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Oxford at forefront of medical cannabis research

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:37
The University of Oxford will be at the forefront of a multimillion-pound research programme which hopes to help develop new therapies for acute and chronic conditions by examining the effects of ...

Nationalise higher education, says youth league

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:36
African National Congress Youth League Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza called for the nationalisation of higher education at the Fees Commission looking into the feasibility of fee-free higher edu ...

Reinstated student vows to fight draconian powers

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:40
The University of Zimbabwe has readmitted two student leaders suspended two years ago on the basis of draconian regulations that students say they will continue to challenge.

Zimbabwe National ...

Education Department erodes student protections

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:38
During the nearly four hours of questioning at her confirmation hearing in January, Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, did not speak with specificity about her views on a host of Obama-administ ...

Dozens of academic journals appoint fake editor

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:36
Dozens of academic titles have offered a sham scientist a place on their editorial board, according to an investigation by researchers, published in Nature, the international weekly journal ...

International help sought to solve student murder mystery

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:34
Malawi's government has said it will hire international investigators to probe the death of a student activist who was killed on campus six years ago in an incident that allegedly implicated the t ...

Turkey's 'soft power' reaches North African universities

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:32
A recently published higher education cooperation plan with Tunisia represents the latest milestone in Turkey's plan to set up joint universities with North African Arab states in what is seen as ...

University tuition fees back on the election agenda

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:30
With elections ahead in Germany, the issue of tuition fees in higher education has resurfaced. While the Social Democrats reject fees, views are split among, and even within, some of the other par ...

Making it possible for young scientists to stay in Africa

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:26
Returning to the department of chemistry at Multimedia University of Kenya after completing his PhD studies at the State University of New York in the United States, Dickson Andala was frustrated ...

A 2040 vision of HE dominated by grand knowledge hubs

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:24
Indian and Chinese universities will expand one-hundred-fold and the future will be dominated by 'grand knowledge hubs' with four in Asia, two in North America, one in the UK and maybe others in S ...

Universities and civic engagement on a global scale

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:18
What is the role of an increasingly globalised system of higher education in conflict settings? In places where students and staff risk their lives just to reach university, where dissenting views ...

Redesigning the curriculum for the 21st century

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:16
Higher education is in an epoch of rapid change as it is under pressure all around the world from cuts in funding, the clamour for relevance and rankings, for greater articulation with socio-econo ...

For universities all global challenges are local

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:14
Higher education, particularly public higher education, like all other human institutions is a space of contestation. Almost without exception the leaders and contributors to educational life, to ...

Is the brain drain always negative?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:12
According to the United Nations, there were 244 million international migrants in 2015, representing a growth of 41% since 2000. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development or OECD coun ...

Community engagement outperforms university rankings

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:10
No one has ever criticised a hammer for being a hammer; it is an invaluable tool when that is what you need. But it is useless or destructive if used for the wrong purpose, and university rankings ...

Populism - Is the academy on the wrong side of history?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:08
The election of Donald Trump as United States President in November 2016 and the vote in the United Kingdom five months earlier to leave the European Union have highlighted the difficulties univer ...

Why academics need to learn the art of storytelling

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:00
At a recent town hall meeting in the United States, a boisterous crowd demanded a strategy from their state representatives for how to influence the governor's views on immigration. Should citizen ...

Driving up TNE is a key UK strategy post-Brexit

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:27
Higher education will be a central plank in the strategy for boosting the export industry of post-Brexit Britain, the United Kingdom's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for ...

APAIE: international education critical for Asia’s diplomacy, ambitions

The PIE News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 05:09

International education in Asia Pacific has been a critical diplomacy tool for the region – one that is becoming all the more essential given the tempestuous global political landscape and a move towards isolationism in a number of countries, educators said this week at the Asia Pacific Association for International Education conference.

Speaking from Kaohsiung in Taiwan, stakeholders nonetheless observed that the region’s global competitiveness continues to increase, spurred by the growing momentum of inter-regional collaborations.

“A lot is happening on the global stage in terms of politics and geopolitics, the rise of populism, the decrying of serious education; the winds of change in the corridors of power, and how they impact on education… these are matters of concern,” Anne Pakir, APAIE’s vice-president and director of the National University of Singapore’s international office said at the event.

Delegates considered how global politics – including the UK’s decision to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s election in the US – might affect the region.

“Education is the new currency by which nations are becoming competitive and globally prosperous”

The “rise of protectionist, isolationist and at times purely nationalist rhetoric and sentiment” seen over the last year “means that our work, I believe, has never been more important”, reflected APAIE president Susan Elliott, deputy vice-chancellor (international) at the University of Melbourne.

Fostering a global outlook among students and facilitating people-to-people exchange is crucial in order to help curb this sentiment, particularly in a region where bilateral relations can be strained, educators agreed.

International education can achieve what politicians are unable to do, they noted, building positive relations between people and even countries where relations are poor.

“Government-to-government links between China and Taiwan are very tense and seem to be becoming increasingly tense under this particular Taiwanese president… [but] the academic links between Taiwanese and Chinese academics are very strong,” Elliott told The PIE News.

“They do a lot of collaboration that’s not recognised at a government-to-government level, so the people to people links are critically important in Asia.”

Meanwhile, governments within the region are harnessing education as a tool for soft power diplomacy, and many are helping to drive initiatives for intra-Asia education cooperation.

This includes Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, which was launched last year with the aim of strengthening links with 18 countries in East and Southeast Asia and Australasia in a number of areas including education.

“Since China is showing very unfriendly relations with this new government – so the new government was thinking maybe we should [look to other countries],” observed Hsiao-Wei Chiang, associate vice president, office of global affairs at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University.

Opening the conference, Taiwan’s political deputy minister of education, Yao Leehtur, nodded to the New Southbound Policy and noted: “The centre of gravity in higher education is perceptibly shifting to Asia.”

“Education is the new currency by which nations are becoming competitive and globally prosperous,” he added.

“Education is one of the most critical investments we can make.”

“This is the area where we have seen the greatest activity in international education, and where partnerships can be so fruitful”

Internationalisation policies will also help alleviate the effects of shrinking populations in countries like Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Speaking with The PIE News, Pakir said governments will only be able to “ensure that the college education pipeline is kept open… with an influx of foreign students”.

“We have seen the rise of intra-Asia mobility as a very quickly emerging trend,” she observed.

Intra-Asia mobility has also been influenced by a growing recognition among Asian educators that not all collaborations are equal.

Speaking about partnerships between higher education institutions in East Asia and the West, Jonathan Lembright, IIE’s regional director for Southeast Asia, noted that there is sometimes a “tendency in some East-West partnerships to see the Western institution as the senior partner”.

However, institutions working to forge mutually beneficial partnerships for both counterparts in the West and within Asia, he said.

All these factors mean that education cooperation between institutions in the Asia Pacific region is gathering speed, and will likely continue to grow in the next few years.

“This is the area where we have seen the greatest activity in international education, and where partnerships can be so fruitful,” said Elliot.

“From student mobility to research partnerships to online learning and indeed global rankings, universities in the Asia Pacific are rising, innovating and leading the way.

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