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On the eve of the first round of France’s presidential elections, Matthew Reisz considers its complex higher education sector and the appetite among politicians, institutions and academics for reform

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With overcrowded lecture theatres the norm in undergraduate education today, online delivery has entirely replaced lectures and seminars in some institutions. So where to in the coming decade? Warren Bebbington outlines a survival strategy for the increasingly unaffordable traditional university

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From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

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What should have been a straightforward application for leave to remain in the UK turned into a Kafkaesque nightmare for University of St Andrews’ lecturer Emily Michelson, whose research trip to Italy proved too much for visa administrators to handle

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As the THE Young University Rankings 2017 highlight rising stars, Jack Grove looks at six institutions – recently launched or still in the planning stages – built on bold notions and innovative approaches

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An academic conference in the world’s northern-most human settlement was a profoundly unsettling – and enlightening – experience for Randy Malamud

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Our new rankings focus on what institutions offer students

Automation has the potential to replace or alter 35 million jobs worldwide, which means universities must adapt to survive, argues Nancy Gleason

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Conducting clinical trials during an epidemic for the first time, researchers fast-tracked the creation of a vaccine for Ebola, but not before 11,000 people had died

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What will the landscape look like 10 years from now? David Matthews examines the demographic trends, social shifts and technological advances that look set to shape the sector’s future

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‘If we don’t know how we learn, how on earth do we know how to teach?’ says L. Rafael Reif, who tells Ellie Bothwell how the research giant is working to improve teaching practice

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Matthew Reisz in Bogotá examines how quickly a TACTIC nation can become a more effective player in global higher education

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James Tooley reflects on who helped him, who let him down and what he learned from his time in prison in Hyderabad

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The principles of scepticism and open-mindedness are vital in a post-truth world, an expert on experts tells Matthew Reisz

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John Morgan looks at the universities in Asia and beyond that have forged the closest ties with industrial partners

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Liz Morrish reflects on why she chose to tackle the failings of the neoliberal academy from the outside
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From Australia to Singapore, David Matthews and John Elmes weigh the pros and cons of likely destinations

An academic researching the Camorra talks to John Elmes about Kalashnikovs and pizza, investigating a closed community, and how she stays safe

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Six academics offer their views on the state of language learning in a populist climate

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Commentator Martin Wolf examines the economic flaws and false assumptions of the Higher Education and Research Bill