Do academic boycotts work?

The Ukraine war has led to unprecedented curtailment of academic ties, but could breaking off all relations with Russia cause further problems? From Times Higher Education Source: Getty Academia under fire: V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University’s economics department was allegedly hit during shelling by Russian forces. Such action has led to calls from academia worldwide to isolate Russian scholars. The sheer brutality of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has presented a challenge to the interconnected global academic community that it has arguably never faced on such a scale. Ukrainian academics within and outside the country – as…

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Nigerian students stranded in Ukraine amid Russian invasion

Nigerian students in Ukraine are stuck amid Russian invasion and the closure of Ukrainian airspace. Long queues form on the main traffic arteries out of the Ukrainian capital as residents flee by car [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters] SOURCE: AL JAZEERA Shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s half-hour speech declaring war on Ukraine, Annora Omolu, a Nigerian undergraduate at Kyiv Medical University heard a small blast by the window of her apartment. The blast startled the 20-year-old who started simultaneously shaking and praying. In the days before Putin’s speech, she had been calm because…

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‘We are ready’: Ukraine’s universities calm in the face of war

Academics call on overseas colleagues to ‘stand with us’ as Putin’s army attacks Culled from Times Higher Education. Source: iStock As Russia’s tanks advanced on Ukrainian soil on three fronts, the message from university leaders in the country was clear: we refuse to panic.   As Russia began its ground offensive into Ukraine, shelling was heard in numerous Ukrainian cities in the east, along its coast and from its northern border with Belarus. Not long after, Ukraine’s president enacted martial law. But as their country went to war, institutional heads were…

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Ten more universities face strikes after UCU reballots

Further walkouts expected in disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Eleanor Bentall A further 10 UK universities could face strike action in disputes over pay and pensions after a fresh round of ballots conducted by the University and College Union. The results mean that 68 institutions are expected to face walkouts this term, after staff at 58 campuses spent three days on the picket lines last month. In total, the UCU conducted fresh ballots at 42 branches that got more than 40 per cent turnout in…

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European recruitment down 90 per cent at some UK universities

Continental students disappearing as post-Brexit funding rules kick in Culled from Times Higher Education/January 27, 2022 Some UK universities have seen a complete collapse of undergraduate recruitment from the European Union, according to the first set of detailed data from admissions body Ucas. Acceptances of EU students have fallen by more than two-thirds at dozens of institutions, while a few have experienced drops approaching 100 per cent of their recruitment in 2020. Many universities appear to have mitigated the potential impact by boosting acceptances of UK undergraduates, but a number have seen falls here, too. Combined UK and EU acceptances fell…

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‘Big five’ losing monopoly on English-language degree courses

Almost one in five English-medium degrees now taught outside Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Alamy Competition in English-language tuition is heating up, according to a study showing that the number of courses outside the major anglophone study destinations has rocketed by 77 per cent in four years. Almost one in five English-medium degree programmes is now taught outside Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, says the report published by the British Council and Studyportals on 7 December. “Students have more choice…

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Does the teaching of indigenous knowledge need to be examined?

New Zealand’s embrace of Māori vocabulary goes hand-in-hand with the incorporation of Māori understandings into curricula. But is a debate about the unintended consequences of this move being stifled by fear of speaking out? John Ross reports Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Getty The University of Auckland’s adoption of a new Māori name in July was the latest instalment in a reconciliation process that has been unfolding across New Zealand for half a century.  The old moniker Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau was a literal translation of the university’s English title. The replacement, Waipapa…

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Britain’s international education champion gives approval to 17 UK varsity

By Moyosore Salami Britain’s international education champion, Sir Steve Smith, has given the seal of approval to a new network of 17 United Kingdom universities with overseas campuses, which aims to build on the UK’s reputation as a “science and education superpower”. Speaking at the Universities UK International conference reviewing the role of transnational education (TNE) in tackling global challenges, held on 3-4 November 2021, Sir Steve said he warmly welcomed the new network co-founded by Alex Favier, director of global and political affairs at the University of Nottingham, and…

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Cambridge University college hands back looted cockerel to Nigeria

The master of a Cambridge University college has described the return of a looted bronze cockerel to representatives of Nigeria as a “momentous occasion”. The statue, known as the “Okukur”, was taken by British colonial forces in 1897 and given to Jesus College in 1905 by the father of a student. A decision for it to be returned was made in 2019 after students campaigned. A ceremony has been held at the college to sign the handover documents. “It’s massively significant,” said Sonita Alleyne, master of Jesus College. “It’s a momentous occasion.”…

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Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade to be held in December 2021

The Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) met virtually today and approved the proposal to hold the next winter edition of the FISU World University Games in December 2021. LAUSANNE, Switzerland – FISU President Oleg Matytsin opened the virtual meeting of the Executive Committee, by thanking the FISU Family for continuing to drive university sport through the coronavirus pandemic, and with a word of good news. President Matytsin announced FISU’s joint decision with the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade Organising Committee to hold the event from 11 to 21…

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