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Rector Ralf Hemmingsen warns job losses will see some services ‘cut to the bone’ as 7 per cent of staff exit Denmark’s most highly regarded university

Thai students play soccer with elephants, 2014

Thailand’s institutions want to develop joint degrees with the UK, but hurdles remain in visa red tape and political instability

Two women take a selfie with Chinese flags

Interviews with MA students in UK suggest that although few agree with Chinese government line, compulsory courses dull development of independent thought

Korean wedding dress

Some universities have already overturned a ban on marriage and children among undergraduates, but it is still upheld in places

Frame from sexist Simon Fraser University video for Sweater Day

Canadian university admits video aimed at promoting energy saving by showing a female teacher receiving suggestive compliment was sexist

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey

Political theorist Andrei Stavilă explains how a comment on a friend’s Facebook page led to exit from Turkish university

Lisa Anderson, former president of the American University in Cairo

Recently founded institutions can ‘leapfrog’ the educational approaches of the past, says former AUC president

Middle Eastern science students

Broader-based education addresses concerns over graduate skills, conference hears

Franziska Brantner disguised as man, European Parliament, Strasbourg

Women in Leadership conference host says schools must ‘deconstruct’ curricula to combat gender bias

Female lecturer writing on classroom blackboard

Many black and ethnic minority staff at universities are also downbeat about their promotion chances, according to a new University and College Union survey

Jill Derby, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Challenge of balancing need for quick decision-making with demand for collegiality debated

Panoramic landscape of Weiming lake in Peking University

China, fostering links with future leaders through its universities, is now playing the same game as Western nations, researcher says

David Willetts, THE MENA Universities Summit 2016

Lord Willetts tells event it is hard to see how governments can fund expansion on necessary scale

Statue of Kurdish poet outside Citadel of Erbil

A Glasgow student has returned to his native city of Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan inspired to embrace the ideals of a ‘learning city’

Kurdish students in the hallway of Sulaymaniyah University

The Kurdistan regional government in Iraq is streamlining its higher education system – and still looking for far more help from British universities

Cairo skyline from roof of Amir al-Maridani mosque

Government adviser says country is being transformed into a 'learning society'

Row of Iran flags against Tehran skyline

Continuing conflicts will limit collaboration between universities in Iran and in neighbouring Gulf nations, says scholar

Saudi man riding horse, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Institutions from eight countries feature in a snapshot university ranking for the region

Female students reading in Peshawar University library

British academic’s book describes life at Edwardes College in Peshawar, one of the world’s most dangerous cities

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Allegations of mistreatment by university raises questions of discrimination against 'untouchable' caste