07 mars 2016

Making US-Cuba academic cooperation a reality

By Clare Banks. Later this month US President Barack Obama will visit Cuba as yet another step forward in the historic warming of United States diplomatic relations with the country. Read more...

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A ‘third force’ in higher education student activism

By Nico Cloete. South Africa has a long history of ‘third forces’: the communists, the Central Intelligence Agency, the neo-liberal global conspiracy and, most recently, even the United States ambassador – who laughed when presented with this theory, although he has to admit that the two concrete bunker embassies in Pretoria and Cape Town at least look sinister. Read more...

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Fewer school leavers qualified to enrol at university

By John Gerritsen. Provisional figures show changes to New Zealand's University Entrance, or UE, standard have cut the number of school-leavers qualified to enrol in the country's universities by several thousand for the second year in a row. Read more...

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World Bank loan aims to reduce graduate joblessness

By Wachira Kigotho. The World Bank has provided a US$70 million loan to Tunisia to improve the quality of teaching and management at universities, amid efforts to reduce high levels of graduate unemployment. In 2014, about 32% of university graduates were jobless, with women particularly vulnerable. Read more...

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Budget proposes creation of 20 world-class universities

By Yojana Sharma. A new scheme to promote 20 universities to become world-class teaching and research institutions – 10 public and 10 private – was announced in India’s budget last Monday, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He also announced a new higher education funding agency to leverage public and private funding for university infrastructure. Read more...

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MPs pass plan for new quality assurance system

By Jan Petter Myklebust. The Swedish parliament has backed the proposal of the education committee for a new model for quality assurance of higher education, to be implemented this autumn. Read more...

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Government to slash student grants, toughen eligibility

By Jan Petter Myklebust and Brendan O'Malley. The government is proposing a substantial cut in student study grants, bringing them down to the same level as grants for secondary school students. It also plans to limit the duration of grants and establish study progress criteria for continuing eligibility for them. Read more...

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Study suggests viable ways to expand HE for refugees

By Brendan O’Malley. By using on-site tutors and learning communities, massive open online courses or MOOCs can be successfully adapted to support the expansion of access to higher education to refugees in fragile situations and maintain learner motivation, a study carried out in refugee camps and urban settings in Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East has found. Read more...

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New limits on living cost support for EU students

By Brendan O’Malley. Jo Johnson, the minister for universities and science, has announced that the government is increasing restrictions on European Union nationals accessing student living cost support in England from 2016-17. Read more...

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Only 12% of science academy members globally are women

By Karen MacGregor. The first comprehensive global survey of science academies and gender has found that only 12% of the members of 69 national science academies are women – and just 6% in maths and 5% in engineering. It recommends data collection and reporting on gender, and permanent structures to implement gender-mainstreaming activities. Read more...

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