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More North African universities turn away from French and Arabic as languages of instruction

World University Rankings 2016-2017

The latest reaction to the World University Rankings as it comes in

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A long association with world rankings does not stop Times Higher Education from fine-tuning its approach, says Phil Baty

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Times Higher Education’s biggest analysis ever sees 980 institutions jostling for position in the most competitive world ranking to date. Ellie Bothwell reports

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An increasing drive to compare university offerings worldwide is hampered by the particular nature of teaching and learning, writes Paul Ashwin, professor of higher education, Lancaster University

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A lack of advice on access and support is a key reason why disabled students are less likely to leave their home country, campaigners say

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Unhappiness at university and ‘fear of missing out’ could be driving distraction during lectures, study suggests

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Tawfik Jelassi, universities minister after the Jasmine Revolution, on losing his anonymity and being taken hostage by students

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With 55,000 potential Syrian students in Europe, universities are using a series of workarounds to prevent a ‘lost generation’

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Seeking feedback from the well networked is better than gaining comments from famous scholars, a conference hears

New for 2016-2017

THE’s director of data and analytics Duncan Ross reflects on the work underpinning the 2016-2017 World University Rankings

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Concern over creation of 760-strong unit after unrest on country's campuses

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Outgoing British Council director in Iraq sees reasons for optimism, despite rise of Islamic State

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A scholar in the oil-rich state takes in Mecca, art and quiet transgressions, says Madawi Al-Rasheed

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They can cause confusion about qualifications and embarrassment for institutions, so why are they awarded? Malcolm Gillies investigates


American University of Afghanistan ‘devastated’ by abductions


China dominates the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars list

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Senior figure sees ‘strong signals’ that Turkey’s academy has been infiltrated, despite international criticism

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Tuition rises have left middle classes ‘slammed’, and low African American enrolments can cause tensions, warns Gene Block

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Scholar argues that discussion could benefit from more light and less heat

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