International features (World in Focus)

Pro-democracy protester, Causeway Bay district, Hong Kong, 2014

In a special report from the territory, David Matthews hears concerns that scholars are paying the price for ‘politically incorrect’ talk

Hungarian woman wearing a plastic bag in the rain

With Hungary accused of ‘undermining democratic values’, Malcolm Gillies considers to what extent universities with a liberal mission can flourish in ‘illiberal’ societies

Man's eyes staring through shadows

The male student societies are under pressure like never before. Is it time to shut them down – or can they mend their ways?

Martin McQuillan meets José Mujica to discuss education and philosophy

Yong Zhao believes China doesn’t foster the free thinkers it needs. What is the state of the country’s higher education system?

Jack Grove reports from Moscow on bold plans to revive the country’s ailing higher education sector

Jon Marcus examines the decline of all-female institutions in the West and their rising popularity in the developing world

Matthew Reisz reports on Anglo-Israeli scientific collaborations against the backdrop of a campaign for a boycott

The story of an unlikely branch campus in Cyprus and higher education on a divided island

How does a tiny institution create such outsized impact?

Does more mean better or worse?

Beijing wants to supercharge its nation’s universities as it has its railroads, but might its ambitions falter for want of academic freedom and cultural change?

The state is confronting student protest with an iron fist while promising to relax its grip on the academy. Jack Grove reports from the country

David Matthews reports from the island state on the questions facing its burgeoning academy

Susan K Burton looks back at her time teaching at Japanese universities and wonders why more Westerners don’t head east

Mobile phone ownership across the continent is rocketing, but can it expand higher education’s reach and quality?

We report from Spain on the University of Mondragon, which is fighting to preserve its teaching mission, industry-focused research and mutual governance model

The subcontinent plans to create capacity for an extra 10 million students in five years, with particular emphasis on quality of education. But how?

Student protests brought down a government but failed to freeze tuition fees: what’s next for a province where universities remain high on the political agenda? Elizabeth Gibney reports from Montreal

Post-Sandy Hook, hundreds of American college presidents are taking on the gun lobby. Amid the US’ increasingly febrile and evidence-free policy debates, does the campaign signal a return to the ‘bully pulpit’ for the American academy’s leaders? Jon Marcus reports