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Crossing boundaries, unlocking creativity

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Asia University Rankings

THE Asia University Rankings 2020: the spectrum of excellence

The new entrants in this year’s THE Asia University Rankings demonstrate the diversity of institutions across the continent and highlight that the table does not reward just a single model of excellence. There is a broad range of strengths and weaknesses across the continent’s institutions, data show.

June 3rd, 2020
THE Asia University Rankings 2020: dynamo turns to new challenges

Of all the regions covered by the THE World University Rankings, Asia has arguably advanced the most in terms of higher education in recent years. As Asian universities grow, so too does the complexity of the problems they face, writes Ellie Bothwell.

June 3rd, 2020
THE Asia University Rankings 2020: results announced

Mainland China rises up regional ranking, while Macao is home to top new entry.

June 3rd, 2020
THE Live Asia explores impact of coronavirus on region

University and industry leaders discussed how university operations have been transformed by the pandemic, while the event also revealed the THE Asia University Rankings 2020.

May 29th, 2020
THE Asia University Rankings 2020: methodology

To reflect the region’s unique characteristics, we make adjustments to the rigorous and robust criteria that underpin THE ’s World University Rankings to arrive at this year’s Asia University Rankings.

May 28th, 2020


Careers intelligence: how to network in the Covid-19 age

Networking has long been a mainstay of most academic careers. Striking up a conversation in the buffet line at a conference could lead to co-authoring a paper; an impromptu introduction after a lecture might result in groundbreaking collaboration.

July 23rd, 2020
Can women break through Asian universities’ ‘net ceiling’?

Female representation in Asian academia’s senior ranks is low by international standards. There are some encouraging signs that the situation is being addressed, but might the disproportionate effect of the Covid-19 lockdowns on women undo the good work?

July 9th, 2020
Hong Kong scholars may stay abroad to evade security law’s reach

The new security law imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong may prevent scholars and students based overseas from returning to the city if they have criticised China, experts have warned.

July 6th, 2020
White paper urges Taiwan to reinvent itself as global talent hub

Sweeping changes are needed in the higher education system if Taiwan wants to boost modernisation, internationalisation and industry ties in the face of numerous challenges, according to a US government white paper. But local experts lament that recommendations in the US-produced document may be easier said than done.

June 21st, 2020
Macao’s first medical school starts life during pandemic

The Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) Faculty of Medicine, which opened last autumn just months before the novel coronavirus pandemic began, has survived its baptism by fire. The new institution has jumped into research on AI system to help treat Covid-19 cases.

June 17th, 2020
Cheating allegations prompt South Korean online exam rethink

Some South Korean universities are rethinking how they conduct assessments before final exams, which are scheduled to take place later this month, amid allegations of cheating during earlier mid-term exams that were held online because of coronavirus fears.

June 15th, 2020
Asia ‘may compete with UK’ on international students post-Covid

UK could face different competition for overseas students in future, but expert questions assumption that TNE will benefit. The pandemic may lead to a rise in student mobility within Asia, with countries such as China and Malaysia potentially becoming major competitors to English-speaking countries.

June 12th, 2020
Asia’s cautious restarts offer glimpse of post-Covid campus life

The areas hit earliest by the coronavirus are reopening, but with protections in place. In some parts of Asia, masked but cautious students and faculty are beginning to fill up classrooms, laboratories and dormitories once more.

June 9th, 2020
Asian higher education at the demographic cliff edge

With East Asia’s governments failing to reverse falling birth rates, how should universities adjust to declining numbers of local students? Joyce Lau reports.

June 3rd, 2020
Crisis ‘could unify and strengthen’ Asia’s universities

Asian university and business leaders have called for a more holistic look at the challenges higher education and society will face in the longer term, in the wake of the pandemic, as well as tipping a strengthening of the continent’s sector.

June 3rd, 2020
Smart City shares its light with all of Indonesia

The University of Indonesia opens its international research opportunities to scholars and institutions nationwide, says Abdul Haris.

June 1st, 2020
Japan’s innovative education for innovation

The country’s universities face many challenges, but publicly funded graduate programmes aim to keep the research breakthroughs coming, writes Hiroshi Amano.

May 29th, 2020
New Singapore centres aiming to put Asia on world AI research map

Researchers at NUS have launched new AI programmes with the aim of providing Asia with a much-needed boost in terms of AI research while also helping tackle societal problems. Academics involved say they have a responsibility to ensure technology is used ethically, particularly amid Covid-19.

May 10th, 2020
Will online education widen Asia’s digital divide?

Some students may be at a disadvantage as e-learning relies heavily on home environments, experts say. There are growing concerns that students from less-privileged backgrounds, or less-well-funded institutions, could be left behind.

April 21st, 2020
THE to host first summit in Japan

THE will host its first summit in Japan, with the Asia Universities Summit 2021 taking place in partnership with Fujita Health University. The event will bring together higher education leaders, senior researchers and industry experts from across the continent and beyond.

May 2nd, 2019

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