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For-profit RDI granted university status

US-owned institution becomes Arden University

Female North Korean soldiers, Yalu River, 2010

Campus close-up: Uclan aims to combat media ‘trivialisation’ of North Korea

Course looking at ‘key security issue for East Asia’ part of major University of Central Lancashire investment in Korean studies

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Treasury plan seeks to put ‘competitive pressures’ on universities

New College of the Humanities and Pearson are seen as potential beneficiaries of Productivity Plan

Participants in the Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit

‘Shun mediocrity’ to stem African brain drain, universities told

THE Africa Universities Summit hears that scholars may be tempted back by improved standards, better facilities and a welcoming atmosphere

Adebayo Olukoshi, director of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

African higher education must 'prioritise public mission over private gain'

Senior figure at UN-established agency questions role of for-profits and says universities should be at centre of debates on continent's future

Merger: people joining jigsaw pieces

More university mergers on the way, predicts legal expert

Eversheds partner says that link-ups could span borders in the UK and overseas

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Greek university may soon enrol Syrian refugees

The University of the Aegean is seeking permission to admit refugees arriving in their thousands on the shores of Greek islands

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Hungary moves to boost its higher education standing

New plans focus on putting Hungarian higher education on solid international foundations

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Charlie Taylor leaves National College for Teaching and Leadership

Initial teacher training chief moves to the Ministry of Justice

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Scottish Highers results: more students secure university places

Three per cent increase in enrolment driven by older age groups as exam results released

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Ernst and Young drops degree classification threshold for graduate recruitment

‘No evidence’ that success at university is linked to achievement in professional assessments, accountancy firm says

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US recessions harm take-up of liberal arts degrees

Study finds that students choose to major in subjects that are ‘more challenging’ in bad economic times

ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) project radio telescope antennas

Chile puts science centre stage

Presidential commission recommends new ministry to push technological development

Blogs

Top 100 books: what kind of students do schools want to produce?

Teachers have selected 100 books pupils should read before leaving secondary school. What do they tell us? Robert Eaglestone takes a look

Want to raise the quality of teaching? Begin with academic freedom

Sir Keith Burnett considers the challenges of introducing a teaching excellence framework

Freedom Square

A meeting of African minds

Editor John Gill reflects on the inaugural Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit

Features

Men hanging painting on gallery wall What purpose do campus art collections serve?

Are such treasures art for art’s sake, v-cs’ follies or vital assets that further institutional missions?

United Kingdom Queen's Guard bending spoon bayonet Is ‘risk-based’ quality assurance too risky?

The big game-changer ahead may not be plans to ‘root out bad teaching’ via a TEF, but a shift to light-touch quality assessment

Silhouette of people building scaffolding How might a teaching excellence framework be built?

As a vague policy commitment moves towards reality, Jack Grove assesses the potential ways and means

Podcasts & Videos

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Peer-to-peer networking: David Willetts and Jennie Bristow in the latest Books podcast

Books editor Karen Shook introduces our latest literary podcast

In Numbers

12 things you should read if you’re interested in global higher education

From the most international universities in the world to how demographic change will shape 21st-century higher education

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Pile of books on grass, summertime Peer-to-peer networking: David Willetts and Jennie Bristow in the latest Books podcast

Books editor Karen Shook introduces our latest literary podcast

Nate Kitch illustration (30 July 2015) The REF: why did it cost so much?

The sums spent on the exercise were exorbitant and the money could be better spent, argues Derek Sayer

Interconnected world/global roaming Roaming between networks

From Africa to the UK, countries must find ways to capitalise on the global ebb and flow of today’s mobile scholars

From Where I Sit illustration (30 July 2015) How the 99 per cent learn: America’s overlooked successes

It’s a pity the efforts of myriad institutions striving daily to help students of diverse backgrounds are eclipsed by Ivy League tales, says Alan Ruby

Marcus Butt illustration (30 July 2015) I’m in remission, and seeing colleagues with new eyes

John Gilbey fretted over telling those he worked with of his cancer – needlessly, for they were all caring and supportive

Alan Ryan columnist illustration Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

Should autonomous vehicles have ethics programmed in? asks Alan Ryan

Hand holding one pound coin (illustration) What price trust? The cost of breaking student loan promises

Changing current students’ debt repayment terms would damage public faith in government, say John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

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This week's issue discussed by the Times Higher Education team

Books

Review: The China Model, by Daniel Bell

An argument for a ruling elite based on exams leaves Jonathan Mirsky feeling puzzled

Review: Yanks and Limeys, by Niall Barr

A. W. Purdue on the conflicting interests of the Americans and British

Review: Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth, by Alison Assiter

Danielle Sands welcomes a focus on a life stage that has been largely neglected by philosophers

Review: Victoria: Queen, Matriarch, Empress, by Jane Ridley

Easy lay the head that wore the crown, despite maternal meddling, says Ruth Richardson

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David Bell has some words of wisdom for Jo Johnson, the new minister for universities and science, as an ‘eventful’ five years loom

REF 2014

REF tactics: can you win by fielding the whole team?

Universities, and especially the research elite, faced a choice between aiming for highest quality scores and the greatest number of staff submitted

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The director of a partnership of research-intensive universities is upbeat about future outlook

Overseas academics ‘should have REF input’

LSE pro-director also calls for metrics to measure impact

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100 Under 50 Rankings 2015 results

Ranking of universities under 50 years old shows a dip in UK’s strength in depth and Swiss on a roll

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The world of higher education responds to our latest rankings

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