07 mars 2016

Women’s representation in science academies globally remains ‘insignificant’

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In News, Karen MacGregor reports on a global survey that has found that only 12% of science academy members globally are women – and just 6% in maths and 5% in engineering.
In Commentary this week, Pushkar argues that the Indian government’s actions at Jawaharlal Nehru University undermine free expression on campus and may well be a sign of worse to come, while Nico Cloete contends that a ‘third force’, which drives a political agenda, has emerged on South Africa’s protest-disrupted campuses.
Clare Banks says US and Cuban universities are forging a new chapter together in the wake of a thawing of relations between the two countries. And Jingyi Dong says the roots of Philip Altbach’s contention that China’s higher education system is unbalanced with ‘feet of clay’ lie in rural-urban segregation and Communist Party control of universities.
Continuing our Special Report previewing the British Council’s Going Global 2016 conference in May, Brendan O’Malley asks if internationalisation can be a negative force, and Yojana Sharma explores what impact China’s growing ambition will have on global higher education.
In a second Special Report Nic Mitchell covers Universities UK’s International Higher Education Forum held in London last week, including what can be done to reverse the decline in numbers of Indian students coming to the UK.
In our World Blog, Margaret Andrews suggests that universities gather their team and examine their strategy to ensure they are not in danger of becoming obsolete in a fast-changing world. Read more...

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