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Students at Harvard University campus gate, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2015

White House hopefuls set out their higher education stalls

Reducing burden of student debt is top of shopping list as candidates jockey for position

Number of German students in UK drops for first time since 2007

Report attributes decline to UK government trebling tuition fees 

Istanbul Erdogan medical rector health sciences university anger

President’s doctor to lead new Turkish medical university

Health leaders express fears for institution’s independence after Erdoğan appoints his physician and party deputy 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to lead gender equality review in Ireland

Former European Commissioner to lead a national review to address “systemic gender inequality” in higher education

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World in brief – 9 July 2015

Higher education news from around the globe

Sir Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies

Caribbean v-c’s democratic vision at home and abroad

Sir Hilary Beckles tells Ellie Bothwell about his plans for the University of the West Indies’ future

Pope Francis, Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican, 2013

Pope’s decree fuels debate in academy on fossil fuel divestment

Green encyclical ups pressure on Catholic universities to show moral leadership on climate change. Will more make an ethical shift?

Jameson Hall, University of Cape Town, South Africa

South African institutions top THE Africa rankings pilot

Times Higher Education creates a top 15 table for Africa’s academies ahead of the inaugural THE Africa Universities Summit on 30-31 July

A man holding up a banner

US men aren’t interested in ‘life-changing’ rhetoric of studying abroad

Report suggests that male social groups are ‘less fluid’ than women’s, who made up 63.5 per cent of American students overseas

Palestinian students, Jenin, West Bank, 2006

From fair Verona to the wall beyond Ramallah

Teaching Shakespeare in Palestine was intense, disturbing and unforgettable, a University of Bristol lecturer says

Stressed woman with head on desk

Times are tough, say majority of Irish academics

Post-2007 conditions are worse, workloads are higher and it’s ‘all about the money’ for management, report three-quarters of survey respondents

US universities slow to respond to prospective international students

US and Canada ranked below four other regions for communicating effectively with prospective international students

A street scene during the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong

I felt quasi-parental responsibility for students during Occupy, says v-c

The University of Hong Kong’s Peter Mathieson tells John Morgan about the Occupy protests, political pressure and being an outsider

Manuscripts by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Illuminating manuscripts for the digital age

A team at the Uppsala University Library is working to crack the code for digitising handwritten text

Men working on laptops, Obalende District, Lagos, 2010

Africa’s self-starters need fresh pedagogical approach

Sub-Saharan universities must adapt to the shifting career aims of their future graduates, study suggests

Surfer at Halloween surf contest, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California

Berkeley thinks global – but stays local

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks explains the university’s branch campus strategy

Scientist holding a petri dish

Denmark moots fair trade-off on gender

Sector fine-tunes policies aimed at addressing under-representation of female academics. Jon Marcus reports from Copenhagen

US investigation unveils alleged testing fraud

By Elizabeth Redden and Scott Jaschik, for Inside Higher Ed

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

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

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

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

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Industry-led approach to doctoral education may ‘marginalise’ mentoring

Caroline Magennis explains why she took to social media to find out if she was the only one who felt uneasy in academic circles

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon