06 juin 2016

Why higher education should not be neglected in humanitarian crises

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In a Special Report on the World Humanitarian Summit, which is being held this coming week in Turkey, the former president of Portugal Jorge Sampaio calls for the summit to recognise the need to prioritise higher education responses in ongoing crises of population displacement caused by conflict.
In the second week of our global series of Special Reports on student movements and related issues, aimed at deepening understanding and debate on what is transpiring across the student world, there are articles on student activism in Hong Kong, Turkey, Myanmar, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Liz Jackson considers how the Hong Kong student movement has left an indelible mark on society, and Sithu Aung Myint looks into the future plans of students in Myanmar who have recently been freed from prison after the instatement of a new democratic government. On the theme of student rights, Bruce Macfarlane asks why student rights as learners are being undermined in contemporary higher education where students are now being treated as customers.
In our series on Transformative Leadership in which University World News is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation, Paul Rigg writes about Sindy Patricia Ramos Pocón, a scholar from a poor Guatemalan family who is studying on a scholarship at a university in Costa Rica and is leading a project to help poor families change their lives.
In Commentary, Farzan Al-Khalil thanks international organisations for their support for Syrian academics and appeals to them to help the academics in exile in countries neighbouring Syria. And Richard Holmes says British universities should not take fright after their apparent slide down the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings as changes in ranking methodology are the most likely cause.
In our World Blog this week, Tom P Abeles says universities will soon have to confront the need for change as the evolution of the Internet and artificial intelligence impacts on them, bringing changes in functions at all levels. Read more...

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