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IAU Lynx - May 2018


May 2018

offers a monthly overview of higher education developments around the world. It covers new policies, initiatives and projects on various higher education topics. The information is classified by international, regional, bilateral and national initiatives.

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International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
IIEP and the Council of Europe organised a study visit on Integrity in higher education to Geneva, Switzerland, from 13 to 15 March 2018, allowing officials and academics from Montenegro to learn from the Swiss experience in addressing the challenge of ensuring integrity in higher education.

Institute for Lifelong Learning (ULL)
The International Review of Education Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE), edited by ULL, has released a special issue on massive open online courses (MOOCs). The publication addresses both the potential of MOOCs and the challenges which have emerged from their development.

Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
UIS has published the Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education. Inspired by the SDGs and Education 2030, but not limited to it, the handbook is designed to be suitable for national analysis of policy and monitoring of equity in education and progress towards national goals. It covers all level levels of education including higher education.

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE)
UNESCO IITE, as an enabler and facilitator to promoting the innovative use of ICT for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), has released its Medium-Term Strategy for 2018-2021.

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean
Claudia Uribe has been appointed as the new director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

UNESCO Bangkok - Mongolia
UNESCO Bangkok’s Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD) has agreed to provide technicalsupport to the Ministry of Education of Mongolia to strengthen the country’s quality assurance and accreditation systems in order to improve the quality of higher education and solve the skills mismatch in the job market.

- Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF)
On 13 April, the new Francophone university campus (Campus du Nouvel Espace Universitaire Francophone - CNEUF) in Brazzaville, Congo, was jointly launched by the AUF with the Fondation MTN. The new campus is modeled on an academic, voluntary and business partnership.

- Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
Dr Sanjaya Mishra, COL Education Specialist, gave a keynote address emphasising the role of library professionals in Indian Higher education at the Indian National Seminar on Recent Trends and Practices in Librarianship on 24 March 2018 held at Sambalpur University, Burla.

- International Labour Organization (ILO)
Launched by the ILO and a group of academic partners, the GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information) programme will allow users from 115 developing countries to access legal information for their work and studies and promote research and training in low- and middle income countries.

- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The OECD has published Education for a Bright Future in Greece. The report examines the Greek education system since the economic crisis and provides recommendations which include raising standards in higher education to help address mismatches between graduate skills and the skills employers need.

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Africa - Americas - ArabStates - Asia & Pacific - Europe

- Africa

The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative - Call for Applications
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI), a postdoctoral training fellowship program. Training will be at the NIH.
Closing date for applications: 11 May 2018

Southern African Quality Assurance Network (SAQAN) - Call for papers
The 4th Southern African Regional Conference On Quality Assurance In Higher Education entitled Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Theories, Perspectives and Practices Geared towards Attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Southern African Region and beyond extended the deadline for paper proposals to 15 May 2018. The conference will take place in Maseru, Lesotho on 8 - 10 October 2018.

- Asia & Pacific
Asia Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
APRU has initiated a project to explore how artificial intelligence and the 4th industrial revolution will affect the future of work in the Asia Pacific region. A joint report is planned for October-November 2018.

Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
APQN has just released the proceedings of 2017 Annual International Conference themed New Horizons: Dissolving Boundaries for a Quality Region held in Moscow. The papers include new research in quality assurance and quality recognition in higher education, strategies and methods of cross-cultural education development, development of internal quality assurance systems, quality assurance of transnational qualifications, accreditation of joint educational programmes.

- Europe
European University Association (EUA)
The EUA 2018 Annual Conference entitled ‘Engaged and Responsible Universities Shaping Europe’ was held 5 - 6 April at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, an IAU Member. The presentations from the conference are now available

EUA has released theoutcomes of its first Big Deals Survey which provides a mapping of major scientific publishing contracts from the perspective of universities (‘Big Deals’).

European University Continuing Education Network (eucen)
Eucen has released updates on the VINCE project. The project is coordinated by eucen and dedicated to validation of prior learning of newcomers and refugees in Europe. The objective is to provide university staff with tools to be better equipped when working with migrants and refugees who want to access Higher Education.

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- Morocco - European Union
Morocco and the EU recently signed an agreement within the framework of the PRIMA initiative (Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area). The agreement aims to shore up cooperation in research and innovation in order to find new solutions for more sustainable water and food management in the region.

- Costa Rica – United States
The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education and the U.S Embassy in Costa Rica concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on 16 April 2018 on cooperation for teaching English. The MoU includes the promotion of exchange between academics, students and administrative staff of higher education institutions.

- China - Mongolia
The Ministers of Education of China and Mongolia have signed the 2018-2021 Implementation Plan for Educational Exchange and Cooperation.

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Australia Canada Estonia Finland
France Ghana Kazakhstan India
The Netherlands New Zealand Switzerland Tunisia
United Kingdom United States Vietnam

- Australia

Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education
The Department of Education and Training (DET) has released the final report of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education commissioned in March 2017. It addresses key issues, challenges and barriers that impact on the learning outcomes of regional, rural and remote (RRR) students.

Student Accommodation Analysis
The Department of Education and Training (DET) has released a Regional Student Accommodation Analysis, a report commissioned to assess university investment in on-campus student accommodation to support an adequate supply of affordable accommodation for RRR students.

- Canada
Research and development
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has released Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: the Current State of R&D in Canada. The expert panel report contains the latest data on research, development and innovation and finds while Canada’s research performance remains strong globally, R&D investment as a share of GDP has declined steadily since 2001.

Inuit research
The National Inuit Strategy on Research has been published by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), representing the the 65,000 Inuit in Canada. The report proposes a new approach that prioritises local governance in the setting of research goals and managing scientific projects, in particular for Research Centres in Inuit regions of the Arctic.

Sustainability of HE - Ontario
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released The Sustainability of the Ontario Public Postsecondary System: Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle. The report examines the tension in the relationship between financial and academic sustainability and argues that academic quality is at the core of sustainability.

- Estonia
The Estonian government is to allocate annual support of three million euros to finance research and development activities in information and communications technology in Tallinn University of Technology and the University of Tartu.

The Ministry of Education and Research has warned about a website featuring inaccurate information on the provision of higher education, national accreditation and collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research.

- Finland
The Ministry of Education and Culture is establishing Team Finland Knowledge Network to enhance the visibility of Finnish knowledge and expertise. It aims to further improve the quality and impact of higher education and research and to promote cooperation worldwide. The first stage of the Network, experts will be posted to Beijing, Singapore, Washington and Buenos Aires.

- France
Campaign against sexism
The French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, has launched an awareness-raising campaign against sexism and sexual violence in higher education. Support and listening services will also be opened in every university by September 2018.

National AI Strategy
The French President unveiled France’s artificial intelligence strategy on 29 March. €1.5 billion will be invested into artificial intelligence research and development up to 2022. The objective is to drive innovation and help France catch up with the United States and China.

Education reform - campus protests
Several universities across France have been occupied to protest against President Emmanuel Macron’splan for education reform, specifically selection at university admission.

- Ghana
The University of Cape Coast, an IAU Member, has partnered with the University of Hildesheim in Germany and the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria on graduate studies to help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

- India
New government programmes
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has:
- approved the ‘Study in India’ programme which aims to attract foreign students boost the number of International students in India.

- presented a 10 step action plan aimed at improving the quality of technical higher education and enhancing the employability of engineering students. The plan has been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

- Kazakhstan
The government is considering introducing online education at all levels of education, including at higher educational institutions. A multi-level information system for higher education management will also be introduced.

- The Netherlands
The Dutch government has announced fees reduction for several residence permit types (including those covering study, internships and the orientation year). It will also be cheaper for companies to employ knowledge migrants.

- New Zealand
Education Counts has released New Zealand’s Tertiary Education System, the sixth and final report of the 2016 Profile & Trends series. It describes the New Zealand higher education system, provides an overview of trends and an update on changes to the system during 2017.

- Switzerland
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation has released its monthly information paper. It includes an article on constructive exchange of knowledge and good practices on the recognition of architectural qualifications in Europe.

- Tunisia
The Ministry of Higher Education and Research signed an agreement with the Tunisian General Trade Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail - UGTT) on 12 March implementing several measures of university reform, which includes bonuses to be paid to researchers, thesis supervisors and examiners, and promoting career development for early career researchers.

- United Kingdom
Universities’ responses to sexual misconduct
Universities UK has published a report on universities’ responses to sexual misconduct within their institutions.​ Changing the culture: One Year On, based on research carried out by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE), finds an increase in students’ disclosures of sexual misconduct since 2016. It details the progress made by universities in addressing the issue. UUK have also issued a briefing for HEIs with practical guidance on how to deal with cases of alleged student misconduct.

Benchmarking equity
HEPI has released a policy briefing on benchmarking equity of participation in higher education. The briefing reveals large differences in participation rates in the UK, both across and within regional communities.

Innovation - Wales
The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) has released the final report of the Growing Value Wales Task Force. It proposes a new high-profile national innovation compact for Wales and calls for an alliance of universities, industry and government to counter the challenges in post-Brexit Wales. The report also highlights eight successful university-business partnerships in Wales.

- United States
International students - travel restrictions
33 higher education associations, including IAU Members the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) and NAFSA, submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a new presidential proclamation on entry restrictions for citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. The brief emphasises that the proclamation puts at risk the considerable benefits the country gains from international students, scholars, lecturers and researchers.

Confucius Institutes
New legislation introduced to Congress and Senate in March, the Foreign Influence Transparency Act 2018, would require organisations, such as Confucius Institutes - centres of Chinese language and culture - present at over 100 higher education institutions in the United States - to register with the government as foreign agents. It also amends the Higher Education Act to require universities to disclose foreign donations and contracts of US$50,000 or more.

Freedom of expression - university Presidents’ survey
The American Council on Education (ACE) has released the main findings from its second national Pulse Point Survey of College and University Presidents on campus inclusion and freedom of expression. 471 college and university presidents responded to the survey.

- Vietnam
The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and the World Bank met on 29 March in Hanoi for the Higher Education Strategy Stakeholder Consultation to collect opinions from experts and researchers in order to develop an overall strategy for higher education in Vietnam.

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