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Ana Deletic

The award-winning professor discusses Yugoslavia’s war, women and engineering, and how nationalism hurts research

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Report urges academy to ‘embrace’ opportunities for wider research dissemination

Man leaps from boat, China

Nature Index shows that more than half of Chinese-authored papers in high-quality natural science journals featured international collaboration in 2016

Research

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Report urges academy to ‘embrace’ opportunities for wider research dissemination

Coal miners sitting around radio in briefcase

But research organisations say proposed directive does not go far enough and could hinder links with companies

AI robot at a shop in China

Elsevier data show that China produces vast quantities of papers in field but lags on quality

World News

Ana Deletic

The award-winning professor discusses Yugoslavia’s war, women and engineering, and how nationalism hurts research

Miniature technicians repair a computer

Arizona argues delivering dual degrees in branded space is more sustainable than opening a traditional branch campus

Glyn Davis, University of Melbourne

Academic who has led Australia’s leading university since 2005 to return to research and teaching

The Week In Higher Education

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The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the world’s media

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The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the world’s media

Politics and Policy

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Colleges must lead students in critical thinking ‘not protect them’, says one leader

Margaret Gardner

University leaders highlight teaching funding proposal’s similarity to England’s TEF and fear ‘perverse incentives’ 

Internationalisation

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Hong Kong, Netherlands and Malaysia also score highly in British Council research analysing policy environments in 38 countries 

the famine memorial in Dublin

Cities must reap international benefits to stave off populism and protectionism, British Council director says

Syrian refugees at a camp in Turkey

Research highlights concerns around quality despite medium being preferred by many Western universities

Rankings

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Newer universities excel when it comes to internationalisation and research influence

Interviews

Woman watching The Open University on TV while holding child

The Open University's vice-chancellor says now is the moment to turn around decline in part-time study

Data

Top and bottom five countries for improving research

Some countries have managed to increase both the quality and quantity of their research

Graph of whether a country's research is motivated by altruism or economic growth

When it comes to big countries, more individualistic nations are more altruistic 

Japan’s universities turn to hospitals for financial pain relief (5 January 2017)

This graph shows that Japan’s top-ranked universities now rely on their hospitals for about 40 per cent of their income as they struggle with deep cuts in government spending.

Mapped out: negative perceptions of science (22 December 2016)

This map shows that across Africa, India, Central America and parts of the Middle East, people are more likely to believe that one of the “bad effects” of science is that it “breaks down ideas of right and wrong”