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Academic attainment of disadvantaged students can be improved if they can decide how they are assessed, study claims

Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

Chancellor Lizhong Yu tells Jack Grove about how NYU Shanghai hopes its model will turbocharge international mobility

Class painting

New study adds to concerns over the weakness of Chinese university teaching

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Results come as issue continues to be high up agenda on campuses in the UK and US

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Ministers from Asia, Australasia and the Americas explore common challenges

Loan pot cut by two thirds, claims Rafizi Ramli of People’s Justice Party 

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A lack of strategy and autonomy are to blame for French universities’ failure to keep pace on transnational education, study suggests

Cube letters show the words No Racism

Flurry prompts discussion over whether such incidents are more common, or a symptom of social media explosion

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Royal Academy of Engineering report reveals which countries are proving most effective in training up engineers to drive economic growth

Pro-refugee demonstration, Barcelona

New resource should offer a lifeline to students displaced by war

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‘Clusters of excellence’ have created highly cited publications, but the amount of money involved is still relatively small

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Federally funded research will now come with an open access clause – but uncertainties remain

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Government support means low- and middle-income students will not have to pay extra

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President of the Australian Human Rights Commission says number of attacks on campus is 'seriously under-reported'

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Initiative singles out young scholars who have the potential to forge new techniques and ways of thinking

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Peer reviews created by self-generated text machines are the latest threat to scientific integrity

Shoppers in mainland China

Students report hostility from traders and clashes over whether Hong Kong is part of China in new study

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More funding is needed to keep scientific research in the Netherlands strong, warn universities

Argument, fighting

Letter from dozens of faculty members follows dean of students' warning that institution did not support suppression of controversial views

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Can a pan-European initiative bring in more students and help them make informed choices about universities?