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IAU Lynx May 2019


May 2019

IAU Lynx 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.



UNESCO prize for Teacher effectiveness - nominations open
Nominations are open for the sixth edition of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers. The $300,000 prize is awarded every two years to recognise initiatives that contribute to improving teaching and learning quality with a focus on developing countries and marginalised and disadvantaged communities. Deadline: 31 October 2019.

UNESCO Bangkok
Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on Recognition of Qualifications
Mongolia has approved the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, known as the Tokyo Convention. It came into effect nationally on 1 May 2019.

UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education (UNESCO IITE)
UNESCO IITE and OER Africa have released Understanding the Impact of OER: Achievements and Challenges. This publication critically reviews the growth of OER and its impact on education systems around the world. It includes a synthesis report and country case studies in each of the five UNESCO regions.

- International Council for Open and Distance Education - ICDE

ICDE has released a new report Global guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics. This guidelines proposes a number of Core Issues that are important on a global basis for the use and development of Learning Analytics in ethics-informed ways. They include, among other things, Student agency and responsibility.

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - OECD

OECD has just released OECD Skills Outlook 2019 and How does socio-economic status influence entry into tertiary education? These publications are available online.

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Africa - Asia & Pacific - Europe

- Africa

The World Bank has announced funding of 88 million Euros for the Higher Education Development Support Project for Côte d’Ivoire. The project aims to improve higher education management by supporting the government as it modernises governance by giving individual institutions more autonomy. The project also aims to increase enrollment in professional programmes; and to improve the quality and employment relevance of degrees of participating public higher education institutions.

Pan Africa University
The fifth node of the Pan African University (PAU) programme has been launched. The Pan African University Institute for Space Sciences, representing the Southern Africa region, will be hosted by the South African Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). The Pan African University (PAU) is a network of postgraduate research programmes in five regions in Africa. It was launched in 2011 by the African Union Commission to foster excellent research in key development fields and enhance the attractiveness and global competitiveness of African higher education and research.

- Asia & Pacific

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
SEAMEO has appointed its first female SEAMEO Secretariat Director, Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela from the Philippines.

Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)
Presentations from the 2019 APAIE Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March are now online. Themes addressed include: harmonising regional higher education; mobility and diversity: developing global citizens; and transnational higher education.

- Europe

European Parliament - Horizon Europe adopted
The European Parliament adopted Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme for 2021 to 2027 on 17 April.

European University Association (EUA)

Academic freedom
The EUA, All European Academies (ALLEA) and Science Europe have issued a joint Statement in response to infringements on academic freedom and institutional autonomy in the European Higher Education Area. The Statement calls on governments and public authorities to protect academic freedom and safeguard institutional autonomy by providing sound regulatory frameworks and refraining from interference in the internal affairs of higher education and research institutions.

Open access
EUA have released the results of their Open Access Survey. The report tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access. The latest survey gathers data from 321 institutions in 36 European countries. It focuses on open Access to research publications, research data management and research assessment.

European Association for International Education (EAIE)
The EAIE have released EAIE Barometer: Internationalisation in Europe: Signposts of Success. The report presents the findings of survey reponses by 2317 practitioners at 1292 HEIs across 45 countries in the European Higher Education Area.

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Nigeria - Uganda
The Nigerian government has announced that it has recently deployed 76 professors to four universities in Uganda, as part of ongoing efforts to build South-South cooperation and develop local capacity in higher education in Uganda.

Pakistan - Sri Lanka
In May, plans for the Pakistan - Sri Lanka Higher Education Cooperation Programme were agreed between the Pakistan Higher Education Commission and Sri Lankan vice chancellors, the University Grants Commission and Parliamentarians. The programme will offer around 1,000 scholarships to facilitate Sri Lankan students to study in universities in Pakistan in engineering and social sciences.

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Argentina Australia Belgium Brazil
Canada Chile France Germany
India Japan Kenya Malaysia
Mexico New Zealand Pakistan Philippines
Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Vietnam

-  Argentina

On 8 April, the Plenary of Rectors and the National Interuniversity Council (CIN) took place in Córdoba. The meeting served as a framework to initiate the activities that the Council will carry out in 2019 to commemorate 70 years of free university education in the country.

-  Australia

Review of Freedom of Speech
The Government Department of Education and Training has released the Report of the Independent Review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education providers. The report details the outcomes of an independent review to assess the effectiveness of university policies and practices on freedom of expression

Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander higher education
Universities Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) have deepened their partnership with the signing of a formal memorandum of understanding.

-  Belgium

The Minister of Higher Education of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation, Jean-Claude Marcourt, has announced funding of 500,000 Euros to support higher education institutions who apply to the European Commission’s Future European Universities project.

-  Brazil

Government cuts universities’ budget by a third - Rectors react
On 7 May, further to an announcement from the Brazilian government of significant budget cuts for the sector, Rectors and representatives from more than 60 higher education institutions went to the capital, Brasilia, to pressure the government to give explanations on the decision.

-  Canada

On 9 May, Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, launched Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada, a pilot program which aims to address systemic barriers to research, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including, women, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of minority groups, and members of LGBTQ communities.

-  Chile

On 23 April, the Council of Rectors (CRUCH) held a seminar jointly organised with the University of Los Lagos on the theme ’Admission and University Selection in Chile: How to Respond to the Requirements and Diversity of Talents of Young People of the 21st Century?’. Five measures were presented that might be adopted to introduce changes to the admission system.

-  France

Priority research programme for sport announced
In April, the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and the Minister for Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, announced funding of 20 Million Euros for a priority research programme for sport within the context of the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in France.

Countering racism and antisemitism in higher education - report
A new report entitled ‘Racism, Antisemitism: How to Act in Higher Education’, (Racisme, antisémitisme : Comment agir dans l’enseignement supérieur) has been jointly released by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Conférence des Présidents d’Université, the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. The report aims to contribute to dealing with and preventing racist, antisemitic et discriminatory occurrences on campus.

-  Germany

On 3 May, Federal Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek and the Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and Heads of Federal States), announced an increase in higher education and research budgets by 3% a year for the next decade. The funding focuses on studying and teaching, innovation in higher education and university research.

-  India

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has published an Institutional Accreditation Manual for Open Universities, that presents the NAAC framework for Assessment and Accreditation and key indicators.

-  Japan

The Japan Association of National Universities (JANU), a Member of IAU, has released their latest publication entitled Japanese National Universities. The booklet briefly introduces the Association’s member universities, which consists of all 86 Japanese national universities. It also contains basic information on each member university, such as study areas, student numbers and contact information.

-  Kenya

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has directed the Commission for University Education (CUE) to establish whether PhDs awarded by local universities meet standards amid concerns that some of the postgraduate degrees are substandard or were obtained irregularly.

-  Malaysia

The Deputy Education Minister, Teo Nie Ching, has announced that the Ministry of Education is planning a new Higher Education Act to eliminate barriers to free speech in universities. The Ministry is collecting feedback from educational institutions and aims to have the new Bill tabled in Parliament in 2020.

-  Mexico

The Ministry of Public Education has launched a call for the National Science Award 2019. The prize will be awarded to a Mexican citizen having significantly contributed to the progress of science, technology and innovation by teaching, research or dissemination work.

-  New Zealand

Education Counts has released the report Persistent Non-Repayers: The Characteristics of Student Loan Borrowers in New Zealand Who Made No Repayments after study. It analyses the demographic characteristics, prior and post-study activity, and student loan profile of persistent non-repayers.

-  Pakistan

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched a Job Portal () that aims to match PhD students with job opportunities in academia, research institutions, and in the private sector.

-  Philippines

The Commission on Higher Education, together with leading Philippine universities, has agreed to provide assistance to higher education institutions in the new autonomous region of Bangsamoro to ensure accessible quality education.

-  Turkmenistan

A government decree issued on 23 April restricts recognition of foreign diplomas to specific foreign universities and to certain fields of study.

-  United Arab Emirates

The Ministry of Education has launched a new set of standards for licensing higher education institutions in the UAE and accrediting their academic programmes. It is part of the National Strategy for Higher Education, scheduled to be effective as of September 2019.

-  United Kingdom

Student attainment - Black and Minority Ethnic students
Universities UK has released the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Student Attainment at UK Universities: #ClosingtheGap. The report, which is based on findings from 99 universities and student unions and six regional roundtable evidence sessions, shows that although progress has been made in widening university access for underrepresented students, substantial inequalities persist between students of different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. This is seen notably in the disparity between the proportion of ’top degrees’ achieved by white and BAME students. The report identifies five steps for universities to improve BAME student outcomes.

Funding - Scotland
The Scottish government has issued a statement confirming that it will continue to financially support eligible EU students starting their studies in 2020/21 for the entirety of their courses. The Scottish government had previously committed to continuing this funding for 2019/20.

Skills and employment - Wales
A new report from Universities Wales Solving Future Skills Challenges in Wales highlights the importance of lifelong learning and higher education in adapting to the challenges of advances in technology and demographic changes.

-  Vietnam

A new higher education research project on climate change adaptation and water resources management in Vietnam’s deltas was launched in April. Funded by the Dutch government, the project will run between 2019 - 2021. Its Vietnamese participants are the Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment, Thuyloi University, and the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment Training. Participants from the Netherlands include the IAU Member Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Twente.

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IAU Lynx coordinator: Amanda Sudic
Collaborating team: Clarisse Gemelli, Nicholas Poulton, Samuel Pousson and Carine Sébast
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