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Refute ‘private good, public bad’ claims, UC Berkeley told Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Hard times for state-funded institutions require forceful restatement of their benefits to society, Simon Marginson says in Clark Kerr Lecture

Caricature of university president returned…in pieces

14 Oct 2014

By Elizabeth Redden, for Inside Higher Ed

Chicago suspends Confucius Institute negotiations

29 Sep 2014

By Elizabeth Redden, for Inside Higher Ed

Fresher deaths in US spark focus on alcohol abuse

23 Sep 2014

By Jake New, for Inside Higher Ed

Overseas students help keep postgraduate numbers stable in US

22 Sep 2014 | By

A rise in international postgraduate enrolments in the US has helped overall recruitment in the country to keep rising, a report has found

US college offers video application option

08 Sep 2014

By Scott Jaschik, forInside Higher Ed

US researchers protest at rules restricting drone use Subscription

4 September 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Lawsuit led by 200 universities over regulations allowing hobbyists to keep rights while academics face virtual no-fly zone

Professor’s ‘bless you’ ban prompts protests

01 Sep 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Moocs are free – but for how much longer? Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Monetising career development courses could be the next step for the university, says Stanford professor

Gender tenure gap ‘significant’ in some subjects, finds US study

18 Aug 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Obama scorecards aim to end ‘trust us, we’re worth it’ era Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

Louisiana State University president says some US institutions fear new ratings system because they have been misleading students

Graduate migration to cities displaces less well-educated Subscription

7 August 2014 | By Jon Marcus

The urban dreams of those with degrees are driving up prices in US metropolitan hubs and driving out those with no tertiary education

US calls for no-fee degrees gather momentum Subscription

17 July 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Two influential bodies call for free tuition as Tennessee unveils lottery-funded college study

US universities ‘failing to investigate sexual assaults’

10 Jul 2014 | By

Survey of institutions by senate subcommittee shows many are failing to meet legal obligations

Texas Austin president Bill Powers battles ‘July 4 coup’

07 Jul 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

Switch to digital aims to bring the arts out of the Indiana Jones storeroom Subscription

3 July 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Digital literacy can enhance humanities research as well as the skill set of graduates

Shootings ‘a wake-up call’, says Berkeley chancellor Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

Welfare and gun checks are part of the shield against campus violence

The competing bids for Obama’s presidential library Subscription

19 June 2014 | By Jon Marcus

Jon Marcus reports on the Chicago institutions battling it out for the Barack Obama presidential library and museum

Academics ‘moderate’ students’ political views

16 Jun 2014

By Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

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South America

‘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

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

More South American news


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

Serbian political figures accused of plagiarising their PhDs Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Allegations have further shaken public trust in the country’s governing class

Inna Sovsun: Ukraine's youngest minister plans academy shake-up Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Minister keen to reform archaic system, including consolidation of institutions, end to two-track admissions

Spain makes little headway in struggle against plagiarism Subscription

26 June 2014 | By Isabel López Ruiz

Anti-plagiarism policies - where they exist - are still not working

Spain’s student grants: better late than never? Subscription

12 June 2014 | By Isabel López Ruiz

Federal minister blames Catalonia for payment delays in reformed student-aid system

One for all: everyone wants a touch of Sorbonne magic Subscription

22 May 2014 | By Clea Caulcutt

The venerable term is now used by three universities and three institutional clusters in Paris

Belarus takes Bologna path to come in from the cold Subscription

15 May 2014 | By Stephen Hoare

The former Soviet satellite is working to raise standards and to court foreign students

Irish bid for a tiger’s share of online market Subscription

8 May 2014 | By Naomi Powell

National University of Ireland considers lending its name to give the republic’s online offerings global recognition

Proposed data changes ‘threaten’ EU research Subscription

1 May 2014 | By

The European University Association warns restrictions could cause continent’s scientists to fall behind global rivals

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

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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

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

More news from Asia

Middle East

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

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

More news from the Middle East and North Africa


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

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

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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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