of region’s thirst for knowledge

Arab Spring students reluctant to question tutors Subscription

19 September 2013 | By

Scholars say culture of deference stifles development

Middle Eastern academies gauge governance for first time Subscription

12 September 2013 | By

World Bank study weighs strengths and flaws of universities in wake of Arab Spring

Georgetown’s Qatar outpost ‘illegal’, lawyer claims Subscription

5 September 2013 | By Jon Marcus

US institution’s Doha venture is said to contravene its 1815 charter

Israel may forgo Horizon 2020 cash over restrictions Subscription

5 September 2013 | By

Senior figures say ‘disputed territory’ curbs may prompt refusal to participate in EU framework

Iraq academy urged to build own path to quality Subscription

5 September 2013 | By

Report on Erbil conference highlights challenges facing Iraqi universities

Israel caught between Haredim and a hard place Subscription

1 August 2013 | By

Joint degrees with ultra-Orthodox colleges counter to universities’ gender equity policies

Gulf hopes for higher education streams Subscription

11 July 2013 | By

Online provision appeals to cash-strapped, unstable nations

Qatar under new management, but business as usual for branches Subscription

11 July 2013 | By

Western universities don’t expect new emir to shake up status quo

Palestinian exile refuses to be boxed in Subscription

30 May 2013 | By

How Bashir Makhoul explores through art the plight of his countrymen

Israeli campaigners fear enemy within campus walls Subscription

16 May 2013 | By

Event on academic freedom identifies ‘one-sided far-leftist agitprop’

More news from the Middle East and North Africa


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

Ghana’s higher education sector seeks coherent national policies Subscription

6 June 2013 | By

Conference hears of funding problems, graduate unemployment and mission creep

Going Global delegates debate post-conflict education Subscription

14 March 2013 | By

For long-term prosperity, universities in war-torn countries must focus on rebuilding infrastructure, conference hears

Sierra Leone: child soldiers 10 years on Subscription

14 March 2013 | By

University vice-chancellor reveals the struggle to educate students who have been brutalised by civil war

More African news


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

Satellite campuses in China are slow boat to secure future Subscription

13 February 2014 | By

Nottingham is one of a growing number of universities with a presence in or around Shanghai

James Bond and Grand Theft Auto ‘among reasons to study in UK’

11 Jan 2014 | By

The UK High Commissioner in India has tried to convince Indians to study in Britain amid fears they are being deterred by red tape and exchange rates

Indonesia struggles to bridge its skills gap Subscription

14 November 2013 | By

Vocational courses are the latest focus of government investment

Inside Higher Ed: Faculty respond to threat to academic freedom

16 Sep 2013

By Elizabeth Redden, for Inside Higher Ed

‘Death threats’ in Thailand for UK whistleblower Subscription

22 August 2013 | By

Wyn Ellis, who made a plagiarism claim against an official, has received menacing calls

The sunny side of leading a Malaysian university Subscription

8 August 2013 | By

Graeme Wilkinson left Wales to head a private institution that was more familiar than it first appeared

Signs of movement towards autonomy give Burmese hope Subscription

25 July 2013 | By

As junta’s grip relaxes, Aung San Suu Kyi joins drive to rebuild sector

Delhi opts for four-year programmes Subscription

20 June 2013 | By

V-c points to reform’s intellectual and vocational benefits

Fraud fears rocket as Chinese seek a place at any price Subscription

13 June 2013 | By Jon Marcus

Western universities scramble to spot fraudulent applications from China’s hypercompetitive students

UK 'fly in, fly out' scholars fail to take off in China Subscription

16 May 2013 | By

Students dissatisfied with contact hours, QAA overseas provision review shows

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for help from UK universities

09 May 2013 | By

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has called on British universities to help remedy the suppression of Burmese universities by the nation’s former military regime

More news from Asia

South America

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

Steep costs deter Brazil's experience seekers

8 November 2012 | By

Despite interest, UK too dear for growing middle class. Elizabeth Gibney reports from São Paulo

So many aspirant doctors, so little time

4 October 2012 | By

EUA report uncovers global commonalities in PhD education. Elizabeth Gibney reports

English tuition-fee regime gets thumbs up on mobility

13 September 2012 | By

‘Most advanced’ student-support structure in developed world, says OECD. John Morgan reports

Brazil's brightest head to US after failing UK language test

2 August 2012 | By

British border bureaucracy thwarts Science Without Borders scheme. Elizabeth Gibney writes

Flying down to Rio fuels new North-South romance

12 July 2012

Canada seeks long-term relationship with growing higher education superpower. Jon Marcus reports

Brazil's science students break for the border

22 December 2011 | By

Brazil has announced a second round of applications for a £1.3 billion study-abroad scheme that could result in thousands of students coming to UK universities.

Tours promise a degree of truth about Argentina's past

24 November 2011 | By Jon Marcus

Jon Marcus meets the scholarly guides tearing up the Tim Rice lyrics to uncover the real Buenos Aires

Brazil invests to expand tropic of learning into rural areas...

8 September 2011 | By

...but some question the focus and quality in plans to add more than 800,000 places, writes Paul Jump

More South American news