23 janvier 2018

English test requirement for university sparks debate

By Suvendrini Kakuchi. New government plans for reform of the country’s university admissions examination system requiring students to pass a new standardised English test in 2020 have sparked strong but mixed reactions among higher education institutions, including over the use of privately run tests. More...

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Non-African partners influence research agenda – Study

By Sharon Dell. A scientometric study to be published in a forthcoming edition of the South African Journal of Science indicates that non-African research collaborators have a high impact not only on the quantity of co-authored publications, but also the research disciplines in which co-authored research is undertaken. More...

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Call for higher education reform after student suicide

By Shadi Khan Saif. The tragic suicide by a female student at Afghanistan’s Kabul University recently has unveiled major deficiencies in the war-ravaged country’s higher education system, forced the resignation of the higher education minister, and prompted calls for root and branch higher education reform. More...

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Beijing vies for greater control of foreign universities

The Chinese Communist Party has ordered foreign-funded universities to install party units and grant decision-making powers to a party official, reversing an earlier promise to guarantee academic freedom, as President Xi Jinping strengthens political control over all levels of education, writes Emily Feng for the Financial Times. More...

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Universities to introduce course to counter extremism

Alarmed by the rising trend of extremism in students, Pakistan’s top universities gathered in Islamabad to discuss their role in countering the threat of radicalisation and instilling peaceful ideology, writes Sana Jamal for Gulf News. More...

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Students protest over outsourcing of English tests

Students of National Chengchi University and other universities have been protesting against universities in Taiwan setting English proficiency requirements as a threshold for graduation based on outside tests, prompting the country’s legislature to ask the Ministry of Education to come up with a comprehensive strategy to address the issue, writes George Liao for Taiwan News. More...

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Four African centres of excellence launched

Last week, Education Minister Janet Museveni launched four Africa Centres of Excellence or ACEs in Uganda – part of the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence II project that will see 24 centres in eight countries, including Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, writes Mosel Talemwa for The Observer. More...

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Students' union to investigate campus sexual harassment

Sexual harassment in universities is to be investigated by the National Union of Students, which is conducting the United Kingdom’s first survey of staff sexual misconduct in higher education, reports the Press Association. More...

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Women in universities share experiences of harassment

Academia is the latest industry to be shaken by widescale allegations of sexual assault in Sweden, with students and researchers raising their voices in a Facebook group aimed to draw attention to the problem, reports The Local. More...

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Highest-paid vice-chancellor edges no confidence vote

The beleaguered vice-chancellor of Bath University has made a public apology and narrowly survived a vote of no-confidence by the university’s senate, shortly after a packed meeting of staff called on her to resign over the lack of transparency in the way pay awards have been made, writes Richard Adams for The Guardian. More...

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