International features (World in Focus)

Pro-democracy protester, Causeway Bay district, Hong Kong, 2014
September 10, 2015

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
July 2, 2015

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
May 28, 2015

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

April 9, 2015

Martin McQuillan meets José Mujica to discuss education and philosophy

March 5, 2015

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

January 22, 2015

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

November 13, 2014

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

July 17, 2014

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

April 24, 2014

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

February 6, 2014

How does a tiny institution create such outsized impact?

January 23, 2014

Does more mean better or worse?

December 19, 2013

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?

December 5, 2013

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

November 21, 2013

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

November 14, 2013

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

September 12, 2013

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

August 29, 2013

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

July 18, 2013

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

June 20, 2013

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

March 14, 2013

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